Are you an adrenaline junkie who’s looking to leap out of your comfort zone? Here are a few of Australia’s most daring activities — are you brave enough to take them on?
Cage of Death
Never smile at a crocodile… but totally go swimming with them in Darwin. Crocosaurus Cove allows you to get up close and personal with some of the largest Saltwater crocodiles on the planet. The Cage of Death is Australia’s only crocodile dive and will have you suspended above the crocs in a small enclosure before you are lowered into the pen with a reptile.
Every dive includes 15 minutes in the enclosure with one of the cros. Regular feeding by the crocodile handlers takes place while people are inside the cage, to encourage more movement from the crocodiles. Go in alone or with a friend, just try not to look too tasty!
One person in a single cage is $160 per person and includes full day entry to Crocosaurus Cove.
Why not jump head first onto a race track? Bungy Australia is the only bungy purpose built crane in Australia that sits over a race track. It was previously located in Surfers Paradise, but can now be found right on Brisbane’s doorstep at Kingston Park Raceway in Logan.
Get ready to bungy jump and defy the laws of gravity as you stand 40 metres in the air and prepare to take the ‘leap of faith’. Imagine being the equivalent of 14 stories above the ground, taking in the panoramic view of the local landscape and the only way down is to jump! This activity is not for the faint-heated.
Bungy Australia prices start from $149 per person.
The Crazy Rider
Fancy testing your nerves on the world’s longest roller coaster zip line? Luckily for you, they are located right here in Australia at Ourimbah State Forest, New South Wales Central Coast.
Combining the thrill and suspense of a roller coaster with the flying sensations of zip lines, the Crazy Riders are an exhilarating experience open to a wide range of ages and abilities. Let the guides strap you into a harness then send you off on the ride of your life over the treetops!
Tree Top Crazy Rider adult tickets start from $45 per person.
Ghost and haunted house tours
Daring activities are not all about adrenaline kicks, sometimes the scariest things in life cannot be seen. Luckily you don’t have to go far for a good scare, because Brisbane is just crawling with creepy encounters just waiting to happen.
Hunt for ghosts in the South Brisbane Cemetery, visit the trapped souls at Boggo Road Gaol, or pay a visit to Toowong Cemetery and uncover the legend of ‘Spook Hill’. If you’re looking to go further afield try your luck at Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales, known as ‘Australia’s most haunted house’.
Or you could scare yourself silly at Beechworth Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria — more than 3,000 patients are said to have died here and childrens’ laughter can still be heard echoing down hallways. People have reported seeing the ghost of a former nurse who was known for her compassion.
Jet Fighter Adventure Joy Flight
Become a Top Gun pilot for a day and fly your very own Jet Fighter Adventure Joy Flight with Australia’s longest running adventure jet operator. Strap yourself into the Albatros L-39C for the ultimate adrenaline ride in an ex-military fighter jet. Experience a rush as you reach speeds up to 900km/h at 5 G’s as your pilot takes you through a range of military combat manoeuvres tailored to the individual from mild to wild.
The excitement of being involved in a flight of your choosing can only truly be appreciated as you are climbing into the cockpit of one of these awesome machines, kitted up in a flight suit and helmet, the briefing running through your mind while you reinvent fashion in a pair of dusted-off legendary aviator-style sunglasses that Tom Cruise made famous!
The closest Jet Fighter base to Brisbane is located at Lismore Airport in Northern New South Wales.
Jet Fighter Adventure Joy Flight introductory missions start from $1400.
The Flyboard is an amphibious water-powered jet pack that propels the boarder up to 30 feet in the air! It combines the physical attributes of an array of popular sporting activities including jet skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, snow skiing, snowboarding and acrobatic diving.
Flyboard riders stand on a board connected by a long hose to a watercraft, usually a jetski. Water is forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath which provide thrust for the rider to fly up in the air or to dive headlong through the water.
February is definitely the month to challenge yourself and, best of all, you can do it for a good cause! FebruDAREy is an initiative that benefits The Cerebral Palsy League. During the month of February all you have to do is sign up, set yourself a dare and a fundraising goal and then have your friends, family and work colleagues donate to your fundraising page until you reach your goal. If they put up enough cash, then you have to go through with whatever scary challenge you’re set for yourself.
You might be terrified, but at least the money goes to a good cause!
Did you know every 14 hours a child is born in Australia with cerebral palsy, making it the most common childhood physical disability in Australia? It is also the most expensive. Why not challenge yourself and make a life-changing difference to Aussies with disabilities?
Which of these challenges would you undertake?