Yeah sure, you could very easily spend a long, luxurious time around Queensland just soaking up the sun, surf, and nature. But if you prefer a little more adrenaline with your tropical vibes then have I got the round-up for you. Here are a few adrenaline sports around the sunny state to make you feel alive.

Ride Your Bike Off A Roof

Love BMX bikes? Love bungee jumping? Or at least want to give either of them a red hot go? Tick two items of your bucket list at once with AJ Hackett’s BMX Bungee jump in Cairns. Yeah I know there’s a lot going on here, but basically, you can either take your standard bungee options OR you can get a really brag-worthy travel story and ride a BMX bike off their roof.

Swim With Minke Whales

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Lovers of marine life will literally be frothing Queensland the whole time because Great Barrier Reef and such. But if you want to get the blood pumping with some of the larger underwater mammals, get yourself to Port Douglas to get up close and personal with Minke Whales. They’re known to be pretty inquisitive creatures, often swimming close to boats and swimmers. Cuuuute.

Fly Over Iconic Heart Reef

Heart Reef is that iconic image that pops up every time you search Hamilton Island. Really, the ONLY way to get that stunner of a shot, and you know, just enjoy the bright blues and unique coral formations IRL, is to fly over the top. Plus your pilot can help tell you what you’re actually looking at.

Jump Out Of A Plane

With a parachute obviously. For me, skydiving is one of those things I only want to do once. Once that big ol’ tick can be put next to it on my bucket list, I never need to do it again. This makes choosing the location IMPERATIVE. You can’t just have an amazing experience like that over any old place. Queensland has two places that are particularly worthy of this mighty role.

The first is over the Whitsundays, particularly if your final resting point is on the white sands of Whitehaven Beach. The other is over the Great Barrier Reef outside of Cairns. There are a lot of companies that’ll help make these dreams a reality for you.

Fly Through Ancient Canopies

Obviously, you’re not foolish enough to go to Queensland and NOT spend time in the ancient and beautiful Daintree Rainforest so after you surf the waves, experience this wilderness from a new angle and surf the treetops. Jungle Surfing offers award-winning guided tours along zip lines and tree platforms to keep your blood pumping a little faster while you take in the scenery.

Search For Wild Crocs

There is nothing as exciting as spotting animals in the wild, and nothing gets the heart racing like seeing a dangerous animal in its natural habitat. Obviously, you don’t want to be stuck with it on your own because we are NOT the Crocodile Hunter, but on a tour with someone who knows what they’re doing is the perfect level of safety and adrenaline.

Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises have been going for 23 years and have a 98% success rate of spotting crocs in the wild. Plus Bruce has a unique perspective and great insight and stories to share while you’re searching. And they’re on a boat so there’s something between you and the crocodiles.

Sleep In The Middle Of The Great Barrier Reef

Ok so it’s not necessarily as adrenaline-inducing as the rest of the list, but come on, will you ever have a chance to sleep on a pontoon in the heart of the largest living thing on Earth? No, you won’t. And if that doesn’t send your heart a-flutter nothing will. Head out to the Whitsundays and join a Reefsleep tour to have two days and one night exploring the glorious reef.

Climb Above The Gold Coast Skyline

The Q1 Hotel creates a very iconic landmark on the Gold Coast skyline, so why not climb it? The 270-metre building offers 360-degree views stretching beyond the coast to those brave enough to climb its heights. Join SkyPoint Climb to give it a go.

Canyon Through Nature

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10m down!! Would you do it?

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Just a half hour drive from Cairns will take you to Behana Gorge. A place of beaut hikes through rainforests and sims in waterfalls and natural pools. But also it’s a place where you can go canyoning up those very same falls. No experience required, and the promise you’ll work harder but reach the very best falls as a result guaranteed.

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