With more than 80 per cent of Australians living within 50 kilometres of the coast, the beach is an integral part of Australia's laid-back lifestyle. Aussies go to the beach to enjoy the sun and surf or to sail, parasail, fish, snorkel, scuba dive and beach comb. It's where they socialise and play sport, relax and enjoy romance.
Australia's most famous beaches - Bondi and Manly in Sydney, St. Kilda in Melbourne, Surfers Paradise on the Queensland Gold Coast, Cottesloe in Perth and Glenelg in Adelaide - attract locals as well as international tourists.
The Australia BBQ ('Barbie') is a huge tradition. Be it in their backyards or public parks, Aussies look forward to their weekend breaks to invite friends and family over and share some chops, steaks or sausages over a beer, wine or a champagne.