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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.

Find out international actor and Tourism Australia’s global ambassador Chris Hemsworth’s five favourite beaches in Australia, 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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Australian aquatic holiday 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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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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10 beautiful Australian road trips

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 ...

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 itinerary: Sydney, rock and reef

10 day itinerary: Sydney, rock and reef

Experience iconic Australia: Sydney's expansive coastline, the red sands of Uluru and the colours of the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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Guide to the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

Guide to the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

There’s good reason why the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is one of Australia’s most photographed destinations

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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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Guide to Rottnest Island

Guide to Rottnest Island

Enjoy a relaxing and family-friendly island holiday just off the coast of Western Australia.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Commune with native wildlife and majestic scenery on Kangaroo Island, easily accessible from Adelaide. Meet Australian sea lions on the beach, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and diverse birds. Discover rugged rock formations, underground caves, bush-cloaked national parks, and beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, dive and fish. Drive here on the South Australian Loop or add the Eyre Peninsula to your coastal journey.

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Experience aquatic Australia like a local

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 encounter marine animals on the Grea...

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

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

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

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