Thrilling Extreme Sports to Try in Australia

Australia has long been a popular destination for travellers, and especially backpackers and those looking for adventure. With so much to do and explore, it’s one of the best places to visit if you want to get physical. But if you’re not satisfied with hiking or surfing, there are several areas in Australia that are ideal for extreme sports. In particular, some of the best involve water sports and anything where you can get a view from above. It’s a country surrounded by the ocean (or girt by sea, as their national anthem says), and its vastness is often best viewed from a great height. If you’re looking for a thrill on your next holiday Down Under, check out these extreme sports you can try out while you’re there.

Hang Gliding

If you want to get a birds-eye view of the coast, hang gliding is the perfect way to do it. Safely strapped into your glider, you have plenty of time to look around and take everything in while you’re up in the air. One of the best places to do it is the seaside cliffs south of Baldwell Hill at Stanwell Park, which is just south of Sydney. It doesn’t take too long to have lessons and get your pilots license, but if you prefer you can enjoy a short tandem flight.


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Perhaps hang gliding doesn’t present quite enough danger for you. If you’re looking for something a bit more, try jumping out of a plane instead. You can find skydiving centres across Australia, and there’s nothing like feeling the wind in your hair as you descend. There’s no need to have any experience; you can jump with an experienced instructor in a tandem dive. Take a look at these cool tandem skydiving pictures from Western Australia for an idea of what to expect. It doesn’t even take that long to prepare you for the jump because your instructor will look after you.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Anyone who would rather be safely at ground level (or rather, sea level) but is still looking for a thrill should get in the water. If ordinary surfing isn’t enough for you, give yourself an extra boost with windsurfing and kitesurfing. To find all the action, visit Geraldton, about five hours north of Perth. It’s the windsurfing and kiteboarding capital of Australia. You’ll find beaches suitable for beginners and experienced surfers.

Diving with Sharks

Maybe you would rather be in the water than on it? You might debate whether it counts as an extreme sport, but you have to admit that there’s no thrill like getting up close and personal with a shark. For an in-depth experience, join one of the Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, run by a shark conservationist and shark-attack survivor. These cage diving expeditions operate in the waters around the Eyre Peninsula and allow you to get as close to a Great White as possible.

If none of these sports are to your liking, there are plenty more to choose from. Go rock climbing and abseiling, hire a mountain bike or choose white water rafting in Tasmania.


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