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Australian Beaches - photos


Australia is an isolated country completely surrounded on all sides by sea. Oceans that surround Australia include the South Pacific, Indian, and Great Southern Ocean. Seas include the Timor, Arafura, Coral, and Tasman seas. The Bass Strait separates the island state of Tasmania from the main continent. Australia is renown for its beaches. With a huge 25,760 km of coastline containing 11,011 significant beaches, that is more beaches than any other nation. Read more

Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park photos

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island photos

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach photos

Haslewood Island

Haslewood Island photos

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef photos

Fraser Island

Fraser Island photos

Gold Coast

Gold Coast photos

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast photos

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation photos

Bells Beach

Bells Beach photos

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road photos

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands photos

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay photos

Byron Bay

Byron Bay photos

Fraser Coast

Fraser Coast photos

Port Douglas

Port Douglas photos

Cairns Coastline

Cairns Coastline photos

Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet photos

Tasmania Coastline

Tasmania Coastline photos

Sydney Beaches

Sydney Beaches photos

Melbourne Beaches

Melbourne Beaches photos

More Beaches

More Australian Beach photos

The coastline also varies and extends from the tropics in the north to sub Antarctic Islands in the south. Eighty percent of Australians live in a coastal strip that extends from Cairns down to Adelaide and inland for only 50 kilometres.

Highlights of the Australian coastline are too numerous to list, but significant features include the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, and The Twelve Apostles.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef on Earth extending for over 2000 km. This is about the same size of the USA's eastern coastline. The Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Area as well as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The reef encompasses nearly 1000 pristine tropical islands.

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and another World Heritage site. The island runs close to the Queensland coast and is 144km long. It has sandhills that rise nearly 240m in places and there are over 100 freshwater lakes. Some of these lakes are among the cleanest in the world and are surrounded by sub-tropical rainforest.

The Twelve Apostles, are unusual rock formations which rise out of the ocean and stand up to 100m above sea level. They are located along Victoria's southern coastline in Port Campbell National Park.

Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia has a pristine coral reef though not nearly as big as the Great Barrier Reef. Nevertheless, it rivals it for coral quality and unusual fish species. It is the location for the enormous whale shark.

Statistical breakdown of the Australian coastline in km.

    Australia (total)   36,735km 
    Western Australia   12,500km 
    Queensland           7,400km 
    Northern Territory   6,200km 
    South Australia      3,700km 
    Tasmania             3,200km 
    New South Wales      1,900km 
    Victoria             1,800km 
    ACT (inc Jervis Bay)    35km

Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)



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