If you’re visiting Australia, there’s a good chance that you’re looking forward to adrenaline-pumping activities and amazing opportunities to accompany adventure travel. If you’re a thrill-seeker or you’re simply keen to test your mettle, Oz is the place for you. Here, you can try everything from zip wiring and caving to climbing and off-road driving. This is also one of the finest places on Earth to do a bungee jump. If the idea of soaring through the air at speed appeals, here are some of the best bungee spots Down Under.
Cairns is a beautiful spot to bungee because you enjoy incredible views of the sprawling rainforests beneath (if you can bear to open your eyes!) Cairns is home to the first purpose-built bungee jump tower, and it has drawn crowds from all over the globe. As well as doing your jump in beautiful surroundings, you can also take advantage of an array of sights and stunning scenery in the local area. The islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest village of Kuranda are within easy reach. The centre of Cairns is a lively base for catching up with old friends or meeting new ones.
The Cairns bungee base also offers the opportunity to glide through the trees in the Minjin swing; if this sounds appealing, you can save money by buying a combination ticket. The swing is the fastest jungle swing in the world, travelling at up to 120 km/h. If you’re feeling a little anxious, take a friend or two for moral support; the swing carries up to three people at a time.
Brisbane is home to Australia’s crane bungee jump. Stretching 40m into the air, this swing affords you views of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast, and the chance to power through the skies at speed. The Gold Coast is also a great place to try a range of water sports. The beach resorts are bustling, especially in the summer months, and there are plenty of hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. If you don’t already know how to surf, it’s well worth booking some lessons.
Australia is famed for its adventure sports, and there are loads of options on offer. If bungee jumping doesn’t float your boat, you could also try skydiving, abseiling or white water rafting. Most hostels and hotels offer booking services, and you can often combine passes if you’re keen to give everything a go.