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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.

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Three Great Days on the Gold Coast

Three Great Days on the Gold Coast

Roll with the vibrant energy of the Gold Coast, where there are beaches, rainforests, restaurants, theme parks and shopping strips to visit. Swim, surf or dine alfresco in relaxed, glamourous Main Beach and shop up a storm beneath the towering Surfers Paradise skyline. Learn to surf here or in Burleigh Heads, where afterwards you can explore the national park. Enjoy thrills, spills and animal interactions in any of the many huge theme parks. Then get back to nature in the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the national parks, including Lamington, Border Ranges, Main Range and Nightcap.

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10 beautiful Australian road trips

Australia’s famously long drives are big on spectacular views and unforgettable attractions. There’s nothing better than having the road stretch out in front of you, promising new experiences and gorgeous views.

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48 hours on Fraser Island

48 hours on Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island, World-Heritage-listed Fraser Island is constantly evolving and full of natural beauty including turquoise- and emerald-coloured lakes, meandering creeks and white-sand beaches. Butchulla Aborigines knew Fraser Island as K’gari, or “paradise”, and after 48 hours here you’ll know why.

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Best things to see and do on your Australian bucket list

Australia offers a mouthwatering array of must-do items, with coastal or marine experiences at the top of the list. From indulging on islands to getting out of your comfort zone in the sea, here are ten exhilarating ideas dotted along Australia’s coastline to help you get inspired.

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10 day - Sydney, rock and reef

10 day - Sydney, rock and reef

The Sydney, Rock, Reef combination is a classic Australian itinerary, offering a fantastic mixture of city, outback and coastal experiences in some of the most stunning parts of Australia.

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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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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 encounter marine animals on the Great Barrier Reef

Here are a few of the best places to enjoy an encounter with marine animals on the Great Barrier Reef.

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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

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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