Sydney is home to many exciting adventure activities, many of which are perfect for those who love the water. If this sounds like you, be sure to check these out.
Shark Dive Xtreme
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim with sharks? Wonder no longer. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary offers the thrilling opportunity to get up close and personal with this fearsome and beautiful animal.
This is the chance to swim with a colony of Grey Nurse Sharks. Ranging from one to three metres, they are graceful and sleek, and you'll be in the water with them – no cages included! In fact, this is one of the only places in the world where that can guarantee you'll swim with sharks because there are so many of them.
You can feel safe with these animals too, because they are fish eaters. Their teeth are small and thin and they can't do damage on larger prey. They're passive creatures, but still look large and ferocious, so this experience will undoubtedly leave you in awe.
Along with the sharks, you'll see turtles, stingrays and hundreds of fish. Choose from the intro dive, tune-up dive, certified dive or feed dive and book your tickets today.
Wet n' Wild
This water theme park opens on September 20 this year and is a definite must on your visit to Sydney. Whether you're after adventure, fun for the whole family or an adrenaline rush, this is the attraction for you.
The range here is utterly exciting, with a huge variety of slides, 40 altogether, including some that stretch to the sky and will leave you breathlessly laughing as you run to the next ride.
You'll also find a zone dedicated to water adventures, where you can ride a wave or spin around in a raging whirlpool.
If you're taking your family along you won't be disappointed. There are various sections specifically targeted to your little ones. The Wet n' Wild Junior is a zone that will keep your kids happy for hours, with mini slides and more accessible versions of the main rides.
Dry off and don't miss out on the Sydney SkyCoaster. With this ride, you'll be buckled in and taken up 75 metres – in comparison, the Sydney Opera House is 65 metres high! From up here you can enjoy the sights, then feel total exhalation as you rush back to earth.
Sailing Sydney Harbour
Head on over to Darling Harbour at King Street Wharf and have a once in a lifetime adventure. You'll climb aboard one of America's Cup Yachts and be part of the crew as you sail around Sydney.
The boats themselves are spectacular. The Spirit and Kookaburra are the main boats used. The Spirit, otherwise known as AUS21, was built for the 1992 America's Cup, that took place in San Diego. The crew and this boat placed 6th in the Louis Vuitton Cup.
During this experience, you'll also see some Sydney sights, such as the magnificent structure of the harbour bridge and the unique and utterly iconic Sydney Opera House.
The America's Cup is a significant sporting event for Australians, and this is the ultimate yachting experience. In order to take part, you don't have to know anything about yachting.
Sailings happen every day but Wednesday and last two and a half hours. If you want to see what a real race feels like, head on over to the Weekly Racing Experience that happens every Wednesday and lasts three hours.
When you've finished your tour, there is a lot to do in the area, including the Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum and many fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes.