Fun adventure tours
NSW is a top destination for adventure. You'll find plenty of thrilling tours, from skydiving above the spectacular coast to riding the world's steepest incline railway to diving in coral reefs at an island paradise to soaring on zip-lines between tree tops. You can even enrol in the Bear Grylls Survival Academy on the Central Coast and ride giant waterslides on the South Coast.
TreeTop Adventure Park in Newcastle is an eco-friendly high-ropes adventure with multiple flying foxes (ziplines) and plenty of obstacles to overcome, including some brand-new challenges. Also new is TreeTop Crazy Rider at Wyong Creek in the Ourimbah State Forest, which combines the thrill of a rollercoaster with the flying sensation of ziplines along a 1km treetop line - the world’s longest of its kind.
The highest zipline in Australia is the Illawarra Fly, which will have you soaring up to 35m above the forest floor via its series of cable spans and suspension bridges. To really take to the skies, join aviator Matt Hall’s Matt Hall Racing on an aerobatic joy flight above Lake Macquarie or skydive from the revamped Belmont Airport at Lake Macquarie with Skydive the Beach and Beyond.
Younger riders will love the new skate and BMX park at Morisset at Lake Macquarie. At Rampt Indoor Park, kids can learn new cycling tricks in a family-friendly environment. And how about touring the Hunter Valley on the back of a trike, sampling wine as you go? Hunter Trikes offers tours of the wineries in which you can get some fresh air between tipples as you are driven around around the vineyards. The Upper Hunter is also home to world-renowned thoroughbred horse studs and many offer guided tours.
In Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, don’t miss Scenic World, where you can take in the mountains via cable car or plunge into the Jamison Valley on the world’s steepest-incline passenger train. The railway descends 310m through a cliff-side tunnel at a 52-degree incline. For even more of a thrill, choose the new Cliffhanger ride and plummet at a 62-degree angle.
With Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures on the beautiful South Coast at Eden, dive right into some snorkelling and recreational fishing (including nighttime prawning) with experienced guides. Finally, push your endurance boundaries by abseiling down the deep limestone caverns of the spectacular Bungonia National Park in the Southern Tablelands, home to one of the world’s most dramatic gorges.