The Best Waterfront Cities in the Southern Hemisphere

From Australia to South Africa, some of the best waterfront cities are in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether you’re looking to party or relax, explore a little fishing village or an oceanfront promenade, here are four cities to add to your 2016 travel wish list.

Photo: Up on Constance
Photo: Up on Constance

Brisbane: Find a rooftop bar to fit your mood—relaxing in a stylish living room, hanging out in an adult playground, or finding a sleek spot with amazing views—in the capital of Queensland.

Photo: visitvictoria.com
Photo: visitvictoria.com

Port Fairy: Prolong the drive back to Melbourne by finding a suite that feels like home, swimming in a solar-heated pool, soaking in a deep stone bathtub, and eating outside by a crackling fire at the end of the Great Ocean Road.

Photo: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
Photo: Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

Paternoster: Drive in the opposite direction in search of white boulders, white-washed cottages, colorful fishing boats, freshly caught lobsters, and a room with a panoramic ocean view on the Western Cape.

Photo: Ricci Mariagrazia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Ricci Mariagrazia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Umhlanga: Escape the city and find lighthouses along the rocky coastline, a promenade and long beaches at the edge of the water, sharks patrolling the rough surf, and a little hideaway in the hills outside of Durban.

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