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January 01, 2021
As full-time frothers, most days you’ll find us “buttering up” before heading out into the surf. But SunButter isn’t just for surfers — did you know that we created our original SPF50 recipe while working as whale shark guides on Ningaloo Reef because we wanted to be able to slip, slop, slap without damaging the marine communities of the Coral Coast? Reflecting back on this got us thinking about all the places we love to wear SunButter when adventuring around our home state of Victoria — and some of our favourite interstate spots too!
These guys are the real deal. The Polperro boat will take you from picturesque Sorrento out on to the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay, where you’ll learn about the local marine life and swim with bottlenose dolphins and Australian fur seals.
The filming location of Where the Wild Things Are, Bushrangers Bay is simply magical. You can start from the Cape Schanck lighthouse or from Boneo Road — either way it takes around two hours return, and you’ll find the most stunning beach (and rockpool) at the end. Go early in the morning and you’ll come across plenty of kangaroos and other local wildlife.
The Point Nepean National Park is one of the most pristine spots you’ll find in Victoria. It’s located at the very end of the Mornington Peninsula and was once used as a quarantine location for travellers arriving by boat; before that it was a birthing site for the local Boonwurrung/Bunurong women, and the spot remains a sacred place ((known as mon-mon). Park your car and then carry a picnic down to Cattle Jetty beach (just make sure you leave everything the way you found it!).
Visitors come from all over — including abroad — to soak in the healing natural thermal springs at Peninsula Hot Springs. The place is a sanctuary of mostly outdoor pools (plus a string of other bathing experiences) where you’ll relax among countless native plants and creatures. The pools are filled with naturally mineral-rich water, so you definitely want to use a natural sunscreen (like SunButter) while bathing!
Local Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch is an incredible educator who’ll teach you about bush medicine and bush tucker as he guides you through one of his favourite local walking tracks. The walk also involves a preview of Lionel’s yidaki healing, where he plays the yidaki up your spine. It’s pretty powerful stuff. You’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation of Australia’s wondrous plant foods and medicines.
If you’ve been to the Prom, you’ll know that it’s hard to describe what makes it so uniquely special. The southernmost tip of Australia's mainland, it’s got that same pristine, untouched beauty as Tasmania and New Zealand. It’s worth doing an overnight hike to experience the uncrowded wonder of Waterloo Bay. The Prom is also great for gentle surfing and swimming.
One of our most favourite places in the world, Ningaloo Reef is 300km of spectacular marine paradise. On a dive here you’re likely to come across turtles, reef sharks, incredible fish and, if you visit at the right time of the year, the “big three”: whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales!
Freycinet (just over 100km north of Hobart) is home to the famous Wineglass Bay, as well as the absolutely stunning Hazards Beach. We love Freycinet for its incredible views, next-level beaches, white sand, serenity, birdsong and beautiful fresh air that’s laced with the scent of eucalypts and, in the warmer months, blossoms. There are some epic hikes and picnic spots.
If you’re heading to the Northern Rivers and seeking a thrill, rafting down the Nymboida River is just the ticket. The rapids themselves are level three to five, and you’ll get to see rainforest, gorges and natural pools en route. You can get there via transfer from Byron Bay, Coffs Harbor, Grafton and Dorrigo.
For those fortunate enough to get to visit the Whitsunday Islands (a constellation fo 74 islands, including Hamilton Island and Hayman Island), kayaking is a great way to tour around the jaw-dropping turquoise waters and vibrant marine sanctuary of the Great Barrier Reef area (be sure to wear some reef safe sunscreen!). Most tours accommodate beginners and advanced kayakers and allow time for swimming and snorkelling along the way (of course, you can also hire a kayak and do your own thing).
There’s nowhere in the world (or even Australia) like the Northern Territory, and Kakadu National Park is one of those places you just have to visit. The park is home to a wide variety of camping spots and set-ups — from the more luxe sites with pools to basic bush campgrounds. From there, you can experience birdwatching, croc-spotting, boating, fishing; learn about indigenous rock art, traditional painting and more; bathe in natural waterholes and waterfalls, plus plenty else.
Ah, South Australia: where the desert meets the ocean. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best surf that Australia has to offer. The Fleurieu Peninsula is easy to get to, being just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide. The area is especially good for experienced surfers looking for a big wave, but there’s something for everyone. Think limestone cliffs, hot air blowing from Central Australia, cold water, and camping in the sand dunes under the stars.
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