Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate Adventures

30 August 2013

Palm Beach

All over the world, tourism operators vie for the top spot of best travel adventure destination.

So when the Lonely Planet names its top 1,000 Ultimate Adventures, the world stands up to take a look. Australia took out 58 of those spots, and of those, nine are found dotted around Sydney and New South Wales.

Abseiling in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales made the cut for its adrenalin-pumping sheer cliff faces and spectacular scenery. The mountains also took the title for the most thrilling canyoning adventure.

As for the best of city hikes, Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk topped the list with its track from Barrenjoey in Palm Beach to the Royal National Park. This seven-day trip wowed the judges because of its epic scenery and challenging track.

The Illawong Lodge in in Kosciuszko National Park won the title for the best hidden huts and shelters. This is a great spot for a hike in the park and obviously the judges thought so too!

Plumber’s Mate at the Bondi sea cliffs was named as the location for the best urban climbing adventure. These rocks offer climbers an exhilarating challenge in Sydney’s picturesque east.

For the best wakeboarding adventure in the world head to Stoney Park, a holiday park and watersport adventure venue just north of Port Macquarie.

Sydney can also be proud of the Australian Museum for winning the title of best legendary odyssey with the Captain James Cook Collection. As the country’s first museum, it has plenty to offer any curious visitor.

Loved up couples in Australia will be pleased to hear that the most spectacular honeymoon adventure was awarded to Lady Bay Beach in Sydney’s Watson’s Bay.

Finally, for the best old school adventures, head to the Australian Billycart Championships in Corowa.