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Australia: welcome to island

1The ultimate guide to the best aquatic experiences

From glittering coastlines to sparkling inland seas, Australia invites you to indulge in its wealth of fun-filled, water-based activities

Visitors to Australia often say that it doesn’t take long to start feeling like a local. Sink into the soft sands of sparkling beaches, dine outdoors in a balmy evening breeze, or lock eyes with one of Australia’s majestic whales on a whale-watching cruise and you’ll begin to understand what it truly means to relax.

Australia might be famous largely for its beaches, but this special island is home to so much more. You’ll find some of the planet’s most special wildlife experiences here – plus a thriving gourmet scene, thanks to the continent’s pure waterways and unspoilt natural surrounds. Whereever you go, you’ll experience something unforgettable – and it hardly matters where you choose to explore on this great continent, because the heart and soul of Australia is everywhere.

You’ll feel it when you sit down to a degustation beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Australia’s most-awarded restaurant, or when you tuck into a freshly-caught barramundi, skin still cracking from the fire it was roasted on, in the achingly ancient terrain of the Northern Territory. You’ll recognise it when you check in to Margaret River’s multi-award-winning luxury accommodation, which sits between rolling vineyards and world-class surf beaches at what is arguably Australia’s most premium wine region. You’ll know it when you hire a car, take your shoes off and drive through the laid-back, gastronomic countryside of the Fleurieu Peninsula, where outstanding beaches stripe a coastline filled with stunning restaurants, relaxed cafés and cellar doors.

On the following pages, what you’ll discover is something locals have long known – that Australia’s intermingling cultures culminate in an infinite celebration of everything that’s good in life. Whether you end up aside one of our shimmering rivers, glittering lakes or sparkling sea, you’ll find countless pleasures to savour on our island home. We invite you to try them all.

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