As the saying goes—carpe diem. And Sydney is really one of the best places in the world to do just that. From wild jet rides in the most beautiful harbour to soaring above this coastal city and digging into a seafood feast of mega proportions afterwards, there are some big bucket list adventures to be had.
Check out all the best bucket list adventures to have in Sydney.
Aerobatic Stunt Plane Experience
If you’ve got the stomach for it, this thrilling flight is one to absolutely tick off your grand adventure bucket list. You’ll basically be strapped into a 330LX aircraft (which just casually has top speeds of 410km/h) with a pilot who’ll perform a range of stunts which actually feature in a real Red Bull Race. Think loops, barrel rolls, wingovers and a whole heap more. Book it here.
Scenic Seaplane Flight With Seafood Feast
Some bucket list adventures in Sydney are made to be boujee so draw your attention to full-package flight with a feast around some of Sydney’s most beautiful locations. This scenic flight will take you over Sydney’s Northern Beaches for 30-minutes before you stop off for a seafood feast at Empire Lounge packed with oysters, sashimi, Morton Bay bugs, cooked tiger prawns and champagne. Book it here.
Jet Boat In Sydney Harbour
There’s no denying one of the best things about Sydney is the incredible harbour it sports. Best in the world? We’d back that. A big bucket list adventure to have out here is feeding your adrenaline gremlin with Sydney Harbour’s famed jet boat ride which races past Luna Park, the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge at lightning speed (up to 75 km/h). Your skipper will also throw in a couple of 270-degree spins, wild fishtails and power break stops from time to time. Book it here.
Sunrise Kayaking And Bushwalking Adventure
One of Sydney’s most-loved ways to get around on the waterways is by kayak and with a heap of national parks right on its doorstep (full of all kinds of body of water), ticking this bucket list adventure off is easy. Sydney’s Ku Ring Gai National Park is an ideal place to make a splash, the park includes much of the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, Cowan Water and a heap of little creeks and coves and yes—kayaking on Pittwater at daybreak should be on everyone’s bucket list. This tour will also take you to a secluded beach and through a jaw-dropping bushwalk. Book it here.
Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
It’s the pinnacle of every adventure you could have in Sydney ever and though maybe it's a bit cliche, you gotta do it one day. There’s a bunch of different climbs to suit you as well, from a “sampler” walk if you just want a little taste, all the way through to the “ultimate” walk which lets you conquer the entire bridge from south to north… and back again. Book it here.
Drive A Yamaha Buggy
Sydney is the only place in Australia where you can actually drive a Yamaha YXZ so this one is kind of a no-brainer (and if you’ve got a need for speed—you’ll love it). You’ll get to drive around eight dirt laps with all the electronic power steering you could dream of and we’d be lying if we said your heart didn’t keep beating hours after. Book it here.
The Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk
The Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk is basically a rite of passage in Sydney. This mega tower, which reaches 268m above the ground has the most sought after vantage point in the city, unmatched anywhere else. You’ll basically get a 60-minute SKYWALK tour with access to the tower’s bucket list observation deck—a clear stretch of glass that lets you see the streets below so it feels like you’re floating above the city. Book it here.
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