We’ve all heard of Australia’s most famous natural icons such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef. Take a journey around Australia as we list some of the country’s not quite so well known natural wonders.
World Heritage listed Kakadu covers 20,000 square kilometers of incredible natural beauty and unique biodiversity. It is valued not just for its natural wonders but also its cultural significance to Australian aborigines, the traditional owners of the land.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Ranking alongside the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, the Blue Mountains and Uluru as a world heritage listed destination, Fraser Island is only navigable by 4WD and rewards the intrepid traveler with crystal clear inland lakes, white sandy beaches and ancient rainforests.
New South Wales
This mountain range west of Sydney is internationally recognised for its diverse eucalyptus forests, heathlands, swamps, wetlands and grasslands and rare mammal species like the spotted-tailed quoll and the long-nosed potoroo.
Australia Capital Territory (ACT)
The Australian Alps
Located in the southeast of the country, the Australian Alps are mainland Australia’s highest mountain range and skiing is possible during the cooler months.
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles are pillars of limestone rock that have been eroded into shape by the pounding Southern Ocean. While not all the Apostles have survived the relentless waves over the years, they are still an impressive sight and the journey down the Great Ocean Road to visit them is no less rewarding.
South Australia’s largest mountain range is 120 miles (200km) north of Adelaide and includes national parks and protected areas. These ancient mountains are home to an array of indigenous mammals, reptiles and waterbirds.
The Purnululu National Park (also known as the Bungle Bungles) in the Kimberley region is another World Heritage listed area. The ‘Bungles’ themselves are large striped sandstone formations that have been around for at least 350 million years.
Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the starting point for the famous Overland Track route. At the northern end of the Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle is home to glacial lakes, icy streams and ancient pines.