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Australia's beaches, swimming holes, surf spots, lakes, rivers and reefs have been attracting water-sports enthusiasts from all over the world for many years.
No matter how you like to enjoy the water, you can be sure that you will find a stunning location where you can completely immerse yourself in your favourite water-based activity.
As the driest inhabited continent on the planet, Aussies have a very special relationship with the water.
Water is an integral part of the culture throughout the country and wherever you go you will see surfboards, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, boats, windsurfers and other watercraft in backyards, on the roofs of cars and stacked up in garages.
Australians love the water and when it comes to travelling around the country, you will want to be sure that you don't miss out on any opportunities to enjoy your favourite hobbies in some of the most beautiful locations the country has to offer.
Let's take a look at some must-see destinations that water enthusiasts travelling around Australia should definitely not miss.
Swim in an ocean pool
Since the 1930s, swimming pools have been incredibly popular with Australians.
Either naturally formed by rocks or manmade, these pools offer a safe environment for swimmers to enjoy the ocean without fear of riptides, waves, sharks or other dangers associated with open water swimming.
While there are more than a hundred ocean pools located in New South Wales alone, some of the most iconic are Wylie's Baths, the Bondi Icebergs, Bronte Baths and the Fairy Bower pools.
Stand up paddling
Stand up paddleboarding has seen a huge growth in recent years and at one point was even the fastest growing water sport on the planet.
While there is no shortage of places that you can stand up paddle, from lakes to beaches, rivers and waterways, the Noosa Everglades in Queensland are an absolute must for any SUP or kayaking enthusiast.
This thirty-seven-log mile river and lake system is the perfect destination for beginners and veterans alike.
Hit the surf
Whether you like to ride the waves on a shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, surf kayak, kneeboard, stand-up paddleboard, or you like to simply bodysurf, Australia's west, south and east coasts have some world-class breaks for you to enjoy.
The best surfers in the world flock to well-known breaks every year like Snapper Rocks, Margaret River and Bell's Beach to test their skills. However, you don't need to be a pro to enjoy the surf here, with an endless list of waves for all levels to be explored.
Explore by boat
If you love being on the water more than you enjoy being in the water, hiring a boat could be the perfect solution.
With more than eight thousand islands scattered off the coast, you can spend your day's island hopping, taking in incredible coastal views and witnessing some truly incredible marine life.
If you truly want an unforgettable experience consider a trip to the dramatic coastline of Tasmania where you can explore five different offshore islands, check out untouched stretches of sand and enjoy a different pace of life.
Enjoy all that Australia's coastline and waterways have to offer
No matter how you like to enjoy the water, there are endless opportunities for you to get out there and have some fun along the Australian coastline and inland waterways and lakes.
There is so much diversity to be enjoyed throughout the country and activity and a destination that every water-lover can enjoy.
Take the road less travelled, explore new destinations and find your very own slice of perfection to enjoy your favourite water-based activity downunder.