Sydney really is a city that has it all. If all you see is the tourist brochures, you could easily be fooled into thinking that the city has a Harbour Bridge, an Opera House, a beach at Bondi, and that's all! In reality, you can do almost anything in Sydney, and adrenaline junkies have a huge variety of heart-in-mouth activities to check out. We look at 6 of the most scream-inducing activities for backpackers in Sydney !
- Downunder Jet Boat
- Skydiving the Beach
- Hang gliding
- Sydney Skywalk
- Indoor Flying Trapeze
- Abseiling Empress Canyon
The Downunder Jet Boat's grunt and maneuverability rival Formula 1 cars … there is some serious engine under this big green hulk of metal! The boat pulls of 270 degree spins, actually surfs waves and does some wild, but very controlled fishtails. You'll be glad the roar of the engine and the splash of displaced water is loud enough to (mostly) cover your screams…
There's no better way to celebrate being alive than by doing something that every inch of your body tells you will kill you if you go through with it! Skydiving is the holy grail of adrenaline sports, especially for the uninitiated. You'll reach downward speeds of over 200 km/hr (so limit fluids and go to the toilet before you hop in the plane!), and the parachute ride down to the beach lasts about 5 minutes. Contact Skydive the Beach.
Hang gliding can be nearly as scary as jumping out of a plane … only you get a chance to overcome the adrenaline and actually appreciate the experience before it is all over. The Sydney Hang Gliding Centre have a perfect safety record, and tandem rides cost about $160. They'll also take photos … no need to maintain a death-grip on your camera for the entire flight.
This is located in the heart of the city, very close to your city central backpackers in Sydney. You'll get to wander around the rooftop of one of the city's tallest buildings, the Sydney Tower - the glass-floored viewing platform is one of the highlights. Skywalk runs every hour, and you don't need to book.
The Indoor Flying Trapeze does require some level of skill … unlike skydiving, where you just have to scream and survive! This experience involves being taught how to perform a trick on the flying trapeze, learning trampoline skills, etc. You get a video recording of your experience, also.
This experience is great for those with a low adrenaline threshold - abseiling is fairly controlled, and the drops are well graduated. The abseiling is mixed up with scenic walks, swims and waterslides.
Bonus: Caving at Wee Jasper in Canberra
It's not quite the Sydney city centre, but you can quite easily book a bus down to Canberra for the experience of caving at Wee Jasper. Ther are plenty of gorgeous limestone features here, and the exploring is mixed up with abseiling around the caves. Lunch is included ... well worth the trip!
Sydney is so much more than buildings and beaches. The moments that will really stay with you from your time backpacking in Sydney will be those where you're made to really feel alive!