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Adventure & Nature-based Tourism

What Is It?

Adventure and nature-based tourism are those that include a physical recreational activity, a cultural exchange, or other pursuits in nature. Examples are: day hiking, zip lining, climbing, rafting, skiing and mountain biking.

Some examples of adventure and nature-based tourism in NSW are:

·       Canyoning in the Blue Mountains

·       Horse-riding in the Snowy Mountains

·       Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley

·       Hot air ballooning in The Hunter Valley

·       Racing the 6 foot track

·       Surfing at Byron Bay

·       The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

What Are The Benefits?

  • The NSW nature-based outdoor activity sector is a large component of the states economy. Around $7.65 billion is spent each year on nature-based activities in NSW.
  • Many nature-based outdoor activities support regional economies support regional economies, providing employment, economic gain and reasons to visit areas.
  • Adventure and nature-based tourism encourages people to engage in active outdoor recreation, to visit natural areas and enjoy outdoor pursuits. In many examples a tourism provider will offer a exposure to an activity that the participant would not regularly complete, and provide support in more technical pursuits.

Outdoors NSW Role

At Outdoors NSW we work with adventure tourism operators to ensure they provide safe, sustainable, eco-friendly world-class experiences.

We provide invaluable resources and practical support for members in this are as leaders of the Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) in NSW. Our collaboration includes education on standards, best practises and market opportunities.

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But if adventure has a final and embracing motive it is surely this: we go out because it is in our nature to go out, to climb mountains and sail the seas, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans…and when man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man

Wilfred Noyes

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