Adventure and Sport

From kayaking on Sydney Harbour to surfing at Bondi Beach, Sydney is a great big adventure. Battle rapids on an Olympic whitewater rafting course. Kids as young as three can master gravity at iFly indoor skydiving. And sports fans will be thrilled with the action-packed sporting calendar.

Wonderful ways to enjoy one of the finest natural harbours in the world include sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. You can hire sailboats or join a kayak or a SUP tour and marvel from the sparkling blue waters one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House.

Woman enjoying an indoor skydiving experience in Penrith

On walking trails around the harbour are splendid views, too. You can also explore Australia’s two oldest national parks – the Royal and Kur-ring-Gai Chase. How about camping? There are camp sites in both parks as well as Lane Cove National Park. Or hire a tent on Cockatoo Island in the harbour.

IThere are many more fun activities for all ages. Cycling is popular, with shared paths along the coast and in pretty parklands such as Centennial Park, near the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Royal Randwick Racecourse. Or explore the national parks on road cycling and mountain bike trails.

Men kayaking on Sydney Harbour near Cremorne Point

For horse lovers, saddle up for marvellous adventures, with horseriding in the Centennial Parklands in the heart of Sydney and at horseriding centres in the Hawkesbury and Campbelltown. There are lessons for beginners and guided trail rides, and the kids will love the school holiday pony camps.

Children as young as seven can learn to surf with Let’s Go Surfing at Bondi Beach. There are also surf schools in Cronulla, Maroubra and Manly – and a bodyboarding academy in Cronulla. Riding a board for the first time is an unforgettable experience and with a lesson or two you’ll be carving up waves.

For thrill seekers, fishtailing in a harbour jet boat will pump up your heart rate. For more adrenaline, Western Sydney is an adventure capital - whitewater rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, blasting skyward with Jetpack Adventures and wakeboarding at Cables Wake Park, to name just three thrills.

Don't miss these adventure activities in Sydney



  1. Ultimate Mission Impossible Experience

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Tuesday 25 December 2018 , Mascot

    Tom Cruise features in the latest Mission Impossible and doesn’t hold back on his epic stunts. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the sixth film in the franchise, Sydney-siders will have the…

    12 Dec - 25 Dec
  2. Sail Sydney

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Sunday 16 December 2018 , Double Bay

    Sail Sydney is a premier dinghy regatta which is coordinated annually in December on Sydney Harbour, attracting interstate and international competitors. With over 20 dinghy classes, Sail Sydney provides a competitive and fun sailing…

    12 Dec - 16 Dec
  3. Twilight Racing on Sydney Harbour

    Friday 14 December 2018 to Wednesday 13 March 2019 , Double Bay

    Come twilight racing with Pilgrim Sailing on Sydney Harbour! During the summer months, Pilgrim races twice a week in the twilight yacht races on Wednesdays and Fridays around Sydney Harbour where up to 100 other boats can be competing! …

    14 Dec - 13 Mar
  4. Metropolitan Race Days at Menangle Park

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Friday 15 March 2019 , Campbelltown

    Enjoy a day at the trots, visit the outstanding track and facilities. The racing precinct has everything to accommodate every enthusiasts needs and offers a wide range of options for the general public right through to the corporate…

    15 Dec - 15 Mar
  5. Sip and Sail Twilight Cruise

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Saturday 09 March 2019 , Double Bay

    Sip and Sail Sunset Cruises combine a unique sailing experience on Sydney Harbour with the enjoyment of tasting a selection of local organic wines and Australian cheeses with accompaniments. Set sail aboard a beautiful 58-foot sailing…

    15 Dec - 09 Mar
  6. Family Fishing: Penrith

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Tuesday 12 February 2019 , Penrith

    Catch and Release family fishing with barbless hooks every Tuesday at the Regatta Centre. Get hooked on Family Fishing. Bring your friends or family, or simply join the fishing family at the Sydney International Regatta Centre for catch…

    18 Dec - 12 Feb
  7. Provincial Race Days at Menangle Park

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 to Tuesday 25 June 2019 , Campbelltown

    Enjoy a day at the trots, visit the outstanding track and facilities. The racing precinct has everything to accommodate every enthusiasts needs and offers a wide range of options for the general public right through to the corporate…

    18 Dec - 25 Jun
  8. Mirror Dinghy World Championships

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 to Sunday 06 January 2019 , Double Bay

    Looking for some serious sailing with serious fun for the whole family? Then join them and parents and children from around the world for the Mirror Dinghy World Championships. That’s 12 fabulous summer days of family-friendly activities…

    26 Dec - 06 Jan
  9. Sydney to Hobart Boxing Day Cruise

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 , Darling Harbour

    On Boxing Day Sydney Harbour comes alive for the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The visual spectacular of maxi yachts and pleasure craft on glistening blue waters is not to be missed and Starship Sydney will be front and centre,…

    26 Dec
  10. Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 , Double Bay

    The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be conducted on the waters of Sydney Harbour, the Tasman Sea, Storm Bay and the Derwent River. Over the past 70 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking…

    26 Dec
  11. Sydney to Hobart at Q Station

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 , Manly

    Celebrate the start of the Sydney to Hobart at Q Station! Watch the yachts race down Sydney Harbour and out the heads from one of the best vantage points in Sydney. Join them in the Hospital Precinct, perched on North Head with stunning…

    26 Dec
  12. Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar

    Saturday 29 December 2018 ,

    Watch Sydney's premier football team take on Brisbane Roar in a fantastic Festival clash. Can Sydney FC stars Adam Le Fondre and Milos Ninkovic outgun Brisbane goal machine Adam Taggart? Enjoy a great night of family entertainment with…

    29 Dec
  13. Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

    Wednesday 02 January 2019 to Wednesday 09 January 2019 ,

    The Royal Prince Alfred's signature "Warm Water Classic" 370 nautical mile yacht race attracts local and international sailors to Pittwater New South Wales. The race presents a tactical challenge for teams as they race north up the New…

    02 Jan - 09 Jan
  14. Domain Pink Test Match: Australia versus India

    Thursday 03 January 2019 to Tuesday 08 January 2019 , Moore Park

    Don’t miss your chance to see traditional cricket rivals Australia and India go head-to-head this summer. Be there to witnsess the fierce competition between the Australian fast bowlers and India’s batters Virat Kohli and K.L. Rahul - …

    03 Jan - 08 Jan
  15. Kia Friday Night Racing

    Friday 04 January 2019 to Friday 08 February 2019 , Sydney West

    Join them at Canterbury Park for the 2018-19 Kia Friday Night Racing series. They'll get you closer than ever to the action and stars of the race track with free entry, kids’ entertainment including meet and greets with Sydney’s champion…

    04 Jan - 08 Feb
  16. Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open

    Saturday 05 January 2019 to Sunday 13 January 2019 , Blacktown

    The Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open, an ITF Super Series event, will once again be held in Sydney with matches taking place at Blacktown Tennis Centre and Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The world’s top-ranked players will…

    05 Jan - 13 Jan
  17. Beach Water Polo Fours

    Saturday 05 January 2019 to Sunday 06 January 2019 , Bundeena

    This is a modified format water polo tournament, encouraging people of all ages, skills and abilities to try this fantastic sport in a location that is not only beautiful but completely different from playing in a swimming pool. The…

    05 Jan - 06 Jan