Adrenaline and Adventure

Ever wanted to dive with sharks? How about skydiving above beaches? Or soaring on Australia’s highest zipline or hang-gliding over the sea? What about canyoning in ancient wilderness? Then NSW is Australia’s adrenaline capital, with many thrilling things to do that’ll have your heart racing.

Along the beautiful coast are havens for grey nurse sharks, fearsome-looking sharks yet harmless to humans. Fish Rock Cave, 2km off the South West Rocks on the North Coast, is one of the best cave dives in the world. Grey nurse sharks enter the cave, which runs 125 metres through a small island.

Skydive Newcastle parachute lands near Lake Macquarie

Another great dive is Montague Island, home to colonies of fur seals and little penguins, the smallest penguins in the world. The fur seals can grow to more than two metres in length and swim to depths of 200 metres. The island is 8km off Narooma, part of the gorgeous Eurobodalla on the South Coast.

Jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet and free-falling at more than 200km/h, before the parachute opens and then floating to the ground is unforgettable. Tandem skydiving jumps and other air sports tours, such as hang-gliding and sailplaning, will pump up your adrenaline even before take-off.

Other adrenaline-fuelled adventures in NSW include:

Scenic World Skyway - Katoomba Area

Ziplines, also called flying foxes, are great fun and will lift your heart beat. The highest zipline in Australia is at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, near Jamberoo and the exciting Jamberoo Action Park, where you can rush and whirl down giant multi-storey water rides such as the Funnel Web.

For one of the longest rollercoaster-style ziplines in the world, head for the TreeTops Crazy Rider in the Ourimbah State Forest, on the Central Coast. There are child-friendly flying foxes, rope bridges and obstacle courses here and at other parks, such as in the TreeTop Adventure Park in Newcastle.

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