Sport is something of a national obsession in Australia. We're avid followers of ‘footy', which covers everything from rugby union to the uniquely Australian AFL. We play backyard and beach cricket all summer and turn out in our thousands to watch the iconic Boxing Day test at Melbourne's MCG. Summer is also the season we become amateur commentators at our Grand Slam tennis tournament. We have lush, championship-designed golf courses across the country and host many premier golf events. Our marathons attract hundreds of thousands of runners and rev-heads everywhere know about our car racing events such as the Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix.
Canoeing and Kayaking in Australia
From tranquil inlets and backwaters to picturesque rivers and gorges, Australia offers many places to paddle. Canoe the Blackwood River, which meanders through Western Australia's south-west, or along the maze of calm waterways in South Australia's Coorong. Sea kayak off St Kilda Beach in Melbourne or under Sydney's Harbour Bridge. White water raft the furious rapids of Tasmania's Franklin River or the Tully River in North Queensland. Canoe or kayak through the Northern Territory's Katherine Gorge or paddle around Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. Hire a kayak for a few hours or spend a few days on a canoeing safari through one of our pristine national parks.
Skiing & Snowboarding in Victoria
Can't picture snow-capped mountains in Australia? During winter in Victoria, you'll find hundreds of ski-runs across ten great alpine locations. They're all just a day trip north from Melbourne and some, like Mt Donna Buang and Mt Baw Baw, can even be done in a day if you get up early. Downhill ski at Mt Buller or cross-country ski the powdered trails at Falls Creek. Snowboard Mt Hotham's half pipes and terrain parks or hurtle down the boutique slopes of Mt Buffalo. Trek in snow-shoes from Mt Baw Baw to Mt St Gwinear and toboggan or sled at pretty Lake Mountain.
Surfing in Australia
Australia's surf beaches, where first-class waves for all surfing abilities crash, are born from the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Indian Ocean in the west and the Southern Ocean in the south . Visit iconic Bells Beach, near Torquay, the gateway to Victoria's Surf Coast on the Great Ocean Road. In New South Wales, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Sydney and its south coast offer a superior swell. Hang out in Burleigh Heads or coast along one of the world's longest waves at Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast. In South Australia, great surf beaches dot the Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre peninsulas as well as the Limestone Coast. In Western Australia, Perth, Margaret River and Esperance are home to an abundance of surf beaches. Brave Tasmania's Southern Ocean swells in Hobart, Bruny Island, Launceston, Devonport and Marrawah. You'll find a wave to yourself on our uncrowded and pristine coastal beaches.
Australia's Summer of Cricket
In Australia, it’s just not summer without cricket. We play it at our picnics and barbeques, in our backyards, on our beaches, roads, in parks and world-class stadiums. Indoors, the Australian cricket team with their trademark baggy green caps, dominate our television screens. In Australia, cricket is almost a religion, uniting players and fans from all walks of life.
Diving in Australia
Completely surrounded by water and rich in islands and reefs, Australia is a diver's dream. Our waters shelter a treasure trove of marine life, with more than 4000 species of fish and the world's highest diversity of sea grass. Swim with the giant, gentle whale shark on Ningaloo Reef or with sea-lions and dolphins on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. Learn to dive on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest living organism. Or snorkel in sheltered and scenic Clovelly in Sydney. Discover kelp-encrusted submarines off the Mornington Peninsula or a maze of underwater caves along Tasmania's east coast. Our temperate waters are calling, so come dive in.
AFL - The Australian Football League
From March to September Australian Rules Football (AFL) teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series held in Melbourne in September. AFL is Australia’s most attended sporting league, with passionately-supported teams in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on television. There’s nothing like being there for the final series. The entire city takes on a carnival atmosphere as excited fans cheer their teams to victory. It is a truly unique Australian experience.
The Cooly Classic - Coolangatta Ocean Swim
Sun, surf, sand and sport: all the trademarks of Australia’s beach culture are on display in the Coolangatta Ocean Swim. Open water swims happen all across the country, but the ‘Cooly Classic’ in April is one of the most iconic. Both swimmers and spectators flock to the Gold Coast for the challenging course and beach carnival atmosphere. Join Australia’s iron men and women on the 2.5km swim, test the waters on the shorter beginner’s course or start a cheer squad on the sand. After the race the Gold Coast awaits. Lie on golden beaches, learn to surf and uncover the area’s Aboriginal culture. Whale-watch, island-hop or explore the rainforest-cloaked hinterland.
The Australian Open tennis tournament is the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year, with the world's best slugging it out to hold the coveted trophy aloft. There is also plenty of action off the court with an entertainment precinct that includes live music and the opportunity to get up close with your favourite tennis stars at autograph island. Held in the height of summer, and attracting devoted fans from across the world, the tournament also brings a friendly, colourful party atmosphere to the city.
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