Lonely Planet: Australia has 58 of the world’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures

2013-08-13— /travelprnews.com/ — 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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Adam Bennett
Lonely Planet