Great Wide Open: 5 Outdoor Activities to Try in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse countries on the planet, with landscapes from beaches to ski fields and everything in between. Soak up all it has to offer with these amazing outdoor activities you can reach in your rented car or by plane.

1. SCUBA Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland


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The Great Barrier Reef is home to some of the world's most stunning marine life, including brightly coloured coral, thousands of fish species, whales, dolphins, and six of the world's seven species of sea turtles. SCUBA diving is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.

Don't worry if you've never dived before. Dive groups cater for beginners and experienced divers. The calm, shallow spots around Heron and Hayman Islands are ideal for novices, while deeper dive sites will challenge anyone with some experience under their belt.

2. Swim with Dolphins at Rockingham, Western Australia

If the thrill of swimming alongside marine animals at the Great Barrier Reef got you giddy, then you'll love swimming with dolphins at Rockingham in Western Australia. Located just 45 minutes from Perth, you can easily reach this spot in your Bayswater rental. There's no need for SCUBA masks here. Take the Rockingham Wild Encounters cruise to frolic with the more than 260 wild dolphins that call the protected bays home. The crew is so confident that the dolphins will join you that it offers a "wild dolphin guarantee." If you don't swim with dolphins, you can visit again for free.

3. White Water Rafting the Franklin River, Tasmania

While our rental cars won’t get you as far south as Tasmania, the island is not to be crossed off your must-see destinations. The Franklin River might not be such a well-known waterway, but riding its rapids is just as exhilarating as taking on the Reef. The wild ride will get your heart rate up as you surge through the rugged Tasmanian terrain. Keep your eyes peeled for the native wallabies, quolls, and white-breasted sea eagles that call the local area home. You don't need any experience to join a white water rafting tour, but you should be over 16 and have good general fitness.

4. Hike Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory

The imposing cliff face of the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in the Northern Territory looks a bit intimidating, but CNN Travel calls it "one of the world's best short walks." You'll need a reasonable level of fitness to take the 500 steps to the top, but after that ascent, the walk's reasonably flat.

It'll take you around four hours to walk the six kilometres around the rim of Kings Canyon, which offers amazing views of the Lost City and Garden of Eden below. Getting an early start will help you avoid hiking in the heat of the Territory's notorious midday sun.

5. Ski the Victorian Alps, Victoria

Many foreign travellers imagine Australia as a land of sun, surf, and sand, but the Victorian Alps show a different side of this diverse continent. From June to the end of September, the Victorian Alps are a white wintery wonderland that's perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Mt. Buller, Hotham, and Falls Creek offer slopes every bit as good as the ones you'd find in Europe or North America.

So don't waste your time in Australia indoors, get in your rental car and journey to one of these destinations. These great outdoor experiences will make your time in Australia beyond amazing. Before hiring your rental, please be aware of the conditions under our Areas of Use.

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