The Attractions Of Australia’s Seas, Oceans and Coastlines
Australia is a dramatic and beautiful island-continent with some spectacular coasts on all sides. It is surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean to the Far East, the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, separating it from icy Antarctica. Offshore from Queensland’s coasts is the Coral Sea, which houses the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Barrier Reef.
Off the Northern Territory and Darwin coasts lies the Timor Sea. This relatively shallow sea is known for its oil reserves, and also the fascinating speculative history of Timor Island natives island-hopping across the sea to reach Australia. The waters of the Tasman Sea wash up to the coasts of New South Wales and Victoria, and make a home for dolphins.
This country is about the outdoors, and it is not surprising, since here you’ll find some of the world’s best scenery, most unique wildlife, excellent snorkeling and scuba diving, unmatched beaches, and the best weather to enjoy it all in. Here is a look at some of the coastal attractions Down Under, and the unforgettable holidays and escapes you can have there.
Places to Visit
If you enjoy sun, sand and surf, Victoria and the coastal cities and beaches of Queensland are the places to visit. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest attractions of the country, and also one of nature’s most beautiful creations. No visit to the continent is complete without diving or snorkeling off the shores of Whitsunday Islands. Island hop between tropical paradises like Fraser Island, Lizard and Hayman islands or stay at Hervey Bay, Cairns, Port Douglas or Missions Beach.
Kangaroo Island in South Australia offers another kind of coast, where you can commune with kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wallabies and sea lions and penguins on the beaches. In Western Australia, Ningaloo offers another marine park, where two hundred and fifty species of hard and soft coral and more than five hundred species of fish thrive.
Victoria’s Gippsland area, with its wilderness coast running from Melbourne to the far east of the state, including Ninety Mile Beach, leisurely coastal towns, Gippsland lakes offer scenic beauty and outdoor activities.
Things to Do
If you enjoy diving and snorkeling, the islands and waters around the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo offer plenty of opportunities. For more snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, bushwalking and camping, head to the Gippsland, where you can also cruise in the lakes. Explore the unspoilt beaches of Wilson Promontory and Croajingolong National Park. Learn about aboriginal history and tuck into gourmet food.
Visit Byron Bay in NSW for adventure in lush rainforests along the Rainforest Way, New Age retreats and surf beaches. Enjoy a day spa, tap your feet to music at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, kayak with the dolphins and dig into the wonderful regional cuisine as well as award-winning international fare.
Beach bums will love Sydney’s Bondi Beach, isolated Mandalay Beach in Western Australia, stunning Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island, Noosa Main Beach in the Sunshine Coast, Burleigh Heads in Gold Coast, Cable Beach in WA’s Broome and Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Islands. These are only among the best of the continent’s hundreds of scenic beaches.
Offbeat Attractions and Activities
If you want to get away from the crowds, visit some of Australia’s less touristy places, though not much of Australia is over-commercialized. If you enjoy road trips, a drive along the stunning Pacific Coast Touring Route between Cairns and Sydney across three states is not to be missed. You can make a few weeks of it and spend some time in the cities of Newcastle, Brisbane and others.
Kangaroo Island is a good place to go to fish, and there are plenty of coastal walks you can enjoy in the midst of its wilderness park. If you’re feeling more adventurous, enjoy shark cage diving in South Australia’s Port Lincoln and elsewhere. Get to see the Great Whites, an endangered and protected species on the continent, up close. You can also enjoy whale-watching in Gold Coast, Sydney and elsewhere in the right season. Gold Coast’s Fisherman’s Wharf will also let you buy fresh seafood and watch fresh lobsters go from the fishing boat to your dinner plate.
It’s not hard to find a photogenic spot on Australia’s coasts, for those interested in photography. In fact,
Australia’s coasts make picturesque and unforgettable locations to have a wedding for the same reason. Coastal weddings are popular at a number of locations, like Hamilton Island, Gold Coast, Noosa, Byron Bay, Port Douglas and Sydney among others. You will find that every venue offers different experiences in views, cuisines and wonderful trips and excursions for guests and honeymoon destinations for the newly married couple.
No matter where you go on Australia’s coasts, you’re bound to find something breathtaking, adventurous, and unique. With many coastal towns offering surf shops, alfresco dining and bars, pleasure resorts, skydiving and a mix of luxury and budget accommodation and activities, there is something for everyone along the continent’s coastlines.