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Adventures Abound: Australia for those who Seek the Extraordinary

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These are the Ultimate Adventure Tours for 2018.

 

This one’s for the thrill seekers – those in pursuit of Australia’s playgrounds, who want to see by diving in. Come hand-to-fin with bottlenose dolphins, soar to extreme heights in helicopters over crashing waves, find yourself in the dense of rainforests, and submerge yourself in the salty surf.

Photo by Dan Freeman.

 

Photo by Ivan Lojko.

This is the side of Australia that will get your heart racing and blood pumping.

 

Photo by Roxanne Desgagnes.

 

By The Water

 

1. Sydney Harbour Kayaks  |  2. Sydney Harbour Boat Tours | 3. Yojo Tours

4. Whitsunday Jetski Tours  | 5. Island Jet Boating  |  6. Barefoot Tours

 

By The Trail

 

1. Troll Tours  |  2. West Oz Active Adventure Tours | 3. G’Day Adventure Tours

4. MTB Adventures |5. TripFit Adventures  |  6. Tour De Vines |

7. Melbourne by Bike

 

In The Desert

 

1. Mulgas Adventures  | 2. Uluru Camel Tours  | 3. Port Stephens 4WD Tours

 

In The Air

1. Osborne Heli Tours |2. Kirkhope Aviation

3. TigerMoth World |

With The Wildlife

 

1. Wait a While Rainforest Tours  |  2. Solar Whisper Wildlife

3. Prestige Day Tours    4. Tony’s Tropical Tours

5. Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises | 6. Ocean Road Tours

7. Daintree Wonder Tours

 

By The Water

1. Sydney Harbour Kayaks 

Location: Sydney Harbour

Dates: Year Round

Price: Eco Tour is $125, Kayak Rental $20/hour 

What To Explore:

A view of Sydney from the water is the most intimate view of Sydney – immerse your senses in the Australian surf and sand aboard kayaks and paddle boards. With the companionship of the most experienced tour guides, float through the Middle Harbour of Sydney Harbour and take in the beauty around you from the unique vantage point of your submersion in those Australian waves.

For more information, visit Sydney Harbour Kayaks here.

 

 

2. Sydney Harbour Boat Tours

Location: Sydney 

Dates: Year Round

Price: $69 

What To Explore:

It’s the classic, bucket list tour – see the Sydney Harbour in its full glory aboard the boat. Feast your eyes upon prodigious landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then dive into tourist territory: the freshly caught trout at the fish markets, the charming homes along the waterfront suburbs, and the tantalizing stories of the historic sites make this boat ride one to take again and again.

For more information, visit Sydney Harbour Boat Tours here.

 

3. Yojo Tours

Location: Gold Coast 

Dates: September 1st – May 31st

Price: $85

What To Explore:

The Gold Coast is brimming with opportunities for adventure and exploration – rockpool swimming, basalt molten lava caves, crashing waterfalls, and lush rainforests. Drift through the riches of Springbrook, one of the most glorified of the Australian ecosystems, and unveil the geological wonders. Make friends with wildlife and watch a brilliant buttery sunset over the Gold Coast; a perfect end to a perfect day of adventure.

For more information, visit Yojo Tours here.

 

4. Whitsunday Jetski Tours

Location: Airlie Beach

Dates: Year Round

Price: $190

What To Explore:

Glide over the crashing waves of Airlie Beach! This heart pumping jet ski adventure will take you through the winding waterways of South Molle and gaze at the hidden heavens of the aptly named “Daydream Islands”. The Whitsunday Island Marine Park is inundated with sightseeing opportunities, from seascapes to ocean wildlife. Vroom your engine and get sprayed by the salty surf. Never jet skied before? No experience is necessary!

For more information, visit Whitsunday Jetski Tours here.

 

5. Island Jet Boating

Location: Airlie Beach

Dates: Year Round

Price: $75

What To Explore:

Or, experience the glory of the Whitsunday Marine Park by jet boat – your experienced captain will create water thrills with fishtails, spins, and slides with a backdrop of the Australian island scenery! High speeds will take you around the South Molle and Daydream Island in one exciting boatride.

For more information, visit Island Jet Boating here.

 

6. Barefoot Tours

Location: Cairns

Dates: Year Round

Price: $109

What To Explore:

Baptize yourself in the beauty of the Australian waterways – and take your sweet time exploring. Whereas most tours have a time limit, Barefoot Tours know you’re here just once – so let the afternoon melt away as you dive into the home lagoons of the Millaa Millaa and the Josephine waterfalls. Delve into the hidden wonders of the Daintree Rainforest and let your fingers dance over the bark of a half a century old fig tree.

For more information, visit Barefoot Tours here.

7. Adventure Park

Location: Geelong

Dates: October 28-April 8

Price: Varies

What To Explore:

Make sure to visit the town of Geelong, situated by the gorgeous coast of crashing waves and known for its beautiful beaches and delicious wineries! Hidden in Geelong is Adventure Park; home to the longest and biggest water slide in Victoria, “Tornado”! Get your heart racing as you zoom through this epic slide and spend the day splishing and splashing at the world-renowned water park before you explore the rest of Geelong.

For more information, visit Adventure Park here.

 

By The Trail

 

1. Troll Tours

Location: Sydney

Dates: Year Round

Price: $130 

What To Explore:

Vroom vroom! Rev your engines aboard your Harley motorcycle (or a trike!) for all you daredevils who want to see Sydney in an extraordinary way – zooming over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the lush life of the Botanical Gardens, to the iconic sights of the Opera House and the Kings Cross, until you arrive at the famous and beloved shores of Bondi Beach.

For more information, visit Troll Tours here.

8. West Oz Active Adventure Tours

Location: Karijini

Dates: April 1st – October 31st

Price: $315

What To Explore:

The awe-inspiring Karijini National Park is full of beaten paths to hidden adventures typically restricted to the public – but you can go where others seldom go with the West Oz Active Adventure Tours. Rope, hike, dive, slide, swim, and tube into the secret treasures of this Australian goldmine with the expertise of your tour guides to peer into two billion years of natural history; a sight few are privileged enough to see on their Australian tours.

For more information, visit West Oz Active Adventure Tours here.

 

3. G’Day Adventure Tours

Location: Brisbane

Dates: Year Round

Price: $90

What To Explore:

Imagine strolling the beachside with your feet in the sand to see a kangaroo cross your path – ah, a uniquely Australian delight! A visit to Bribie Island, one of the only beaches for regular kangaroo spottings, will tantalize your desire to see Australian wildlife, from sea eagles to goannas. Take a dip in or kayak through the beautiful tea-tree stain lagoons to immerse yourself in Bribie Island’s ecosystem – or take a 4WD, zooming over the luxurious sand islands.

For more information, visit G’Day Adventure Tours here.

 

 

10. MTB Adventures

Photo by William Hook.

Location: Melbourne

Dates: September 1st – May 31st

Price: $125

What To Explore:

If you have a love for mountain biking, hop on your bike for a whizz through the You Yangs Regional Park in Victoria to see Australian wildlife up close and personal and ascend the granite peaks for a boggling view of Victoria from above. The beloved You Yangs attract local Australians for its winding and picturesque mountain bike trails – feel the wind through your hair (and helmet!) as you follow the same paths and take in the uniquely Victorian scenery.

For more information, visit MTB Adventures here.

 

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 By The Water

 

1. Sydney Harbour Kayaks  |  2. Sydney Harbour Boat Tours | 3. Yojo Tours

4. Whitsunday Jetski Tours  | 5. Island Jet Boating  |  6. Barefoot Tours

 

By The Trail

 

1. Troll Tours  |  2. West Oz Active Adventure Tours | 3. G’Day Adventure Tours

4. MTB Adventures |5. TripFit Adventures  |  6. Tour De Vines

7. Melbourne by Bike

In The Desert

 

1. Mulgas Adventures  | 2. Uluru Camel Tours  | 3. Port Stephens 4WD Tours

In The Air

 

1. Osborne Heli Tours |2. Kirkhope Aviation |3. TigerMoth World |

With The Wildlife

1. Wait a While Rainforest Tours  |  2. Solar Whisper Wildlife |

3. Prestige Day Tours   |  4. Tony’s Tropical Tours

5. Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises | 6. Ocean Road Tours

7. Daintree Wonder Tours

 

 

11. TripFit Adventures

Location: Melbourne

Dates: Year Round

Price: $99

What To Explore:

The adventure seldom ceases – from coastal hiking to mountain biking to sea kayaking and stand-up paddling, the Mornington Peninsula is yours for the taking for the day. Witness kangaroos crouch in their home hideout and peer over the cliffs at the top of Arthur’s Seat to watch the crystal blue waves crash beneath you. All adventure buffs need a rest – lay upon the golden sands with the gentle breeze and foamy shores at the Mornington beach for your afternoon nap.

For more information, visit TripFit Adventures here.

 

6. Tour De Vines

Location: Victoria and South Australia

Dates: Year Round

Price: $99

What To Explore:

It’s Australian wine with an experience – whoosh by the lush coastal vineyards aboard your bicycle to a hidden oasis amongst the grapes to eat and sip to your heart’s content. Some of the world’s greatest wines hail from these prodigious regions, from Clare Valley to McLaren Vale. Breathe in the fresh alpine air as you taste the succulent wines with your gourmet lunch, surrounded by towering mountain peaks.

For more information, visit Tour De Vines here.

7. Melbourne by Bike

Location: Melbourne

Dates: Year Round

Price: $120

What To Explore:

Hop aboard your bike for a four-hour tour of Melbourne – with more possible to see thanks to the speed of your wheels! Whiz through the back streets and get a closer look at all facets of Melbournian life, from the art to the culture, to the music, and cuisine. The bike tour also includes a casual lunch – bonus!

For more information, visit Melbourne by Bike here.

In The Desert

1. Mulgas Adventures 

Location: Alice Springs

Dates: Year Round but does not depart Monday or Friday

Price: $439 

What To Explore:

Don’t restrict yourself to day tours – much of Australian’s beauty is yours to take by night, in the midst of nature without the distraction of the city lights. Like a true explorer, sleep under the sky of constellations in Outback Australia after a day of hiking the sensational desert landscapes of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon. Wander through hidden nirvanas, adorned with waterfalls.

For more information, visit Mulgas Adventures here.

 

2. Uluru Camel Tours

Location: Yulara

Dates: Year Round

Price: $129

What To Explore:

Admit it, you’ve always wanted to ride a camel. Sit atop a saddle on the humps of the majestic creature for a true outback experience, wandering the Uluru and Kata Tjuta countryside as the sun sets in vibrant maroons and oranges over the desert sand. Uluru Camel Tours is the largest camel farm in Australia, and they offer an unprecedented camel experience, equipped with their full working saddlery.

For more information, visit Uluru Camel Tours here.

 

3. Port Stephens 4WD Tours 

Location: Port Stephens

Dates: Year Round

Price: $28 per Adult, $25 per concession, $20 per Child, $78.50 per Family 

What To Explore:

You’re only on vacation for a limited time – make everyday count. At Port Stephens 4WD tours, get the best of both worlds, from the splash of the “Blue Water Paradise” to the thrill of a ride down the sand dunes! Sandboard like the Australians do on the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, a Sahara desert away from home – at lightning speeds from dunes over 30km high. Take a rest by the waterways to observe over 100 bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat – seldom will you see such a multitude of these majestic creatures all in one place!

For more information, visit Port Stephens 4WD Tours here.

 

In The Air

1. Osborne Heli Tours

Location: Tasmania

Dates: November 1st – April 30th

Price: $145

What To Explore:

Take in the glory of the Tasmanian region from an aerial view – aboard the helicopter, choose your dream destinations – may they be the towering sea cliffs of the historic Port Arthur or the famous Three Capes Track! Your helicopter seat will douse you in the thrill of flying with the comfort of relaxation from above. It’s a must see over the sparkling waters and exceptional landscapes.

For more information, visit Osborne Heli Tours here.

 

2. Kirkhope Aviation

Location: Melbourne

Dates: Summer Island Tours – October 1st through April 30th. Central Australia tours April 1st through September 15th.h

Price: $1,000

What To Explore:

Make every Australian adventure moment count with cheap flight tickets – sometimes, the road trips and boat journeys to the iconic Australian destinations eat up the time you could have spent exploring. Instead, take a private aircraft to the bucket list hotspots, like Lake Eyre and Birdsville – experience the world-class beef on Kings Island and the freshwater seafood on Flinders Island all in one day: a luxury only afforded by private air travel. Even better; you’ll see more from a bird’s eye view on your journey.

For more information, visit Kirkhope Aviation here.

 

3. TigerMoth World

Location: Torquay, Victoria

Dates: Year Round except for August

Price: $250

What To Explore:

Thrill seekers aren’t satisfied with viewing the Great Ocean Road by boat or by foot – instead, climb into an authentic vintage open cockpit World War Two biplane and take your adrenaline for a tailspin in air aerobatics. Peek the top of the rugged cliffs and watch the waves crash far below as your biplane flips and maneuvers across the Australian skyline!

For more information, visit TigerMoth World here.

 

 

With The Wildlife

1. Wait a While Rainforest Tours 

Location: Cairns

Dates: Year Round except for end of December

Price: $199 per adult and $175 per Child 

What To Explore:

Plunge into the depths of the Australian Tropical Rainforest to witness some of Australia’s rarest and most elusive animals, from the Platypus to the Tree Kangaroo. Unique to these creatures is the fact they’re nocturnal; so feel the intimacy few behold among them in their waking hours! Even better, the tour includes afternoon tea and dinner – an unforgettable Australian wildlife experience.

For more information, visit Wait a While Rainforest Tours here.

 

2. Solar Whisper Wildlife

Location: Lower Daintree

Dates: Year Round

Price: $28

What To Explore:

In the “hush” of the quiet, clean solar electric boat proudly named the “Solar Whisper”, soar through nature nearly invisible as you encounter close contact with animals like crocodiles within the Daintree River. Specific to the Solar Whisper is its ability to sneak up on unsuspecting wildlife, leaving them undisturbed in their natural habitats – a true chance to become one with the wildlife of the Daintree National Park!

For more information, visit Solar Whisper Wildlife here.

 

3. Prestige Day Tours 

Photo by Vita Vilcina.

Location: Brisbane

Dates: Year Round

Price: $325-350 

What To Explore:

A few of Australia’s most highly coveted animals are the adorable koalas and kangaroos! Come face to face with these creatures in the heart of Brisbane – after a delicious two-course lunch overlooking Brisbane City and Moreton Bay, get your hugs ready for cuddles with koalas and hand feed kangaroos. This opportunity is as rare as the wildlife itself – with the backdrop of gorgeous waterfalls and mountains!

For more information, visit Prestige Day Tours here.

 

4. Tony’s Tropical Tours

Location: Port Douglas, Queensland

Dates: Year Round

Price: $190

What To Explore:

You want your tours to feel intimate – especially when you’re immersing yourself in nature and amongst wildlife. Choose a private interpretive walk along the river, or hop onto a Daintree River Cruise to crocodile spot! Tony’s Tropical Tours also offer the incredible chance to swim privately inside the rainforest, and feast on a Barbeque lunch in a private world heritage listed property.

For more information, visit Tony’s Tropical Tours here.

 

5. Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises 

Location: Lower Daintree

Dates: Year Round

Price: Per Adult $30, students and seniors $26, Children 5 to 14 years old $14, Children 0 to 4 Free of charge, Family package deal 2 Adults & 2 Children – $75, Private Charter $380 

What To Explore:

It’s the Daintree River in all its vivacity – come terrifyingly close to crocodiles in the safety of your boat as you tantalize your taste buds on an authentically Aussie lunch. With five star complimentary food treatment, you’ll sit back, relax, and learn about the flora, fauna, and crocodiles that call the Daintree River home. Just one hour on the river will make you feel as if it’s your home, too!

For more information, visit Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises here.

6. Ocean Road Tours 

Location: Melbourne

Dates: January 1 – May 31

Price: Adults $144, Children aged 8-15 $124 

What To Explore:

Ocean Road: a road to heaven along the most picturesque of views. Gape at the protruding sandstone cliffs that tower over the frothy, crashing azure waves of the Melbourne coast, water sparkling in the sunlight. The soft green grass hills meet the golden sand along these coastal roads – breathe in the fresh air and take your time with this sight!

For more information, visit Ocean Road Tours here.

7. Daintree Wonder Tours 

Location: Daintree Rainforest

Dates: Year Round

Price: $190 per adult, $175 per child 

What To Explore:

Sip a steaming cup of morning tea before you head to sink your toes into the sand at the Magical Cape Tribulation beach. Wander the boardwalk, smell the salty surf air, and enjoy a delectable lunch near the stunning turquoise waters of Cooper Creek. Spend the afternoon aboard boat sailing through the Daintree River as you wave hello to crocodiles, and finish a perfect day with sweet tastes of exotic rainforest icecream!

For more information, visit Daintree Wonder Tours here.

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By The Water

1. Sydney Harbour Kayaks  |  2. Sydney Harbour Boat Tours | 3. Yojo Tours

4. Whitsunday Jetski Tours  | 5. Island Jet Boating  |  6. Barefoot Tours

 

By The Trail

1. Troll Tours  |  2. West Oz Active Adventure Tours  | 3. G’Day Adventure Tours

4. MTB Adventures |5. TripFit Adventures  |  6. Tour De Vines |

7. Melbourne by Bike

In The Desert

1. Mulgas Adventures  | 2. Uluru Camel Tours  | 3. Port Stephens 4WD Tours

 

In The Air

1. Osborne Heli Tours |2. Kirkhope Aviation | 3. TigerMoth World

With The Wildlife

 

1. Wait a While Rainforest Tours  |  2. Solar Whisper Wildlife

3. Prestige Day Tours  | 4. Tony’s Tropical Tours

5. Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises  | 6. Ocean Road Tours |

7. Daintree Wonder Tours

 

 

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