Top 10 Natural Wonders to See in Australia in 2016

Top 10 Natural Wonders to See in Australia in 2016

Australia is an entirely different world when it comes to nature. The most spectacular and unique natural wonders can be discovered almost anywhere on the continent. We have picked out ten beautiful corners of unspoiled nature, check them out!

10. Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory

Also known as Karlu Karlu, the site is one of the most unique natural wonders in the area. It holds a great cultural and spiritual significance to Aborigines and has one of the oldest religious sites in the world. The huge granitic boulders are the most exciting features of Australian outback. For millions of years shaped by natural forces, the boulders balance precariously on the surface or are split.

Why to go there?

There are various facilities, a tourist center, camping area and friendly rangers, who arrange live events between May and September.

Devils-Photo by Regina

Photo by Regina

Devils-Photo by Jamie Gilmore

Photo by Jamie Gilmore

9. The Rocks of Kiama

The seaside town is a popular tourist destination because of the numerous beach attractions. The rocky coastline fascinates with coves, caves, blowholes and Cathedral Rocks. The beaches are not crowded and suitable for surfing. Kiama is also proud of the Australian Pelicans and even have a statue honoring the birds.

Why to go there?

The Kiama Blowhole is the most popular site: it can spray water up to 25 m into the air. Bombo Headland is a geological wonder, which features hexagonal columns and reminds Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. In the town you can relax and have fun at cafes, restaurants and wineries after an eventful day outdoors.

Kiama-Photo by Dave Whiteman

Photo by Dave Whiteman

Kiama-Photo by Lop Pa

Photo by Lop Pa

8. The Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

The trail features numerous viewpoints, overlooking the dramatic coast and the ocean. Some sections are easier, while others are more challenging, but adventurous. For instance, hiking along Aire River one might need to wade across it since there are no bridges. However, the picturesque beach of Johanna, found at the end of this particular hike, rewards with amazing views.

Why to go there?

Visitors are offered to choose from a variety of itineraries. They can sign for a few hours walk as well as extend the trip for eight days! The campsites allow hikers to have a good night rest and continue their trip the next day. The route indeed promises breathtaking views.

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7. Tasmania

The pace here is much slower and the visitors can enjoy quiet beaches, shipwrecks and rich wildlife. Recognized as an island state, Tasmania is located 240 km from the continent. The place features wonderful nature, that features striking Wineglass Bay, and hip cities like Hobart, where visitors can try great foods, wines and enjoy the nightlife.

Why to go there?

A wonderful blend of unspoiled nature, hip cities and historic heritage.

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Photo by Fabian Ebi

6. Ningaloo

The coast features astounding reef and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Found in the western part of the country, Ningaloo, together with Great Barrier Reef, is one of the best places in the world to go diving. It features 250 species of corals and over 500 species of fish!

Why to go there?

Divers of any level will find an intriguing underwater adventure. Also boat tours, fishing trips and camping extend a versatile list of outdoor activities here.

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5. Maria Island

The entire island is designated as a national park! The mountainous landscape dominates the location and features rich wildlife as well as historic ruins. The site features the award winning Maria Island Walk – a route, which features versatile sections and breathtaking views. The path stretches through a rugged terrain, bush tracks as well as soft sandy beaches.

Why to go there?

Popular sites among many are the Painted Cliffs, that feature colorful patterns, and the Fossil Cliffs, containing fossils. Most of the roads are also good for bicycling, while there hardly are any motor vehicles on the island!

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4. MacKenzie Falls

Found in Grampians National Park, which is proud of its numerous cascading waterfalls, MacKenzie Falls is one of the most favorite and popular attractions. Its powerful stream plunges 35 m (115 ft) down the ancient rock formations all year round, unlike most of the other falls in the park. The waterfall is one of the most photographed landmarks in the area. But besides being a real treat to your eyes and lens, MacKenzie Falls offers the most exhilarating swim.

Why to go there?

The natural wonder leaves an unforgettable impression partially because it is surrounded with a rather arid and brown environment. But Lake Wartook and MacKenzie River ensure its constant flow.

MacKenzie-Photo by Jason Freeman

Photo by Jason Freeman

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3. Hanging Rock

Also known as Mount Diogenes, the extraordinary rock formation protrudes 718 meters above sea level. Hanging Rock is formed from volcanic activity and is about 6.25 million years old. It was an important male initiation site of the Wurundjeri people.

Why to go there?

Today the site still offers a great day out and provides wonderful views. It takes only 40 minutes to hike to the summit. From the top a scenic panorama of Macedon Ranges opens. The Rock also features a picnic and a barbeque area as well as a cafe and a race course, since it has a long tradition of horse races.

Hanging-Rock-Photo by Raf Horemans

Photo by Raf Horemans

Hanging-Rock-Photo by Gary Hayes

Photo by Gary Hayes

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Photo by Mal Gray

2. Karijini National Park

The second largest park in Australia is engraved with enormous five gorges, that create pools, water holes and waterfalls. The park is also home for various endangered animals like red kangaroos, euros, wallaroos, echidnas, geckos, goannas, bats, snakes and birds.

Why to go there?

The unspoiled nature is unique and truly staggering.

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Photo by Matt Hutton

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1. The Purnululu National Park

A designated World Heritage Site is another proof that Australia is a true wonderland. Its spectacular landscape features unique sandstone pillars, unbelievable rock formations, canyons, gorges, creeks, savannahs and rugged orange surface – a result of bacteria found on this sandstone. Numerous routes provide unforgettable views, while visitors can spend a night at the camping sites and continue their adventure in the morning.

Why to go there?

One of the most impressive national parks in the country. Visitors can choose from various ways of exploring the site: hiking, driving around in a four-wheel vehicle or flying. Tourists are allowed to camp in the park, but remember that there are no shops or facilities, so be well equipped.

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