The smell of salt water and the gentle swell of the ocean loom large in our national consciousness.
The beach is where we strip back to our essentials, where everyone feels equal and where we find ourselves in the uncomplicated rhythms of nature.
The coast is also where the world comes to us.
Music has travelled across the ocean to us from many different shores, and like a big fish stew we've cooked up over a fire on the beach, coastal music is a mix of many different flavours.
Part four of Wide Open Road looks at how Australian music has been shaped by our unique environment.
Featured artists in this program are The Pigram Brothers, The Waifs, John Butler, The Celibate Rifles, The Drones, Silverchair, and Neil Murray.