Howzat! Scale new heights on a tour down un­der

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spec­ta­cle of the glit­ter­ing lights of Ade­laide com­ing to life. It’s an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which, like the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge climb, en­ables you to get a very fresh take on a dis­tinc­tive (and at AUS$535mil­lion/£312mil­lion, very ex­pen­sive) piece of ar­chi­tec­ture and gain a much bet­ter sense of the breath­tak­ing place you are in, ir­re­spec­tive of whether there is a match go­ing on.

This be­ing Aus­tralia, the ex­pe­ri­ence en­tails an el­e­ment of phys­i­cal ex­er­tion, the fris­son of dan­ger (though clim­bers are firmly se­cured in har­nesses), great pos­si­bil­i­ties for poms and Aussies to ex­change good-na­tured banter about the rel­a­tive mer­its of their teams, and a well-earned sense of ela­tion at the end of the tour – par­tic­u­larly if, like me (and most of my hardy group of four men and four women), you have struck a dra­matic pose by lean­ing backwards high above the ground, and shrieked with delight.

You don’t have to be a cricket fan to en­joy it – nor do you have to be a cricket fan to en­joy the in­cred­i­ble riches that Aus­tralia of­fers the tourist through­out the sea­sons.

Over the fol­low­ing six pages, our writ­ers have mapped some of the very best ex­pe­ri­ences to be had across the length and breadth of this ex­tra­or­di­nary coun­try – or rather con­ti­nent – from the won­ders that can still be seen on the Great Bar­rier Reef to the com­pelling beauty of a new na­ture trail on Kan­ga­roo Is­land; from the foodie havens tucked away in some of the most scenic spots of Vic­to­ria to the majesty of Aus­tralia’s stu­pen­dous “Red Cen­tre”. We hope that, with this guide, you won’t be stumped for sug­ges­tions.

And we’d be more than happy if you got in touch with some ideas of your own (trav­elviews@tele­graph.co.uk).

The roof climb at the Ade­laide Oval costs from AUS$99 (£57) per per­son or $225 (£130) for the tour dur­ing the Test match. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, see roof­climb.com.au

It’s not just cricket: Adrian Bridge leans out into the abyss above the Ade­laide ground

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