When beach fatigue sets in this summer test your comfort zone and try out one of these heart pumping activities. From the depths of the ocean to soaring heights, one thing is for sure, you will never look at Sydney the same way again.
A mix of swimming, wading, jumping into pools, abseiling through waterfalls, bushwalking and hiking, canyoning is an adventure-seeker’s heaven. Based in the Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountain Adventure Company offers a range of canyoning experiences in accordance with your level of ability. The grandeur and pristine beauty of the landscape is the perfect location to explore geological treasures found only in the Blue Mountains.
Location: 84a Bathurst Road, Katoomba
‘Everything’s better, down where it’s wetter.’
Allowing you to temporarily enter another world, scuba diving is the perfect answer to mid-summer beach fatigue. Fall back in love with the ocean by taking your diving to greater depths at one of the countless diving spots around Sydney. Frog Dive Scuba Centre offers diving courses for beginners all over Sydney with all equipment supplied (except your togs, of course). Abyss also offers courses and accreditations for those looking to improve their ability regardless of their level.
Abyss Scuba Diving
278 Ricky Point Road, Ramsgate
Frog Dive Willoughby
539 Willoughby Road, Willoughby
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary lets you enter the tank with their colony of Grey Nurse Sharks ranging in size from 1-3 metres. Getting up close to these guys is an unparalleled opportunity to tackle any fears you hold head on – or at least to prove it to your mates! The Grey Nurse Shark is not an aggressive shark and will be just as curious about you as you are them. No diving experience is necessary – just remember to get plenty of photographic proof for any doubting friends. Shark dives start at $250 a person.
West Esplanade, Manly
Painful as it sounds, fear not. The adrenaline is monumental and the competition has seen many a meek friend turn into a raging ball of fury (only in a good way) as soon as the battle kicks off. Ultimate Paintball has over 14 themed battlefields to choose from, picnic areas and plenty of parking, plus they offer packages where the group’s organizer plays free…win-win. One of the themed battlefields, Zombie Land, is quite the setup, with players having to take out the Zombies before they get taken out. We’re thinking zombies gives you pretty good motivation to get cracking.
Corner of Remembrance Drive and Cawdor Road, Cawdor
Forever zipping up and down the harbour providing plenty of entertainment for spectators watching on from the shoreline, a ride on a jetboat in Sydney will get your heart racing while you take in views of the city from the middle of the harbour. Seating 20 or 23 adrenaline seekers, the Thunder Jets’ yellow vessels fly between Rose Bay and Luna Park for 30-45 minutes of hair-raising speed and sharp corners. The Harbour Jet also does fantastic gift certificate deals that will knock the socks off adventure lovers.
Circular Quay Eastern Pontoon, Jetty 1
King Street Wharf 9, Darling Harbour
Get in touch with the magnificent creatures around you by catching a glimpse of the whales as they make their pilgrimage past Sydney. 2 to 3 hour cruises out of Sydney Headlands take you up close to magnificent humpbacks, false killer whales, dolphin pods and whatever else you are lucky enough to come across. Whale Watching Sydney tours offer a ‘whale guarantee’, ensuring a free return trip if you don’t see any whales on your first cruise. Cruises start at $51 for adults.
Harbour Street, Sydney
Sea Plane Trips
This one is for the romantics. Taking off from the protected waters of Rose Bay in Sydney’s east, the seaplane whisks you away to secluded destinations including Palm Beach, Cottage Point and Berowra Waters for a romantic waterside meal or picnic. With hamper packages available, you are able to completely relax and soak in the stunning natural scenery Sydney has to offer without worrying about the details. Palm Beach day trips start at $365 per person.
Newport Beach, Newport
Underground Tours: The Tank Stream
What was once Sydney’s first water supply in the colony’s early days, The Tank Stream now provides history buffs with a fascinating tour through 60-metres of the heritage listed tunnel that was built by stonemasons and convicts. Led by specialist guides, visitors hear about how the Stream shaped (and was shaped by) Sydney’s growth. Access to the Stream is restricted to only two tours per year and a lengthy ballot process precedes the ticket purchase ($35 general admission).
Tankstream Way, Sydney
Rally in the Hunter Valley
To the north-west of Sydney lies the Colo Heights Rally School – a much more sensible location for a good old fang in a genuine rally car around a genuine rally track, than the back streets of town. With experiences starting at $99 for a speedy hotlap ride while driven by a professional – you’ll really get whipped about. $195 and up will get you in the driver’s seat and getting the feel for a powerful rally car. Don’t worry, you will be comprehensively briefed about the do’s and don’ts as well as being accompanied by an instructor – you’ll be well looked after.
5308 Putty Road, Colo Heights
The tandem skydive is just one of those things that everyone must try once in their lives. The slow ascent into the clouds followed by what feels like hours of free fall before the chute opens up is a sensation you’ll never forget. The rush is like nothing else. Sydney Skydivers offer tandem dives almost every day of the year (weather permitting) with prices starting at $249. Sydney Skydivers also offers courses for those keen to learn how to skydive solo.
745 Picton Road, Picton
SKYWALK, Sydney Tower Eye
Another one for those looking to face their fears, the SKYWALK involves stepping out onto a glass-floor viewing platform that sits 268 metres above the streets of Sydney and basking in the 360 degree views of the city and its spectacular attractions. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm, reservations are recommended and experiences start at $50.
100 Market Street, Sydney
The Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb is something that every Sydneysider ought to do if they wish to call themselves a true local. Taking in the views of Sydney’s most iconic attractions and vistas, the views from the top are unparalleled and will undoubtedly deliver you triple-figure likes with your selfie upload on Instagram. Enough reason or what? Climbs start at $288, but the twilight climbs are without question the most sought after and cost a little more than daytime options, #sunsettax.
3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks