So you want to try something new? Something of the grandest experience of a lifetime? You have made a right choice! Abseiling is a total adrenaline packed adventure that can easily be accessed if you know where to look. Deciding to finally conquer your fears is a giant step in breaking through self set limitations. Now, the next step is to find that perfect abseil adventure. Here are some suggestions.
Here are the 10 best abseiling spots:
1. Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range, Southwest of Western Australia -An amazing height of 250m. Considered as one of Western Australia’s highest peaks, so high that it gets snow occasionally. Beginners can practice on Castle Rock which is smaller than Bluff Knoll but definitely a challenge. Abseiling is mostly done on terrain located at the northwest side.
2. Story Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland – The most spectacular way to discover Brisbane, with an exhilarating vista of Brisbane surroundings. After the scenic climb of the Story Bridge, 80m above the Brisbane River, participants climb back down to just below level to prepare to abseil. The abseil goes down the Anchor Pier onto Captain Burke Park 30m below.
3. Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland – About a click away from the CBD, a popular spot for picnics, walking and cycling, it is also the perfect abseil location where a breathtaking Brisbane River provides a spectacular backdrop.
4. Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Queensland – Rich in Aboriginal history the venue is located just about 70km northeast of Brisbane. You don’t have to be fit to enjoy Glasshouse Mountain abseiling. Beginner cliffs for abseiling and spectacular challenging ones, are both available for a one of a kind adventure experience!
5. Blue Mountains, New South Wales – This abseil venue is in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains Region. A perfect introduction to an abseiling adventure, heights range from nursery slopes of 2m to 30m. Make your abseil more interesting and try the Empress Falls Canyons, where the adventure begins by wet rock canyoning and a waterfall abseil as the grand finale!
6. Grampians National Park, Victoria – A series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running from north to south. Craggy slopes cover the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. Panoramic views make abseiling in this venue more elating!
7. The Gordon Dam, Tasmania – Considered as the world’s highest commercial abseil, the Gordon Dam has 30 to 50 metre abseils for beginners and the exhilarating 140m drop for the more experienced abseiler that comes with a CD of photos and Certificate of Achievement upon completion.
8. Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia – Red face, Black Face, Brown face! These are the colours of Kalbarri’s 460 year old rock gorges. Considered one of the cheapest Aussie abseils, Kalbarri has a lot of abseil launch point and picturesque locations that would be the best setting for a once in a lifetime photo op!
9. Lost World Waitomo, New Zealand – Popularly called New Zealand’s underground playground. Abseil down 100ft into the unsurpassed beauty of the Lost World, then plunge down water chutes, and float through stunning rock formations and cascades. Departures for this one of a kind adventure is offered for both summer and winter seasons depending on your fancy.
10. Southbank, Victoria – Experience a different kind of abseiling high as you abseil Aussie style! That’s running down a vertical surface facing the ground. That is off a 7-storey high building over a sheer vertical surface with only three things, your safety rigging, your courage and the faraway ground waiting in front of you.
Planning an abseiling adventure can be very exciting, and choosing from amazing and breathtaking locations can be somewhat difficult. At a loss with where to go? Why not try this exciting sport in your own locale? Abseiling is one of the most preferred sports for a charity event. Check your town’s local events calendar for any upcoming abseil charity events in the area, and discover the thrill of abseiling right in your own neighbourhood!