Aquatic & Coastal

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The ‘island continent’, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and is the only one of those six completely surrounded by water. The Australian coastline covers some 25,000 kilometres. It is surrounded by many thousands of small fringing islands and numerous larger ones. Almost 40 per cent of the total coastline length of Australia is comprised of island coastlines. Australia’s coastlines and islands play an important role in defining the character of the country and the images of sun drenched beaches, wild seas, pristine blue lagoons and colourful reefs are vivid portraits of the beauty of this island nation. Discover pristine, remote and endless beaches and horizons on a journey by air, land or sea. Relax on beautiful beaches, snorkel or dive on coral reefs. Explore more rugged coastal areas and delight in dramatic coastal cliffs and the enormity of the seas.

qualia – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland

Great Barrier Discovery

qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and is a great place to experience one of the seven natural Wonders of the World. 

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Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef – Tropical North Queensland

Island Idyll on the Great Barrier Reef

With 24 powdery-white sand beaches and 40 luxurious suites, Lizard Island is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable luxury holiday. 

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Sal Salis – Ningaloo Reef – Western Australia

Come swim with the gentle giants of the sea

New in 2016 guests of Sal Salis will have the option of swimming with Humpback Whales. This incredible encounter with nature will be offered in Sal Salis’ new boat. The boat comfortably caters for ten guests – the maximum number of swimmers allowed with the humpbacks at any one time – along with an expert guide, delicious lunch, drinks and snorkelling equipment included on board. 

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True North – The Kimberley – Western Australia

Coastal Adventure Cruises

A cruise on the True North has long been regarded as one of Australia’s outstanding and most revered adventure tourism experiences. All itineraries are activity based and designed for the discerning traveller who truly wants to ‘experience the destination’ in some of Australia’s most remote and hard to access coastal regions. 

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Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island – New South Wales

Explore The World’s Southern-most Coral Reef

World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is home to the world’s southern-most coral reef, warmed by currents from the Coral Sea to the north. Protected by marine reserves, it harbours green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and marine invertebrates, making the island a major draw card for diving and snorkelling.

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Saffire – Freycinet – Tasmania

Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm

Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm – Don your waders and visit a working oyster farm located within an internationally significant wetland – a unique, educational and for oyster-lovers, delicious experience. Develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology, plus a taste for prized Freycinet Pacific oysters in a startlingly picturesque setting. 

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – South Australia

Wonders of KI

A hop off the coast of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island or ‘KI’ as the locals call it, is a true wilderness refuge, a place teeming with indigenous species including its furry namesake and where a steep, cliff-lined coast offers some of the world’s most dramatic ocean views. 

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Bamurru Plains – Top End – Northern Territory

Mary River Floodplains Airboat Experience

The coastal floodplains of northern Australia are home to prolific bird and wildlife (Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta). Dominated by the climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park the floodplains of the Mary River catchment form one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia.

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Pretty Beach House – Sydney Surrounds – New South Wales

Deep Sea Fishing, Whale Watching, or just smooth sailing in calm waters

Cruise, fish, picnic or do battle with the deep. One of the most exhilarating experiences you can have during your stay at Pretty Beach House is take a luxury cruise on the spectacular local waterways onboard the ‘Pretty Beach Launch’. Built for serious fishing & designed for luxury, this CABO 38 Express sports cruiser is available for exclusive charter for Pretty Beach House guests. 

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Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree – Queensland

Riverside Location

Silky Oaks Lodge has an unrivalled riverside location on the beautiful Mossman River just downstream from the Mossman Gorge. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, the river provides abundant activities for guests to enjoy and immerse themselves in this incredible tropical location. 

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Longitude 131° – Uluru – Northern Territory

Lake Amadeus Adventure

Even Australia’s desert lodge, Longitude 131°, can introduce guests to a totally unique Australian lake adventure. The vast beauty of Lake Amadeus, the Northern Territory’s largest salt lake, surprises with its complete incongruity with the surrounding desert landscape. The always-changing colours and patterns of the salt pan make for an intriguing visual tapestry, best witnessed from above as part of a spectacular aerial adventure. 

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Arkaba – South Australia – Flinders Ranges

Walk South Australia’s Ancient Sea Floor

Water is a precious commodity in outback Australia now. Wind back 600 million years to the Ediacaran Period and the land of Arkaba and the surrounding Flinders Ranges was a huge inland sea. The word ‘Arkaba’ means hidden water and you’ll find evidence of the ancient sea floor through exposed ripples dotted with the world’s oldest fossils, mimicking this prehistoric sea. 

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Blue Mountains – New South Wales

Waterway Conservation

Only 190 kilometres from the aquatic coastline of Sydney Harbour, lies Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, an ultra-luxury resort set within a 7,000-acre nature reserve. Relax at one of Sydney’s iconic beaches in the morning and then enjoy a scenic 50 minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour and touch down at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Two waterways flow into and throughout the property, Carne Creek and the Wolgan River. 

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Lake House – Daylesford – Victoria

Mineral Water

As the name suggests, Lake House is beautifully located overlooking Lake Daylesford in the heart of spa country. Daylesford boasts more mineral springs than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. At Lake House the waters are captured as both a refreshment and also relaxation experience. 

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Crystalbrook Lodge – Northern Outback Queensland – Queensland

Lake Location

Perched over the spectacular Crystalbrook Lake and hidden in the rugged outback of Northern Queensland, this outback mecca caters to only 10 guests. Only a 40 minute flight from Cairns, the lodge is in remote outback bush and is part of the historic 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station. The lake, some 300 acres in size, is the largest body of freshwater in the area and a magnet to a staggering range of wildlife including birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish. 

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Magpie Geese

A Diver’s Utopia
Three of the most outstanding coral reefs, all World Heritage Listed, are a dream discovery for divers and snorkelers of all ages. Find out more »

The Great Barrier Reef
Stretches some 1200km along the tropical north Queensland coast. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and a world heritage listed, natural inspiration. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. It contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. Find out more »

Ningaloo Reef
Located off the west coast of Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth. This is where the reef comes closest to the Australian mainland – connecting with the vast outback. The reef is 260 km long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to mainland Australia. The coastal reef and inshore waters of Ningaloo Reef provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone back-drop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. Ningaloo is lauded as being the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks. Find out more »

Kangaroo Island
Australia's third largest island, located just 15km off the South Australian coast. It is a pristine wilderness - a place that offers protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. Traverse its 155km length to discover soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and endless stretches of bone white beach. Find out more »

Lord Howe Island
Is the closest island getaway to Sydney, less than two hours flying from either Sydney or Brisbane off Australia's east coast. It is one of just four island groups to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the global significance of its natural beauty and heritage. It’s a timeless natural paradise, where the pace is relaxed. The crystal lagoon is bordered by the world’s most southerly coral reef where just a few steps off the beach it is possible to snorkel among colourful tropical and sub-tropical fish, turtles and other marine life. Or head further off-shore to SCUBA dive on world-class sites. There are bushwalks and more strenuous hikes, including Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks. Find out more »

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