Go On An Adventure In New South Wales
Get your heart pumping with an adrenaline filled summer in New South Wales
Once you’ve seen all the iconic sights in Sydney, wined and dined in the Hunter Valley and blissed out in Byron Bay, why not check out these other unique things to do in New South Wales. From hiking the world’s second-largest enclosed canyon to stargazing through Australia’s largest telescope, here are eight adventures to be found in NSW:
Indigenous stand up paddle boarding, Coffs Harbour, NSW North Coast
On the mid-north coast of NSW, Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours are running excursions in Coffs Harbour using the local Gumbaynggirr language to share the stories of their people. Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours offers stand up paddle board tours lead by descendants of the world’s first stand up paddlers and Australia’s salt water people. Enjoy seasonal bush foods, learning Gumbaynggirr language and connecting with Indigenous stories and culture. Explore the beautiful creek located within the Solitary Islands Marine Park which is home to more than 550 species of fish, 90 species of coral, four species of turtle and 600 species of molluscs.
Stargaze at Australia’s first Dark Sky Park in the Warrumbungle National Park, Outback
New South Wales has strengthened its position as Australia’s astro-tourism capital with the certification of Australia’s first Dark Sky Park at Warrumbungle National Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The Warrumbungle National Park in Outback NSW has long been renowned for its star-gazing opportunities, due to its crystal-clear skies, low humidity, high altitude and world-class optical astronomy research facility at neighbouring Siding Spring Observatory. The observatory has several telescopes on the site, including the world famous 3.9 metre Anglo-Australian Telescope, a visitor centre with astronomy exhibition.
Race against Chris Froome in L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France
L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that attracts international competitors from all over the world to compete in the beautiful Snowy on Mountains on 2 December 2017. There are two distances available to competitors. These include the Race (157 km) and the Ride (126 km). The Ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section, Col de Beloka. Riders can go head-to-head with Chris Froome as he rides alongside competitors from the back to the front of the pack as he competes for the famous Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White Jerseys.
Quad Bike at Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens
The sand dunes at Port Stephens are the largest in the southern hemisphere and an adventure playground on four wheels. Sand Dune Adventures offers an exclusive Cultural Quad Bike Riding experience traversing the Worimi Sand Dunes. Visitors can ride from bush to beach on a 400cc quad bike with an Aboriginal guide to learn Indigenous culture and history, visiting ancient campsites, learning about bush tucker and medicines, and how to find fresh water.
Hike the second largest canyon in the world, Lithgow
The Capertee Valley northwest of the Blue Mountains is an estimated one kilometre wider than the Grand Canyon and features sandstone cliffs, canyons and undisturbed forest. Rich in flora and fauna, it is home to 242 species of bird, more than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere making it a twitchers’ paradise. The impressive peak, Pantoneys Crown, beckons the keen walker to climb to its summit and take in the 360 degree views of the dramatic and breathtaking valley.
Climb the Seven Peaks on Lord Howe Island
The Seven Peaks Walk is one of the newest walks to join the list of Great Walks of Australia. The challenging five-day guided adventure traverses pristine beaches and exposed coral platforms to the delicate mist forests on Mt Gower. Along the way, walkers can explore sheltered swimming coves, palm forests, freshwater creeks, rugged sea cliffs and volcanic peaks. Some sections of the walk wind along a cliff rising 300-vertical metres, while sections go deep into Jurassic Park-style banyan forests. The island has recorded 241 species of indigenous plants of which 113 are found nowhere else in the world. 207 bird species have been recorded, 32 of which breed on the island.
Hot air ballooning over the Green Cauldron, Byron Bay
Take off on an early morning hot air balloon ride across the Byron Bay hinterland and experience breath-taking panoramic views of the Green Cauldron, a dramatic landscape of rainforests and mountain ranges that stretches from Byron Bay to the Tweed and west towards the Great Dividing Range. It is one of the few places in Australia where mountains, sub-tropical rain forests and the ocean meet. Spot the volcanic caldera of Mount Warning to the north, and the coastline and beaches to the east.
Experience Sydney from 1,000 feet above water
Sydney Seaplanes operates from the site of Australia’s first international airport, where Catalina flying boats would take off for a ten-day journey to London in the early 1940s. Now 15 flights per day, all year round, take passengers over Sydney’s sandstone coastline for short scenic tours or fly-and-dine experiences to the fine dining restaurant Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River, or to luxury hotel Jonah’s at Whale Beach. The terminal has undergone a recent refurbishment to become a high-end waterside dining spot where visitors can enjoy coffee and pastry or NSW sparkling wine and oysters before their flight.