Top-Rated Outdoor Adventures in Australia

Posted August 25, 2022 in Travel Guide - Last updated May 11, 2024


Do you like taking daunting risks and have a bold heart? A classic adventurer travel persona? If yes, then Australia is the place for you. It is the perfect spot for embarking on an adventurous journey and participating in some daring sports. International tourists and the locals love outdoor Adventures in Australia.

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1. The Great Ocean Road

Located along Victoria’s coastline, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most beautiful and scenic drives. It is near Melbourne and stretches over 243 kilometers, with scenic spots. It is known for its jaw-dropping, stunning beaches. If you visit Australia and miss exploring this, you will regret it forever. 

Take a road trip, visit the impressive 12 Apostles, take nature walks, and get close to the incredible rainforests and wildlife. Of course, it would be best if you didn’t try to do this in a single day. Instead, take some time and stop along the way. There are several amazing AirBnBs that will help break up your time. 

2. White Water Rafting in the Franklin River

White water rafting is essential for adventure seekers who love the outdoors. You can have a fully immersive experience in the Franklin River, located south of Queenstown in Australia. It is also known to be one of Tasmania’s best Wild Rivers. You can opt for guided tours that are 8 to 10 days long. During the tour, you will enjoy activities like hiking, rafting, and camping. However, if you are looking for only a few hours of fun, you can go for a day trip where you will be able to enjoy rafting.

3. Camel ride in Broome

When you think of camel riding, you must associate it with the Sahara Desert. However, Australia has the largest camel herd in the world, with about 750,000 animals. Imported during the 19th century, these camels lived in a perfectly suitable environment. Back then, they were used to help in the Outback with the challenging work. Today, thousands of them are roaming wild. You can visit Broome in the Kimberley region to enjoy camel rides. The best time to do this is at sunset when you can see the pristine white sands framed by the sea. 

4. Exploring the Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. This is a beautiful 75-mile beach with over 100 clear freshwater lakes and rainforests. It is also home to over 350 home species, flying foxes, the purest breed of dingoes in Australia, wallabies, kangaroos, and more. You can drive along the stretch of beautiful beaches. There are several beach resorts where you can stay or camp out. Also, don’t forget to visit The Cathedrals, the Maheno shipwreck, Champagne Pools, and Rainbow Gorge. This island is perfect for independent adventure seekers who want an authentic beach experience. 

5. Shark diving

One of the most adventurous outdoor adventures you can have in Australia is diving amidst ferocious sharks. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will allow you to look at underwater life. Port Lincoln, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium, and Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium are some of the most popular places to go shark diving. 

6. Bushwalking in the Kakadu National Park

It is possible to do bushwalking from anywhere in Australia, but you must try it at the Kakadu National Park, an iconic spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. About half of the park is wild, untamed, and now Aboriginal land. Several waterfalls, creeks, stunning mountain canyons, and lush forests exist. You can also go on a self-guided tour besides trekking and hiking. Another option is a tour with an aboriginal native. Other great bushwalk tours in Australia include Uluru-Kata Tjuta, National Park. 

7. Rock Climbing at Arapiles

If you are a climber, you must visit the beautiful Mount Arapiles. It is one of the only few climbing crags offering 2000 quality climbs. Since it is a sandstone rock, it is perfect for beginners. Most climbs have natural handholds, making them ideal for anyone getting out of their comfort zone and enjoying a beautiful landscape. You can stay at the Pines campground, located at Arapiles’ base. There are also some bed and breakfasts where you can have a hot shower.

8. Hot air balloon ride in the Yarra Valley

A short drive from Melbourne, this is one of the best places to experience a hot air balloon ride. As you rise above the Yarra River, you can see undulating hills, vines, forests, and farms. You might see a kangaroo hopping across the mountain if you are lucky. The relatively cool climate makes this well-suited to produce sparkling wine.

Australia is the perfect country for adventurous travelers. There are several spots for outdoor adventures where you can have a thrilling experience. You can use this guide to ensure a memorable adventure in Australia. Check out more travel guides here and then explore some itineraries for more ideas for your next trip.

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