Water Based Adventure

To think of Australia, means to think water, endless surf beaches, wild seas, sparkling harbours, reef systems visible from space, rivers, floodplains, magical inland lakes and more…

The ‘island continent’, Australia, is the sixth largest country in the world and is the only one of those six completely surrounded by water. The Australian coastline covers some 25,000 kilometres. It is surrounded by many thousands of small fringing islands and numerous larger ones. Almost 40 per cent of the total coastline length of Australia is comprised of island coastlines.

Australia’s coastline, islands, reefs and water-influenced regions play an important role in defining the character of the nation and offer a myriad of adventures and experiences for our guests.

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Dry fly fishing is available on most days at a location on one of three lakes, whatever the wind direction … More »

Dry fly fishing is available on most days at a location on one of three … More »

Dry fly fishing is available on most days at a location on one of three lakes, whatever the wind direction or weather conditions. More »

The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit with your feet in the … More »

The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit … More »

The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit with your feet in the water with the sight and sound of the gentle waterfall in the background.   More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, exploring the lush rainforest and … More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, … More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, exploring the lush rainforest and the river life enveloped by the green canopy. More »

Paddle in the calm and tranquil waters of Muirs Beach wetland, located directly in front of Saffire Freycinet. More »

Paddle in the calm and tranquil waters of Muirs Beach wetland, located directly in front … More »

Paddle in the calm and tranquil waters of Muirs Beach wetland, located directly in front of Saffire Freycinet. More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where fur seals play on the … More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where … More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where fur seals play on the shore platform below. More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the riverbank or a kayak and … More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the … More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the riverbank or a kayak and try your luck. More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains is transformed into a fishing … More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains … More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains is transformed into a fishing lodge. More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the … More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the Top End wetlands. More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the … More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the Top End wetlands. More »

Dive to see the EX-HMAS Adelaide shipwreck off the coast of Avoca Beach. More »

Dive to see the EX-HMAS Adelaide shipwreck off the coast of Avoca Beach. More »

Dive to see the EX-HMAS Adelaide shipwreck off the coast of Avoca Beach. More »

Experience the beauty of the Mt Mulligan Lodge weir from a kayak. Gently paddling at your own pace, take-in the … More »

Experience the beauty of the Mt Mulligan Lodge weir from a kayak. Gently paddling at … More »

Experience the beauty of the Mt Mulligan Lodge weir from a kayak. Gently paddling at your own pace, take-in the scenery and silence of the outback. More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is easy year-round. More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is … More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is easy year-round. More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private beach, as well as the … More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private … More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private beach, as well as the unlimited use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies. More »

The Shoals’ remoteness means that less than 500 people a year are fortunate enough to give testimony to their brilliance. More »

The Shoals’ remoteness means that less than 500 people a year are fortunate enough to … More »

The Shoals’ remoteness means that less than 500 people a year are fortunate enough to give testimony to their brilliance. More »

Join a spectacular day of competition offering a fitness challenge in one of Australia's most pristine locations. More »

Join a spectacular day of competition offering a fitness challenge in one of Australia's most … More »

Join a spectacular day of competition offering a fitness challenge in one of Australia's most pristine locations. More »

This annual 2km and 750m ocean swim, is sure to become as iconic and famous as its location.  More »

This annual 2km and 750m ocean swim, is sure to become as iconic and famous … More »

This annual 2km and 750m ocean swim, is sure to become as iconic and famous as its location.  More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along the way, including sea eagles, … More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along … More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along the way, including sea eagles, albatross and pelicans. More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the … More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart … More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Passage en route. More »

From September to December the Black Marlin return to the waters around Lizard Island. More »

From September to December the Black Marlin return to the waters around Lizard Island. More »

From September to December the Black Marlin return to the waters around Lizard Island. More »

A big advantage for families is the coral is within swimming distance of the beach. More »

A big advantage for families is the coral is within swimming distance of the beach. More »

A big advantage for families is the coral is within swimming distance of the beach. More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or Horseshoe Reefs on a guided … More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or … More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or Horseshoe Reefs on a guided local snorkel tour with an expert marine and dive team.  More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 km fresh waterhole in the … More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 … More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 km fresh waterhole in the Homestead’s private “dinghy”. More »

Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the world’s most famous yachting events and every August, brings spectators and yachties … More »

Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the world’s most famous yachting events and every … More »

Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the world’s most famous yachting events and every August, brings spectators and yachties from all around the globe for an exciting line up of on and offshore events.  More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally … More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

Join other qualia guests for a relaxing sunset cruise around the sheltered waters off Hamilton Island whilst enjoying a selection of … More »

Join other qualia guests for a relaxing sunset cruise around the sheltered waters off Hamilton Island … More »

Join other qualia guests for a relaxing sunset cruise around the sheltered waters off Hamilton Island whilst enjoying a selection of mouth-watering canapes and beverages.  More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and from Antarctica. More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and … More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and from Antarctica. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August … More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies just a few metres offshore … More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies … More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies just a few metres offshore from Sal Salis.  More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm to shuck fresh prized pacific … More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm … More »

An internationally-renowned paddock-to-plate experience; don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm to shuck fresh prized pacific oysters with Tasmanian sparkling. More »

The warmer months in the Kimberley (March, April, August and September) are best for barra fishing and September is also … More »

The warmer months in the Kimberley (March, April, August and September) are best for barra … More »

The warmer months in the Kimberley (March, April, August and September) are best for barra fishing and September is also when TRUE NORTH visits the Rowleys - best for reef and blue water species. More »

Dive and snorkel on the West Coast Explorer during March and again in September when TRUE NORTH visits the Rowley … More »

Dive and snorkel on the West Coast Explorer during March and again in September when … More »

Dive and snorkel on the West Coast Explorer during March and again in September when TRUE NORTH visits the Rowley Shoals. More »

In a world-first, qualia guests can experience unprecedented access to the iconic Heart Reef lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef. More »

In a world-first, qualia guests can experience unprecedented access to the iconic Heart Reef lagoon in the Great … More »

In a world-first, qualia guests can experience unprecedented access to the iconic Heart Reef lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef. More »

Have prime position to witness the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one the world's most challenging blue … More »

Have prime position to witness the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one … More »

Have prime position to witness the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one the world's most challenging blue water yacht races. More »

Revel in a sumptuous lunch at Maggie Beer’s Farm, sample the many delights of famed Kangaroo Island and wash down … More »

Revel in a sumptuous lunch at Maggie Beer’s Farm, sample the many delights of famed … More »

Revel in a sumptuous lunch at Maggie Beer’s Farm, sample the many delights of famed Kangaroo Island and wash down oysters with champagne in beautiful Coffin Bay. More »

Join the TRUE NORTH in Esperance and discover the endless beaches that skirt Cape Le Grand. Encounter the wonders of the Bremer … More »

Join the TRUE NORTH in Esperance and discover the endless beaches that skirt Cape Le Grand. Encounter … More »

Join the TRUE NORTH in Esperance and discover the endless beaches that skirt Cape Le Grand. Encounter the wonders of the Bremer Bay Canyon and indulge in delicacies from the sea. More »

Between March-September, The Kimberley Ultimate is True North Adventure Cruises’ flagship adventure. More »

Between March-September, The Kimberley Ultimate is True North Adventure Cruises’ flagship adventure. More »

Between March-September, The Kimberley Ultimate is True North Adventure Cruises’ flagship adventure. More »

One of Sydney’s best vantages to witness the Harbour Bridge fireworks display is onboard TRUE NORTH for the Sydney Rocks … More »

One of Sydney’s best vantages to witness the Harbour Bridge fireworks display is onboard TRUE … More »

One of Sydney’s best vantages to witness the Harbour Bridge fireworks display is onboard TRUE NORTH for the Sydney Rocks New Year Spectacular.  More »

Achingly beautiful surrounds, incredible wildlife and birdlife, and a cuppa never tasted so good.  More »

Achingly beautiful surrounds, incredible wildlife and birdlife, and a cuppa never tasted so good.  More »

Achingly beautiful surrounds, incredible wildlife and birdlife, and a cuppa never tasted so good.  More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition to all surfers. More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition … More »

The Central Coast Surf Academy prides itself on offering an elite level of surfing tuition to all surfers. More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's The Kimberley Waterfalls itinerary. More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's … More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's The Kimberley Waterfalls itinerary. More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver-drummer, spangled-emperor … More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the … More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver-drummer, spangled-emperor and of course the royalty of Lord Howe fish, metre-long kingfish. More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months are when birdlife is more … More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months … More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months are when birdlife is more noticeable around billabongs and other watering points.  More »

Surrounded by Marine Park the diversity of species, terrain, methods and the sheer abundance of fish rank Lord Howe among … More »

Surrounded by Marine Park the diversity of species, terrain, methods and the sheer abundance of … More »

Surrounded by Marine Park the diversity of species, terrain, methods and the sheer abundance of fish rank Lord Howe among the world’s top fishing destinations. More »

Lord Howe Island’s eleven beautiful beaches are perfectly suited to barbecuing outdoors, with their sheltered coves and spectacular views. More »

Lord Howe Island’s eleven beautiful beaches are perfectly suited to barbecuing outdoors, with their sheltered … More »

Lord Howe Island’s eleven beautiful beaches are perfectly suited to barbecuing outdoors, with their sheltered coves and spectacular views. More »

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