Sailing Down Under: Australia’s Most Breathtaking Coastal Landscapes

There is no doubt that Australia’s diverse terrain is among some of the most beautiful. Whether it’s our mineral-rich red earth inland or our tropical rainforests in the far north of the country – both are picturesque. However, with up to 80% of our population living near the coastline, we are defined as an island girt by the glistening and glorious sea. With a large number of Aussies immersing themselves in the water; many live by and engage with the ocean from a young age. Swimming and water activities, such as sailing, are hobbies that many locals enjoy. Therefore, come sail away with me on a voyage around our great land and view some of its wonderful coastal sights from the perspective of the water. Let’s have a look at some of the Australia’s most breathtaking coastal landscapes.

Sailing in the Whitsundays

When it comes to sailing any type of luxury vessel within Australian waters, the Whitsunday Islands, just off the Queensland coastline are some of the most gorgeous to enjoy some time for relaxation or fun in the sun.

The islands are the perfect spot for taking out power catamarans, with the capacity to moor offshore while also testing out the capabilities of open ocean action.

The best month for sailing around islands such as Hamilton, Daydream and Hayman Island is that of September, when the weather is fine, with an average of 25°C and minimal rainfall.

Cape Tribulation

As a gateway to two of our own UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Cape Tribulation is a great place to head on your boat despite its unfortunate sounding name.

While James Cook’s ship, the Endeavour, may have been beaten up by the reef here – thus giving the cape its name; it is a place where you can interact with many marine creatures and anchor your vessel for the views.

There are opportunities for sailing and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef. While taking in the beauty of the beach you can see its meeting point with the gorgeous Daintree Rainforest and is one of the Australia’s most breathtaking coastal landscapes.

Kangaroo Island

This great place in the state of South Australia is beautiful and it is the third-largest island in Australia. It is famous for many lighthouses along its very coarse coastlines.

The island is also famous for its numerous native wild animals. Because of this, a third of the island is a natural park reserve.

It is furthermore famous for its glistening waters and sandy beaches like those around much of this country’s shoreline.

Sailing in Apollo Bay

Situated along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, you can grab sailing charters from Apollo Bay that is close to Lorne and Anglesea.

You can take the trip along the coast that spans the length of the Great Ocean Road down to Cape Otway, with the chance to do some fishing and view fur seals along the way.

You can see the seals in their natural habitat and perhaps even catch some dinner on the side.

It is an adventure that allows you to see the sights and sample the sea all in a single day trip package.

Brave the Bight

As one circumnavigates Australia’s various coastal landscapes, they will find a big chunk of curved coast alongside a part of South Australia.

The waters of the Great Australian Bight are special, and if you lose your sea legs and venture ashore, you can find out why.

For, during winter, these waters are the home and breeding grounds for Southern Right Whales. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the fraction of the number that still exists in the wild.

The breeding grounds are a national marine park, so vessels aren’t permitted between May and October.

Dream in Darwin

If you want to take a trip to the top end and its beaches, the Darwin Harbour can be a great part of the Northern Territory to explore.

Provided you don’t get scared by a crocodile or two, you can have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife in their tropical water homes.

Here among the mangroves, you could see turtles or the occasional snub nose dolphin or even a dugong.

The Tiwi Islands are a short two days sail from Darwin, with pristine waters that house numerous species of fish.

Calming Sunset at Cable Beach

A great way to round out your sailing cruise adventure around our glorious continent is to moor your boat off the western coast. Here, you can sip a cocktail while you take in the beauty of a sunset at Cable Beach in Western Australia which is one of the Australia’s most breathtaking coastal landscapes.


When it comes to taking a sailing trip around Australia’s beautiful coastlines, from the north to the south, you can take in a bunch of sights including the wonderful wildlife and the many beauties of Australia’s natural landscapes.

May you sail calm waters and we hope that you enjoy your trip. Bon voyage!