Get the adrenaline pumping with 7 top things to do for thrill-seekers

Whether you love heights, speed or both (we're looking at you, The Giant Swing) - here are the most thrilling activities to do in Australia, all for under $50.

A man wearing a blue shirt and cap helps a man abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane.
  • Jetstar
  • September 2019

Feel the fear and do it anyway - without worrying about blowing a hole in the budget. From Queensland to Tasmania to Western Australia, your action adventures are sorted.

Abseil down a cliff in Queensland

For those who have ever harboured superhero fantasies, you can’t get more Spider-Man than scaling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs across the Brisbane River from the CBD. Harness your superpowers – and yourself – at Riverlife Brisbane opens in new window, which offers abseiling down the 20-metre-high cliff. From this pole position, you’ll hang out over the CityCats, kayakers and boats below, all while enjoying the changing colours of the cliffs in the afternoon light. Students pay AUD $45 and adults are just a dangle over the AUD $50 mark at AUD $55.

Do a tree ropes course in Tasmania

Get ready for a hit of adrenaline-fuelled action, just 25-minutes drive north-east of Launceston. Choose between the Hollybank opens in new window Tree Ropes course – where you can climb high through the forest tackling 70 different challenges including wooden bridges, nets, tunnels and tight ropes – or mountain biking through Hollybank Forest. There are a variety of trails to suit your level of experience. Both thrills will give you change from AUD $50.

Enjoy speedboating in Queensland

Strap yourself in and hold on tight as two powerful engines propel your jet boat across the warm waters of Cairns on an action-packed ride of high-speed turns, slides, spins, power brake stops and fishtails. Keep an eye out for last minute deals on adventure experiences website Adrenaline opens in new window, where you can score heart-pumping 35-minute rides for under AUD $50.

Learn how to surf in Western Australia

The “Taste Tester” lesson opens in new window is your opportunity to try surfing along the fine sands of Scarborough Beach – be it your first go or a refresher. Perth’s pristine surf beach is only 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD. The hour-and-a-half lesson costs AUD $40 and includes a board and wetsuit.

A group of young men wearing wetsuits and holding surfboards walk towards the beach in Perth.
Whether you're a complete novice or the next Kelly Slater, Go Surf Perth offers surfing classes for all abilities.

Kayak with a platypus in Victoria

Snaking through the Lower Glenelg National Park, nature lovers can spot platypuses, tortoises and wallabies while paddling the tranquil waters of the Glenelg River. For AUD $40, Nelson Canoe Hire opens in new window will set you up with a single kayak for half a day, giving you four hours to explore this beautiful estuary.

Go sandboarding in NSW and WA

Say hello to snowboarding on sand. At Port Stephens’ Stockton Sand Dunes opens in new window in New South Wales, massive golden mounds against bright blue skies set the scene. Book a tour (from AUD $20 per person) and they’ll supply you with a board to slide down the dunes’ 30-metre drops. Or enjoy the pristine white sands at Lancelin opens in new window in Western Australia, where you can rent a board from AUD $12.50.

Try the Giant Swing in South Australia

Hold onto your hat: Mega Adventure Park on SA’s West Beach has launched a new attraction for thrillseekers of all ages. The Giant Swing opens in new window is, well, giant and lifts you and two friends 18 metres high before letting loose on speeds of up to 70 kilometres an hour. Once you’ve finished screaming on this AUD $25 ride, finish with some gentle rocking while enjoying views of the Adelaide coastline.