Adventure Outdoors

6 Ways to get your adrenaline pumping

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Written by Nina Burakowski, a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for outdoor adventures. For more travel inspiration, visit her blog at

The Outdoor Guide to Western Australia

Australia’s southwest is an all-year outdoor playground for adrenaline junkies.

The region's towering Karri and Jarrah forests, pumping surf breaks and awe-inspiring coastline makes this the perfect destination for any thrill seeker. Whatever your adventure, you'll not only get your thrills but be immersed by the natural beauty of the region at the same time.


Mountain Biking Albany

Mountain Biking

The most thrilling way to experience the formidable landscape of the Southwest is on two wheels. Superb mountain bike trails can be found throughout the region and are suitable for all types of riders.

In Albany, the 700 metre Clarence Hill downhill mountain bike trail is an exhilarating ride with some of the best views of the spectacular King George Sound. In Pemberton, the excellent Mountain Bike Park, set deep in the Karri forest is the best way to experience the giant Karri trees of the southwest. The park has various trails to choose from with lots of single tracks, dirt jumps and two downhill runs. Make a day of it and cool off at the picturesque Pemberton Pool that is adjacent to the Mountain Bike Park.

Located on the outskirts of Margaret River, The Pines has some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. There are over fourteen different trails with plenty of single track descents, beams to rail and table top jumps to challenge even advanced riders.

For an endurance test, the 900 kilometre Munda Biddi trail is the ultimate ride. Starting in Mundaring in the Perth hills, the trail meanders through farmland, vineyards and towering forests all the way to Denmark and Albany. Shorter circuits that are easily accessible by car can be found at various points along the trail.



Southwest Australia is one of the world’s premier surfing destinations and comes loaded with kick-ass waves that regularly attract the best surfers from all over the globe. 

From Albany to Denmark, Augusta to Yallingup and beyond, the southwest coast is littered with pumping waves. Along the 130 kilometre Margaret River coast alone, there are over 70 surf breaks, including world-class waves at Main Break, North Point and Supertubes. Not for the faint-hearted, Cow Bombie off the coast of Gracetown throws up monster waves and has the accolade of being one of the biggest waves ever ridden in Australia. 

Beginner to professional surfers will get their adrenaline pumping in this surfing mecca.  The largest swells arrive in the winter months from April to September, but decent surfing conditions can be found throughout the year.

HMAS Perth by Andrew Halsall


If diving is your adventure, then the southwest doesn’t disappoint. The magnificent coastline boasts some of the world’s best dive sites, including two of the largest dive wrecks in the southern hemisphere.

The HMAS Swan, located 1.2 kilometres off the coast of Dunsborough, is the first navy vessel that was purposely sunk for divers in Australia. Since being sunk in 1997, the former Naval Destroyer which lies at a depth of 35 metres is home to an abundance of marine life and corals. Large schools of Bulls Eye, King George Whiting and Bream have all taken residence at the site.

In Albany, the HMAS Perth found it’s watery grave in the King George Sound and provides an awe-inspiring sight for any diver. The 133-metre long former missile destroyer still has much of the original equipment and machinery in place. Aft of the vessel, a large gun is still in place and adventurous divers can enter the bridge and swivel in the captain's chair. The wreck is also home to plenty of marine life, including two wobbegong sharks and large Samson fish.

Further north in Bunbury, the Lena Dive Wreck is another must for diving enthusiast. The 18-metre long vessel with a colourful past as an illegal Russian fishing boat chasing the elusive Patagonian toothfish has found a second life as one of Australia’s most accessible dive wrecks. 

In Busselton, the 1.8-kilometre long man-made jetty is even more fascinating underwater than above and is one of the world’s best artificial reefs. Hundreds of variety of fish, coral, and invertebrates rarely seen at other locations have made their home along the timber pylons of the jetty to become one of the best underwater adventures in West Australia.

Hang Gliding Shelley Beach near Albany
Tandem glide
Paragliding Albany

Hang Gliding and Para Gliding 

Soaring at altitude like an Eagle with views of the epic southwest coastline is about as exhilarating as it gets. One of the best spot to fly is in Albany, where the high coastal sites provide the best take-off points in the state with options covering all wind directions.

Gliders are awarded with birds-eye views of the rugged wilderness of the southern coast. Seeing dolphins, kangaroos and the stunning white sandy beaches from the perspective of a bird are all part of the flight. Watch Hang gliding at Shelley Beach Albany on YouTube.

Kite Boarding in Augusta by Tahlia Smart

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

West Australia is a haven for wind addicts from all over the world and the southwest is no exception. On days with big southerlies and surfing swell, experienced kite and windsurfers flock to Surfer's Point in Prevelly to ride on of the most powerful waves on the coast. Less gnarly conditions can be found slightly further south at Gnarabup beach.

Kitesurfers looking for flat water will get their kicks at Augusta, where world class conditions await. Come here during the summer months and you may just spot a world champion. Watch Kite Boarding in Augusta on YouTube.

Other superb conditions for kitesurfing chasing flat-water await at the estuary in Australind while Albany is one of the most scenic spots for both kite and windsurfers.

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