This FACT indicates the distance in kilometres from each cities centre to the closest coastal beach. Australia boasts having some of the best beaches on the planet, with huge stretches of coastline spanning nearly 37,000 km. It also has the most number of beaches of any nation: 11,011. Most of Australia’s cities and towns are situated on the coast and are within a few kilometres of the ocean. Around 12 million people, or 85% of Australia’s population, live within one hour’s drive of the coast. the cities and there respective closest beach are as follows: Adelaide - West Beach, Brisbane - Manly, Canberra - Bateman Bay, Darwin - Mindil Beach, Hobart - Short Beach, Melbourne - Beaconfield, Perth - City Beach, Sydney - Bondi Beach. (http://www.wikiaustralia.com/articles/australias-best-beaches/) The city with the shortest distance to the beach is Hobart with 2.3 km. The city with the longest distance is Canberra with 148 km.