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. International Festival of Speed

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Blacktown

    The Barry Sheene Festival of Speed, held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek is the largest Motorcycle Road Racing event in NSW. It features racing bikes from 1940-1995 as well as sidecars. This year will feature "GP Legends" on…

  2. Vissla Sydney Surf Pro

    Sunday 24 March 2019 , Manly

    The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is bringing top level, international surfing back to the iconic Manly Beach. Over 20 countries will be represented in local, junior and World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 events. Many of the world’s top…

    24 Mar
  3. Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta

    Monday 25 March 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , Penrith

    Held at Penrith's Sydney 2000 Olympic rowing venue, Australia's largest rowing event features a week-long regatta with the world's best rowers competing in over 100 events. This will include the Australian Open Rowing Championships,…

    25 Mar - 31 Mar
  4. Provincial Race Days at Menangle Park

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 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…

    26 Mar - 25 Jun
  5. Family Fishing - Penrith

    Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Tuesday 31 March 2020 , Penrith

    Catch and Release family fishing with barb-less 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…

    26 Mar - 31 Mar
  6. Twilight Greyhound Racing

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Wednesday 04 March 2020 ,

    See the greyhounds run! Richmond Race Club conducts greyhound racing each Wednesday evening and Friday Night. The Club has a restaurant, kiosk, coffee shop and bar and function facilities for the enjoyment of on-course patrons. The…

    27 Mar - 04 Mar
  7. Harness Racing Night

    Thursday 28 March 2019 to Thursday 12 March 2020 , Penrith

    Racing every Thursday The Paceway's regular racing nights brings the excitement of Harness Racing to the west - every Thursday night. Penrith Paceway Bistro offers a mix of good food, service and atmosphere. It is directly in front of…

    28 Mar - 12 Mar
  8. Greyhound Racing Night

    Friday 29 March 2019 to Friday 06 March 2020 ,

    See the greyhounds run! Richmond Race Club conducts greyhound racing each Friday Night, and Wednesday evening. The Club has a restaurant, kiosk, coffee shop and bar and function facilities for the enjoyment of on-course patrons. The…

    29 Mar - 06 Mar
  9. Track Attack Open Track Day

    Saturday 30 March 2019 to Sunday 23 June 2019 ,

    The Motorsport Park at Luddenham Raceway features a purposely built circuit that is a thrilling and technical track with challenging elevation changes and plenty of technical corners to push you and your vehicle to the limits, develop your…

    30 Mar - 23 Jun
  10. Stakes Day

    Saturday 30 March 2019 , Parramatta

    The finale of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival provides a day of entertainment for the whole family. Be trackside to enjoy free children's activities and on the track witness the Group One AUD1.5 million Kia Tancred Stakes and the…

    30 Mar
  11. Giant Day Out

    Saturday 30 March 2019 , Sydney Olympic Park

    Join the Giants Netball Team when they are presented their 2019 playing dresses at their Giant Day Out this March. Meet their newest and enjoy an afternoon of fun and games with fellow Giant Fans. There will be lots for the whole…

    30 Mar
  12. MotoStars Ride Day: Luddenham Raceway

    Sunday 31 March 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019 ,

    MotoStars is a popular Motorcycle Ride Day and Coaching organisation operating at the awesome Luddenham Raceway in Sydney. It’s events cater to all levels of rider - almost anyone with a motorbike! Additional personal coaching available…

    31 Mar - 30 Jun
  13. Australian Track and Field Championships

    Monday 01 April 2019 to Sunday 07 April 2019 , Sydney Olympic Park

    For the second time, more than 3500 track and field athletes of all ages will compete in the 2019 Australian Track and Field Championships, with the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre set to host the Junior and Open aged Track and Field…

    01 Apr - 07 Apr
  14. Australian Athletic Championships

    Monday 01 April 2019 to Sunday 07 April 2019 , Sydney Olympic Park

    The Australian Athletics Championships will be the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region for sporting endeavour, participation, whole-of-sport engagement and celebration.…

    01 Apr - 07 Apr
  15. Mountainfilm On Tour Cremorne

    Tuesday 02 April 2019 ,

    Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm On Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours—Heart. Join them for a celebration of…

    02 Apr
  16. NRL Panthers Home Game

    Friday 05 April 2019 to Sunday 08 September 2019 , Penrith

    The Panthers are set to roar this week when they take on the opposition at Panthers Stadium Watch and cheer loud and proud as they maul all opposition sides which dare to enter their home ground. Check out the draw for opposition teams…

    05 Apr - 08 Sep
  17. The Championships

    Saturday 06 April 2019 to Saturday 13 April 2019 , Randwick

    The Grand Finals of Australian Racing: The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a Grand Finals concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. 2019 will witness…

    06 Apr - 13 Apr