Whip out your boardies, budgies and bikinis, the Australian summer is here with Aussies already flocking to beaches in droves. To celebrate the season, Viator has hand-picked some of the best water activities around the country all involving the sun, sand or sea.
From Sydney to Perth and jetpacks to kayaks, here is Viator’s selection of hot summer activities:
- Sydney Jetpack from $99
Enjoy an action-packed thirty minute jetpack or flyboard experience just outside of Sydney. Glide through the air and take in the incredible scenery as you’re launched up to 14-metres through the sky. The activity is open to anyone, ages 9 and up.
- Half-day sea lion snorkelling tour from Port Lincoln from $195
See the gentlest of underwater animals in their natural habitat as you cruise through the crystal clear waters of Seal Cove. The snorkelling element of the trip is optional for an upgrade of an extra $30 while morning tea and light refreshments are all included on board.
- Gold Coast beach bike tour from $69
Experience the fun of the Gold Coast with a leisurely 4-hour tour by beach cruiser bike with an experienced guide. Pedal to viewpoints along the Seaway Jetty, ride on the sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise and take a spin around Marina Village. Hop off your bike to swim in a pristine bay, take photos of spectacular views and see historic sites.
- Great Barrier Reef Sailing & Snorkelling Cruise from Port Douglas from $235
Set sail from Port Douglas for a day of snorkelling and relaxing on the Great Barrier Reef’s Low Isles. This small cruise is limited to just 33 passengers, ensuring good company and helpful assistance from the crew. A buffet lunch is included, along with a reef interpretation sail in a glass-bottom boat with an expert marine biologist as your guide.
- Stand-Up Paddle Board Lesson at St Kilda from $60
Stay active this summer by taking a 60-min stand-up paddle board lesson followed by 30 mins of practice on the waters of the picturesque St Kilda Beach. For an additional $30, you could even book a private paddle board lesson.
- Seal and Penguin Island Sea Kayak Tour from $159
Encounter sea lions and penguins of the islands of Shoalwater Bay, Seal and Penguin Islands as you kayak through the clear waters over a whole day. The tour is led by experienced guides as you ride stable double sea kayaks while lunch and refreshments are also included.
- Sydney to Byron Bay Surf Adventure from $675
Surf the stunning North Coast of New South Wales and live a surfer’s dream travelling and catching some waves on this 5-day adventure. Travel from Sydney to iconic Byron Bay and learn to surf some of Australia’s most pristine beaches. Don’t worry if you’re just a beginner, you’ll learn all the basics of surfing from your fully qualified instructor.