Incredible photos show the terrifying moment a Great white shark swam near an Australian surfer

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in News on Tuesday 4 November 2014

A month after Andy Johnson, an Esperance surfer, had a super uncomfortably close encounter with a great white shark, the stunning photos appeared. On September 21, car horns went off alerting swimmers and surfers of the presence of a shark. Johnson didn’t want to leave the water just yet saying, ‘When your number is up, your number is up.’

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Gray Malin captures spectacular views of beaches from a great height

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 18 July 2013

Fine art photographer Gray Malin has such a great eye for photography, we’ve been voluntarily held captive at his website just thumbing away at his images. His A La Plage, A La Piscine aerial series, in particular, has him pointing his lens out of doorless helicopters to capture spectacular views of beaches and shorelines all […]

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1,697 Paper Boats at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 6 March 2013

For the ninth year in a row, Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia has been transformed into a haven of cool sculptures. These boats are part of last years exhibit. Each origami boat was folded by hand and dipped in wax. Each little boat even had drainage holes in case rain tried to sink them. The even […]

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Coqui Coqui Tulum: luxury beachfront hotel in Mexico

This Island Life Contributor

By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Friday 18 January 2013

Set on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Coqui Coqui Tulum is a boutique beachfront hotel that has us itching to skip the border. With seven rooms, a small shop and a perfumerie, the hotel has an exclusive vibe that surprisingly isn’t reflected in its price. A quick look on Mr & Mrs Smith tells us that rooms start at just $200. The property has been designed with its environment in mind. Cream-coloured stone allows the hotel to blend in amongst ancient Mayan ruins, lush tropical palms, clear aqua water and white powdery sand. So when do we leave?

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California’s remarkable Glass Beach

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 September 2012

California’s “Glass Beach” is an unofficial tourist attraction with shores of shiny, glass stones. After years of being used as a dump site for items such as bottles, household appliances, and automobiles, the waves crashing against the shore pummeled the discarded items until they were reduced to smooth particles. It’s interesting that such an amazing site was caused by pollution. 

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Johanna Billing’s You Don’t Love Me Yet

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By Michaella Solar-March in New Events on Thursday 6 August 2009

As a component of Tiny Movements by Swedish conceptual artist Johanna Billing, the performance piece, You Don’t Love Me Yet, has been presented in over twenty countries since its conception in 2002. Scheduled for August 16, Billing has invited a diverse and exciting collection of Melbourne bands to reinterpret the ever-hopeful tearjerker which was originally recorded by Roky Erikson in 1984. Among those taking part in the event are Beaches, Henry Wagons, Super Wild Horses, Fabulous Diamonds, Tic Toc Tokyo, Francis Plagne, and Teeth and Tongue, each challenged with the task of making something familiar, unique.

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Secret beaches of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

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By Anna Sutton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 February 2009

When I read Robinson Crusoe as an Australian child, I had no idea that New Zealand was a place harbouring secret beaches where real life castaways could hide from civilization beneath the shade of cool ferns and caves, on beaches overlooking mysterious islands out at sea. The main difference between Coromandel Peninsula’s New Chums beach and the shipwrecked settings depicted in Defoe’s novel is that the only things running riot here are the crimson blossoms of the native Pohutukawa trees. Instead of toothless mutineers, there are placid dotterel birds nesting beneath the sand.

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Summer Heights High

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 24 January 2009

Back in my days of adolescence, the undeniably cool cast of Heartbreak High were secret idols. That warehouse they lived in! Man, I wanted to be there. But when that went off air, the only taste of beach life in Australia was the vacuity of Home and Away. So it was with real nostalgia, and […]

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Eva Trust

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Photography on Tuesday 11 November 2008

There’s a wonderful sense of escapism about the work of Australian photographer, Eva Trust. The wavy, flowing textures of her beachside shots, in particular, convey an atmosphere of prolonged hedonism, offset by a coiled energy which seems ready to burst her subjects straight out of the frame and into our living rooms. This series of work captures ‘images of beach goers as mirrored in the wet sand, textured by the changing ocean and light’ and is inspired by Trust’s interest in the idea of the ‘blending of man and the natural world’.

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Moofus’ Coogee Beach

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Friday 5 September 2008

Australian illustrator Moofus is just 11 years old. As he says, ‘my mum and dad won’t let me leave school to get a proper job, so I draw lots of pictures’. This limited edition print of Sydney’s Coogee Beach is printed on Epson heavyweight matt paper with archival inks and is just US$20 through the […]

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