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Lonely Planet Selects 58 Australian Thrills for 1000 Ultimate Adventures


Global travel authority Lonely Planet says Australia has 58 of the world’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures.

Published this month, Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures features 100 “Top 10 Lists” that bring together the world’s most captivating activities and inspirational challenges.

Fifty-eight Australian adventures spanning the continent are included in the book’s collection of thrilling travel ideas. The following is a breakdown by state and territory.

New South Wales

Adventures in Tandem: Abseil in the Blue Mountains
Best City Hikes: Great Coastal Walk, Sydney
Best Hidden Huts & Shelters: Illawong Lodge, Kosciuszko National Park
Best Urban Climbing Adventures: Plumber’s Mate, Bondi Sea Cliffs
Get on Board!: Wakeboarding, Stoney Park, Telegraph Point
Legendary Odysseys: Captain James Cook Collection, Australian Museum, Sydney
Most Spectacular Honeymoon Adventures: Lady Bay Beach, Sydney
Most Thrilling Canyoning Adventures: Blue Mountains
Old School Adventures: Australian Billycart Championships, Corowa

Northern Territory

Boy’s (and Girl’s) Own Adventures: Discover Aboriginal Art, Kakadu National Park
Famously Adventurous Destinations: Uncover Ancient Natural Wonders, Kakadu
Mind-Blowing Marathons: Australian Outback Marathon, Uluru
Scariest Animal Encounters: Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin


Downhill Dashes: Skydiving, Cairns & Mission Beach
Epic Sea-Kayak Paddles: Hinchinbrook Island
Girls-Only Adventures: ‘All Women’s’ Triathlon Themed Training Camp, Noosa
Most Action-Packed Jungles: Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, Cape Tribulation
The Planet’s Freakiest Footraces: The Great Wheelbarrow Race
Sail or Bust: Bareboating, Airlie Beach
Sweetest Snorkel Spots: The Great Barrier Reef
Top Diving Adventures: Coral Spawning, Great Barrier Reef

South Australia

Best Marine Encounters: Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience
Best Marine Encounters: Swim with the Tuna, Port Lincoln
Classic Rides for Casual Cyclists: Clare Valley Riesling Trail
Intrepid Treasure-Hunting Trips: Opal Foraging, Coober Pedy
Longest Treks: The Heysen Trail
Most Spirited Hiking & Biking: The Barossa Trail
Scariest Animal Encounters: Shark Cage Diving, Port Lincoln


Best Races: Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge
Best Rafting Rivers: Franklin River
Best Ultra Runs: Cradle Mountain Run
Epic Sea-Kayak Paddles: Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey
Most Spectacular Rock Climbs: The Totem Pole, Tasman National Park
Mountain Quests: The Abels


Best Adventures in Trees: Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Beech Forest
Best Beginners’ Climbs: The Bard, Mt Arapiles
Best Tower-Running Races: Eureka Climb, Eureka Tower, Melbourne
Get Your Thrills Indoors: Indoor Laser Tag, Melbourne
Great Mountain Cycles: Queen Victoria Ride
Sportives for Serious Cyclists: Three Peaks Challenge
World’s Best Bouldering: The Grampians

Western Australia

Best Adventures in Trees: Pemberton
Best Birding in Highlands & Islands: Noisy Scrub-Bird
Best Four-Legged Adventures: Camel Safaris, Broome
Best Marine Encounters: Ningaloo Marine Park
Epic Rides: Munda Biddi Trail
Hair-Raising Road Trips: Gibb River Road
Most Vertiginous Ventures: Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, Warren National Park


Best Adventure Festivals: Adventure Travel Film Festival
Best Animal Adventures: The Australian Shark & Ray Centre
Icons of Travel: Around Australia by Combivan
Longest Treks: The Bicentennial National Trail
Most Excellent Equine Escapades: The Bicentennial National Trail
Most Magnificent Coast-to-Coast Missions: 4WD The Savannah Way
Top 10 Adventure Nations: Australia
Ultimate Desert Dares: The Simpson Desert Bike Challenge
Ultimate Train Rides: The Indian Pacific

Christmas Island:

Best Birding in Highlands & Islands: Golden Bosun

1000 Ultimate Adventures is the third volume in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate… series, which also includes the best-sellers 1000 Ultimate Experiences and 1000 Ultimate Sights.

352pp, full-colour, 210mm x 165mm, paperback
RRP: AU$29.99
Available now from all good bookstores


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