range of activities, adventure and special interest
holidays is almost endless.
More detailed information is given under each individual State
section. Below is a brief outline with practical
information on some of the most popular sports and activities
available and popular in Australia. Further trade information
can also be obtained via Tourism
This is an Australian term coined in the
1920's to differentiate serious walkers from casual hikers. Australia’s
wilderness areas, national parks and vast tracts
of sparsely populated countryside make bush walking 1 of the country’s
most popular pastimes.
Maps are widely available, either from the several guide books
on offer or from State government offices. Fires are a threat
during summer, so walkers must respect fire ban warnings. Outdoor
clothing and equipment tends to be quite expensive. Each State
and Territory has its own independent parks authority.
Self drive tours
3 quarters of Australia’s land mass
lies in the outback. 4 wheel drive vehicles are a favourite means
of transport and there are many scenic highways
and roads leading to the often remote outback destinations.
On such journeys, it is not unusual to drive for hours without
seeing other people. It is advisable to take extra petrol and
water in case of emergencies.
With 36,735 kilometres (22,826 miles) of
coastline, Australia provides outstanding opportunities for water
sports, particularly snorkeling and diving.
The tropical waters along the 2,500 kilometres (1500 miles) of
the Great Barrier Reef and its multitude of tiny
islands form 1 of the world’s best known diving locations.
Requirements for dive courses (which are widely available) vary
from state to state, but normally, beginners must be at least
12 years of age and have a medical certificate of fitness in accordance
with Australian standards.
To obtain the basic scuba diving qualification,
visitors can participate in either a 1 week full time course or
a 2 week part time course, tailor made courses are also available.
Certified divers must be able to show their international certification
card and log book for solo dives, unless they participate in fully
supervised dives with a professional. For further information,
contact Dive Directory:
Address: PO Box 5264, Cairns, Queensland 4870
Telephone: (7) 4046 7304
Facsimile: (7) 4031 1210
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are surfing schools all over Australia
offering instruction for beginners or advanced surfers. For details,
contact Surfing Australia:
Address: PO Box 1613, Kingscliff, NSW 2487 (e-
Email address: email@example.com
Website address: www.surfingaustralia.com
The seas off the east coast are known to be 1 of the world’s
best game fishing areas, and the waters off north Western Australia
are also particularly abundant.
The area north of Queensland is well known for
marlin fishing while the streams in the high country in New South
Wales and Victoria are extremely good for trout.
Newspapers and radio have broad tide and fishing reports. Fishing
licence requirements vary from state to state. For further information,
contact the Australian Recreational and Sport Fishing Industry
Address: PO Box 854, Dickson ACT 2602
Telephone: (2) 6257 1997
Facsimile: (2) 6247 9314
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golfing facilities are brilliant and the settings
are often spectacular. For further details and
a copy of the Australian Golfers Handbook, contact the Australian
Address: 153-155 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Telephone: (3) 9699 7944
Facsimile: (3) 9690 8510
Website address: www.agu.org.au
Skiing is possible from May to mid October in the mountainous
areas of the south east. The best skiing slopes
are situated on the eastern mountain ranges on the state borders
of New South Wales and Victoria. For further information, contact
Address: Level 1, 1 Cobden Street, South Melbourne 3205
Telephone: (3) 9696 2344
Facsimile: (3) 9696 2399
Email address: email@example.com
Website address: www.skiingaustralia.org.au
Special interest holidays
A wide range of these are available, farming,
ballooning, flying and gliding, cycling, pony trekking, rafting,
bungee jumping, gemstone fossicking, camel treks, whale watching
For further details please see the individual State and Territory