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AUSTRALIA SAIL, CRUISE & DIVE HOLIDAYS
The oversized island of Australia has a culture deeply submerged in the world of the water. Long hot summers are spent searching for perfect waves, kayaking through hidden rivers, and inventing new watersports without a shadow of caution. The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps the country’s most iconic feature, with the 2,300 kilometres of coral stretching off the coast of Queensland named one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This area is also home to the most popular cluster of off-coast islands in Australia. From Hayman to Heron, Daydream to Dunk, each of the some 900 islands found here offers a natural playground to explore, boasting the best scuba diving Australia has on offer. Cruises around Australia need not involve a giant ship overflowing with tourists. Many travellers looking for a more boutique overwater experience find themselves boarding a small catamaran or sailing boat, drifting into the horizon from mainland Cairns. In the hours not spent underwater admiring sharks, rays, and a rainbow of fish, expect to learn the balancing art of stand-up-paddleboarding, walk through dense coastal rainforests, and admire the night sky under a blanket of stars whilst drifting softly above the Coral Sea.
Back on the mainland all the token Aussie highlights will await, from bouncing kangaroos to Surf Life Saving Club dinners, with plenty of hospitable locals found in between. Meander south of Cairns and you’ll land amidst the nightlife of Brisbane and hippie hub of Byron, or sojourn north-west for a stint in the outback crocodile regions of the Northern Territory. No matter where you go your mind will likely drift back onto the water, back to days waking to breakfast of fresh local mangoes and bananas, enjoying a sizzling barbecue on the back duckboard for lunch, and dancing to a setting sun to round things off. Sail Australia for just a few days and you may never want to travel any other way again.