As the days get darker and colder, getting motivation to get up and moving becomes notoriously difficult. Winter is that time of the year when all you want to do is curl up in bed with a good movie and a red wine; but WA is filled with adrenalin fuelled activities to get your blood pumping this season. If you have a thirst for adventure (and let’s face it, who doesn’t to some degree) then finding the ultimate extreme events is the perfect way to warm up this winter. Here’s a few that are bound to get you motivated, despite what the weather throws at you!
1. Jump Out of a Plane
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, then tandem skydiving is definitely one for the wild cards. Western Australia is a stunning part of the world; its isolation creates a unique landscape that is amplified from a bird’s eye view and lightning fast pace. Tandem skydiving is a once in a lifetime way to really see WA’s beauty – and you’ll get a rush as soon as you leap, freefalling at 200 kilometres per hour until the parachute is deployed at around 5,000 feet from the ground.
WA has some great hot spots for skydiving but the newest addition is at Rottnest Island – WA’s secluded slice of paradise. Winter is a great time to head over to the island because accommodation and attractions are cheaper due to the quieter months. While you’re over there, you can also check out some of their whale watching tours as the colder weather makes for perfect timing to catch glimpses of humpback whales and southern right whales up close and personal.
2. Go White Water Rafting
White water rafting is one of the most action packed adventures you can do, amongst some of the most tranquil scenery. Whilst it may be a little on the cold side if your raft capsizes though, white water rafting adrenalin adventures are great for warming up the blood during winter. The Avon River and Collie River rafting adventures are a good place to start to get the adrenalin pumping, or check out a few tour companies for the best white water rafting spots to experience. The Murray River just 80km south of Perth is also another popular spot. Most rafting tours will last for a full day, but there are options to do a half day too.
3. Experience the Diving Rush
If you really want to get another world away to escape the winter days, then experiencing the diving rush is definitely for you. Complete with a valid diving ticket and the right equipment (which will be available to hire and most spots), diving deep into the underwater world can bare wonders to some of the most spectacular marine life and shipwreck adventures.
WA’s southwest doesn’t disappoint the dedicated diver, with magnificent coastlines boasting some of the world’s best dive sites. Check out the HMAS Swan, located 1.2 kilometres off the coast at Dunsborough. This is the first navy vessel that was purposely sunk for divers in Australia and is loaded with colourful corals and marine life. Head to Albany for the HMAS Perth – a 133-metre-long missile wreck with its original machinery and equipment still in place to explore or Busselton for the manmade jetty that is crowned one of the world’s best artificial reefs.
4. Drive to Denmark
If you’re craving a holiday adventure to fuel your extreme activities, Denmark is home to some great adrenalin adventures to heat those winter days up. From four-wheel driving off road into Denmark’s remote national parks and wilderness, to mountain bike riding for the tamer members of the family, bushwalking and insane surfing spots for the real dare devils, there’s something to experience for everyone.
5. Find WA’s Best Surfing Breaks
Whilst Denmark is home to some of Australia’s hottest surf breaks, the WA coastline has oodles of options for those extreme surf lovers. Depending on your level of thrill, Margaret River – known as one of the best ‘big wave’ locations, has surf breaks on par with Hawaii. Esperance will also impress surfers with its famous Lucky Bay, West Beach, Fourth Beach or Observatory Beach. Continue the adventure with diving and fishing charters, beach safaris and canoeing options too. Lancelin has some stellar surf conditions, in particular Eddie Island and Back Beach, with Rottnest Island and Geraldton following closely behind for the ultimate surfing experiences.