It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s YOU! No need to be Clark Kent or Wonder Woman to get high on a soaring adventure. Imagine moments of weightlessness, feeling the wind in your hair, floating above the clouds, or the more extreme sensation of g-forces in a jet fighter — it’s holiday time with altitude!
Whether you’re a bit of a Goose or a Maverick, you’ll love the jet flight jaunt from Hobart. After a top gun style pre-flight briefing, your pilot takes you through the manoeuvres in mid-air in a Jet Provost Mk5a — vertical climbs, loop, rolls and 900kph of speed for your very own mission with 360 degree views from the former British RAF jet. Overlook Hobart from Battery Point’s Salamanca Terraces, opposite the award-winning restaurant Alexander’s Restaurant which is the perfect place to get your sugar high with desserts like chocolate cream crostoli with white couverture chocolate mousse and Tasmanian mixed berries… yum!
You don’t need to be James Bond to jump out a of a plane — a tandem skydive near Perth can be just as adventurous as any secret agent mission. Alas while we humans lack wings, for 5 minutes you can feel the exhilaration of a an eagle-like launch falling from your choice of heights ranging from 8000 to 14000 feet. Stay close to heaven with a dip in the rooftop pool at Citigate Perth, 7 storeys above the beautiful botanic gardens of Kings Park.
Renaissance Italian inventor and artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, designed a glider inspired by birds but didn’t get it to take off. Never fear though, in the 21st century there’s a safer way to fly. In the quiet of the sky, you can waft over Camden Valley near Sydney in a motorised glider. After the pilot switches off the engine, you’ll have over 45 minutes to take the controls and steer your course through the sky under the guidance of an instructor. What better to continue the day’s adventures with highness of another kind — a regal high tea at the Swissotel Sydney.
Just as well Tarzan didn’t have a fear of heights, with all that vine swinging through the jungle. You can be just as swashbuckling with a jungle surfing canopy tour in the Daintree Rainforest near Cape Tribulation. Swing at heights of 22 metres and distances up to 75 metres of harnessed flying as you take in the lush greenness of the forest. It’s like being a Cairns Birdwing butterfly, which you might see in the gardens of the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa.