Coastal journeys

The coastline of Australia's mainland stretches more than 30,000 kilometres (18,000 miles) making for some of the world's most scenic drives. Coastal journeys
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Coastal journeys

The coastline of Australia's mainland stretches more than 30,000 kilometres (18,000 miles) making for some of the world's most scenic drives.


Travel along the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane at your own pace, via laidback Byron Bay and the glittering lights of the Gold Coast. Or, instead, head south and follow the spectacular coastal route from Sydney to Melbourne, then the Great Ocean Road to Bells Beach, lush national parks and the majestic Twelve Apostles. Discover the vastness of Western Australia and take in historic Fremantle on your way from Perth to Margaret River, or Esperance's sugar-white beaches on a journey through the state’s southwest. Sail through the idyllic Whitsundays or immerse yourself in the uncrowded beauty of Tasmania's rugged West Coast.

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S BEST COASTAL DRIVES

Guide to the Great Ocean Road

Guide to the Great Ocean Road

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

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Circle Tasmania

Circle Tasmania

From the tranquil beaches of Tasmania’s east to the rugged mountains flanking the west, this six day itinerary will leave you spellbound.

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The BIG Pacific Coast Touring Route

The BIG Pacific Coast Touring Route

Australia is a big country with a fondness for Big Things - super-sized sculptures commemorating everything from prawns and pineapples to native animals and Ned Kelly. You'll find them all along the spectacular Pacific Coast Touring Route, which stretches all the way from Sydney to Cairns. Weave through the Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, the glittering Gold Coast and see the World Heritage-listed wonders of Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef. Stop to snap the Big Banana, a giant gumboot, a herculean pelican and many more larger-than-life monuments along the way. Whether you consider them highway art or just humourous, the Big Things are worth spotting on this stunning Australian road trip.

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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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7 Of Australia's best coastal drives

7 Of Australia's best coastal drives

Spend a day or three by the sea on one of these sensational coastal drives.

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TOP BEACH GETAWAYS IN AUSTRALIA

72 Hours on the Gold Coast

72 Hours on the Gold Coast

Discover the best Australian surf breaks, get your thrills in world-class theme parks and explore the Gold Coast hinterland in this three-day itinerary.

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5 Ways to Chill Out in Byron Bay

5 Ways to Chill Out in Byron Bay

From alternative health treatments to beachfront breakfasts, Byron Bay specialises in relaxation.

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9 amazing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

9 amazing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

As its name suggests, the Sunshine Coast is a classic summer holiday destination.

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Local’s guide to Bondi

Local’s guide to Bondi

Discover a range of things to do in Bondi, an iconic Sydney suburb. Swim, sauna and dine at Bondi Icebergs, enjoy a huge range of cafés and restaurants, catch a summer flick at the open air cinema or buy breathtaking art at Aquabumps.

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7 amazing Australian beach houses for hire

7 amazing Australian beach houses for hire

Ready for a seaside getaway? These beautiful beach houses are waiting for you.

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UPCOMING SURFING AND SAILING EVENTS

Australian Open of Surfing
February - March

Australian Open of Surfing

Noosa Festival of Surfing
March4 - 11

Noosa Festival of Surfing

The largest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers, the Noosa Festival of Surfing celebrates everything from longboard to dog surfing.

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Cairns Airport Adventure Festival
June

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival

Tropical North Queensland has become a superhero on the world’s IRONMAN calendar, hosting the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship during this nine-day festival.

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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
August19 - 26

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Join one of Australia's favourite yachting events on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Rip Curl Pro
April12 - 24

Rip Curl Pro

Historical Bells Beach, comes alive as the best in the world compete in the longest running surf competition in the world.

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Australia's Coastal Journeys