Draw up your bucket list for the perfect Australian adventure
Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager- India & Gulf, Tourism Australia shares his recommendation in this special edit.
Have you felt that overwhelming excitement when a shot by your favourite cricketer goes for a six and wins the match for the team? The much awaited ICC T20 World Cup in Australia will be packed with several instances like these. However, off the stadiums as well, travellers can experience such heart racing moments through Australia’s adventurous escapes. Rightfully called the adventure playground of the world, it is guaranteed to set one’s heart racing through its array of pulse pumping activities on land, under water or in the sky.
Adventure in the sky: Fancy a dive with a difference? Try sky diving over the Great Barrier Reef at Mission Beach near Cairns for an aerial view of the world famous reef. Leap out of a plane from 15,000 feet for spectacular sights of the massive coastline, turquoise waters and lush rainforests. Defy gravity by bungee jumping in a rainforest near Cairns. You can choose from a menu of 16 different jump styles. With its dramatic cliff tops, medley of forests, beautiful coastline and the Grand Pacific Drive, Wollongong is the perfect spot for paragliding. On the other hand, soak in the sights of clear waters, sandy beaches, rich marine life as well as the bushlands by parasailing at Port Stephens.
Adventure at sea: Embark on an underwater safari at the Great Barrier Reef to view the beautiful aquatic life that lies beneath the surface. One can choose from a range of exciting options to experience this World Heritage site like snorkelling, driving a small motorized scooter ‘Scubadoo’ underwater or taking a tour down under without getting drenched in a semi-submersible submarine. Hop into a canoe in Brisbane to enjoy the calm still waters or learn to tackle the waves by surfing at the famous Bondi beach. One can also glide, spin and speed through the waters of the beautiful Sydney Harbour aboard a jet ski. For those looking to get right up close to Australia’s underwater giants, shark cage diving at Port Lincoln, Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin or swimming with the Dolphins at Tangalooma are all highly recommended. One can also swim alongside the whale sharks in the Ningaloo Reef and sea lions on Kangaroo Island.
Adventure on land: For those keen to explore Australia’s grasslands, native bushes and stunning wildlife, a quad bike tour at Kangaroo Island is the perfect option. One can also tour around the full base of the Uluru, a massive sandstone monolith, on a segway to immerse themselves in the history, culture and picturesque landscape of the region. If a visit to Australia’s iconic attractions tops the bucket list, do it differently by scaling up the man-made wonders. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Story Bridge Adventure Climb in Brisbane, SkyPoint Climb in Gold Coast, Roof Climb Adelaide Oval and Sydney Tower Eye & SkyWalk are must-dos in this regard. Walking is another great way to completely submerge oneself in Australia’s spectacular natural environment. From epic treks to short hikes through World Heritage-listed national parks, Australia has some of the best walking experiences in the world.
For travellers looking for a magical and out-of-the-world experience, the Australian way of life is definitely their true calling.