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A better name for the "Island Continent" might be Adventure Island. Maybe it's the playground: For divers it's the matchless underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, for surfers the endless beaches from Queensland to Victoria, and for skiers (and hikers and horseback riders) the grandeur of the Snowy Mountains. And then there's the Outback... More? On an island sometimes described as one long beach, with more than 22,000 miles of shoreline, beach is a way of life. For a close-up look, go to the country's most famous strand, Bondi Beach. Sydney's sweeping seaside promenade of sand, shops, and surfers. It may be the best people-watching down under. Of course, there is an often overlooked cosmopolitan side, too: The arias of Sydney's Opera House, the manicured greens of Greg Norman-class golf courses such as Royal Melbourne (ranked among the globe's best), and the Shiraz vintages of the Barossa Valley wine country are just hints that there is life beyond the beach.