Top 10 Extreme Sports To Try In Australia

Australia, the land down under, where the animals are weird and even our smallest creepy crawlies can be deadly. We’ve put together a few extreme sports that are a must-do when visiting our strange but beautiful country!

Climbing & Abseiling

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  • Cost: From $220
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Location: Katoomba, NSW
  • Accommodation: Sidneys Retreat

Join a full-day climbing and abseiling course and see for yourself Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains natural scenery! Not only do you gain climbing and abseiling knowledge from the course, you also get to exercise off the rugged cliffs in the famed Blue Mountains area! Food and equipment are all provided so all you need is a keen sense of adventure!

Cliff Camping

Rock climber bivouaced in a portaledge.
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  • Cost: $699/person (rates based on two-person bookings)
  • Duration: Full Day (Overnight)
  • Location: Mount Buffalo National Park, VIC

Speaking of cliffs, how often can you say that you’ve camped off one? Experience an exclusively Australian adventure by cliff camping at one of the highest abseils in the world (at 300m in length)! Absorb the breathtaking sunset, enjoy a delicious dinner and close out your day floating in the air against a cliff wall!

White Water Rafting

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  • Cost: From $129
  • Duration: Half/Full Day
  • Location: Barron Gorge National Park, QLD
  • Accommodation: The Reef Retreat

Enjoy an exhilarating day-out and challenge yourself with the rapids of Barron River by going white-water rafting! With up to Grade 3 rapids, the white-water rafting sport is perfect for both the youngest beginners and the biggest thrill seekers! All equipment is included and safety guides are explained by experienced instructors before every tour.


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  • Cost: From $270
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Rottnest Island, WA
  • Accommodation: Swan Valley Homestay

Adventure 15000 feet up into the air from Rottnest Island and experience up to 66 seconds of free-fall while overlooking the beautiful coastline of Western Australia! After the heart-shaking minute of free-falling, enjoy the stunning oceab=views with a friendly instructor during a five-minute parachute ride. We know how scary skydiving can be so free congratulatory drinks are always available at Rottnest Hotel!

Bungy Jumping

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  • Cost: From $379
  • Duration: Full Day (Unlimited)
  • Location: Cairns, QLD
  • Accommodation: Studio (hotel room)

Rush at 120km/h face-first through tropical North Queensland’s lush rainforest! Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush as you fly through the forest an unlimited amount of times! Have a go at the Minjin Jungle Swing while you’re at it and take some stunning scenery photos – it’s included in the package!

Shark Diving

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Take a daring swim with Great White Sharks and adventure in the waters of the Neptune Islands Marine Park. Having won over 10 Australian tourism awards, Calypso Star Charters guarantees a thrilling underwater experience as adventurers swim only a few centimetres from the endangered shark species. Don’t worry though, the tour is Advanced Eco Certified and marine-life friendly!

Mountain Hiking

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For something a little more serene and laid back than the typical extreme sport, why not try mountain hiking? The Blue Mountains has a wide variety of bushwalking tracks, with grades ranging from Easy to Experienced. Pick a few out of the 100+ and enjoy hikes across Australia’s most popular nature reserve! Get close to Australia’s wildlife and admire the native flora while walking around the World Heritage Site.

ATV Riding

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  • Cost: From $150
  • Duration: 1-4 Hours
  • Location: Cairns, QLD
  • Accommodation: Trinity Views

Tour around Australia’s infamous rugged and wild terrain with an off-road ATV ride! Cairns Quads and Adventures will take you on a memorable ATV-riding journey, guaranteed to leave your breathless. After a introductory and training brief, you will be off on a few-hour long adventure, crossing creeks and speeding over big bumps for fun!

Camel Touring

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  • Cost: From $80
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Location: Uluru, NT

Get the true Australian outback experience by voyaging around the country’s unique sandy landscapes on a camel! Witness the sunrise over Uluru and watch the desert come to life while breathing in the clean and fresh morning air. While bringing you closer to nature, the native tour guides also share stories of their territory.

Kite Surfing

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  • Cost: From $250
  • Duration: 2-3 Hours
  • Location: Byron Bay, NSW
  • Accommodation: Anchored in Byron

Treat yourself to a lesson in kite surfing and learn how to stay upright on water while zooming around wherever the wind takes you! Practice some safe kite control before flying yourself into the ocean for some fantastic photo opportunities!

Adventure during the day, rest in comfort during the night. Book your accommodations with, where we guarantee great quality accommodation at affordable prices, to ensure you are well rested after trying out such extreme sports!

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