New South Wales for Adrenaline Junkie

14 February 2018

If you crave adventure, you've come to the right place. No matter what the season in NSW, you can choose from a wide variety of spectacular landscapes, marvellous waterways, thrilling activities and wonderful experiences all with easy access to tour operators and local guides.

For Snow Lovers

The Snowy Mountains are a winter wonderland, offering all kinds of activities including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and night skiing. Whether you're a beginner or experienced, the beautiful snowfields and spectacular scenery will captivate you.

Skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes for some downhill thrills in Kosciuszko National Park. Non-skiing adventure-seekers will enjoy hiking or snowshoeing. Australia's longest ski runs and highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains. Lively towns such as Jindabyne and Cooma and the ski resorts in this alpine region are also popular destinations in warmer months for hiking, horseriding, kayaking and fishing. From skiing and snowboarding to tobogganing and building snowmen, the snowfields in south-west NSW are great for thrills and fun. Test your skills at terrain parks and you can even try night skiing.The snow season runs from June to October, with July and August the most popular. 

For Underwater Lovers

Explore the pristine underwater worlds in NSW, where you'll see marvellous marine life and old ship wrecks in crystal clear waters. From clownfish and turtles to seals and dolphins, the beautiful waters of NSW are a haven for sea creatures large and small. You'll find plenty of beautiful locations to snorkel and scuba dive, along with tours and scuba diving schools.

One of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling sites in the world is at Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage area for its remarkable geology and rare birds, plants and marine life. In the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, the world's southernmost coral reefs teem with over 500 species of fish. On the South Coast, Shellharbour is a gorgeous location with diving and snorkelling operators that can take you right to where the action is. Bass point in Shell Cove is a marine reserve and one of the South Coast's scuba dive and snorkel hot spots. Farther south, Jervis Bay's marine park has resident dolphins and on Montague Island just off Narooma, you can snorkel or dive with seals.

For Adrenaline Junkies

Discover the beauty of NSW from a bird's-eye view. The sky's the limit! If you're seeking a tranquil experience and a glorious sunrise, it might be time to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. The oldest means of human flight, a hot air balloon is one of the quietest modes of flight along with hang-gliding and paragliding. Popular ballooning paths run over the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, the beautiful coastline of Byron Bay, and around the picturesque countryside of Canowindra, regarded by some as the hot air balloon capital of Australia. If you've ever wanted to enjoy the sensation of flying, parasailing 100 metres above sparkling Port Stephens will get you pretty close. Secured to the back of a boat, take in the view as your parachute lifts you effortlessly into the air. Fly solo or in tandem as you enjoy 10 exhilarating minutes off the ground before returning to shore.

If you love four-wheel driving, off-road driving or quad bikes, NSW offers plenty of exciting drives. From tours to the choose-your-own-adventure experience, you’ll discover some of the world’s most spectacular terrains and beautiful views on the coast and inland. Get to know the State's unique and rugged terrain on a caving, canyoning, abseiling or rock climbing adventure. Four-wheel-driving and off-roading tour are popular in both Country NSW and Outback NSW. Or explore parts of the State on horseback - you'll find great horseriding options in Sydney and throughout NSW. One of the best places to ride quad bikes is in the Worimi Conservation Lands, which include the towering Sand Dunes. The dunes are the largest moving coastal sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere. Excellent terrain for four-wheel driving as well, there are plenty of tours on offer such as Sand Dunes Adventure and Sand Dunes Safaris. 

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