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Surrounded by beaches
They could spread out across more than 7 million square kilometres, but three in four Australians live within an hour's drive of the ocean. Fortunately, there's plenty of room for everyone's beach towel.
The world's largest island, Australia is skirted by 36,735 kilometres of coastline. Most of it consists of long stretches of white, sandy beaches, broken by secluded lakes and bays.
In the interest of modesty, it was illegal to swim at the beach during daylight hours or at inner-city beaches until 1902. Australians have been making up for lost time ever since.