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Water You Waiting For?! East Coast Australia’s Top Water Activities

By Louise Burton
on  March 23, 2019

Glide, get salty or make a splash; there’s no better place to find your inner mermaid – or merman – than getting amongst some epic water activities in Australia. Kayak, dive, snorkel, sail, surf and sup; the list goes on… It’s time to get lost in adventure on an East Coast Australia tour and discover the largest reef in the world, freshwater lakes and excellent surf.

To help celebrate World Water Day, we’ve chosen the best activities to get you floating, jumping, soaring across or diving deep into Australia’s pristine waters. We’ve included all water activities – both saltwater and freshwater – so water you waiting for? It’s time to get inspired for wet and wild adventures Down Under! Here are 8 of East Coast Australia’s top activities that you can dive into during our 14 day Wild Kiwi Australia tour, Absolute Aussie.

#1 Surf, Spot X

Surf’s up! It’s safe to say that surfing is one of the most popular water activities in Oz, so there’s heaps of opportunities all over the country. But this authentic Australian owned surf camp, south of Byron Bay, is one of our favourite spots. Whether you’ve tried surfing before or you’re totally new to it, jump in with your instructor and learn the basic techniques as you paddle out and catch some sweet waves.

#2 SUP, Noosa

Find your balance and explore the coast from a new perspective with a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) adventure in Noosa. Glide across the surface of the ocean and peer down into the crystal clear water to see what marine life you can spot! If you’ve got the knack, you might not fall in but let’s face it, that’s the funnest part right?

#3 Snorkel, Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef

Float on the surface of the ocean as you glimpse marine life and unique coral shapes and textures. On the East Coast of Oz you’ve got two epic snorkelling opportunities! Snorkel in pristine waters around the Whitsunday Islands and get among largest reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Cairns. Duck dive to get closer to the action or just watch from above as you flip your fins; there’s nothing quite like the tranquility of donning your mask and breathing through your snorkel as you get lost in another world!

#4 Kayak, Byron Bay

With it’s eclectic mix of backpackers, ageing hippies, surf culture and quirky cafes, we’re pretty sure you’ll love Byron Bay as much as we do. And getting out in the water is a must! See this beautiful coastal town from a different perspective and jump aboard a sea kayaking adventure around the cape. See dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops, and look out for dolphins, whales and turtles. Capsize, splash around and jump into the turquoise waters if you want to, we’re not judging!

#5 Sail, Whitsunday Islands

Spend 24 hours raising the sails and setting a course by sailing the Whitsunday Islands on a yacht. Yes, a YACHT! Explore turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches; there’s no better way to get around this sub-tropical region Queensland, ‘Straya. There’s sure to be plenty of fresh sea air, reef dips on tap and endless ocean views…

#6 Freshwater Swims, Fraser Island

You’re sure to enjoy cooling off by taking a multiple swims during hot Oz days exploring Fraser Island. Green lakes, turquoise lakes, deep blue lakes; there’s some seriously refreshing lakes just waiting to be jumped straight into. Set among ancient rainforests, and only accessible via a thrilling 4×4 ride across beaches and sandy roads, the water activity itself might seem pretty simple but the setting is lush.

#7 Scuba Dive, Great Barrier Reef

Dive deep into the largest reef system in the world and get up close and personal with epic marine life. If snorkelling only touches the surface for you – and if have your dive license – you’ll love a scuba dive experience in the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with colourful coral gardens, and if you’re lucky spot white tip reef sharks, green sea turtles and Napoleon wrasse.

#8 Jet Boat Adventure, Whitsundays

We’ve covered some seriously cool and calming water activities, but we’ll end this post on a high, because it’s time to get ready for the adrenalin rush. Climb aboard a jet boat in Airlie Beach and soar across the crystal coastal clear waters on a speed boat adventure into the Whitsunday Islands Marine Park, complete with unexpected high speed twists and turns!

So water you waiting for?! If these water activities sound truly epic to you, then go check out our Wild Kiwi Absolute Aussie trip!

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