Coastal landscape and river estuary at Nambucca Heads in NSW Australia

The coastline that hems Australia and its many islands covers a staggering 59,700kms. Bustling cities, quiet towns, and villages that appear almost comatose are clustered along Australia’s shores, but despite the fact that 85 per cent of the Australian population live within 50km of the coast, it’s still possible to find pristine and deserted beaches that are devoid of any hint of the existence of Homo sapiens.

Australians, with their passions for outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing, boating, surfing and swimming, have always had a love affair with the coast and flock to the beaches that are a major part of the nation’s vast outdoor playground when, particularly on hot summer days, the promise of cool water and refreshing ocean breezes becomes irresistible.

The photos shown here are merely a few examples of the beauty of the Australian coast and its beaches, and by clicking on the buttons above you can discover more stunning coastal landscapes within a specific state.

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Coastal landscape with cliffs, secluded bay, sandy beach and turquoise waters of ocean near Venus Bay on Eyre Peninsula South Australia

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