Top 10 Multi-Sport Vacations in Australia and the South Pacific
Featuring some of the world’s most remote and awe inspiring places, it’s also one of the adventure regions of the world. From Tasmania to Fiji and New Zealand there’s plenty here to wet the adventurers palate.
- South Island, New Zealand
Go silly on the south island with adventure. Snorkel with a sea colony in Kaikoura, trek through the Nelson Lakes National Park and cycle the Eglinton Valley. There are glacier hikes at Franz Josef (some from a helicopter), sea kayaking through the more remote reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound, or mountain biking on the legendary Queen Charlotte Track. You’re spoilt for choice.
- North Queensland
The north end of Queensland is superb for adventure and simply unforgettable. Kayak the clear waters off Cape Tribulation, bike into rainforest in Daintree National Park, snorkel or dive at the Great Barrier Reef and explore unspoiled beaches everywhere.
- Queenstown, New Zealand
Possibly the adventure capital of world where you can do just about any activity from bungee jumping to river surfing, water skiing, mountain biking or fishing. You could cycle part of the Eglington Valley, walk the famous Routeburn track or any of the walks in Fiordland national park and sea kayak through Milford Sound.
- Fraser Island, Queensland
The ultimate in adventure on one sandy island – hike through rainforest to waterfalls, enjoy 4wding on the beach, swim in pristine lakes, paddle canoes in search of dolphins, go whale watching and photograph wild brumbies.
- North Island, New Zealand
The North Island of New Zealand is very different from the south with more volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls. But it’s equally geared up for adventure. Mountain bike through pine forests surrounding Rotorua, go trout fishing on the Tongariro river, hike the Tongariro Crossing or go caving in the Waitomo Caves.
- Nymboida National Park, New South Wales
A paddlers playground with a selection of five rivers to choose from with plenty of white water, bush camping, trekking and plenty of trails for mountain biking.
A tropical paradise with opportunities to immerse yourself in adventures like rafting the Navau River with its 70 waterfalls, kayak the mangrove forests on the Coral Coast, snorkel amongst tropical sea life, hike to the top of Mt Batilamu, sail out to the Mamanuca Islands and bike on back roads through native villages.
- Flinders Rangers National Park, South Australia
Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, sheltered creeks lined with River Red Gums and abundant wildlife are just some of the attractions that make this park so popular. Numerous hiking trails abide including the famed hike to the crater of Wilpena Pound or take a scenic drive in the Moralana Valley or mountain bike along a section of the 560 mile Mawson Trail.
- Noosa, Queensland
This sleepy beach community is popular with local and international travelers for its scenic location but it actually hides more adventure activities than you first realize. Hike through the wonderful coastal national park, boat up the Noosa River to the famed everglades and Cooloola sand path, try your hand at kite surfing at the mouth of the river, fish in the canals or mountain bike through nearby state forest.
Tassie is another place where you are spoilt for adventure. Hiking Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is an obvious must–do, or travel to the Central Plateau to see the Walls of Jerusalem, pedal your bike down the rugged east coast and launch rafts on the upper Picton River.