I have never got tired of surfing, but every once in a while it is more than fine to check out what else the sea can bring us besides waves. It feels great to go diving the day after an exhausting surfing session. It is relaxing and yet there is tons of fun to be had in a complete different way from surfing. Plus, if you are going to spend all your savings on a surfing trip, you better make it count.
In fact, Australia is a great place for diving. Let's dive into some of my favorite places:
This is probably the best wreck dive on the planet. The SS Yongala is 110 emeters in size and sank a century ago. It is not uncommon to watch different kind of sharks and whales here.
Point Murat Navy Pier
Located 300 meters from Exmouth shore, this pier offers what is often considered as the best manmade diving site. The highlight of this location is its wide variety of fauna you can find; from octopi to scorpion fish or, again, sharks.
North Horn, Osprey Reef
Have I mentioned that you can easily find sharks in Australia? Up to a dozen of different types of sharks can be found here. My favorite is the hammerhead.
Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef
Just like everybody's favorite turtle scene in Finding Nemo, but in real life. Alongside the beautiful Great Barrier Reef you'll find green turtles, gigantic cods, sea flowery, etc. Plus the water is clear!
This is the longest submerged cave in the world, with a 300 meter chamber that leads to a huge lake. Legend says that less than 100 people have ever entered this cave, and not only do you have to be a true diving master, but you must also be granted access by Western Australia's Conservation and Land Management. So, for now, we will have to settle for the stories from those who have been fortunate enough to have been there.
The Internet has plenty of lists talking about the most dangerous waves in the world
or the best beaches to practice surfing.
I recommend having a look at these links because you will find incredible information about surfing.
I have a passion for surfing; I have experience and I know that it’s a bit annoying for those people who are starting in this sport or have experience practising it but they are still not ready to face an important wave, to see videos of other people just surfing the most incredible waves.
This is the reason I have decided to write about 5 beaches which have good waves, but not the best, for those people who are still learning the art of surfing.
This village is located in the North of Spain, in the Basque Country and it is one of the most famous places in Europe to surf waves.
You’ll find plenty of professional surfers, who I’m sure, will be able to teach you how to surf a good wave. There you will find waves from 2-3 metres- an ideal size!
Fistral Beach, Newquay, England
Cold weather, but great waves to start with. It’s the surf capital of the west of England. They have a very good school of surf with excellent facilities and equipment.
Gold Coast, Australia
Of course, Australia. Gold Coast is a big region of Queensland. It’s a tourist destination and an ideal place if you love the subtropical climate.
You will find here some beaches; some of them are good enough for beginners and others like Superbank, a Gold Coast region, for advance suffers.
Bundoran Beach, County Dondegal, Ireland
It’s located in the North-West of Ireland. It hasn’t had a deep tradition of surfing, but in later times the surfing passion has increased significantly in this area.
Fulong Beach, Taiwan
Waves range from one to two meters here. It’s a sandy beach and has clear waters suitable for sailing, surfing or windsurfing.
Australia's economy is majorly boosted through tourism. People from all over the world come for a taste of life down under. And I don't blame them when they're surrounded by such beauty! Here are some of my favourite locations in Australia.
The Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
Mt Tomah, NSW
Lord Howe Island
Tasman Sea (between Australia and New Zealand)
A forest in Tasman Island, Tasmania
To discover best of my beautiful country, you need to take a walk in the countryside, away from the city in where is the heart of Australia. One of the most known and finest australian walks is the Larapinta Trail, in the West MacDonnel Ranges, a trekking adventure that will leave you speechless. Here, this is the real Australia, the rough and amazing side of nature, something that anyone visiting us should experience.
The Larapinta Trail has now become one of the top 10 walks in the world for many trekkers and there are a few companies organising the trip. If you like going on an adventure that involves walking while watching the wildlife and taking in the landscape, camping in the wild and learn more about the country you're in, don't hesitate.
The trek takes between 6 to 16 days depending on how many sections of the trail
you want to do. There is nothing like walking in this ancient land, whether it is on the ridgelines of the mountain chain, or on the vast flood plains along the razorback rocky outcrops. You can really connect with the heart of the country and understand what makes Australia so special and attractive.
After your trek, you will see our country with different eyes and you will take memories with you that no other tourist attraction can provide.