Top-rated Sydney adventure tours and activities by water, land or air

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The natural environment plays an important role in adventure tours. Specific environments are often necessary for certain types of adventure tours and unique settings are seen to enhance the value of adventure tour experiences. When you think about Sydney, Australia, our minds automatically think of monumental structures like the Opera house and the Harbour bridge. What many people don’t know, there is a wide range of adventurous activities to do around Sydney. At Sydney Top Tours, we want to help you make Sydney your own adventure playground, here we have discussed our top picks in terms of Sydney adventure tours for your next adrenaline-filled holiday.

Sydney adventure tours – by air

F18 Combat fighter flight simulator

Jet Flight Simulator Sydney offers you to get the taste of an F-18 fighter. Booking a tour to here you will get an opportunity to see live instrumentation, working Heads-up Display and colossal view of the world outside on the 180 degrees wrap-around screen all combine to convince you’re flying a Hornet for real. Contact details – (+61) 0400 341 244

Wollongong tandem skydive

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One-hour drive to South of Sydney passing the Royal National Park, you can get to the drop zone of Sydney’s only beach skydiving spot. Popular among youngers, this Sydney adventure activity offers the ultimate thrill of freefall at over 200km/h for up to an insane 60 seconds. And then float under canopy for 5-7 minutes soaking up spectacular views of Wollongong and the Southern Sydney beaches. Contact details – 1300 520 136

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Hot air balloon

If you want to feel the magic of soaring over a changing landscape at sunrise as you suspended in a basket, hot air balloon adventure tour is for you. The closest to Sydney, you can organise a hot air balloon leaves either from Hunter Valley or Camden. Usually, a one-hour sunrise balloon ride complements with Champagne celebration. Contact details – 1300 723 279

Sydney adventure tours – by water

Kayaking at Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley is a perfect getaway from a busy Sydney life and perfectly located within 1.5 hours drive to the South of Sydney. Canoe at Kangaroo river is another popular adventure activity and the canoe trip starts at Hampden Bridge and finishes after the Bendeela picnic area. The paddle is over 5 km that test your skills on 6 small rapids along the way. On a perfect day, you may able to spot a wombat on the river bank. Contact details – (+61) 02 44651502

Catamaran cruise of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Enjoy the natural wilderness of Ku-ring-gai Chase national park by a power catamaran leaves from Akuna bay. This is one and only way to see some of the Aboriginal rock-art sites that are only accessed by water. Usually, a standard cruise takes up to 2.5 hours to return, but you have options to book a private charter. Contact Sydney Private Tours for more info.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Sydney adventure tours – by land

Discovery trail – Lost world hike

The Discovery trail is famous for it’s rich in both cultural heritage as well as varied scenery. Driving past Blue Mountains, you can reach to Newnes Plateau were the start of this hidden yet greenish side of the pine forest. If you drive in foggy weather, watch for Eastern grey kangaroos and are a common sight in the forest.  If you are after a local guide with expertise, contact Kirsty (+61) 0439 464 660. She is the best!

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Sandboarding at Port Stephens

At Port Stephens, you can feel the adventure of the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. You can board down the massive up to 40 metre high dunes. Many travellers choose to hire a quad bike and experience the most exhilarating ride of a lifetime.


If you are after a zip line experiences, we recommend you need to look at TreeTop ziplines. A fun and adrenaline-filled rollercoaster zip lines give you the WOW factors as you swoop, twist, turn and zig-zag through the trees. Contact them at (+61) 0455 334 945

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Inspired? Perhaps, you want to book an adventure tour in Sydney with a private guide? Read our other articles on Sydney wine regions, Best Sydney breweries, and Sydney day tours.

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