Australia

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Australia is an adventure travel fantasy come true for anyone looking for the ultimate in outdoor adventures.

Here you’’ll discover incredible beaches, luxuriant tropical forests, ocean experiences you can’’t find anywhere else and strange, exotic things to see and experience out in the middle of a vibrant red and orange desert expanse.

The Great Barrier Reef has a spectacular collection of marine life and boasts many awesome diving opportunities.

The Outback is a vast and remote area in the center of Australia and is home to Ayers Rock, which is often lit up in fiery reds and oranges.  You’ll also discover a variety of interesting animal life including kangaroo, the free-roaming wild dingo, the bearded dragon and camels.

The Aussies love to gamble, so don’’t let yourself get sucked into their enthusiasm for it if you’’re on a tight budget. If you don’’t like rugby… then keep that to yourself. Talking that sport down isn’’t going to make you any friends.

You can explore the many cultures of aboriginal peoples, learn the interesting aspects of Australian slang and visit some wonderful museums.

There’’s an awful lot of great food to be tasted, but not a lot considered authentically Australian.

Here’s a tip for you: resist the urge to spread a little vegemite on your bread regardless of how much the locals encourage you to do so. Take a quick sniff and you’’ll know that I mean. I think that’’s an acquired taste.

The bottom line: You’’ll be hard pressed to find any other country in the world with more to offer a person looking for the best in adventure travel. Australia should be at the very top of your list.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

You’’ll have an easy time finding exotic things to see and experience when going on an Australia adventure. There are loads of unique animal life including the cute koalas, emus, and those over-sized rabbit looking creatures they call kangaroos. You’’ll find quite a bit more when you go snorkeling or scuba diving.

There are plenty of exotic things to see from the deep blue panorama of the Great Barrier Reef to the mysterious lush green jungles and rainforests of North Queensland.

If you’’re looking to discover exotic new cultures, you’’ll have some of the most ancient civilizations to explore with many aboriginal peoples who will enrapture you with their folklore and enchant you with their songs.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Australia cities are known for their diverse cultures, which include influences from the UK, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia, Italy, Greece and, of course, the indigenous Aboriginal cultures.

The Australian cuisine is not known for its many authentic dishes, but you will find some interesting choices like vegemite, bunya nuts, bush tomato and kangaroo meat. They do offer fine dining for foreign cuisines, and you can always throw a shrimp on the barbie and enjoy some of the best seafood in the world.

You’’ll also find that beach culture is an important way of life down under. A huge portion of the Australian population lives within a short distance of the beach, and the Aussies do love the ocean.

The aboriginal peoples have interesting cultures you’’ll want to explore, especially how their music is such an integral part of their lives. You may even want to take a turn at playing a didgeridoo.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

When it comes to Australia adventure activities, the question isn’’t what can you do,… it’’s what can’’t you do. Don’’t just think the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef for outdoor adventures in Australia. Those are marquee destinations with incredible experiences, but there’’s much, much more to Australia than that.

You can go “walkabout” through the national parks, strap on your wing and paraglide the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and then wax your board and surf Kirra and Burleigh Heads on Australia’’s east coast.

Australia offers you a land of plenty for outdoor adventure travel activities. Following is a more complete list of things for you to do.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Camel riding
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Elephant riding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining (navigation)
  • Sea kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snow skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours/Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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