Adrenaline adventures in Sydney

Scale new heights in Sydney, from indoor rock climbing to sailplaning, skydiving and soaring on zip-lines in treetop adventure parks. There are towering water rides at Wet’n’Wild, a water park with plenty of fun activities for the whole family. You can even fly the F-18 fighter jet in a flight simulator.

You’ll discover many more thrilling activities. Test your nerves in a raft with friends or in kayak solo riding the rapids at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, a 2000 Sydney Olympics venue. Blast into the air with a water jetpack at Jetpack Adventures, in the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

A jetpack-strapped man flying out of the water, Sydney International Regatta Centre

For a breathtaking panorama, climb with BridgeClimb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the largest steel arch bridge in the world. Or zoom, fishtail and power brake at incredible speeds in a jet boat on the harbour, with operators such as Thunder Jet, Oz Jet Boating, Harbour Jet and Sydney Jet.

How about diving with three-metre sharks at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium? You don’t need any scuba diving experience to meet a shiver of fearsome-looking grey nurse sharks, as well as huge stingrays and other creatures of the deep. The kids will love the king penguins from Antarctica.

Want to stay out of the water? Try one of the indoor climbing experiences dotted around the city, such as the Climbing Centre. Whether you’re starting out or an experienced climber, you’ll find climbs for all ages and skill levels. There is a bouldering course without ropes for advanced climbers.

Sharks circling  at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

Gliding is exhilarating. Take a tandem sailplane flight with either Southern Cross Gliding or Sydney Motor Glider Flight in Camden and enjoy the thrill of thermal soaring. A motor glider can take off and climb before switching off the engine and then gliding and landing like a conventional sailplane.

For an adrenaline rush at 14,000 feet, try tandem skydiving with either Sydney Skydivers or Skydive Sydney-Wollongong. Too high? Then go to iFly Downunder and skydive indoors in one of the largest vertical wind tunnels in the world. Kids as young as three can defy gravity in the wind tunnel.

The young and young at heart love climbing trees. In Greater Sydney are several treetop adventure parks with flying foxes or ziplines, as well as rope bridges and other daring obstacles in the trees. Or take a harbour ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo for Wild Ropes, a lofty adventure course.

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