Journeying to the land down under offers a wide variety of options. If you have an adventurous spirit you certainly won’t find yourself wanting for entertainment.
The large island nation is home to a variety of environments, from beautiful coastal waters, sprawling urban centres, all the way to the vast outback. With so many choices it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, so here are a few choice selections of some of the greatest adventuring locales in Australia.
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Skydiving – Almost everywhere
For the ultimate adrenaline junkie that wants to go big, this is for you. Nearly every city in Australia is home to a skydiving tour group.
Check the weather reports before you book a skydiving appointment though as most operate only in favourable conditions, meaning having to reschedule a jump could conflict with the rest of your vacation itinerary.
Many skydiving companies offer a variety of pricing packages and options. Expect a minimum investment around €250 per person depending on whom and when you book. If you decide to add on any extra amenities to the trip like a DVD of the jump, or pictures, or other features offered by the company your price could easily jump another €250-€500 or more.
Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef – The Coral Sea, Queensland
If you want to personally experience one of the great natural wonders of the world then you’ll have to dive under the water.
Even if you are an inexperienced diver you can still find a trip that accommodates you, although experienced divers will be given a little bit more freedom.
Diving packages start around €200 for a single day trip that leaves in the morning and returns in the evening. There are more than day trips; there are also “live aboards”, tourist boats that stay on the water allowing for longer scuba diving vacations for tourists. Usually the live aboard ships will be out for around three to five days and visit different parts of the reef, a three day trip can cost €725 or more.
Be aware of what you’re getting into. Scuba diving can be pretty intense even for the experienced divers, so make sure that you and the company you are booking with are aware of your limitations. It is also important to note what is covered in the price as some packages may expect you to provide your own equipment.
The Great Ocean Walk – Victoria
If you have a lot of time and your legs are in great shape, then put your hiking boots on and get to stepping.
The Great Ocean Walk is the hikers’ answer to the Great Ocean Road in South-East Australia. The path hugs the coastline and stretches 104 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead and takes around eight days to complete the entire journey.
Campsites are spaced along the walk at around 10-15 kilometre intervals and park services offer transportation to and from the camp sites and nearby eco lodges. Renting a basic campsite will run you around €20 for a night with the eco lodges up-charging for their convenience.
If you love hiking, camping, and brought your own gear (or got a great deal on some) then the Great Ocean Walk ranks as a very low cost and high value adventure. The scenic rode winds through some historic landmarks and is near many native species such as the famous koala, wallabies, and echidnae.
Be prepared for a challenge, the trail is known for becoming progressively more difficult to traverse and portions of the trek may become impassable during high tide.
Uluru – Right smack dab in the middle of it all
If it’s a trip you want to the Great Outback of Australia this is probably on your list of places to visit.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, has enjoyed increased tourism since being listed as a World Heritage Site but this is also cause for concern about the environmental impact that tourism is having. There is still fun to be had with the restrictions.
Admission to the national park will only cost around €20 for a three day pass but you’ll need to secure transportation to and from. Touring companies offer camping packages with three night stays costing around €260 for the duration.
Adventure is everywhere in Australia. Plan your trip accordingly; you may want to avoid travelling during the holidays.
Domestic Australian tourism is highest during January and Easter during the school holiday seasons. School teenagers have three weeks off near the end of October, and the plethora of teenage party-goers may put quite a shift in the atmosphere of the city you are visiting.
Be prepared with a backup plan if anything goes wrong, and be prepared to have fun. Maybe, you’ll agree that Australia can be the ultimate destination for your adventurous spirit!
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