A Guide to Bungee Jumping in Australia – Things to Know & Where to Jump!
What is Bungee Jumping?
Bungee Jumping (or Bungy Jumping) is an adventure sport / activity which involves a person jumping from a great height whilst connected to a long rubber elastic cord.
The cord is often wrapped around the person’s ankles and they are secured in a waist harness for additional safety.
The bungee platform is usually attached to a tall structure such as a:
- Crane or
- Cliff side
After completing the jump, the person is usually pulled back up to the surface or intercepted by a boat (if landing over a river) to be detached from the cord.
It truly is an exhilarating experience!
Is Bungee Jumping Safe or Dangerous?
As with any adventure or extreme sport, there will always be some risks that you must consider. However, the number of deaths attributed to bungee jumping each year is low.
Given that an accident, injury or death from bungee jumping could destroy a company’s reputation, most companies are very stringent with safety procedures and protecting their customers.
They also have experienced staff and use the latest equipment to mitigate the risk of anything going wrong.
Based on the statistics I could find, the frequency of bungee jumping deaths is low. Therefore, you’d be very unlucky to have something go wrong during your jump.
The estimated ratio is 1 death to 500,000 jumps.
To put it in context…here’s the death ratio of some other adventure sports:
- Hang Gliding: 1 in 560
- Canoeing: 1 in 10,000
- Mountain Hiking: 1 in 15,700
- Skydiving: 1 in 101,083
- Bicycling: 1 in 140,845
- Bungee Jumping: 1 in 500,000
- Skiing: 1 in 1,4000,000
- Snowboarding: 1 in 2,200,000
If you’d like to read more about the different death stats per sport, you can check out a great infographic here.
The risks associated with Bungee Jumping can also depend on whether you have any of the following medical conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Condition
- Previous Dislocations
- Neurological Conditions
- Existing Back Issues
- Fragile Skin
- Physical Impairments
- Recent Surgical Procedures
- All Physical Disabilities
- Any Other Medical Condition
If considering bungee jumping with an existing medical condition, you should always check with your doctor first to make sure it’ll be ok.
It is also important to disclose any medical conditions to the company you’re jumping with before you go bungee jumping in Australia.
Bungee Jumping in Australia – The Best Place to Jump
Queensland, the adventure capital, is the only state where you can go bungee jumping in Australia.
Personally, I must admit, this surprised me…I had thought that bungee jumping would be more prevalent in Australia given the prevalence of bungee jumping in our neighbouring sister, New Zealand.
However, from what I could find, bungee jumping was temporarily banned in New South Wales back in the 1990’s because two people were injured when one of the cords broke free, leaving them dangling just above water.
Since then, I couldn’t find many updates on the situation.
If you are really set on bungee jumping while travelling or living in Australia, then ensure to make a trip to Cairns. Trust me, it’ll be totally worth it.
Alongside jumping off a ledge, there are many other adventurous activities and things to do in Cairns. You can check out some examples here.
Bungee Jumping in Cairns, Queensland
In Queensland, Cairns is the only place where you can go bungee jumping in Australia making the bungee site extremely unique and special.
Located around 20 minutes from Cairns, this bungee jumping site was chosen for the beauty of its surroundings – the Cairns rainforest. It is renowned for its incredible views!
The bungee tower was built back in 1989 by the man who founded bungee jumping in New Zealand (AJ Hackett).
It may not be the scariest bungee in the world (being only 50m high), however, it makes up with scenery and is a great place for beginners to get a taste for the activity.
How Much Does Bungee Jumping in Cairns Cost?
Normally, the cost of bungee jumping in Cairns ranges from $100 – $300 depending on what you want to do. Currently, according to the AJ Hackett website the pricing is as follows:
- Adults: $179 AUD
- Students (with valid ID): $139 AUD
- Children (10-14yrs): $99 AUD
Where is the Cairns Bungy Located?
Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett is located on McGregor Rd, Smithfield, QLD 4878.
Other things you should know about the AJ Hackett Bungy Jump in Cairns:
- AJ Hackett have done over 4 million safe bungee jumps worldwide
- AJ Hackett are the original company that founded “Bungy”
- Bungee jumping has become a famous milestone to do when people hit 30 years old
- You will want to allow an hour or more to enjoy the experience. This includes the transit time to get to the site and complete a jump.
- You should book before you go. Otherwise, if a tour bus arrives when you’re there, you could be waiting for hours!
- You can buy DVD’s & photos for an additional fee
- There is no minimum age for the Giant Swing, as long as you fit safely into the harness.
- The maximum combined weight for a tandem bungee jump is 240kg
- There is licensed bar on site – a very important detail for some!
If bungee jumping isn’t your thing, you can also go on their Giant Jungle Swing. From what I’ve read, it can be a lot of fun as well.
Bungee Jumping, Australia – FAQs for First-timers
1) Is there an Age, Height or Weight limit to go Bungee Jumping in Australia?
Yes, there are some restrictions that you should keep in mind when bungee jumping in Australia.
Here is a summary below:
- Age limit: Yes
- Weight limit: Yes
- Height Limit: No
So, how old do you have to be to bungee jump in Australia?
In Cairns, all bungee jumpers and swingers must be at least 10 years old. However, anyone between the ages of 10-18 must have parental consent and a parent/guardian present.
I am unsure of what the minimum age limit is across the world as it seems to vary, therefore it’s best to ask if there are any limitations before you buy your ticket to jump.
In terms of a maximum age, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on this. I suppose if you’re fit, healthy and seeking an extreme adrenaline rush, then age doesn’t really matter.
Globally, there’s a degree of consistency when it comes to weight restrictions. In general, the weight limits for bungee jumping are as follows:
- Minimum weight limit: 35-43kg (Approx 95 pounds)
- Maximum weight limit: 118kg (260 pounds)
However, this does depend on various factors including:
- The location
- The operator
- The height of the jump
One of the great things about bungee jumping in Australia is that the staff are well trained and can adjust the length/height of the bungee cord to match the weight of the jumper.
They can even judge the distance between the ground and the person down to the last centimetre.
This is why it is always important to check with the bungee jumping company as to what their guidelines are and check any FAQ’s on their website.
From what I could find, there are little to no height restrictions to go bungee jumping in Australia. However, for some of the bigger bungee jumps around the world, you may need to be over 120cm.
As long as you fit into the harness correctly, you should be OK.
2) Will Bungee Jumping Hurt My Back or Eyes?
There are some concerns circulating around whether bungee jumping can cause your eyes to fall out or the retina in your eye to detach. However, according to Bungy Australia, this has never happened (at any of their sites anyway).
They compare the pressure experienced by bungee jumping to be similar to sneezing!
Some jumpers also worry about back pain or damaging their spine. But, this is not commonly experienced by healthy jumpers.
Although few can experience minor whiplash (If you bounce on a weird angle), the bungee cord is designed to suit your body and stretches with you for smooth deceleration.
In fact, bungee jumping is said to have no more impact on your back than:
- riding a mountain bike
- wake-boarding or
- running on a hard surface
If you have any back concerns or pre-existing issues, definitely seek advice from your doctor. We also suggest chatting to the company leaders before you go as they will be able to provide you with the right guidance.
3) What Should I Wear When Bungee Jumping?
The month that you choose to go bungee jumping will naturally impact what you need to wear.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes (or at least shoes that wont fall off). T-shirts, singlets, shorts and exercise / sports gear are good options.
If you’re a female, you’ll want to avoid dresses and skirts… for obvious reasons.
It’s also a good idea to tie your hair back before you jump so it doesn’t get in the way… or get caught on anything.
If you happen to wear the wrong shoes on the day or prefer not to wear shoes, you may have the option to jump barefoot. However, only a few places offer this so ensure to check the rules before you go.
4) What is the Cost of Bungee Jumping in Australia?
The cost of bungee jumping in Australia around the world can vary a lot depending on where you’re jumping and the height of the jump.
For instance, the Nevis Bungy in New Zealand (the highest jump experience in NZ) is $245 to $275 AUD. Whereas, bungee jumping in South Africa is around $80 AUD.
To bungee jump in Australia it will likely cost you around $99-140 AUD (for adults).
Other Bungee Jumping Tips for First-timers
Bungee jumping can be a very frightening (but also exhilarating!) experience for first-timers. If you’re considering making the jump, here’s some additional tips that you may want to consider.
1) Don’t Hesitate. Lean Into the Fear.
As you walk onto the platform and lean over the edge, your head will automatically tell you “Don’t Jump!” After all, it is our survival instinct to stay alive. However, the more you pause and hesitate, the stronger and more convincing that part of your brain gets.
The best thing to do is jump…FAST!
Get yourself to the edge of the platform and when they say JUMP do it, with as little thought as possible.
The more you think, the more likely you’ll chicken out!
2) Don’t Eat Right Before You Jump
Given you can occasionally be jolted around at different angles, it’s a bad idea to eat right before you jump.
I’d suggest leaving at least 30 mins up to an hour between eating and jumping to be safe.
3) Try to Jump Early
Many think that by “watching others” it will help them pluck up the courage to do it themselves, especially if afraid of heights.
I personally found the opposite to be true.
If you let numerous people go before you, you’ll hear their screams and feel even more freaked out than you were initially. You may even use that time to determine a list of excuses for why you shouldn’t do it.
Waiting creates anxiety before you jump. Take the leap of faith early and get it done!
4) Look Straight, Not Down.
I kept looking down by accident when doing my bungee jumps… but I’m one of those weird people who like the adrenaline rush that comes with doing it.
If you’re afraid of heights, I recommend against this. Instead, look straight out ahead or close your eyes as you jump. It will reduce your tendency to freeze.
5) Trust the Jump Master
The staff at the Australian bungee jump site are well trained and know what they’re doing.
When they give you reassurance or guidance, listen to them and feel free to ask questions. There’s no such thing as a silly question and the jump masters are very knowledgeable and always willing to help.
And… push you off the ledge.
6) Jump with a Reputable Company
Your #1 priority when bungee jumping is safety. Never make any compromises when it comes to your safety.
It’s critical to choose reputable companies when you go bungee jumping, in Australia and especially when overseas.
Well known companies are tightly regulated, invest in the latest equipment and have well trained staff. They are also paranoid about safety ratings and reviews as it can make or break their business.
AJ Hackett is a great company. I’ve done 3 bungee jumps with them so far and each experience was fantastic.
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Bungee jumping is an incredibly exhilarating activity to tick off your bucket list. And, although there’s not much choice on where you can go bungee jumping in Australia, what better place to travel to than Cairns.
Not only will you get to tick bungee jumping off your bucket list, but you will get to do it within some of the most incredible scenery that Australia has to offer.
A Guide to Bungee Jumping in Cairns, Australia
Let’s do a quick recap of what we covered in this article and the main points to remember:
- Bungee / Bungy Jumping is an adventure sport that involves a person jumping from a great height whilst connected to a long rubber elastic cord.
- Bungee Jumping is relatively safe
- There is a minimum age limit of 10 years old
- There is no height limits as long as you can fit safely into the harness
- There is a min weight limit of 35-43kg and a max weight limit of 118kg
- It is uncommon for bungee jumping to cause injury to your back or eyes (unless you have pre-existing injuries)
- Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes
- Cairns in the best place to bungee jump in Australia
- The cost of bungee jumping can vary. In Australia, it ranges between $99 to $18 AUD.
If you’ve made the decision to rip the band-aid off and go bungee jumping in Cairns, I take my hat off to you. It would have to be one of my favourite things to do when I travel, so enjoy the ride!
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