With summer well and truly here, the only way to escape the heat is to find a place to go that surrounds water. We wanted to share TripAdvisor’s top-rated attractions and activities on or near the water so you can choose the best way to keep cool.
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk (NSW)
A brisk 6km walk around Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the Bondi to Coogee walk features stunning views, beaches, parks and more than a few places to stop for a bite. Plus, it’s absolutely free!
Ocean rafting at Airlie Beach (QLD)
Located on the “wild side” of the Whitsundays, each ocean rafting experience gives you access to stunning and iconic locations where you’ll snorkel your way through pristine reefs.
Agincourt Ribbon Reef Dive, Port Douglas (QLD)
Learn to scuba dive at one of Australia’s most superb reefs with guided day trips via Blue Dive, one of Australia’s highest-rated dive operators.
Volcanic crater lakes, breathtaking waterfalls and natural waterslides (QLD)
Tour the most beautiful locations of the Atherton Tablelands, via Barefoot Tours, offering spectacular photo opps to keep your social feed overflowing until winter.
Fraser Island’s Lake McKenzie (QLD)
Rated as the top attraction on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie’s white sand, crystal clear water and paradaisical setting make for a solid day trip.
Camping at Cape Le Grand National Park (WA)
Located in Esperance in south Western Australia, Cape Le Grand offers beautiful beaches, camping facilities and more than a couple of friendly kangaroos, making it one of WA’s top destinations on the water.
Surfing at Burleigh Heads Beach (QLD)
This beach offers the beautiful escape of the Gold Coast, without the crowds or noise of Surfers Paradise. The long, right hand waves peel over sand and boulders while also provided the best beach breaks on the outer bar.