With over 50,000km of coastline in Australia, it is not difficult to find a beach – and beautiful ones at that.
Two-thirds of Australians grow up with the beach on their doorstep and a central part of their lifestyle.
It’s where we go to play, to exercise, to eat, to drink, to relax and unwind.
It’s free, it’s beautiful, it’s ours to share. Rarely will you see a shoreline taken over by high rises, private stretches of beach, or stalls spread out on the sand catering to tourists.
Imagine if it was. Imagine if our beaches were created instead for tourists to enjoy and Australians were pushed us off our own beaches.
There would be outrage and the streets would be marched upon.
“The beach is made for tourists.”
Our Thai guide told us as we headed for a visit to beautiful Bangtao Bay. I thought of all the stunning beaches in Thailand, you rarely see Thai people enjoying them. They are so overrun by tourists.
My heart bled a little.
How demanding and insensitive tourists can be sometimes.