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Best Adventure Vacations in Australia and the Pacific

Australia and the Pacific region possess a sense of adventure that few places in the world can rival. Here, you can find excitement above and below sea level; you just have to know where to look. From the reefs of Fiji to the peaks of Queenstown, U.S. News Travel ranks the best destinations for thrill-seekers. 

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Why go: The birthplace of bungee jumping offers many adrenaline-pumping activities, including skydiving, skiing, rafting and mountain biking. The city's striking landcape — composed of the water of Lake Wakatipu and the slopes of the Remarkables — is perfect for these sports. Read More»

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Why go: The Great Barrier Reef lies off the eastern coast of Australia and covers an immense amount of underwater territory. Numerous tour providers offer boat rides and guided dives; however, the true explorer might prefer to charter a private boat. Read More»

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Kakadu National Park

Why go: This national park features several different terrains — from deserts to wetlands — that house a variety of species. Join an organized tour through the park: only experienced travelers should venture deep into Kakadu without a guide for safety reasons.

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Why go: Fiji's natural landscape will lure you from your lavish accommodations and into the great outdoors. Take Taveuni: This island possesses dazzling coral reefs, a towering waterfall and a rainforest trail. Or explore the Yasawas, a chain of 20 islands with volcanic peaks and lagoons. Read More»

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Why go: You'll find Kiwis soaking up outdoor pursuits all across New Zealand. Auckland touts more traditional activities than Queenstown, like hiking in the gorgeous Waitakere Ranges and fishing off rocky Rangitoto Island. Plus, you can still find bungee-jumping thrills here at SkyJump. Read More»

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Why go: Despite its cosmopolitan appearance, Sydney has a rugged spirit. With the wind in your sails, you can coast out of Sydney Harbour and admire the urban landscape from the azure water. If you're brave enough to ride a few waves, head to Bondi Beach for exceptional surfing conditions. Read More»

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Why go: Brisbane attracts intrepid travelers with a sense of adventure and a yen for a substantial city. Athletic visitors will find Mount Coot-tha's numerous hiking and biking trails irresistible. When you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking city views. Read More»

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Why go: Playful Melbourne is always up for some fun outdoors. Just ask the penguins that patrol the beach of Phillips Island Nature Park. Not convinced yet? Admire the graceful giraffes at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Afterward, explore the rows and rows of vines in neighboring wine country. Read More»

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