Happy Australia Day! All across the country we are gathering around the barbecue to celebrate the place we call home. Right here in our own backyard, we have priceless gems that many travel across the world to experience. So we thought there’s no better day to throw the spotlight on five Aussie natural wonders. From the towering red monolith known as Uluru, to the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, let’s appreciate the best of Australia. Tell us, how many have you seen?
Standing tall in the dusty outback plains of the Northern Territory, Uluru is famed for its stature and unique red-orange colouring. To appreciate the sheer size of this Aussie icon, visitors are encouraged to take a 10 kilometre walk (approximately 3.5 hours) around the base of the rock. You could also choose to go outback cycling and discover the region on two wheels. Witness a sensational Uluru sunset and then dine under the stars with a renowned Sounds of Silence dinner.
A shining jewel just off the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef holds the title for the world’s largest coral reef system. With over 600 types of colourful coral and an impressive range of marine animals, the reef is an underwater wonderland. Go snorkelling or scuba diving and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles and a huge variety of fish species. Retreat to one of the surrounding tropical islands and enjoy Australia’s most beautiful beaches.
Situated in the Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles are a group of spectacular limestone formations. Soaring skyward from a sea of striking yellow sand, the Pinnacles really are a natural wonder. Take a day trip from Perth and explore the park with a guided tour or make your own adventure with a scenic drive along the well-marked path. To truly appreciate the breathtaking surrounds, enjoy a 5 kilometre walk around the dessert to find the Pinnacles Lookout.
The Twelve Apostles are one of the most famous sights along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Rising serenely from the ocean, these dazzling rock formations contribute to the dramatic coastal scenery. The main viewing platform provides the perfect spot for photos, with the waves crashing below against the craggy cliffs. You may be surprised to learn, that there are not 12 rock towers, but just seven that now make up the Twelve Apostles.
Just two hours drive west of Sydney, the beautiful Blue Mountains are one of the country’s most remarkable icons. Part of the larger World Heritage Listed Greater Blue Mountains Area, you will find a wealth of attractions and natural landmarks at your fingertips, including the legendary Three Sisters. Native fauna and flora is in abundance, so always keep your eyes peeled for koalas, dingos, kangaroos and a variety of bird species.
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