Australia is home to many famous sights – you’ve got Uluru (Ayers Rock to some), Sydney Opera House, and Heart Reef to name just a few – as well as some absolutely gorgeous beaches and breath-taking wilderness of the Outback. But we all know about all those things; how about something a little more interesting, a little more exciting, a little more… adventurous?
Here are some of the most fantastic adventure experiences available to you when you travel Down Under, and they’re not the most well-known about either, so you can take the road less trodden and have a unique and life-changing time. If you’re looking for an exhilarating holiday, read on…
Riding the Horizontal Falls on the Kimberley Coast
There’s only one way to access the Horizontal Falls: you’ll have to charter a seaplane from Horizontal Falls Adventures from either Broome or Derby and fly for about an hour. That’s an adventure in itself!
Once you’ve splashed down in the waters of Talbot Bay, you will climb into a purpose-built boat, running at an adrenaline-pumping 900 horsepower! The Falls themselves were named by David Attenborough, due to the way the rapids appear as they rush down the gorges – they look just like a sideways waterfall. It’s incredible.
Go for the full four-day experience if you really want to get your blood pumping: you can go for a swim in the massive shark/crocodile cage, allowing you to get up close and personal with some fearsome predators!
Reach the Peak of Australia – The Snowy Mountains
Mount Kosciuszko is the highest peak in all Australia, standing at an imposing 2228 metres above sea level. Any travel guide to Australia will tell you it’s an awe-inspiring sight, but it’s so much better from the top!
Sure, you could get the cable car, but you’re no sheep. You don’t want to be up there when it’s packed with other tourists; no one needs random heads getting in the way of that perfect, once-in-a-lifetime vista photograph. You’re in luck – the cable car stops running at 4pm, but the Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks team keep on trekking!
You’ll be able to experience the rugged beauty of the wilderness by yourself, and the view from the top will seem that much sweeter once you’ve completed the 20-mile hike. There are some creature comforts though: your tents will already be set up by the time you reach the summit, and there’s a sumptuous meal waiting for you!
Dive Down in Darwin… Into the Cave of Death!
You will find the fear-inducingly named Crocosaurus Cove right in the centre of Darwin, and it’s the best place on the planet to get to know Australia’s awesome saltwater crocodiles. There’s also a pretty special aquarium, featuring sawfish, whiprays and barramundi, as well as a fantastic turtle enclosure. But that’s not why we’re here.
We’re here for the Cage of Death. This is the only place on Earth where you can come face to face with saltwater crocodiles and be reasonably sure of living to tell the tale. Get your swim trunks on and try not to flinch as the five-metre beasts swim right up to you. Oh, did we mention the “cage” is actually a plastic cylinder? Good luck…