Adventures in Australia, Oceania, and the Pacific


Author Laura Byrne Paquet at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photo courtesy of OTTTO Holdings (Aust.) Pty Limited ACN 079 564 346 trading as BridgeClimb Sydney.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in New South Wales, Australia

I'd been in Australia for less than 48 hours when, still addled with jet lag, I set off to climb one of its most famous landmarks: the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Even though I was staying in the Rocks, an historic neighborhood nearby, I'd had only glimpses of the bridge before arriving ...
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Bungee (Bungy) Jumping

Bungee Jumping in Auckland, New Zealand

What I really want to do here in Auckland is the SkyJump. You're tied securely into a large harness connected to a wire, then dropped off the Sky Tower, where you zip downward for 11 seconds before landing gently. I saw contestants on "The Biggest Loser" do it one season, ...
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