Great Natural Wonders to Explore in Australia

If you are planning a trip to Australia, you should skip or minimize the time spent in the cities. Surely, they are all wonderful and interesting, and they should be visited. However, Australia has to offer more than just urban cities. Once you get there, you should definitely check out some of its stunning nature. Perhaps, this country is more famous for it, more than anything else. Therefore, here are some suggestions of some natural wonders that you should absolutely visit:

The Pinnacles

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Just a three-hour drive from Perth, this unique landscape awaits you in all its glory. The fascinating formations have been formed thousands of years ago. It is not known exactly how, but it is believed that the limestone they are made of was once seashells. The Pinnacles stand a few meters in the air, out of the sand. They are located in the Nambung National Park, in Western Australia. These formations will blow you away with their mystery. As you walk in the warm yellow sand of the desert, you will feel amazed and taken aback by what is in front of you.

Uluru

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Also known as Ayers Rock, this is one of the most famous landmarks in Australia. It is 348 meters high, and with a circumference of 9.4 meters. The site is a sacred place for Anangu people, the traditional people of this area. Even though the site is very popular with tourists, the Anangu people request that visitors do not climb the rock, as it is against their religious beliefs. Uluru is best known for the changing colours it displays at sunset and sunrise throughout the year.

Australian Wildlife


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Other than being known for great people and wild nature, Australia is also known for the animals that inhabit the country. More than 80% of all animals, are unique to this part of the world. The most famous animals are kangaroos, koalas, dingos, wombats and, of course, the platypus. What is more, the country is famous for a great number of sharks found in the waters around the continent.

All these animals, and many more, can be found in the wilderness. However, they can also be found in many zoos around Australia, and you should definitely pay a visit to one of them, to witness all the different species. Or if you prefer something more special, you can always organize a private event with a local wildlife group. This way, you and your family would get a private session with an expert, who would teach you about the animals. Even more, you will get to see the animals up-close. It would be an amazing experience, for sure!

Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, stretching for over 2.000 kilometres. It is the biggest structure made by living organisms. Moreover, it can be seen from space. The Reef has a huge diverse community of animals – some of them are unfortunately endangered. There have been records of several species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, documented all in this one place. There are also fish, sea snakes, and turtles – to name a few. This is definitely a place that you must see in your lifetime. First of all, because it is simply beautiful, and secondly, because it is threatened by the climate change; therefore, you should visit as soon as you can.

Twelve Apostles

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The final suggestion is the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks. They are located off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, in Victoria, Australia. Once upon a time, the Apostles were connected to the cliffs, but through erosion and other weather conditions, the ground separated, leaving the stacks of rock alone in the ocean. There were 12 of them, but because some collapsed through the years, there are only 8 of them now. This site is a famous tourist attraction, drawing in millions of tourists per year. The best time of day to see them is at sunrise or sunset, when the rocks change colour and create wonderful shadows.

Hopefully, this list will make you want to visit Australia and have a little bit of an adventure – alone, or with your family. Whatever you choose from these wonders, you will not be disappointed. Australia is an impressive country, waiting to be explored.

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