|Australia Islands Coast|
Visiting any destination requires a trip to its natural hotspots, and it is essential when coming to Australia. From the surrounding oceans to the desert interior, this detached continent has a unique take on natural wealth you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. With exclusive ecosystems to match, these destinations highlight the immense beauty this land has to offer.
1. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Rising from the red sands of the Outback, stand the mighty Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Dominating the landscape, these geological wonders have double World Heritage status. Their natural beauty is best seen during the day, when they change color from bright orange to bloody red. The iconic Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) is embedded in the collective consciousness of the nation, and is a spiritual place for the Anangu people. Start your tour at the foot of Uluru, and watch the ancient rock drawings bring the Dreamtime stories into life. Kata Tjuta is located on the other side, so make sure to explore the park by car. The 36 domes tower above the barren land, creating a maze of impressive gorges, and serene valleys. Although the park is remote, the near-by town of Yulara was created to accommodate visitors, and will provide you with everything you need.
|Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia|
2. Noosa Biosphere Reserve, Queensland
Situated in one of the lushest parts of Australia is the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. To uncover the full beauty of this natural wonder, start your trip with a hike through the rainforest. With a unique eco-system, the dense eucalyptus groves are ideal for koala spotting. Continue along the path to Dolphin Point and take a trip across the waves to explore the intact underwater beauty of the Noosa reef system. At the other end of the reserve is Lake Weybe, where you can hear about the history and culture of the Gubbi Gubbi tribe. Weybe is part of a wide network of lakes and rivers that crisscross this entire area, and nearby Kin Kin has amazing wellness retreats allowing you to make a relaxing daytrip of it, visiting these great waterways. Just across from the reserve is Noosa Main Beach, where you can enjoy the sun, surf, and sand.
|Sunrise, Noosa Heads by Nosha|
3. The Kimberley, Western Australia
From the desert to the Indian Ocean, the Kimberley provides natural diversity unlike anywhere else in Australia. Owing everything to its jagged terrain, the vast plateau is one of the last unspoiled regions on the continent. Start your journey from the forest fringed beaches, and rent the required four-wheel drive vehicle. Going deeper into the rugged Outback, stop off at Zebedee hot springs to recharge, before making the essential trip to Bungle Bungle Range, and Purnululu National Park. Make the trip during the wet season, to watch the rivers and waterfalls surge through the canyons, and valleys, with the vegetation blooming back into life.
|Hiking through the Bungle Bungles by David Busch|
4. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Claire National Park, Tasmania
Created amid the intense forces of the last Ice Age, this piece of Tasmanian wilderness is completely different to anything on the Continent. Experience the entire park by taking the six-day long Overland Track. It needs to be booked in advance, but the challenging 65 kilometer trek is the best way to scope the scenery, and its wildlife. Beginning near Dove Lake, the journey will take you up Cradle Mountain for a spectacular view of the landscape. Descending from the summit, you will be greeted by wombats and wallabies feasting in the lush highland meadows. Passing through lush eucalyptus forests and staggering waterfalls, you reach Lake St. Claire. While cruising the lake, watch beautiful surroundings mirroring on the surface, and contemplate your amazing adventure.
|Tasmania Hiking Track|
The unique diversity of this continent is what makes these natural wonders a magnificent sight to behold. And when you finally get a chance to visit Australia, catching a glimpse of its natural beauty should be at the top of your list.
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