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Learn about some of Australia's iconic aquatic, beach and coastal destinations.

Explore some of the country's best-known landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Sydney Harbour in New South Wales and Tasman National Park in Tasmania.

Go beyond the iconic destinations and explore the many spectacular coastal journeys that also make up Australia's repertoire of aquatic experiences.

Sail through the Whitsundays or hike the pristine coastline of Victoria's Wilsons Promontory. Drive from Sydney to Cairns along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Touring Route. In Western Australia, the South West Beaches and Goldfields Drive travels through Margaret River to the beach-blessed southern coast.

Australian aquatic vacation ideas

Beautiful coastal road trips, memorable food and wine experiences near the sea, relaxing weekends in lake country, sailing journeys with stunning views and more.

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria.

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Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney - Nowra - Batemans Bay - Eden - Bairnsdale - Wilsons Promontory - Phillip Island - Melbourne 7 days drive Swim from white beaches in Jervis Bay, eat fresh oysters in Pambula and spot whales in Eden. Feed sea eagles in Mallacoota and experience the precious eco-systems of Croajingolong National Park. Go boating on the vast, tranquil Gippsland Lakes. Then walk along the sweeping expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and to the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland in Wilsons Promontory National Park. On Phillip Island, you'll find friendly fur seals and a daily dusk parade of little penguins. This blockbuster drive takes you to sleepy seaside towns, national parks teeming with wildlife and long, solitary beaches where your feet are the only ones on the sand.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Experience the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, home to coral reefs, colorful marine life, tropical islands, luxury resorts and adventure experiences.

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Diving in Australia

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.

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Great Barrier Reef Highlights

Great Barrier Reef Highlights

You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space.

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11 Day 9 Night Cairns, Sydney & Melbourne

Explore the amazing Great Barrier Reef, the world’s oldest rainforest, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne on your 11-day Australian adventure.

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15 Day 14 Night Australia: Coastal Luxe

Explore Hobart, Bruny Island, Freycinet, Schouten Island, Sydney and Hamilton Island on this ultimate coastal adventure.

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Explore Australia's aquatic destinations

Get to know some of the iconic destinations and hidden gems at the heart of Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences.

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Whether you’re flying above its turquoise waters or picnicking in pure-white sand, Whitehaven Beach is a sight to behold.

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Bondi to Bronte

Bondi to Bronte

Sydney in summertime is all about its coastline, and few stretches are as iconic as the sea-sculpted section from Bondi to Bronte. Learn to surf at Bondi, join the beautiful people in Tamarama and swim in Bronte's family-friendly rock pool. See all three beaches on the Bondi to Bronte walk - a short, spectacular coastal trail along epic sandstone cliffs.

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Ningaloo

Ningaloo

Dive the Ningaloo Marine Park, which protects a 260km fringing reef off Western Australia's mid north coast. Snorkel through coral lagoons in Coral Bay, swim with the huge whale shark, and 4WD red sand dunes in Cape Range National Park. The Indian Ocean Drive from Perth links Ningaloo with Shark Bay and the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

See unique Australian wildlife in its natural environment on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and more unique Australian animals live here.

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12 Day 11 Night Rainforest, Island & City Delights

Explore the world’s oldest living rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, followed by an exclusive stay on Lizard Island off the Great Barrier Reef.

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Find some of the best places around Australia for close encounters with marine animals, surfing big waves and more.

Australia’s most visited surfing beaches

Australia’s most visited surfing beaches

From remote Yallingup Beach in Western Australia to Sydney’s cosmopolitan Manly Beach, Australia is a place of pilgrimage for surfers the world over.

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Perth & Western Australian Beaches

Perth & Western Australian Beaches

Whether you want to surf world-class Margaret River breaks or grab a beachside blue swimmer crab linguine at a city beach in Perth, Western Australia has the coastal getaway for you.

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Where to See Marine Animals on the Great Barr...

Where to See Marine Animals on the Great Barrier Reef

Here's how to get up close with local marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Where to see Australian Marine Life

Where to see Australian Marine Life

Swim with the world’s largest fish or watch the world’s smallest penguins waddle along the beach.

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Great Barrier Reef animals

Great Barrier Reef animals

The currents and trade winds bring creatures from all over the world to the Great Barrier Reef, including whales and dolphins for the warm tropical waters. They all prosper in the reef’s unique ecosystem.

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