Has skydiving been on your bucket list since you can remember but you never actually make any real plans to do it? Us too. Until now.
It's time to harden up and take the plunge (see what we did there?). Throw caution to the wind! If only because you probably have nothing better planned this weekend. We’ve made it simple. Here is all you need to know about where to go skydiving in and around Perth.
Jumpsuit: check. Been to the toilet: check. Harness: check. Grown a pair: check.
Boasting an insane 60-second free fall from 15,000ft in the air, Skydive Australia knows a little about taking the leap. Once the canopy sets sail, you’ll get a seven minute gentle float over Perth before landing in the city. FYI the team here only does these flights for groups of 24 or more, so if you don't have that many friends (don't worry, we don't either), check out their other skydives in WA below!
For those taking the plunge in Rockingham, the itinerary on the way down includes views of Penguin Island, Cockburn Sound and Garden Island before your beautiful beach landing. Ranging between $299 and $550, this is a YOLO moment for sure.
If you'd prefer a bird's eye view of the Wheatbelt region, you'll want to skydive in York. With a drop zone in the Avon Valley, it’s all smooth floating over the top of greenery, canola crops and red plains as far as the eye can see.
Geronimo Sky Diving
We think it’s pretty clear that landing on Rottnest’s Strickland or Brickley Bay after a skydive is a tough experience to beat, but then again the team does finish off with a beer or wine afterwards to cheers your jump! It all begins with a 20-minute flight over the Island, and then your trusty tandem instructor will take care of everything else while you scream into his/her ear and smile for the camera at 200km/hour. Heaven on a stick for $329-$499 and easily one of the best skydives in WA.
After the 20-minute flight over the Margaret River coastline, Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste, you’ll have earned your free drink afterwards! Now all you need to do is practice spreading your wings and doing the Superman.
Offering 8,000, 10,000 or 12,000ft skydives ranging between $350 and $430 for the Applecross flight, this will be the best three hours of your year. Once the parachute is up and running, it’s a sweet ride to Tompkins Park in Applecross with the WA Skydiving team. Whether you choose to take the time to lay back and relax or work on your nifty aerial skills is entirely up to you!
Mandurah and Pinjarra
There are a whopping six flight options available in both Pinjarra and Mandurah but we don’t think we could go past the 67-second free fall at 15,000ft. Now how to choose between landing with your feet in the sand along Halls Head Beach or into the bush of the Peel region…decisions decisions.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
If the idea of jumping out of a plane is completely terrifying to you, then iFly, Perth's answer to indoor skydiving is your answer. It’s all the adrenaline with zero freak out. Once you enter the dome all you need to remember is to lean into the wind and the giant columns of air will do the rest. Ultra-safe, fully-controlled and available to all ages, this is the perfect stepping stone.
West OZ Skydiving
Landing in the beer garden of the Old Coast Road Brewery is the cherry on the cake to a pretty perfect day! Take the plunge in Myalup from 14,000ft and soak up all the awesomeness that is the WA coastline from Bunbury to Mandurah. After the $299-$399 jump, the team will gladly congratulate you with a free beer or cider.
Skydive Jurien Bay
As Australia’s most awarded tandem skydive operation, we can’t think of a better time to head north for a skydive over Jurien Bay. The team provides a free shuttle bus leaving from Perth every week, plus there’s the whole Jurien Bay drop zone thing, which is s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. Word to the wise: it’s cheaper if you get a group together so get hustlin’!
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