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.