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Like bobsledding but can't stand the cold? Then head down under. The Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, tel: (617) 3268 6333, on Moreton Island, off the coast of Brisbane, Australia, is the setting for one of the most exhilarating thrill rides this side of the Matterhorn—and there's not a snowflake in sight.

Tangalooma is mostly known for the bottle-nosed dolphins that can be hand-fed along the resort's shoreline each evening. But for a real encounter with the wild, guests climb onto boards made of waxed Masonite or wood fiber and throw themselves off the summit of one of...

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