Adventure in NSW this summer

3 January 2014

Adventure awaits around every corner in NSW. There is an abundance of activities to try, regardless of age, experience, or level of skill.

From surfing to horse treks, off roading drives to jumping out of planes, a summer of adventure in NSW will prove that the sky is not even close to being the limit.

Here are a few of the action and adventure activities around in the state to make some memories that will last a lifetime this summer.

In the ocean

New South Wales is picture postcard perfect – the sea life, beaches and surf offer epic scenery and photo opportunities.

So why not see it with a little adventure?

Scuba diving in the region will let you get up close and personal with some of the tropical fish and sea creatures that reside off the coast of NSW. Lord Howe Island is just one magnificent place to give this activity a go, where you’ll get to scoot around this heritage sight and capture some undersea memories.

Lord Howe Island Windsports

Lord Howe Windsports, Lord Howed Island – Image Credit Lord Howe Windsports

To swim with something a little bigger than sea horses, check out Dolphin Swim Australia in Port Stephens, which takes tours off the coast so you can frolic with the dolphins.

The Fish Rock Dive at South West Rocks is one of the best places in the region to slink into a wetsuit, strap on an oxygen tank and dive into the deep, blue depths. The location is known for its fantastic diving opportunities and the instructors and guide will teach you everything you need to know about making the most of the experience.

On the land

If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, there’s no shortage of land-based options when it comes to adventure.

Mountain bikers will jump at the chance to ride around in the outdoor playground that is the Blue Mountains. There are options for beginners and intermediate riders, but either way you will love the excitement of the outdoors and the breath-taking vistas on offer in this picturesque area.

Horse riding in NSW is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike, and when you consider the array of treks on offer, it’s no wonder. This is a great adventure activity for the kids or those who want a more sedate pace, while still getting out and seeing some of the best the state has to offer.

Centennial Glen Stables, Black Heath

Horesriding at Centennial Glen Stables, Black Heath Blue Mountains – Image Credit Hamilton Lund

Finally, don’t miss the chance to go off-roading in NSW. There are mountain trails, rainforest tracks, sand dunes, desert roads and more just waiting for you to have a crack behind the wheel and explore on your own terms.

In the air

Or, if you prefer to get further away from the land, you only need to look to the skies.

You can head up in a giant balloon with Aussie Balloontrek, which runs every day from March through until November (depending on the weather, of course), allowing for some spectacular views of the land from above.

Hot air ballooning in Canowindra

Hot air ballooning in Canowindra at Sunrise – Image Credit Evolving Images

For something that will really get your adrenalin going, check out any of the multiple options for skydiving in NSW. Skydiving is a great gift for yourself or a loved one, you get to tell everyone you’ve done it, and the instructor will guide you the whole way – the hardest part is making the jump!

A nice middle-ground option for adventure seekers is paragliding. You get that soaring sensation and a bird’s eye view of the landscape. This is where you are tucked in a cocoon-like casing with an instructor who will take you on a soaring journey over the beautiful NSW region.