Wanderlust Adventures In Australia
If you love action-packed activities and are keen for a holiday that's a little different, Australia might just be your favourite place on the planet! From doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk to spending a night in Fremantle Prison (don't worry, it hasn't seen felons in 25 years!) there is something for everyone Down Under.
Helicopter flights are more affordable than ever, and if you want to see some of Australia's natural wonders from a fresh angle you might want to fly over the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Uluru in the Northern Territory, or the 12 Apostles in Victoria. Keen to spend a few days in awe of the magnitude and diversity of the Australian landscape? You can catch the Ghan or Indian-Pacific trains, which traverse the continent from Adelaide to Darwin and Perth to Sydney respectively. If you're driving and like the sound of golf with a difference, the Nullarbor – the same plain crossed by the Indian-Pacific – boasts 18 holes in 18 different towns, spread over 1,000km. Generally too far to walk, but we wouldn't rule out people having done it.
If you're a fan of waterborne activities why not raft the 125km length of the Franklin River in Tasmania, canoe the Noosa River on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, or scuba dive in South Australia's spectacular outback sinkholes? Western Australia caters to those who want to swim with whale sharks, at Ningaloo Reef, or surf world famous waves in Margaret River. Queensland boasts some of the globe's best waves too, and the Great Barrier Reef offers everything from sailing to snorkeling on one of the natural wonders of the world.
Eager to take to the skies? You might want to ride in a hot air balloon over the Gold Coast hinterland, or the Melbourne skyline at dawn. Hang gliding around the lighthouse at Byron Bay - Australia's most easterly point - is always popular, and for the more adventurous there are skydiving operations in every corner of the country. Mountain bike treks and overnight horse rides can be found within striking distance of all major cities, and the same goes for sailing holidays, bush walks, and hiking and camping trails. If you're hankering for a one-of-a- kind experience, it's fair to say there's nothing in the world that compares to the Horizontal Falls in Western Australia's Kimberley, the mining town of Coober Pedy in South Australia with its subterranean wonders, or the Henley-on-Todd sailing regatta, held annually on a bone-dry Henley River in Alice Springs.
Australia is the world's smallest continent and biggest island, and boasts every type of climate, flora and fauna imaginable. If you've got a passion for all things off-the-beaten-path, there's nowhere you'd rather be.