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Updated on 5 Dec 2019. Posted on 13 Dec 2017

16 Things To Do In Australia If You're A Full-On Water Baby

Australia is home to more than 10,000 beaches... so if you love the water, you've come to the right place.

1. Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.

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That's a classic. Everyone who comes to Australia should see the Great Barrier Reef at least once.

2. Chill out on some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

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The Whitsundays are home to some of the best beaches on the planet. You just have to see them to believe they actually exist.

3. And take a jet ski tour while you're there.

Whitsunday Jetski Tours

If you've relaxed enough and are looking for some action, you should take a jet ski tour. Enjoy the scenery while cruising around on the water.

4. Swim in gorges in the Kimberley.

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The Kimberley, in north-west Australia, has probably the most beautiful gorges in the country and you can swim in almost all of them. The water is amazing and very refreshing after an exhausting hike. I could have stayed forever in these rock pools.

5. Enjoy the splashing waterfalls in the Top End.

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Australia's Top End has some amazing waterfalls in beautiful national parks. If you're there you should definitely check out Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park.

6. Swim with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Coast.

7. Go surfing along the Great Ocean Road.

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Have you even really been to Australia if you haven't gone surfing? The Great Ocean Road is the perfect place for that and is home to a number of surf schools.

8. Or try stand up paddleboarding on Lake Argyle.

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If you're not too keen to hit the waves and like calmer water, then this is for you. Lake Argyle is the ideal location if you're trying stand up paddleboarding for the first time. It feels very shaky in the beginning, but once you get used to it, you'll never want to get off the board.

9. Do a jet boat ride on the Gold Coast.

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A jet boat ride is a fun, thrilling adventure full of spins and slides.

10. Go swimming with turtles in Byron Bay.

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Who would have thought that Byron Bay is full of all kinds of exotic marine life? If you take a snorkel tour, you'll likely see turtles, rays, and all kinds of fish. And if you get really lucky and it's the right season, you might actually see dolphins and whales!

11. Or kayak the Katherine River.

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Feeling more adventurous? Why not kayak down the Katherine River on a fully guided tour. It does take a couple of days, but you'll find yourself fully immersed in Aussie nature.

12. Take a dip in a blue water hole in the Cardwell Spa Pool.

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The Spa Pool is an amazingly blue, natural swimming hole near Cardwell. Its blue colour comes from minerals in the ground. Don't you just want to jump in there immediately?

13. Get up close to a croc in Darwin.

Crocosaurus Cove Darwin

Ever wanted to get a closer look at a croc? Try the crocodile cage dive in Darwin, where you can get up close and personal to a real saltwater croc.

14. Go on a white water rafting adventure on the Tully River.

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Are you looking for both adventure and nature? Then you should go on a rafting tour through the rainforest! It might cost you quite a bit of energy, but it will be worth it at the end of the day.

15. Swim in the Wave Lagoon in Darwin.

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Love waves, just not in the ocean? Then the Darwin Waterfront is the experience for you. Sit back in an inflatable donut and ride the waves all day!

16. Go wakeboarding or water-skiing on Ord River.

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The Ord River in Kununurra is not only a beautiful place to be and swim, but also great to do some wakeboarding or water-skiing.

Travel was provided by Tourism Australia. BuzzFeed writers do not guarantee coverage.

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