Coastal journeys

If you love the ocean and want to explore our breathtaking coastline, discover the most popular coastal attractions and activities in Australia. 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.

AMAZING NATURAL WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA

Guide to Freycinet Peninsula

Guide to Freycinet Peninsula

Home to one of Australia's most instantly recognisable beaches, Tasmania's oldest national park, and the state's most luxurious lodge, Freycinet Peninsula is a magical combination of beaches, bush and mountains.

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Guide to Heart Reef

Guide to Heart Reef

Heart Reef is a stunning composition of coral in the Great Barrier Reef, naturally formed in the shape of a heart.

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10 must-stop places on the Great Ocean Road

10 must-stop places on the Great Ocean Road

From lush rainforests to amazing rock formations, Australia’s most dramatic coastal drive has plenty of highlights.

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Guide to Fraser Island

Guide to Fraser Island

Kakadu National Park Highlights

Kakadu National Park Highlights

It has been 30 years since Crocodile Dundee captivated the international film market, shining a spotlight on Australia’s Northern Territory. The spectacular scenery of the Northern Territory and rugged Kakadu landscapes have certainly not lost any of their appeal, and there are so many ways you can experience Kakadu.

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RECOMMENDED SELF-DRIVE ITINERARIES

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 Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route, Ne...

The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route, New South Wales

Explore the sparkling beaches and lush hinterland of the Central Coast, the wineries of the Hunter Valley and the picturesque inlets of Port Stephens. Work on your swing in a rainforest golf course on the Coffs Coast and your aura on the beach in Byron Bay. Dive with brightly coloured fish in Solitary Islands Marine Park or into the bright lights of the Gold Coast. This scenic drive takes you from Sydney to Brisbane, offering sweeping beaches, sleepy villages, mossy rainforests, adventure and relaxation along the way.

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Nature's Way

Nature's Way

Wind through the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here you can bushwalk through rugged escarpments and lush rainforest and discover a treasure trove of Aboriginal rock ark. Learn about the Territory's pioneering history in Pine Creek and swim in crystal-clear waterholes in the tarzan landscape of Litchfield National Park. You can do this dream drive on a fully sealed road in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

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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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BUCKET LIST NATURE EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRALIA

The Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail

Trek along the outback backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.

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7 of the best day trips on the Great Barrier ...

7 of the best day trips on the Great Barrier Reef

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef can be an emotional and unforgettable experience. Whether you fly over it, cruise on top of it or dive or snorkel one of its many famed sites, the size and beauty of this natural wonder will stay with you forever.

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Guide to Kangaroo Island

Guide to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one of the best places in Australia to see native wildlife up close.

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Guide to Flinders Ranges

Guide to Flinders Ranges

Explore a landscape more than 600 million years old.

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