Adventure and sport
Find your adrenaline rush in NSW
If the instinct for adventure travel runs in your blood, New South Wales is your natural habitat. It's got the lot - diversity of terrains and weather that will give you plenty of choice when it comes to adventure sports
Adventure and Sport
If you crave adventure in NSW, you’ve come to the right place. No matter what the season, you can choose from a wide variety of landscapes, climates, activities and experiences – all with easy access to tour operators and local guides.
For snow lovers, there’s no better place than the Snowy Mountains. Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for some downhill thrills in Kosciuszko National Park. Non-skiing adventure-seekers will enjoy hiking or snowshoeing.
If water sports are more your thing, there are plenty of places to go. Surfers – grab your surfboards and head to Byron Bay, Shellharbour, or Newcastle’s Merewether Beach. To see spectacular marine life up close, visit Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage-listed destination for snorkelling and scuba diving.
The oceans, lakes, rivers and estuaries around NSW offer a lifetime's worth of exciting fishing, boating and kayaking challenges. Want more? Experience the rush of whitewater rafting in Jindabyne and Penrith, or go parasailing in Port Stephens.
For adventure in NSW, the sky’s the limit! Book a hot-air-balloon or helicopter ride over the stunning vineyards of the Hunter Valley, go skydiving in Wollongong, or try hang-gliding in Stanwell Park.
Get to know the State’s unique and rugged terrain on a caving, canyoning, abseiling or rock climbing adventure. Four-wheel-driving and off-roading tours are popular in both Country NSW and Outback NSW. Or explore parts of the State on horseback - you’ll find great horseriding options in Sydney and throughout NSW.
Snow sports fans will find terrain to suit all experience levels and tastes in the resorts of the Snowy Mountains. Cross-country-skiing enthusiasts can explore the untracked wilderness of Kosciuszko National Park.
There are plenty of trails from which to explore NSW on two wheels. Steer your mountain bike through national parks, stunning vineyards and lush rainforests, or ride along the State’s many beachside cycle paths.
Got a taste for the reel life? With the largest network of lakes in Australia, rivers, estuaries and the teeming marine life of the ocean, NSW is superbly equipped for recreational boating and fishing.
2km (one way) - 0.5 hour
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It will feel like you're on the edge of the world as the views go on forever at Sublime Point lookout - Leura, in Blue Mountains National Park. Offering sensational scenic views of the Jamison Valley,...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/blue-mountains-national-park/sublime-point-lookout-leura/lookout
20km (return) - 3 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
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