New South Wales for Thrill Seekers

by Travelbag on 22 July 2016, 12:07PM

When we sent a group of Travel Experts to experience New South Wales, Australia, one of their favourite things about this beautiful area of the world, is how much there is to do outdoors to get that adrenaline rush. Of course there is the typical Aussie pastime of surfing, but have you also planned in kayaking and quad biking? Then there is the famous Sydney bridge climb to get a hike in while staying in the city. Here is our run down of the top 5 outdoor activities that should be in your New South Wales itinerary:

1. Quad biking on the sand dunes in Williamtown

Williamtown - Quad Biking

The Stockton Bight sand dunes are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and our Travel Experts could definitely tell! It is a wonder how our guides from Sand Dune Adventures didn't get lost as they took us through the dunes on a quad bike each. At points it feels like you are in an African desert, until you catch a glimpse of the sparkling blue sea in the distance. Although a few were a little apprehensive of riding down over the side of a sand dune most of the group had so much fun speeding over the dunes that an hour out there was not long enough!

2. Kayaking in Cape Byron

Cape Byron - Kayaking

Now sea kayaking in itself is a great way to spend a day in Cape Byron, however when we turned up to be told that we would be kayaking with wild dolphins, whales and turtles it couldn't get much better!  Add to that the local aboriginal stories that the tour guide shares as you are out in your kayak and this becomes an incredible cultural as well as wildlife experience. You don’t need any prior experience kayaking to enjoy this, just a sense of adventure, and some suncream!

3. Surfing with let's go surfing

Let's Go Surfing

You can't go to Australia without learning to surf! The New South Wales coast is dotted with surf schools, but we recommend Let's Go Surfing. With a school at Bondi beach and at Byron Bay, you can keep working on your surf skills as you travel up or down the coast. Within a 2 hour lesson most of our Travel Experts were able to stand up, and the lesson was small enough that everyone got to spend time honing their surf skills with the 2 instructors. Our top tip: Book an afternoon lesson at Byron Bay, then stay on the beach afterwards when it really comes alive with the locals heading over to watch the sun go down.

4. The Sydney BridgeClimb

BridgeClimb Sydney

This is Sydney's ultimate extreme experience and also offers the best views of the city and harbour. You can choose between the express climb up the lower arch of the bridge or a longer climb over the upper arch. With both climbs you end up right at the top, 134 meters above the water! The tour guide accompanying you is full of stories about the bridge and city, and the sense of achievement you get from reaching the top is the best!

For those less keen on heights, cycling is also a great way to see the city. Blue Bananas offers electric bike tours, which make Sydney's hills a lot less tiring, meaning more energy for sightseeing!

5. Something a little gentler...

Port Macquarie

New South Wales is also a walker’s paradise, especially if you love a good coastal walk. Our favourite is the 6km Bondi to Coogee coastal walk finishing up at Coogee Pavilion for lunch. If you're further up the coast, the coastal walk from Port Macquarie follows the stunning coastline and is about 9km from Town Green, Port Macquarie. 

Inspired to see New South Wales’ great outdoors? Find you perfect itinerary here or find a local Travel Expert who has been there themselves.

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