7 adrenaline rushes found only in Australia

Pump up the adrenaline on your Australian holiday with these seven adventures. 7 adrenaline rushes found only in Australia
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7 adrenaline rushes found only in Australia

Pump up the adrenaline on your Australian holiday with these seven adventures.


By Lee Atkinson

Australia is an adventure playground, with more ways to get your heart racing and your pulse pumping than just about anywhere. Whether you like your thrills sky high, or wet and wild, there's adrenaline-inducing adventure to suit every kind of thrillseeker.

CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

Sydney BridgeClimb, Sydney, New South Wales.

WHERE: SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

Climbing the arch of Sydney's iconic bridge is a thrill like no other. It might look scary from ground level, but it’s so safe that even kids as young as eight can do it. Before you go you’re kitted out with a climbing suit and a harness that is linked to a secure, static line. It's an easy walk, but with lots of steps. Sunrise, daytime, sunset and night-time climbs are available.

DO THE WORLD'S HIGHEST DAM ABSEIL

Gordon Dam, Strathgordon, Tasmania.

WHERE: GORDON DAM, TASMANIA

An extreme adventure not for the faint-hearted, the world's highest commercial abseil, at 140 metres (459 feet) in one continuous drop down the wall of Gordon Dam in south-west Tasmania - even several metres higher than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s a thrill that you'll find only in Australia. Tours are run from Hobart by Aardvark Adventures.

DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS

Adventure Bay Charters, Port Lincoln, South Australia.

WHERE: PORT LINCOLN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Coming face to face with a great white shark, with just steel mesh between the two of you, is an incomparable adrenaline rush. The waters off the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is the only place you can go shark cage diving in Australia. Undaunted divers often see sharks that are almost six metres (19 feet six inches) long. The cage is suspended just below the surface and you breathe through a ‘hookah’, so you don’t need to be a certified diver. If you have a love of adventure, this is for you. Adventure Bay Charters runs shark tours from Port Lincoln.

SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

WHERE: NINGALOO REEF, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Nothing is guaranteed to make you feel small like swimming with a 14-metre (46-foot) long, 15-tonne (16.5-ton) whale shark. But don't be put off by the name. These massive-but-harmless fish are the gentle giants of the deep. Ningaloo Reef, near Exmouth on Western Australia's Coral Coast, about 1200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Perth, is the only place in the world where the whale sharks are known to visit so close to the coast. Whale shark season is from late April to early July, and a number of tours operate from both Coral Bay and Exmouth.

RAFT THROUGH AN ANCIENT RAINFOREST

Franklin River Rafting, Franklin River, Tasmania.

WHERE: FRANKLIN RIVER, TASMANIA

Rafting the Franklin, one of the world's last untamed rivers, in south-west Tasmania, is a magnificent wilderness adventure through deep gorges. It's a remote journey through some of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery, including rainforest and ancient Huon pine forests. Most trips take between five and 10 days. Numerous rafting companies specialise in Franklin River expeditions, departing from Hobart and Launceston.

REACH FOR THE SKIES

SkyPoint Climb, Gold Coast, Queensland.

WHERE: THE GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

At 270 metres (886 feet) high, the SkyPoint Climb to the summit of the Q1 Resort Building is the ultimate high-altitude adventure. It's the highest external building climb in Australia. Attached to a safety harness, you step outside onto the launch platform on level 77 (240 metres, or 787 feet high) then climb to the top of the spire. If the stairs don’t take your breath away, the view certainly will.

VALLEY OF THE GIANTS TREE TOP WALK

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Nornalup, Western Australia.

WHERE: DENMARK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trees of southern Western Australia are among the tallest in the world, soaring up to 75 metres (246 feet) high. On the Tree Top Walk a 420 metre (459 yard) long steel truss walkway takes you into the treetop canopy near the town of Denmark, about five hours drive south of Perth. Looking down from the walkway's highest point, 40 metres (132 feet) above the ground, you’ll see why they call this place the Valley of the Giants.

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