If you’re a world traveler visiting the mesmerizing Land of Down Under in search of adventure, you’re in the right spot! Then again, if you’re a local Sydney sider looking to leave their comfort zone of sunbathing on the city’s many balmy beaches, Rhys couldn’t have put it any better – You don’t need to travel far for adventure.
Perhaps your greatest thrill awaits just around the corner, and if you’re yearning to reconnect with nature, spend some time far away from the over-digitalized societies we live in, and immerse yourself in the moment, you’d be surprised just how much Sydney has to offer.
Sydney bridge climb
Most visitors tend to snap a few selfies with the famous Harbour Bridge in the background, while the city residents are more likely to spend time perusing the Foodie Market in The Rocks on a lazy Friday morning, without ever realizing the exhilaration of climbing this iconic architectural wonder. Yes, you can, in fact, climb the bridge and soak in the breathtaking panorama stretching all the way to the Blue Mountains.
And the ascend is no joke. Take a pick from the one that lasts 3.5 hours, that takes you all the way to the top, or the sample climb that gets you halfway there, but there are other equally exciting options as well, among which you can choose the timing of your climb as well. All of them include a small group organization, and a guide that will make sure you make the most of your adventure in a safe and secure way.
Dive with the sharks
Luckily for one-time visitors, you don’t have to be a scuba-diving expert to take part in this spine-tingling experience. The Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s experts will teach you the basics of scuba-diving and some essential facts regarding the animals, just before you’re meant to dive into the deep blue waters of the tank and spend some up-close and personal time getting to know the infamous wildlife of Australia.
Oh, yes, one important note – you spend your underwater half an hour cage-free. But fear not, there is no possibility you would encounter a great white, you will mostly devote your time to grey nurse sharks, which are quite gentle creatures despite their intimidating appearance, as well as enormous stingrays, turtles, and other marine species native to the area.
Royal National Park
The second oldest national park in the world (preceded only by Yellowstone in the US), Nasho is a favorite destination, and a bucket-list-worthy one for many globetrotters, who come there for the sole reason of getting a glimpse into its timeless wilderness. And since it’s only about 30km south of the city, you can turn it into a road trip. Just make sure that your car is in mint condition for the trip with the help of a mobile mechanic that will come to your home and prep your vehicle for the road.
Although significantly smaller than the Blue Mountains National Park, the Royal National Park’s 15,000 hectares of stunning coastal scenery, dramatic cliffs perched above the ocean waves, and lush bushwalking trails for true nature enthusiasts and a once-in-a-lifetime escape to nature.
If you are truly eager to spend an entire day basking in the incredible natural scenery, unspoiled by human existence, there is no better (and more accessible) way for such an excursion than to set aside a whole field trip dedicated to the Blue Mountains. As they are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, you can expect a genuine “off-the-beaten-track” adventure, preferably in small groups, in order to make the most of your trip. Take part in a circuit walk of the Jamison Valley, and proceed to observe the well-known spectacles such as the Three Sisters and the Cahill Look-out.
You will also have a chance to visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park, just before the opening hours so that you can avoid the busy crowds that will arrive later in the day. Whichever tour you choose, you can expect enchanting vistas of rolling hills, mountain peaks and such a rich flora and fauna that you will instantly forget there’s a vibrant metropolis only a couple of hours away.