Great adventure holidays bring out the thrill-seeker in us all, and some of the most exciting destinations can be reached from Birmingham Airport. So, go for it – we dare you!
If the thought of lying in the sun and reading a book for a week bores you to tears, then check out these action-packed holidays in countries all over the world. From skydiving in Australia to going on a safari in South Africa, discover the best adventure holidays on offer.
Bungee Jump in Auckland
If you’re going to bungee jump, there’s no better place in the world to be than New Zealand. Ever since the day A J Hackett and Henry van Asch set up New Zealand’s first commercial bungee operation in the 1980s, bungee jumping in New Zealand is almost a rite of passage.
Auckland, once the country’s capital city, holds the world’s first harbour bridge bungee jump. Not only that, it’s also the only place you can do an ocean touch bungee! Suspended over Waitemata Harbour, you’ll take in 360-degree views of the area before leaping from the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Take an exclusive bridge walk to the purpose-built bungee pod and feel the adrenaline as you plunge 40 metres towards turquoise waters. Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower for more exhilarating activities.
How to get there from Birmingham Airport: Check out flights with Emirates or Qatar and enjoy a stop-off to break up your journey.
Ride Roller Coasters in Orlando
Orlando is famously the theme park capital of the world, so where better to get your adrenaline rushing than on some of the city’s best rollercoasters? From Disney World to Hollywood Studios, there is a plethora of pulse-racing coasters to choose from.
If you want to ride some of the best rollercoasters in the city, head to Universal Studios. Among our favourites there is the Incredible Hulk, where Hulk sends passengers soaring up its Gamma Force Accelerator tube. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, sends you up a 17-story vertical lift hill before being dropped at 65mph, and the Revenge of the Mummy ride, is a coaster in complete darkness.
How to get there from Birmingham Airport: Fly direct to Orlando with TUI or use Aer Lingus with a short stop-off in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.
Skydive in Perth
You can’t get much more adventurous than chucking yourself out of a plane, thousands of feet in the air. Skydiving is at the top of many people’s bucket lists and if you’re going to conquer your fear, you want to choose the best place for it.
So why Perth, Australia? Well, for the coastal views for one. Western Australia is blessed with stunning beach coastline and favourable weather which makes for a perfect skydive. As well as jumping in Perth’s CBD, you can skydive from Rockingham Beach or Jurien Bay, both offering stunning views for your jump.
Skydiving is a highly regulated activity in Australia and you can safely jump from up to 15,000ft in Perth which means over 65 seconds free fall time.
How to get there from Birmingham Airport: Book flights from Birmingham Airport to Perth. Fly with Emirates and enjoy a quick stop in Dubai before the second leg of the journey or fly with Qatar Airways for a connection in Qatar.
Safari in Johannesburg
A safari is one of the best adventure holidays you can go on and from Birmingham Airport you can fly to Johannesburg, a city that offers many options for safari. From South Africa’s biggest city, you don’t need to travel far to get out into the bush.
There are plenty of safari parks and game reserves within a four-hour drive of the city. Day-trippers can head to reserves just an hour’s drive away, while those looking to spend a few days on safari can go further afield. All these areas are malaria free, so there’s no need for medication.
How to get there from Birmingham Airport: Pick from a range of airlines to Johannesburg with a convenient connection including Air France, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.