If you’ve ever wondered which country is home to the most unique landscapes, then Australia would definitely be one of the top candidates. This vast country is abundant in striking natural wonders, and spectacular flora and fauna. We have compiled for you a list of the top natural wonders in Australia, so if you ever plan on visiting this marvelous place, you have some idea about what you will be experiencing when you arrive.
10. Snowy Mountains – Mount Kosciuszko
Australia is mostly flat; however you will find snow and mountains in New South Wales in the Snowy Mountain Region (the Snowies). You can hike up to the top of the highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, which is about 8km up. Once you’re up there, the views of the mountainous region are unbelievable. The best part you ask? You’ll even be given a certificate for your endeavor.
9. Purnululu National Park – The Bungle Bungles
This stunningly beautiful work of nature is present in northern Wester Australia. Even though the entire area is breathtaking beyond words, the ‘Bungle Bungle’ rocks gets a special acknowledgement. These rock formations are very picturesque, and they look even better when viewed from above.
8. Daintree Rainforest
The largest rainforest in Australia, and the oldest in the world (100 – 180 million years) the Daintree Rainforest is situated in northern Queensland, and it is spread over 12,000 square kilometers. It is also known as the most ecologically important rainforests present in the entire world, with never-ending animals and plants to appreciate. The forest also has some alluring hike trails, and Daintree River can also be discovered in this area.
7. Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound is the product of the most stunning geographic formation, which makes it extremely unique, and it is also the habitat of a plethora of Australian plants and animals, including many kangaroos! This place was originally owned by Aboriginal Australians, recently they have been returned their place back, so you‘ll discover a substantial amount of culture in this area as well.
6. Mackenzie Falls
This marvelous piece of nature is present in the Grampians, state of Victoria, and is one of the highest waterfalls in this country. You may come across simple hikes in this place, which are best suited for all kinds of people, and the splendid view of the falls is an added bonus. This spot is also extremely famous among Australians, as they relish in it and carry out many outdoor relaxing activities.
5. Shark Bay
Ever heard of dugongs? If not, then you should visit this place and see what these strange things are with your own eyes. Shark Bay is situated in Western Australia, and is an almost picture perfect beach. Not only that, you can find more than 10,000 dugongs in this area, which is actually the 12% of the entire dugong population in the world. Apart from that, you may come across many bottle nosed dolphins, which are extremely friendly and are commonly called ‘Monkey Mia’.
If you take a look at Uluru, there is a high probability that you’ll end up recognizing it because it is one of the most well-known icons of this country. Uluru is a huge rock formation located in the middle of Australia’s red desert. The traditional owners request the tourists to refrain from climbing the rock, however if you do, the view below is spectacular, particularly at sunrise or sunset. You can also find numerous hikes and breathtaking views encircling the rocks, and you can also take the opportunity to learn more about the importance of this area, and Aboriginal Australians.
3. 12 Apostles
12 Apostles has the honor of being a world famous scenic drive, which can be found on the Great Ocean Road. It is a wonderful natural formation, but unfortunately most of these Apostles have disappeared under the sea due to erosion. Nonetheless, the landscape of the rugged coast is absolutely breathtaking. You will also discover numerous fascinating spots along the way like ‘The London Bridge’, which are all worth a visit.
2. Kakadu National Park
Fun fact: Kakadu National Park is bigger than Slovenia. This park sprawls across 20,000 square kilometers, and is situated 170 km away from Darwin. It is the home of an assortment of landscapes like outliers, rivers and floodplains, and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Aboriginal rock art is also present here, which is said to be more than 40,000 years old, and is indeed a spectacular site.
1. Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is also known as ‘the world’s largest living thing’, is Australia’s most famous site. This place has a huge variety of marine life such as dolphins, fish, sea turtles and most importantly the dainty coral. A significant number of tourists from all over the world come witness this spectacle of nature. You can indulge in many underwater activities like snorkeling or diving, or you can relax on it’s many miles of untouched stunning white sand beaches.