Outdoor Activities For Adventurous Families This Summer

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Are you a family of thrill-seekers and adventure addicts? Then you’re certainly living in the right city! Sydney has so much on offer for adventurous families during the warm summer months. From treetop adventures to jet skiing, abseiling, and 4-wheel driving, it’s no holds barred and all systems go for you crazy daredevils! 

TreeTops Adventure Park

If you’re not afraid of heights and are keen to see Sydney from a new, higher angle, book in a day at Treetops Adventure Park. The eco-friendly TreeTops Adventure Park consists of 105 challenges in the treetops, where participants can slide down Flying Foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy many other exciting activities up to 15 metres above the forest floor! 

There are 4 TreeTops locations in Western Sydney, The Hills District, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, and the Central Coast to tickle your fancy.

There's also Trees Adventure at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, where you can challenge yourself on flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels all throughout the Sydney Blue Gums. 

High And Wild Canyoning, Abseiling, Rock Climbing

For those who really aren’t afraid to get out of their comfort zone, why not go canyoning, abseiling, and rock climbing in the heart of the Blue Mountains? High And Wild offers thrilling adventures for all ages and abilities in the great outdoors. Along with canyoning, abseiling, and rock climbing, High And Wild also offer bush survival courses.

Jamberoo Action Park

When the temperatures soar during summer in Sydney, there's no better spot to be than in the water. Action, adventure, and plenty of refreshing water activities are on the cards at Sydney's best action park, Jamberoo! Just an hour south of Sydney, NSW’s largest family-owned and operated water theme park features a host of world-class rides and attractions, and the whole family gets to control the action.

Barefoot Bowls

If you don’t want to go as far as the Blue Mountains to get your thrill on, why not stay in Sydney and play some barefoot lawn bowls? A fantastic family activity for those still keen to spend time outdoors but not necessarily suspended 15 metres in the air. Sydney has a stack of great lawn bowl venues dotted across the city, so all you have to do is take your pick, take off your shoes and have a great time!  

4-Wheel Driving

Whether you want to go beach- or bush-bashing, NSW is the perfect destination for 4-wheel driving adventures and the best part? Some 4-wheel driving routes are just over an hour outside of Sydney. Top contenders for the best 4-wheel driving routes near Sydney include Barrington Tops National Park, Yengo National Park, Southern Highlands, and Stockton Beach – just to name a few! Don’t own a 4-wheel drive? Not to worry, there are a number of 4-wheel drive hire companies in Sydney with great vehicles for hire.  


If you’d prefer to see the stunning sights of Sydney on foot, bushwalking is a great family pastime. Whether you’re keen to make a whole day of it or head out for just an hour or so, Sydney has plenty of bushwalking trails for every taste and fitness level. Here are our recommendations for bushwalking in Sydney with toddlers and kids.  

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Another epic adventure in the treetops, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is Australia’s premier, award-winning Treetop Walk and Zipline experience. You and the kids can decide whether you want to go on a Treetop Walk through stunning treetop canopies, test your adrenaline on the highest Zipline tour in Australia, or go on a Rainforest Ranger Interactive Trail. The adventures are endless at Illawarra Fly Treetop and we bet you once you’ve visited once, you’ll be back again!


Who said outdoor adventures can’t be relaxing too? A day spent kayaking on a beautiful body of water is the perfect way to spend time as a family and zen out for a few hours. With so many waterways in Sydney, you’ve certainly got your pick of where to go kayaking. If you’re staying city-side, Rose Bay Aquatic Hire offer kayak rentals as well as stand-up paddleboards to take out for a spin on Sydney Harbour. If you’re keen to venture further, Prokayaks offer kayak hire on tranquil Narrabeen Lakes on the Northern Beaches.  

Horse Riding

There’s just something magical and majestic about riding horseback through beautiful surrounds. If you and the kids are keen to jump in the saddle, Sydney offers the perfect backdrop to do so. Centennial Park is a great horse riding location for toddlers and beginners and offers amazing views and friendly stable hands. The next closest location is the Sydney Trail Riding Centre in Richmond, or if you’re keen to get out of town for a bit, Glenworth Valley Horse Riding in the Central Coast is a popular spot for all riding levels.


Image Source: Luddenham Raceway

Get ready to start your engines! Go-karting is a thrilling sport for the whole family to join in on, and hey, if things should get a little competitive, so be it! There are plenty of excellent go-karting tracks in Sydney and surrounds but if you’ve got your heart set on racing in the great outdoors, our top picks are Eastern Creek Karts, Fastlane Karting Sydney, and Luddenham Raceway.

Check out our full list of Sydney go-karting tracks for kids to take your pick.

Wakeboarding & Jet Skiing

You can’t write a list of summer activities for adventurous families and not include wakeboarding and jet skiing, am I right? If you and the family are new to the sport, there are a number of wakeboarding and jet ski schools that can show you the ropes, including Sydney Ski School on the Hawkesbury River.

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