Mix water and speed for an exhilarating experience on Sydney Harbour aboard a jet boat. Two hours west of Sydney by train are the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy canyoning and abseiling with tour operators such as Blue Mountains Adventure Company.

In Wollongong, less than two hours by train south of Sydney, jump from a plane for a thrilling skydive above the spectacular coast. North of Sydney, go parasailing, quad biking and sandboarding in Port Stephens. In Byron Bay, go kayaking with dolphins.

Skydiving, Wollongong
Surfing, Mona Vale

Great adventures in Sydney and NSW

Pump up the adrenaline in Sydney and NSW. Abseil deep into limestone caves. Freefall from a plane before opening your parachute. Run off a cliff strapped to a hang-glider. Surf on some of the world’s best waves.

Thrill-seekers will discover these attractions and plenty more all within a few hours from Sydney by train, bus or car. To kick off your adventure, mix water and speed for an exhilarating experience on Sydney Harbour aboard a jet boat with operators such as Thunder Jet, Harbour Jet and Sydney Jet.

For those with a head for heights, try abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, with experienced operators such as the Blue Mountains Adventure Company.

Skydive Sydney - Wollongong has a drop zone at North Wollongong, less than two hours south of Sydney by train. If you’d like to try hang-gliding, head for nearby Stanwell Park’s Bald Hill, where there’s tandem hang-gliding over the Pacific Ocean.

For those seeking surfing adventures, catch big waves at Sydney beaches, including Manly and Bondi, or head for the North Coast and South Coast. Tour top surfing beaches with companies such as Mojosurf and Surf Camp Australia.

At Port Stephens, less than three hours’ drive from Sydney, you can go parasailing, sandboarding, dolphin watching and quad biking with tours such as Port Stephens 4WD Tours and Sand Dune Adventures. Farther north, dive reefs at Byron Bay or kayak on the ocean with Cape Byron Kayaks.

During winter and early spring, head to the Snowy Mountains in southwest NSW for skiing and snowboarding. Bus tours depart from Sydney. Tour operators such as K7 Adventures offer alpine ski trips and snow and ice climbing, and walking tours in the warmer months.