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Hostelling International Tripbook for

Australia's outdoor lifestyle

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With more than 80% of Australians living 50km or less from the coast it’s no wonder there’s such a prominent outdoor culture in Australia. Pristine beaches make for spectacular surfing spots. The Great Barrier Reef is an underwater playground of amazing and unusual marine life tempting snorkelers to explore its depths, and the bright blue water offers kayakers the chance to paddle to their hearts’ content. But it’s not all beaches and ocean in Australia. The country also has snowy mountains ripe for skiing, dense bush filled with wildlife, thick swamps home to crocodiles and harsh desert spanning nearly half of the continent. Each eco-zone offers new and exciting outdoor activities. Try cycling in metropolitan Melbourne, hiking the dramatic landscape of Grampians National Park, exploring the lush Daintree Rainforest or rock climbing in the Blue Mountains. Whichever hostel you stay in, you’re guaranteed to experience plenty of outdoor adventure.