Australia is bordered by two oceans and 3 seas. As we are a free-standing continent, we are practically surrounded by water, with almost each coast line boasting its very own body of water.
The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions. It covers 20% of the water on the earth's surface and is nearly 10,000 kilometres wide at the southern tips of Africa and Australia. The Indian Ocean encompasses the entire east coast of Australia and is dominated by both India and Australia.
The Arafura Sea lies west of the Pacific Ocean and is the overlying continental shelf between Australia and New Guinea. It spans 1290 kilometres long and 560 kilometres wide. It is bordered by well known areas such as Torres Trait, the Coral Sea, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Timor Sea. This shallow tropical sea is a breeding ground for tropical cyclones so is best avoiding during this season.
This marginal sea lies off the north-coast of Australia and is bounded in the west by the east coast of Queensland. It is an extension of the Great Barrier Reef, yet this is still regarded as Queensland territory. The Coral Sea also has historical significance as it was the location for major confrontation during WWII between Australia, Japan and the U.S.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to Antarctica in the south and from Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east. It covers a total area of 169.2 million square kilometres in area, making it larger then all of the earth's land area combined!
This large body of water lies between Australia and New Zealand and is often nicknamed 'The Ditch'. It extends for a massive 2000 kilometres and is regarded as the south-western segment of the South Pacific Ocean. The Tasman is also home to Australian favourites such as Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, making it a very frequently visited body of water.