Take a trip to North Queensland to discover some of the most idyllic beaches in the world. Set sail for the Low Islands and swim or snorkel in the blue lagoon created by the coral reef. The warm water of the lagoon is home to colourful fish, delicate coral and a turtle colony and Low Island has a deserted sandy beach, perfect for soaking up the sun. Once evening falls, visit nearby Port Douglas and relax with a sundowner in one of the chic beachfront marina bars. Although better known for its kangaroos, koalas and crocs, Australia is also home to the world’s smallest penguins, the ‘Little Penguins’. Spend an evening on Phillip Island near Melbourne and watch the sunset Penguin Parade, as thousands of the tiny birds waddle up the beach to the sand dunes after a long days fishing. Book the VIP ‘Ultimate Penguin Tour’ and discover the penguins in their natural environment through night vision goggles, but leave your camera behind as filming is not allowed.
Bigger is better Down Under and in the enormous outback of South Australia you can play the world’s largest golf course. The course runs across 1,365 km of the Eyre Highway with each hole located in a different town. Hire a car, pack a hat and sunscreen and drive from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie stopping to play 18 holes along the way. Between holes explore the outback and keep an eye out for the Nullarbour wildlife, red kangaroos, dingoes and wombats are all found in the area as well as many desert lizards and snakes.
The two things that most Aussies love above all else, are beer and barbecuing. Spend a day in Brisbane and book yourself a “Beer and BBQ” cooking class with Red Balloon. Their professional BBQ chefs will teach you how to match beer to food and how to cook a delicious 3-course BBQ meal from scratch plus you’ll get to eat everything you prepare and taste 4 craft beers while you cook, the perfect Australian day out. The seaside is a way of life in Australia, most states enjoy more than 200 days of sunshine a year and beaches are both a place of work and leisure for many Australians. One of Sydney’s best kept secrets is Milk Beach, an isolated little cove with a breath-taking view of the harbour. Take your bathers and a picnic and escape for the day to enjoy the sunshine and warm water of Hermit Bay, far from the overcrowded sand of Bondi and Manley. Glorious cruising, idyllic beaches, modern cities and miles of countryside teeming with fascinating wildlife, topped off with golden sunshine all year-round, there is simply no place like Australia!