The world offers plenty of beautiful things to see. Quite a few of these wonders are actually located in Australia. The continent has been lucky enough to get its fair share of stunning landscapes and natural formations, making it a country worth visiting – even if it’s also home to the world’s most dangerous animals.
If you don’t know where to get started, here are our favourite 12 natural wonders of Australia.
You can’t start the list without mentioning Uluru. The red sandstone formation is one of the country’s most popular landmarks. Watching the sun go down here is an experience you won’t forget – just remember to be respectful of your surroundings as the rock is sacred to the people of Anangu.
The Great Barrier Reef
The other natural wonder most people associate with Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is suffering from human pollution, with many of its living organisms in the brink of extinction. However, it is definitely worth exploring if only to appreciate our impact in the world.
Daintree is the largest continuous area of rainforest in the continent. The rainforest is home to almost 65% of the bat and butterfly species in the continent, offering you with plenty to see. With over 400 species of birds, you can have a field day in bird watching.
Kakadu National Park
One of the best parks to visit in Australia includes the Kakadu National Park. It’s rich with aboriginal history and the natives can help you explore this beautiful area. You’ll find four river systems together with lowlands and hills in the national park, with plenty of wildlife to spot.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and the home to some of the best wildlife in the world. You could experience wallabies, sugar gliders, and saltwater crocodiles on the shores. There are also plenty of dramatic landscapes to explore from the stormy waters to edgy cliffs.
Shark Bay is not just about sharks, although you will get a chance to spot these beasts on the coastline. The place also has stunning and dramatic cliffs, with plenty of wildlife from dolphins to birds.
The Twelve Apostles
On the shores of the Port Campbell National Park, you can see the breathtaking Twelve Apostles. The limestone stacks are separated from each other, creating dramatic scenery in the stormy sea.
Aside from having luscious rainforests, Australia is also home to arid and inhabited lands like the Simpson Desert. The red sands are in fact one of the largest inland drainage area in the world and the desert is home to the world’s longest parallel sand dunes, which are barely holding on by patches of vegetation.
Katherine Gorge is located in the northern part of the country and the gorges offer a great hiking opportunity. The gorge runs along Katherine River, which does have quite a few crocodiles in it!
The unique natural wonder didn’t reveal itself to the wider world until the 1960s. The limestone formations are still a mystery for scientists. However, the stunning dunes are definitely worth experiencing along with rest of the Nambung National Park where the desert is located in.
Australia’s third largest island with a rich wildlife, Kangaroo Island is worth a boat trip. You can find all the favourites from kangaroos to koalas. It’s also home to around 4,000 people who all have amazing stories to tell you about the rich heritage of the island.
A natural wonder with a fun name; what’s not to like? The Bungle Bungles are another Australian wonder under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Site system. The rugged landscape is home to these round orange and black rock towers and the entry way to the remaining unexplored parts of the country.
Exploring Australia’s natural wonders
When it comes to exploring the above wonders, you have the choice of joining tours or doing it all on your own. Holiday tours are perfect for those looking for a hassle-free experience and the ability to learn more about the wonders. If you are a seasoned traveller, then organising your own trip will cut the cost of your travel. Renting a car and staying in a budget hotel will be cheaper than booking a slot on a tour. However, you can cut the costs further by booking your flights, accommodation and even the tours through OZCodes.com.au and its selection of travel retailers.
So, the above should inspire you to travel to Australia and explore its 12 amazing natural wonders. With the country offering so many places to see, you might want to prepare a few different trips – Australia is such a vast country it’s impossible to explore all the regions at once.