There’s no question about it: Australia is blessed with not only a vast swathe of outstanding natural beauty on dry land, but along its coast too. Enveloped by three oceans — the Pacific, the Southern and the Indian — and flanked by a number of exotic seas, the so-called largest island in the world is embellished with a continuous ribbon of world-class beaches, dramatic sea cliffs and boundless aquatic life, making it a premier destination for those with a penchant for all things coastal.
Here at Scenic, we’re all too aware of the formidable beauty of the Australian coastline. A selection of our luxury Escorted Tours visit a handful of exquisite coastal destinations across the country — from the sun kissed sands of Thala Beach to the imposing Great Barrier Reef — giving us first-hand knowledge of the scenic splendour of the Australian coast.
In celebration of Tourism Australia’s on-going effort to highlight the country’s world-class aquatic and coastal offering, here we share a selection of shore-side experiences you can enjoy as part of a Scenic Escorted Tour.
Explore the Beaches of Rottnest Island
Located just 18 kilometres from the bustling port of Fremantle, the island of Rottnest is one of exceptional beauty and intrigue. Thanks to its abundance of aquatic life, Rottnest is celebrated for its diving opportunities, yet most visit simply for its beaches. Belying its small size, Rottnest is home to 63 beaches, bays and coves — giving you plenty of choice when deciding where to lay your beach towel and enjoy the warm winds rolling off the Indian Ocean.
Take a Hike in ‘Tall Timber Country’
Having travelled to the nether reaches of western Australia, where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore the Boranup Karri Forest, a spectacular national park affectionately known as ‘Tall Timber Country’. Offering spellbinding vistas across both forest and coast, this is the perfect place to stretch your legs and take in the unequivocal beauty of Australia’s Margaret River region.
Go Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef
Topping many a life to-do list, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef is something no visit to Australia should be without. Covering some 2,300km, this world-class eco-system comprises thousands of reefs and islands, and is home to a huge variety of tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, sharks and molluscs. Scenic guests can access the Reef during calls at Port Douglas, an exquisite paradise destination on the North Queensland coast.
Enjoy a Spectacular Seaplane Tour of Sydney Harbour
During the final leg of your Australian coastal odyssey, you’ll enjoy a spectacular seaplane tour of Sydney Harbour, taking in many of the city’s famous sites, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, along the way. Departing from the waters of Rose Bay, this aerial tour affords the ideal opportunity to get to grips with Sydney’s premier natural and manmade attractions. Plus, upon your return to earth, why not check into a Deluxe Full Harbour room at the city’s Four Seasons — a luxury which comes at no additional cost when travelling with Scenic.
If you’ve been left enraptured by the wealth of aquatic attractions to be enjoyed along Australia’s long coastline, click here to find out more about our luxury escorted tours of Australia, including the Grand Australia itinerary — an unforgettable 26-night tour taking in all of the attractions listed.
For further information, or help in planning the perfect getaway, call the Scenic team today on 0808 252 0463.