Tasmania – it’s a thrilling adventure outpost at the edge of the world. This exciting region is nothing but white-water rapids, roaring surf, amazingly unique geology, and glacial peaks. It’s a region that’s been hand-crafted for adventure-seekers.
Tasmania’s caves are to be seen to be believed. There are excellent deep-caving opportunities at Hastings Caves (rare dolomite), Gunns Plains, Mole Creek Karst National Park and Marakoopa Cave. All in all, there are hundreds of well-developed limestone caves, and Marakoopa has Australia’s largest glow-worm display as well. Don’t miss the richly-decorated limestone caves at King Solomon’s Cave in Mole Creek Karst National Park. You can hire professional guides if you want to go off into undeveloped, wild caves that are more dangerous.
All you need is an adventurous spirit and a driver’slicense; you can hire the rest. Quad biking is a great way to explore the Tasman wilderness, through remote beaches, forest tracks and rolling sand dunes. The best places to go quad biking are: Flinders Island, Kookaburra Ridge bushland and the Great Tasman outback.
Diving in Tasmania is a visual delight, a truly lyrical experience. Enjoy some of the world’s best temperate diving, into a diverse underwater wilderness that’s fairly easy to access. The Southern Ocean is filled with kelp forests that host unknown numbers of colorful marine life, just begging to be explored. Enjoy Tasmania’s unique marine plants and animals, and explore your fill of sea caves, sponge gardens, and giant kelp forests and discover amazing sea dragons and other treasures. The best diving sites are between Flinders Island and Bruny Island, along Tasmania’s east coast.
Fly foxing is a thrilling adventure you can experience over the spectacular Tasmanian forest. You can soar along with the zip line for a kilometer over the Piper River, zipping over tree tops and stopping at tree platforms on the way. For the ultimate thrill, do a night fly-fox zip tour over the trees and the river.
If you’re into whitewater rafting, Tasmania’s wild rivers – Franklin, Huon and Picton Rivers should be your destination. Only an expert can handle the Franklin, rolling with its white waves as it cuts its way through wild landscapes to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The Picton and Huon Rivers offer slightly gentler but no less challenging rapids. Take your chances diving beneath the surface into the hidden canyons beneath Cradle Mountain.
Abseiling and Rappelling
Climb the unbeatable gorges and crags of Mount Wellington’s Organ Pipes, Freycinet’s Hazards, White Water Wall and abseil down deep chasms and dolorite peaks. Tasmania is Australia’s most mountainous state; if you’re into challenging rappelling or abseiling, you’re at the right place. Don’t miss the cliffs of Cataract Gorge, and the Tasman Peninsula’s spectacular 300 meter high sea cliffs. If these natural wonders won’t do it for you, try abseiling down the 450 feet man-made Gordon Dam.
The high and dangerous peaks and cliffs of Tasmanian mountains offer some of the most thrilling opportunities for adrenaline junkies. The swells that roll off those peaks and the thermals spiraling from the plains will launch your glider into the breathtaking silence of the blue Tasmanian skies. Soar over the treetops and feel as free as a bird.