8 Awesome Outdoor Adventures You Have to Do in Australia

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Okay, the secret is out and almost every adrenaline hungry, nature-loving traveler knows that Australia has no shortage of awesome things to do. Between its stunningly diverse landscapes and varied terrain, the Land Down Under is every explorers paradise. From surfing some of the best waves, exploring vibrant underwater ecosystems, to going on epic nature treks in the bush, here are 10 awesome adventures you have to do while you’re in Australia.

Drive Down The Great Ocean Road

Near the city of Melbourne, you can see one of the most scenic (and epic) drives in the country. The Great Ocean Road loacated along the coastline of Victoria is a 243 kilometer drive full of scenic spots. Between it’s stunning beaches and jaw dropping swells, missing out on exploring this area is something you will forever regret. Go on a road trip and see the impressive 12 Apostles, go on nature walks along the way and get up close and personal to some incredible wildlife and rainforests. Instead of trying to do it all in one day, take your time and stop in the little towns along the way- so worth it! There are tons of amazing Victoria Airbnbs to break up your time on the road.

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Take the Leap of Faith and Go Skydiving

Let’s face it. What part of “I’m jumping out of a plane” doesn’t scream adventure? Given the popularity of skydiving over the recent years, while you can do this virtually anywhere in the world, Australia still tops our lists due to the incredible views along the way. Brace yourself for a thrilling, heart pumping experience as you Skydive in epic places like Wollogong Beach in Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay in New South Wales, and of course in Cairns which gives you an unrivaled view of The Great Barrier Reef below you.

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Be Amazed and Go Whale Watching

Stand in awe as you witness the beautiful acrobatic jumps of these majestic creatures as they grace Australia’s waters seasonally. In Brisbane, they even have a 100% guarantee for a humpback whale sighting during migration season (June-November). Apart from whale watching, you can further explore the city and river as there are many cheap car rentals in Brisbane. During the right season, kayaking in the Brisbane river is pretty fun too!

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Muster Up the Courage to Go Cage Diving

Cage diving is definitely one of those insane adventures that I know I have to do at least once in my lifetime. Although I know I might end up passing out in excitement (aka: trying not to piss myself), it is definitely high up on the list. Given that Australia has loads of sharks lingering around, it is no surprise that cage diving is rather popular here. With various tours and expeditions running in The Neptune Islands, South Australia, this is a perfect opportunity to grow some balls as you face one of the most magnificent creatures in the planet.

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Explore Fraser Island’s Great Walk

If you’ve dreamed of walking and trekking through the world’s largest sand island then you’re in the right place. For nature lovers, this experience is a must while in Oz! Amazingly, you can spend up to 8 days trekking along this stunning island where you can camp and follow self-guided treks through the various trails. From incredible sand dunes to hidden pockets of rainforests and lakes, this is a good way to spend a couple of days in the outdoors. Apart from self-guided tours, there are also companies who offer full camping tours around the island. fraser island

Take Another Leap of Faith and Go Bungee Jumping

In case you haven’t had your adrenaline fill just yet, Bungee jumping is quite a popular sport in Australia. With jump centers in Cairns, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast, the challenge of flailing yourself from a platform is ultimately up to you. Get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing as you try out one of the most terrifying adventure activities out there.

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Go Bushwalking in Unesco Heritage Sites

While bushwalking can be done from virtually anywhere in Australia, one of the most iconic spots is across the Kakada National Park. Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, half of the land is now Aboriginal land and is wild and untamed. Creeks, waterfalls, lush forests and stunning mountain canyons, a visit here is definitely experiencing the rugged outdoors of Australia. Apart from hiking and trekking, you can also go on self-guided 4×4 tours or go on a tour with an aboriginal native who can share their customs and culture with you. Other iconic bushwalk tours are also available in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see Australia’s famous Ayer Rock. If you’re not much of a nature person, here are a few suggestions on things to do in Melbourne.
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Go Underwater and Try out Scuba Diving

Naturally, if you’re an avid diver, the chance to scuba in the only living structure on earth which can be seen from Space is something that you won’t pass up. For beginner divers, Australia is also an ideal place to get your feet wet (literally) With a large variety of reefs, marine life, wrecks, and pinnacles, the diving in Australia is an adventure in itself. The Great Barrier Reef alongside with diving in Cairns, Townsville, Port Douglas, and Ningaloo Reef are just a few spots that are worth exploring while in Oz.great barrier reef

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