Coastal & Aquatic
With over 10,000 beaches across Australia it is easy to see why the Aussies love their beach and surf lifestyle. From well known city beaches to secluded spots where you will share the sand with more wildlife than humans, there are wonderful beaches and islands across the country ready to explore.
So how do you choose?
Seasonal variations have a significant influence on when it is the best time to visit certain beach locations. During Australia's summer months (December to February) it is best to visit the beaches in the southern half of Australia. During Australia's winter months (June to September) the beaches in the northern regions of Australia are perfect.
The Great Ocean Road is not only an iconic drive. There are literally hundreds of bay and ocean beaches along the drive that are magnificent all year round. In summer they act as a cool retreat, while in winter a wonderful backdrop
There are 8222 islands in Australia's maritime borders yet only a handful can be visited. Kangaroo Island is like nowhere else on this planet due to the abundance of wildlife and often referred as the "Zoo without fences."
Australia's inland waterways are a largely untapped experience waiting to be discovered. The Murray River is Australia's longest river and in Renmark you can experience the diverse ecosystem it sustains.
The worlds whitest sand?
That question has been debated for many years however there is no doubt Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay certainly has some of the whitest sand in the world.
The small village of Hyams Beach is renowned for its pristine, powdery white sand which is so fine it 'squeaks'. Here crystal clear waters lap onto the white sandy shore, fringed by dramatic National Park bushland which can best be described as paradise. Scenic bush and coastal walks allow you to take in breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding National Park and the clear waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. The surrounding bushland is home to many native animals and an abundance of bird life. Stay in luxury tented accommodation at nearby Paperbark Camp
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
One of the most extraordinary wildlife beaches in Australia is on Kangaroo Island. Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, and offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world.
Phillip Island, Victoria
Phillip Island boasts breathtaking natural beauty and plenty for the nature lover. The nightly Penguin Parade allows visitors to catch a glimpse of the island's native little penguins as they come back ashore after a day of fishing.
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Rottnest Island is rich in history and was once a military base during the war. The Quokka, a unique Australia animal, can only be found on this Island along with a fantastic Reef, plentiful beaches and great swimming.
Mon Repos, Queensland
Mon Repos has the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region.