Surf or Turf: Whether to Head for the Coast or the Outback in Oz

November 17, 2017

If you’re throwing plans together for a personalised Australia holiday, you’ll quickly realise that it’s hard to find time to do everything. Australia is vast, and the list of highlights seems to go on forever. If you’re pushed for time, you may be wondering whether to head for the coast and embrace laid-back beach living or star in your own adventure in the outback. If you’re torn, hopefully this guide will help you decide.

Riding the Waves

Australia is famed for its coastline, and you won’t be disappointed if you’re hoping to learn to surf, dive among stunningly coloured reefs and soak up the sun. Head to the north of Queensland for isolated islands marooned in bright turquoise water and some of the best diving opportunities you could ever imagine thanks to the wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re keen to combine surfing with city slicking, join the crowds of tourists at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach or take a brisk coastal walk to nearby Coogee Bay. Away from the well-trodden tracks of the famous East Coast, you’ll find more secluded spots on the beaches a stone’s throw from the bright lights of Perth. Head to Kangaroo Island, Fraser Island or Tasmania if you’re eager for some beach-based action and adventure.

Exploring the Outback

The outback offers a completely different experience to Oz’s lively coastal resorts and busy beaches. This is a wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see and it gives you a different take on Australian culture and the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery this country offers. Away from the hustle and bustle of cities and towns, you’ll find tracks that run for miles, natural wonders and settlements that date back centuries. Perhaps the most iconic symbol of the outback is the Red Centre, which is home to Uluru and the giant red mass, Ayers Rock. In the outback, you’ll notice that the vibe is very different and there’s a very strong focus on history and tradition and the importance of the natural world. After a day of exploring, there’s nothing better than taking the opportunity to enjoy some old-fashioned Aussie hospitality. As well as seeing the landmarks heavily featured in guidebooks and travel magazines, it’s worth taking some time to learn about the culture, immersing yourself in the experience of sleeping under the stars and getting back to basics.

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