Between the crashing waves of Bells Beach and the chirping tropical rainforest of Daintree, there’s a plethora of outdoor adventures lurking around the corner. If you’re ready to re-energise your soul and rejuvenate your rebellious side, Australia is the destination to go to feel alive once again.
1. Pick Up Surfing and Ride the Waves
Perched at the rim of Queensland and Victoria are two favourite spots for surfing and they’re Noosa Heads and Bells Beach respectively. Surfers would prance over to the beach on any crisp and sunny weather to practice their aerial, barrel and other surfing moves. With a scenic landscape like that, who wouldn’t want to call these beaches their playgrounds?
#HHWT Tip: The best months for surfing are from December till April (beginning of summer till the middle of autumn season)
Address: Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
2. Experience a Dive in Australia’s Famous Snorkelling Paradises
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Give yourself a fresh perspective of the world we live in by exploring the cerulean landscape of Ningaloo Reef and the Great Barrier Reef. These two snorkelling paradises are scattered with a party of colourful corals, exotic fishes as well as friendly manta rays and turtles. Ningaloo Reef is a marine destination that is famous for whale shark sightings (April to July) while Great Barrier Reef is widely frequented for coral gardens and tropical fishes (June to December).
Address: Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth, Western Australia, Australia.
Admission: Free (marine park entry); depending on tour rates (snorkeling)
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 5:00am
3. Take A Leap of Faith with Tandem Skydiving
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Outdoor adventures are seemingly incomplete without the mention of skydiving. It may induce fear in most, but for the brave few, it is a life changing experience they wouldn’t trade for anything else. If you’re curious to try this exhilarating activity, take the first step by signing up for tandem skydiving where you’ll be strapped onto a professional skydiver. The best spots to free fall from 14,000 feet are New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
Address: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
Admission: Depending on skydiving package rates (starting from AUD$259 per person)
4. Appreciate the Wonders of Australian Nature through Day Hiking
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Better than a walk in the park is a day hike at Kings Canyon and Great Ocean Walk. While Kings Canyon offers a landscape of sandstone domes and weathered rocks within the Watarrka National Park, the Great Ocean Walk presents a beautiful trail of breezy cliff-tops and rocky seashores. When the weather is bright and sunny, head over to these natural gems with your loved ones and embrace the sceneries that is best appreciated in person than from a desktop wallpaper.
Address: Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia.
Opening hours: All year round
5. Experience the Scenic Cycling Trails of Victoria
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If you prefer to explore a scenic getaways on a two-wheeler, Australia is brimming with nature-swept cycling trails. The best place to get started is the highly recommended Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. Perfect for leisure rides, you’ll pass by gorgeous mountain ranges, secret valleys and natural bushland as you navigate along the steady terrains.
#HHWT Tips: Check out Bright Electric Bikes that offer e-bike rentals or Myrtleford Cycle Centre for standard bicycle rentals. For a shuttle service for you and your bike (including luggage transfers), give River Tribe Adventures a call.
Address: Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, North East Victoria, Australia
Opening hours: All year round but may be closed during poor weather or fire danger
6. Soar to New Heights through Nature Abseiling
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For an adventure in the wild, hit the road and take the two-hour train or car ride to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Perched within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the sweeping greenery is sprinkled with crashing waterfalls, jagged rock formations and lush forests. Mountain biking, camping and rock climbing are popular ways to embrace this nature splendour, but there’s nothing like abseiling to greater heights for a panoramic view. Follow any abseiling tour groups and pace yourself safely as you climb the canyon walls of Blue Mountains.
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Address: Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
Admission: AUD$8 per vehicle (daily park entry) and abseiling package rates (Starting from AUD$230 per person)
Opening hours: All year round
7. Spend the Night in an Australian Outback
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Skip the swanky hotel stays and spend the night glamping in the Australian outback. Thanks to the increase of eco travellers, the glamping trend is taken to new heights on this side of the world. Consider cozying up at the Nightfall in Lamington National Park where individual safari tents are furnished with timber floors, hand-carved stone basins, rain-head showers and organic bedding. Equally amazing is the Karjini Eco Retreat where eco-friendly tents come with cotton-rich beddings, private ensuite bathrooms and scenic decks – and yes, you will find this retreat at the Karjini National Park.
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Address: Nightfall at Lamington National Park, Binna Burra, Queensland, Australia
Rates: Starting from AUD$795 per night per couple
8. Fire Up your Engines for a Wild Four Wheel Drive
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Some travelers imagine their road trips with winding roads and a wanderlust mixtape on, but here in Australia, the 4WD (four-wheel drive) adventure on the Gibb River Road is one of the better options for a quick adrenaline boost. Skills and experience aren’t required to navigate your way through ‘The Gibb’. Fire up your engines and follow the 660-kilometre track that begins from Derby on the west coast to Kununurra on Western Australia’s eastern border. Along the way, you will be able to catch sightings of freshwater crocodiles in the Windjana Gorge National Park, go horse trekking through the Questro Wilderness Park and admire the Instagram-favourite Wandjina rock art.
#HHWT Tip: The best time for a drive is from May to October.
Address: The Gibb River Road, Gibb, Western Australia, Australia.
Admission: Various rates (different park entry applies); 4WD rental (starting from AUD$2,000 for one way)
If taking a bite out of the Australian adventure is part of your bucket list, this continent will never disappoint. With surfing, snorkeling, skydiving and other adrenaline experiences rolled into one, there is always an exploration out there that is waiting for you.