Adventure sports enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new experiences. Let’s not waste time by throwing around the names of places to go and cut to the chase: if you are into adventure sports, you simply have to go to Australia. Australia prides itself on its adventure tourism, and in a minute you’ll see why.
Here are locations of four popular adventure sports in Australia and what the experience would be behind each of them.
The city of Geraldton welcomes aquatic adrenaline junkies with its gorgeous island beaches and epic windsurfing hotspots. Just head five hours north of Perth to this coastal city to whip through the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Even if you’re a novice to the sport, riding the waves and sailing across the water with the sea breeze at your back creates a sensory overload. Windsurfing pros can head to Sunset Beach to show off freestyle moves, jump and spin, whereas beginners can catch some waves at St. Georges Beach. As you hit the beach, bring your sunscreen, UV-protected sunglasses and of course, carefree sense of adventure.
Sometimes thrill chasing in nature is all about facing your fears. And what’s more frightening than coming face-to-face with a Great White Shark? Off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia, you can face your fears and create your very own “Jaws” experience of a lifetime. Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions (run by shark attack survivor Rodney Fox) takes thrill-seekers underwater (in a surface or ocean floor cage) to get up-close and personal with the Great White. Climb aboard the Princess II for a two-to-five night shark tour expedition and prepare yourself to plunge into the deep blue sea where you’ll meet the Great White swimming in its natural element.
Yes, you read that right. Just because Australia has beaches and the Outback doesn’t mean it’s warm everywhere. It certainly gets cold in some places, too.
There are two states in Australia that have ski resorts. Sydney’s two resorts sport the largest and most ski terrain in Australia plus free cross-country skiing; Melbourne, Victoria has three that together provide outstanding cross-country ski trails, the best snow hotel, and the best state-of-the-art ski system of all the resorts.
Here’s the deal, though:
Climate change and the decrease of snow in different areas of the world has caused the international ski industry to find ways to adapt so tourism doesn’t suffer. Bringing the ski slopes indoors is the successful way that Australia has chosen to deal with the problem. In2ski, for example, take skiers from beginners to champions in perfect weather all year long and faster than it would take outdoors.
There are places to do some real rock climbing in Australia. Outside the city of Melbourne, Victoria, you can find places to climb if you’re a novice or a pro. From a large crag to smaller cliffs to bridges, there is rock-climbing for any level of expertise.
Melbourne also offers indoor rock climbing. It boasts Australia’s largest rock climbing gym, in addition to Clip ‘N Climb, which advertises itself as having the newest concept in rock climbing.