Adventure and Sport
Enjoy the thrill of skydiving and hang-gliding in Wollongong. Visit the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney’s west for whitewater rafting on an Olympic course. Rent a bicycle in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands. Paddle a kayak on Sydney Harbour or zoom around the harbour on a jet boat.
On the North Coast, try parasailing in Port Stephens and dive or snorkel reefs in Byron Bay. Hot-air ballooning is popular in Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Byron Bay. Visitors can play golf at many courses in Sydney and the NSW regions and in winter and early spring, there are skiing trips to the Snowy Mountains.
Enjoy sport and adventure in Sydney and NSW
In your search for adventure, Sydney and NSW offer numerous exhilarating experiences. From skydiving and abseiling to scuba diving and skiing, you’ll find activities in locations as varied as the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, and at beaches and bays on the stunning coastline.
Visitors seeking gentler adventures will discover plenty of things to do, such as walking trails in national parks and kayaking and fishing on the coast. Biking on cycle paths beside beaches and through parks and bushland reserves is popular, or go sailing on Sydney Harbour with EastSail, Explore Sailing or Harbour Days Sailing.
For a real adrenalin rush, you can skydive above beautiful beaches and hinterlands. Jump zones north and south of Sydney include Wollongong, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.
For underwater adventures, explore marine parks teeming with sea life. Dive with seals off Montague Island on the South Coast. On the North Coast, spot turtles and manta rays in the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Join a guided tour with Sundive Byron Bay or you can paddle a kayak to watch bottlenose dolphins play.
Join crowds of enthusiastic fans at major sporting events held at Sydney Cricket Ground, near the city centre, and at Sydney Olympic Park, 40 minutes by train in Sydney’s west.
Arrive a week before the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display to see the thrilling start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.