Canoeing, Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
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Water sports

Victoria offers the boating enthusiast a range of activities in a variety of environments. Set sail on Australia's largest bay, board a cruise along the Yarra River or an historic paddle steamer chugging along the Murray River, or see the banks of the Gippsland Lakes from behind the boat strapped to a pair of waterskis.

Those who like to get wet can choose from white sand beaches along the Murray River, the sheltered bay beaches that extend along the Mornington Peninsula from Frankston to the heads, or the pristine Ninety Mile Beach in Gippsland.

Victoria offers scuba divers a rich underwater world of shipwrecks, diverse marine life, kelp forests and colourful soft corals. Follow an underwater shore trail, or join a local dive boat to explore rocky reefs and wrecks.

Surfers come from around the world to catch the famous breaks at Victoria's beaches, including Bells Beach. Learn to surf with an expert, or watch the champions at work at the annual Rip Curl Pro event.

Boating licences are required for boat operators, including persons hiring or chartering a boat, and fines apply if you are caught without one.

Kayaking, Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Canoeing and kayaking

Discover Victoria's rivers, lakes and waterways from a canoe or kayak. Explore remote areas of wilderness not accessible by road or foot.

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Yacht moored at Metung, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Boating and sailing

Experience Victoria on the water. Sail around Port Phillip Bay, cruise along the Yarra River, or wind your way down the Murray River in a houseboat.

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Diving, Portsea, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Scuba diving

From spectacular caves, soft corals and shipwrecks to shore dive and snorkelling sites, Victoria has undersea adventures to suit all divers.

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Surfer, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Surfing and windsurfing

Throw on your wetsuit and ride the crystal clear waves as they roll in from the Southern Ocean along Victoria's tempestuous coastline.

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Lorne beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia


With stunning beaches, rivers and lakes as well as year-round public pools there's always somewhere to take a dip to cool off, tone up or just relax.

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Waterskiing, Lake Eildon, High Country, Victoria, Australia


Pack up your skis and head to any number of waterskiing hotspots around Victoria, from Lake Eildon in the High Country to the Murray River up north.

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