Wednesday, 14 December 2011

THE AUSTRALIAN COASTLINE

Australia as an island continent/country has a huge coastline, which is greatly varied in terms of geography, climate, habitats and population. While most of our major cities are situated on the coast, especially the southeastern coast, the majority of our coastline is wildly natural. The area of our country is 7,682,300 square kilometres and its coastline is 25,760 km, with a coast/area ratio of 3.353 m/sq km. This makes Australia the sixth highest ranked in the world in terms of coastline (see Wikipedia article for more information).


Our coastline offers enormous variety with high cliffs, beaches, rocky shores, river estuaries, mudflats and mangrove swamps, coastal resort towns, tropical rainforest almost touching the sea, palm fringed golden sandy beaches, wildly inaccessible places unchanged for centuries or cosmopolitan and crowded places that have been developed to cater for all sorts of tourist-oriented activities. In any case the wild beauty of our coastline is easily accessible from nearly every major urban centre as this representative aerial shot shows. Once again my camera has done well with the challenges of photography from a commercial flight.


This post is part of the Watery Wednesday meme.



16 comments:

  1. Wonderful view of our rugged coastline! It shows how much character there is in our world!

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  2. Vertiginous shot!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

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  3. This is a wonderful view of the change from cliffs to deep beaches.

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  4. I love your "executive summary" of the Australia Coast facts. We're pr4tty much untraveled and I was one of those girls who kept comic books in her geography book to read instead of study. Now there is so much I want to learn. Your lovely pictures make it a great way to pick up a some knowledge. (And I love that you take pictures from the plane!)

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  5. Yes, indeed, Nick. If that was from a plane window, wuhoo ...

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  6. Such wonderful view! Great shot!

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  7. You've done well Nick - I thought you must have been standing on a cliff above - obviously your airline had cleaned their windows.

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  8. i love the color of the water, and the coast is beautiful.

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  9. Your camera and yourself have taken a brilliant shot Nick, showing some of the coastline features you described perfectly!

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  10. Brilliant photo!!
    I am glad I discovered your blog as I am an ex-Melbournite!

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  11. Fantastic shot! My airplane photos always come out looking terrible so I have given up...

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