Australia’s coastline is long, diverse and stunning. People come from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the beautiful beaches and coastal scenery, and they are spoiled for choice. If you’re planning a visit to Australia and want to take in some fantastic coast, the following are some of the best spots.
Melbourne to Sydney scenic route
If you’re up for a road trip, then taking the scenic route between Melbourne and Sydney is a must. Starting from Melbourne, you can head east through Gippsland and arrive at the popular surfing and fishing town of Lakes Entrance and enjoy some sun, sand and surf. Then, heading north, you will pass by picturesque seaside towns and quaint villages such as Eden, Pambula, Narooma, Batemans Bay and Mollymook.
Take plenty of detours towards the coast to visit some of the south coast’s undisturbed and isolated beaches. Northward, you will head through various National Parks as you wind your way past majestic rugged headlands towards Sydney.
East coast of Tasmania
The small island state of Tasmania makes for an easy road trip, with the eastern stretch providing some of the best coastal scenery in the state.
Starting at St. Helens, take a detour northward to visit the pristine silica-sand beaches of the Bay of Fires. Then follow the main road south through the charming fishing town of Bicheno and continue on towards the spectacular Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Make your way all the way down to the Tasman Peninsula to check out the dolomite cliffs and rugged coastline, and take a Port Arthur tour to learn about the convict history of the area.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road, or the Shipwreck Coast, is as rich in culture and history as it is in natural beauty. While driving along the winding road yourself is fun, you will get a far better view of the scenery by joining a Great Ocean Road tour. You will see many amazing natural attractions, such as Port Campbell National Park, beautiful volcanic hinterland and the famous Twelve Apostles. As you go, make sure to stop in to visit the fun coastal towns, such as Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Port Campbell, Wye River, Lorne and Apollo Bay.
The Coral Coast
Covering the distance between Cervantes and Exmouth on Western Australia’s west coast is the magnificent Coral Coast. Driving this distance makes for a very fun and rewarding road trip, but there are also plenty of eco-tourism opportunities as well. Along this coast you will find the Shark Bay World Heritage area as well as the Ningaloo Marine Park, which offers some fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities. Along the way, you can stop at beach after beach and enjoy the amazing west coast sunset over the ocean.
The Great Barrier Reef coast
To explore this coast properly, you’ll have to get out of your car and into a boat. The Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2300 kilometres along the northern Queensland coast, from Bundaberg to the northern tip of the country. Of course, if you want to get in some diving or snorkelling and really see the reef at its finest, then check out Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays regions.
So many coasts, so little time! There is so much to see and do along Australia’s edges that you’ll need to visit a few times to see it all. Start with some of these coasts and see where the currents take you next.