Places We Swim was borne out of a desire to better know Australia. Like so many of us, we had largely taken our home for granted. The allure of inexpensive, exotic destinations in Asia and Latin America is hard to resist while the indulgence of basking in European summers is undeniable. And yet, it has become clear to us that it is not where you travel, but how you travel. Particularly if you are seeking outdoor adventures.
For people that like to swim, surf, dive, camp, climb, and hike, there is hardly a better place to be than Australia. Over the past few years, we’ve slowed down our trips to focus more on spending time here at home. In a country so defined by water, swimming is the natural access point to best explore and understand our Australian experience. Through Places We Swim, we’ve tried to channel that very same curiosity and enthusiasm that was once reserved for overseas travel into discovering what’s in our backyard.
Australia offers some of the most varied wilderness on the planet. Our travels have taken us to remote and isolated destinations that are thousands of kilometres from any human settlement, and also to the many hidden pockets of wilderness surrounding our capital cities. We are such a thoroughly urbanised population that it takes very little travel to have a piece of nature all to ourselves.
These are our favourite Australian swimming holes that are a short drive from a capital city.
TANGALOOMA WRECKS, MORETON ISLAND