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. Sip and Sail Twilight Cruise

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Saturday 14 March 2020 , 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…

    21 Feb - 14 Mar
  2. Carnival of Miracles

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 02 March 2019 , Campbelltown

    Experience the Carnival of Miracles at Club Menangle, Australia's premier harness racing track. The carnival features the celebrated Ainsworth Miracle Mile, an event not to be missed. Since the inaugural Miracle Mile, five decades ago,…

    23 Feb - 02 Mar
  3. Sydney Harbour Challenge

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Manly

    Sydney Harbour Challenge is Australia's most prestigious six man Outrigger Canoe Race, attracting over 800 competitors. As Australia’s flagship marathon outrigger canoe event, it is fast becoming one of the more popular outrigger canoe…

    23 Feb
  4. Provincial Race Days at Menangle Park

    Tuesday 26 February 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 Feb - 25 Jun
  5. Family Fishing - Penrith

    Tuesday 26 February 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 Feb - 31 Mar
  6. Cup of Nations

    Thursday 28 February 2019 , Sydney South

    The inaugural Cup of Nations sees four leading football nations including Australia's very own Westfield Matildas, Argentina, Korea Republic and New Zealand compete in double-header matches at Jubilee Stadium on Thursday, 28 February. …

    28 Feb
  7. VolleyFest

    Friday 01 March 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Manly

    Volleyball Australia's annual VolleyFest event is held at Manly Beach. Spectators will see visiting countries compete in a series of Volleyball tournaments across 10 days in November or March, and is known for its beach side atmosphere,…

    01 Mar - 10 Mar
  8. Sydney Harbour Regatta

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Mosman

    Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest, competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. More than 200 keelboats racing in 26 divisions on 10 course areas on Sydney Harbour and Offshore. Visit…

  9. BBBRun

    Sunday 03 March 2019 , Sydney West

    The BBBRun is a fun and exciting run. The event comprises of a 10 kilometre run (or walk), a free family two kilometre dash, a seven kilometre wheelchair event and a new race running event. It is an all-inclusive community run, the…

    03 Mar
  10. FPVR Aussie Open

    Friday 08 March 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Picton

    The FPVR Aussie Open (FPVRAO) is Australia's largest drone racing event, attracting pilots from all over Asia Pacific. The FPVRAO offers pathway prizes on the line sending top pilots to the USA, Korea, Switzerland, China and more. The…

    08 Mar - 10 Mar
  11. Metropolitan Race Days at Menangle Park

    Friday 08 March 2019 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…

    08 Mar - 15 Mar
  12. Heart Foundation Gear Up Girl

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Cronulla

    Want to do something different this International women's day? Get your heart pumping for Bicycle NSW’s annual Gear Up Girl ride in partnership with the Heart Foundation. Join them for Australia’s largest female community bike ride…

  13. MotoStars Ride Day: Luddenham Raceway

    Sunday 10 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…

    10 Mar - 30 Jun