Queensland breaks for water babies
Missing the splish splash of the warm summer days? When winter sets in, months can pass without feeling the joy of sand between your toes and the saltwater on your skin. A lack of ‘Vitamin Sea’ can have a negative impact on the water babies among us. Don’t sit around and wait for summer, hop on a plane or jump in a car and head north where the sea temperature is more appropriate, the sunshine is abundant year round, and there are so many different ways to get your water fix. We’re off to Queensland!
Surf the Sunshine Coast
The Sunny Coast is one of the northernmost places you can hit the surf in Australia. Head to gorgeous Noosa for a winter surf trip, and get your fix of sea, surf, sand and (hopefully) sun. Noosa’s famous longboard waves are cruisey and forgiving for those out-of-practice winter shredders. Get your nature fix by taking the boardwalk through the beautiful National Park headland around to Alexandra Bay, and you may just spot some koalas along the way.
There’s a lot of hype around the Whitsundays, and with good reason. If you haven’t experienced the magic that is the Whitsundays, the beauty of the pristine islands will blow you away. Take a day trip from Airlie Beach, or to experience more of the Whitsundays, hop aboard an overnight sail trip that will cruise to some of the Whitsunday’s top natural beauty spots including the mind-blowing white sand Whitehaven Beach and some epic diving and snorkelling spots.
Whale Watching Gold Coast
Now is the perfect time of year to hit the seas and catch a glimpse of one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures on their annual winter migration up and down the East Coast. Whale watching trips from the Gold Coast are fun and accessible, taking around half a day. You might even spot the legendary white humpback whale ‘Migaloo’. While you’re on the ‘Goldy’, why not make another splash and get your thrills at the legendary waterpark Wet n’ Wild!?
4WD Adventures on Fraser Island
The world’s biggest sand island is an adventure playground for all ages. Hire a 4WD from Hervey Bay, hop on the ferry and hit the sandy 4WD tracks that will take you through pristine ancient rainforest, along endless beaches, and to spectacular natural attractions. Although you can’t swim in the sea here, there are plenty of fresh water lakes and streams, including the turquoise blue Lake Mackenzie and the flowing Eli Creek. Camp overnight, or book yourself into one of the island’s resorts for a little extra luxury.
Diving Adventures in Cairns
To get a real water fix, the Tropical North won’t disappoint. Fringed by one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, this is the place to discover an underwater natural kingdom that will blow you away. Take a day trip out to the reef and try diving or snorkelling, or see it all through a glass bottom boat. Next head to the mighty Daintree Rainforest and take river cruise through the jungle – you might spot a croc or two.
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