Destinations Pack For An Adrenaline-Filled Adventure Vacation To Sydney & New South Wales, Australia

Pack For An Adrenaline-Filled Adventure Vacation To Sydney & New South Wales, Australia

Packed with adrenaline-pumping activities, New South Wales in Australia provides an ideal setting for a truly adventure-filled trip.


By Bayar Jain Published on Jul 17, 2023, 10:00 AM

Pack For An Adrenaline-Filled Adventure Vacation To Sydney & New South Wales, Australia
Couple enjoying a quad bike tour on the Stockton Sand Dunes with Sand Dune Adventures.

Packed with adrenaline-pumping activities that make for everlasting memories, New South Wales in Australia provides an ideal setting for a truly thrilling trip.

Blessed with magnificent national parks, dazzling coastlines, the striking Outback, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, New South Wales is Australia has unique landscapes that offer countless outdoor adventures.

Adventure Awaits in Sydney and New South Wales

Head North

Family enjoying a visit to Bondi Beach,
Family enjoying a visit to Bondi Beach, Bondi in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. (Photo Courtesy: Destination NSW)

Begin your adventure holiday with hiking trails in and around Sydney. The Bondi to Coogee Walk is dotted with Sydney’s iconic sights along the way. When at Bondi beach, sign up for a quick surfing lesson. A short ferry ride across the harbour, head to Manly for The Spit to Manly Walk—another coastal stretch near the state capital—promises a mix of bush and brushland, picturesque bays, along with aboriginal rock engravings. An hour’s drive north of the city, make time to visit Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. Located in the Central Coast region, this 3,000- acre unspoiled wilderness—credited as Australia’s largest horse-riding centre—is ideal for guided rides, as well as to hire horses for solo adventures. Those looking for fast-paced action can strap on to one of the world’s longest and fastest rollercoaster-style ziplines at TreeTops Crazy Rider in Ourimbah State Forest.

Horses at Glenworth Valley Outdoor
Horses at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Glenworth Valley. (Photo Courtesy: Destination NSW)

Continue further north towards Port Stephens for quad biking adventures at the Stockton Bright Sand Dunes or go scuba diving alongside bottlenose dolphins. Make a pitstop to swim with grey nurse sharks at Fish Rock Cave or enjoy whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River, before venturing further north to Byron Bay where one of the must-dos is the Cape Byron Walking Track where you can enjoy spectacular coastal views while you hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops. Byron Bay is also famous for skydiving—enjoy views of the most eastern point of the continent from up to 15,000 feet!

Southern Sojourns

Man swimming with seals
Man swimming with seals during a snorkelling tour in Jervis Bay. (Photo Courtesy: Jordan Robins)

On the southern side of Sydney, more adventures await. Start with Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong, which passes through Royal National Park and over Sea Cliff Bridge. Stop by Jervis Bay Marine Park—a park located only two hours away from the metropolis—for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Illawarra Fly Zipline at New South Wales
Visitors enjoying the Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour in Knights Hill, south of Wollongong. (Photo Courtesy: Destination NSW)

Alternatively, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures in Southern Highlands offers one of Australia’s popular rainforest canopy experiences. Those with more time on hand can attempt Six Foot Trek, a three-day 46-kilometrelong trek best reserved for experienced hikers; or Five Mile mountain bike trail with wall rides, flowing bridges, and a pump track.

…and more!

Blue Mountains in New South Wales
Woman abseiling at Cahills Lookout, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. (Photo Courtesy: Destination NSW)

Heading west from Sydney? Visit Blue Mountains. These UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes are ideal for trekking, rock climbing, and abseiling. Squeeze in a ride to the edge of the Grose Wilderness on the Burramoko cycle trail or escape to the mainland to marvel at the world’s southernmost coral reef at Lord Howe Island Marine Park.

Getting to New South Wales

Singapore Airlines’
Enjoy the spacious luxury of Singapore Airlines Business Class on your next flight to Sydney.

With an action-packed adventure holiday awaiting in New South Wales, it’s best to kickstart it with a soothing flight. With Singapore Airlines’ flights to Sydney, the holiday begins with world-class service 30,000 feet in the air. From spaciously designed interiors across cabins to delectable meals and intuitive mood lighting that helps reduce jetlag, the Singapore Airlines’ inflight experiences are designed for relaxation.

Related: 5 Reasons Why We Love Sydney For Family Holidays

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Bayar Jain

Bayar Jain

Senior Content Manager

Equipped with a degree in Sociology (Honours) from the University of Delhi and a postgraduate diploma in English Journalism and Mass Communication from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, Bayar enjoys sharing stories of people, places, and different cultures. When not typing her travel tales, you can catch the hobbyist photographer capturing ..Read More

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