In order to truly get to know the country you’re visiting, you need to traverse as much of it as possible. A country like Australia stretches across an entire continent and encompasses many different regions and biomes. However, just admiring different landscapes isn’t enough to let you truly get to know that part of the country. Instead, you have to engage in local outdoor activities so that you get a unique experience to recognize and remember your visit to that area by. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several thrilling outdoor adventures in Australia that you should definitely try out on your next visit or road trip.
Camping in the Australian outback
Australia is mostly a vast uninhabited country and, when you look at the composition of its landmass, you could rightfully say that the Australian outback is the real Australia. Camping out in the open would be your chance to see a primal untouched Australia, in the state in which the first colonists saw it. Moreover, it will give you an opportunity to admire a serene beauty of nature. Still, not all of the outback is the same, which is why you need to do your research on the best outback camping destinations out there. From here, you need to pick the one you like the most or the one that’s the easiest to fit in your itinerary.
Driving down the Great Ocean Road
Going on a road trip across Australia is also a must-try type of experience, especially due to the fact that it can be so easily combined with the above-listed camping trip. On the other hand, those who prefer to sleep in a real bed will find no shortage of suitable accommodation everywhere along the Great Ocean Road. That is of course if you decide to take it easy and make stops along the day. If not, you can complete this trip in as little as 9.5 hours, which means that you can easily fit it into one day, provided that you’re committed to driving that long.
Another thing you most definitely need to try out is scuba diving, especially since Australia has so many great locations where you can do so. The first place that comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef, which is the greatest living organism on earth, comprising of myriad corals (600 different types of them). If not here, you’ll find Cairns, Townsville, Ningaloo Reef and Port Douglas to be as suitable locations. The problem with this lies in the fact that you need A) proper training and B) adequate diving equipment. The first can be obtained locally, while the latter can be ordered via an Australian dive shop. Needless to say, this is one of the reasons why so many people return to Australia over and over again.
If you always wanted to learn surfing yet have never really gotten around to actually do so, Australia might be the best place for you to learn. Here, you can also embark on one of those amazing surfing lesson tours where you spend several days in small groups of beginner surfers. In this way, you’ll not only get to learn the skill but also feel a sample of this lifestyle. Furthermore, it may give you a completely different experience of this sport, which is what wins most people over.
Climbing the Harbor Bridge
At the end of the day, it would be simply unfair not to introduce at least one metropolitan outdoor activity. In order to fit the theme of this list, we choose the most adventurous one – climbing the iconic