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The best adventures to add to your summer road trip  

Pick a destination, round up your crew, pack up the car and drive. Summer’s the perfect time to head on a great Aussie road trip and take a well-earned break. We are so lucky to have some of the world's most unique and inspiring tourist destinations around, so why not experience it for yourself? We’ve rounded up five awesome summer holiday spots in partnership with Tourism Australia, and some of the must-do activities, to help make sure you don't half-holiday. Do something incredible this summer and make it one to remember. Safe travels!

Gold Coast   
 
Surfing Gold Coast

Stop 1: Surfing lessons  

Hit the waves for this awesome Aussie pastime. Whether you’re an absolute beginner wanting to learn to surf or just looking to push your board skills to new levels, look no further, these Gold Coast surf lessons are a whole lot of fun. The expert instructors guarantee you'll be on your feet during this lesson! 

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Jet ski

Stop 2: Jet ski & parasail  

Two epic activities, one action-packed day of adventure. Experience the rush of flying up to 300ft above the water as you speed along on a parasail ride for two and zoom across Broadwater on a jet ski taking in the views. It’s the perfect way to see the Gold Coast in style. 

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Skydiving Gold Coast


Byron Bay    

Byron Bay Kayaking


Stop 3: Skydiving  

Adrenaline rushes don’t come much bigger than the one you get from skydiving. Take a leap from 12,000ft, experience the buzz of freefall and enjoy breathtaking scenery as you come gliding into your Gold Coast beach landing spot. Undoubtedly one the best things to do in the Gold Coast for thrill seekers. 

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Stop 1: Kayaking with dolphins  

Don’t miss this Byron Bay sightseeing tour with a difference. Head out for a paddle on this dolphin spotting and sea kayaking adventure. A local guide will lead the way, taking you past Cape Byron Lighthouse and Australia's most easterly point. There’ll even be chance to learn to surf your kayak on the way back. 

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Scuba Byron Bay

Stop 2: Scuba diving    

Try scuba diving at one of Australia’s top dive sites – Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. No previous experience needed as you’ll start the day learning the basics in a purpose-built heated swimming pool. Look out for colourful corals, sea turtles, blue gropers, wobbegongs and lots of tropical fish. 

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Surfing Byron


Stop 3: Surfing lessons 

Byron Bay and surfing go hand in hand. So, it’d almost be rude not to get out on the waves and learn to surf! You’ll get plenty of helpful instruction in this award-winning small group surf lesson. Surfboard, wetsuit/rash vest included on the day! 

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Mornington Peninsula    

Swim with dolphins



Stop 1: Sea Dragon introductory dive 

See the underwater world up close with this introductory scuba dive with the amazing Sea Dragons of the Mornington Peninsula. Learn the basics theory of scuba diving and practice your new skills in a pool before heading out to the ocean to put it all to use and meet the marine life. 

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Swim with seals

Stop 2: Swimming with seals 

Seeing dolphins and seals in their natural environment is an amazing experience. Swimming with dolphins takes things to a whole new level. Lucky for us, we get both! Make friends with these stunning, intelligent creatures just a short distance from Melbourne in the picturesque seaside village of Sorrento.   

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Kayak Tour

Stop 3: Kayaking tour 

Get out for a paddle through the waters of Point Nepean National Park and into the dolphin sanctuary on this awesome sea kayak adventure. Kayaking is an awesome way to explore the coastline and a good work out too, so add this active adventure into your Mornington Peninsula itinerary.   

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Barossa Valley   

Hot Air Balloon Barossa


Helicopter Ride


Margaret River


Stand up paddle boarding



Mountain Biking



Stop 1: Hot air balloon ride  

Fly high above the Barossa Valley and take in the incredible countryside views across this part of South Australia. This sunrise hot air balloon flight is well worth the early start and even includes a delicious picnic breakfast (including sparkling wine) once you touch back down to earth.  

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Stop 2: Helicopter ride 

helicopter ride is an experience everyone should try at least once. This Barossa scenic flight is one not to miss, giving you panoramic views of Rowland Flat, Jacob’s Creek Winery, Cockatoo Valley, the Whispering Wall and more. With voice-activated headsets it’s also a great opportunity to chat with the pilot and learn about the iconic Australian region.   

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Stop 1: Paddle boarding

Explore the wilderness of Blackwood River National Park on this guided stand-up paddle boarding adventure. With highly experienced guides, no previous experience is necessary, as they’re on hand to help you master controlling and standing up on your board, as well adding some fun and games along the way.  

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Stop 2: Mountain Biking

Head into the forest on this thrilling half day mountain bike adventure in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Mountain biking is some of the most fun you can have on two wheels, and you’ll love the feeling as you wind your way along a hand-built single track, perfect for beginner and intermediate riders.  

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