17 May Queensland’s Extreme Sports
Are you a daredevil looking for some hair-raising activities? Well the best place to get your adrenaline pumping is Queensland!
Here are 6 must-do extreme sports when visiting the sunshine coast:
1. Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef
Jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet is sure to get your heart pumping! There are heaps of places in Queensland that offer the awesome experience of skydiving, however the ultimate place to skydive is around the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll get to enjoy the amazing views of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the magnificent sights of the rolling golden beaches. Simply breathtaking!
2. Bungee jumping in Cairns
If you’re looking to go bungee jumping, you’ll be sure to find a bungee jumping tower in Cairns. What a spot to fall, whilst connected to a cord, with stunning views of the ocean and the lush surrounding rainforests. Most of the towers are 50 metres high and some bungee jumping places will let you touch the water below. Keep in mind that you usually have to be at least 45kg and 10 years of age to participate.
3. Paragliding flights
This is a bit more of a time consuming activity but is well worth the effort. You’ll have to book a course that usually includes 2 days of introductory training and full license training. Once you’re fully trained, you’ll be able to choose the point you want to zoom into the air from, which can be as high as 10,000 feet. There are some beautiful places to take the first leap, so pick your favourite place in Queensland.
4. Rainforest rafting adventures
Now it’s time to get a bit wet and wild with river rafting. Beginners can take a 2-hour trip, with 2-3 grade rapids, so fairly tame. You’ll learn the important safety precautions, the standard paddling techniques and how to make awesome splashes. For more experienced rafters, there are full day rafting adventures that take you through the pristine World Heritage Rainforest, with grade 3-4 rapids. And of course for those advanced daredevils there are grade 4 rides that will take you through some fun white wash down the Tully River.
5. Cape Tribulation jungle surfing
What is jungle surfing you ask? Attached to a flying fox zipline, you’ll fly through the canopy of the colossal rainforest trees and see Cape Tribulation like you’ve never seen it before. There are 5 tree platforms throughout the jungle surfing bonanza. At these points you’ll be able to catch your breath and appreciate the glory of Cape Tribulation, in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Look out for the real flying foxes!
6. Quad biking fun
Kuranda has some great all-terrain trails which will really get your blood pumping. Powering through the mighty Aussie bushland, you’re sure to have the time of your life. If you’re not comfortable with the heavy-duty quad bikes, most quad bike tours provide the option of a smaller bike.
If these 6 ultimate extreme sports haven’t got your heart pumping, let us know what your favourite extreme sport is. We’d love to add it to our list!
Hayman Island’s Digital Marketing Executive, Lauren Esplin, loves nothing more than visiting new lands, meeting the people and learning different languages and customs. She also happens to work for one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and is fortunate enough to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Islands as part of her job.
photo by Kenski1970 on flickr