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BY editors | Aug 14, 2017 | Travel

Tourism Australia

As chosen by the Oz authority, Tourism Australia. And who should better? The Aussies seriously love the great outdoors and theirs is one of the greatest. We like.

1 | Dive with dolphins in Adelaide

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There are wild dolphins in the waters off the Adelaide beachside town of Glenelg, just 20 minutes from the city centre. Wild? As in swimming freely, born and raised in the open seas, not a pokey aquarium. Not like in Free Willy.

Slap on wetsuit, snorkel and mask, jump in, hang on to flotation line, wait for common and bottlenose dolphins to suss you out excitedly. Thousands of dolphins call Adelaide home, so dolphin sightings are virtually guaranteed, says Tourism Australia.

2 | Heard of the Ningaloo Reef? You should go.

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Ningaloo Reef boasts the Ningaloo Marine Park, a World Heritage-listed site, halfway up the West Australian coastline. It’s the world’s largest ‘fringing reef’, 260km of coral that is habitat to turtles and tropical fish. Shallow water as clear as glass, and a gentle current pushes you along the water's surface. Just float and admire the scenery while you’re part of it. Want more involvement? Swim with humpback whales between August and November. Get to Ningaloo Reef via Cape Range National Park near Exmouth or via Coral Bay.

3 | Extreme water ballet in New South Wales

Photo: Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Don’t want to slap on a diving suit? Get to Sydney Harbour and cruise up the east coast, where humpbacks play and display. For landlubbers, Sydney’s best-based vantage point is The Gap at South Head, or look out from Cape Byron lighthouse to see them a hundred metres of Australia’s most easterly point.

Or meditate on the song of the male humpback on the hydrophone of a whale-watching boat. Tourism Australia says you’re almost guaranteed a whale-sighting in the calm, clear waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park, South of Sydney, also home to pods of bottlenose dolphins..

4 | Carry on glamping

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Up, up and away! The Grampians rise up out of flat farmland in Victoria's west. It’s where you can get lost and yet stay connected in a 5-metre canvas bell tent with soft queen bed, fresh linen and towels, and two deck chairs. Breath in, breathe out, open your eyes, and take in the view. The Grampians is a three-hour drive west of Melbourne. Or you can jump on a train or a bus to slum it, then glamp it.

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