Australia isn't just a country, it makes up the majority of an entire continent! It's so huge that no matter how much time you spend, you'll wind up leaving feeling as if you haven't experienced anything. While Australia is home to many bustling, beautiful cities, the natural wonders found here are simply awe-inspiring, and there's nothing quite like nature's own beauty.
The weird and the wonderful
Even if you're visiting Australia with the intention of exploring the country's dynamic cities and vibrant beaches, the natural beauty will for certain be the most memorable and significant part of your visit. Australia's natural landscapes are not only diverse but extremely interesting thanks to the vast number of endemic plants and animals living here. Expect to come across kangaroos, koalas and dingos on land and crocodiles, dolphins and penguins on water. Aside from wildlife, the flora, fauna and topography of Australia is unique in the world, encompassing vast deserts, lush rainforests, and soaring mountains all within its borders. Check out some of Australia's best natural landmarks and get to know this unique land mass a little bit better.
Blue Mountains National Park
Situated around 77 kilometers from lively Sydney is a place of true serenity. Blue Mountains National Park is known for its dramatic scenery created by steep cliffs, waterfalls and eucalyptus forests. The star of this national park is the Three Sisters, which according to Aboriginal legend represent three sisters who were turned into stone. This unique and unusual rock formation offers incredible views into the valley and sensational photo opportunities. Other notable sights include the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, and Wentworth Falls, which is a three-tiered waterfall that's accessible via the park's many hiking trails.
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Australia? For many it's kangaroos, and this island is where you can find plenty. And kangaroos are not the only thing waiting to be spotted here as koalas, sea lions and a variety of bird species also call the island home. Sights here include the intricate rock formations of Flinders Chase National Park, and Seal Bay Conservation Park where you can learn more about the island's wildlife.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is easily one of Australia's most famous attractions and this is hardly suprising given that it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It's the largest living structure in the world, stretching an extensive 2,300 kilometers across the Queensland shore, and it's a diver's paradise. Regardless of your diving ability, it's open to every level of experience from the casual snorkeler to the seasoned scuba diver. The reef is home to over 600 types of hard and soft coral, not to mention the countless species of wildlife including 1,500 types of fish and 17 species of sea snakes.
The Daintree Forest is 180 million years old and covers 1,200 square meters. This site is worth the visit all on its own, but especially given that it was the inspiration for the movie 'Avatar'. Here you'll find everything from an extensive network of rivers to laid back villages. In fact, locals even offer tours here and they're always open to new visitors. Trekking through the forest, you'll stumble upon plants and animals that you've never even heard of. For a bird's eye view of the whole forest you can take a zip line across it.