Australia is the flattest of all continents on Earth. It is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans and have coastal cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Its capital, Canberra, is an inland known for its nickname “Bush Capital.”
The country is home to kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses. It is also known for the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, and the vast Outback. Aside from these popular tourist attractions in this continent, what else does it offer?
Let’s check them out.
1. Eyre Peninsula
The Eyre Peninsula in South Australia reminds you of Ireland’s ruggedly wild west coast. It has more than 2,000km of coastline with dramatic sea cliffs. Quite distant from the shore are seals and sea lions and the great white sharks, Australia’s biggest.
2. Mount Feathertop
Mount Feathertop in Victoria’s Alpine National Park is the second-highest mountain in Victoria. Standing at 1,922 meters (6,306 feet), it is covered in snow from June to September. The mountain is popular among back-country skiers and snowboarders.
3. Hinchinbrook Island
Hinchinbrooke Island in Far North Queensland is home to native wildlife wilderness and is Australia’s largest island national park.
4. Jacob’s Ladder
The switchbacks along Jacob’s Ladder in Tasmania are a must-ride for cyclists. On the summit is Ben Lomond National Park in northern Tasmania, a perfect spot for taking grandiose pictures.
5. Barron Falls
Located in Far North Queensland, the Barron Falls are the highlights of the Barron Gorge National Park. As it remains dry for nine months of the year, it only comes to life during the Big Wet from December to January.
6. The Totem Pole and Candle Stick
The Totem Pole and Candle Stick in Tasmania within the Tasman National Park is a breathtaking 300m-high cliff of Cape Hauy. They are best viewed by boat, and the brave even dare climb the rocks to the top!
7. Carnarvon Gorge
Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland is the biggest in Oz. At 30km long and up to 600m deep, the gorge is the highlight at Carnarvon National Park, which contains forty diverse ecosystems hosting 23 species of rare fauna and more than 200 bird species.
8. Kings Canyon
Go sightseeing on the rim of the epic Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory. As the highlight of the Watarrka National Park, the canyon’s six-kilometer walk is one of Australia’s most exciting strolls.
9. Cradle Mountain
The landscapes of this heavenly mountain in Tasmania expose more dolerite than anywhere else on earth, shaping its jagged and mountainous landscapes. Cradle Mountain is found in Lake St. Clair National Park.
Beautiful Bungle Bungles is located in Western Australia. As the highlight of Purnululu National Park, the 350-million-year-old range has been an important spiritual place for indigenous Australians for 40,000 years until its discovery in 1983.
Mount Giles in the Northern Territory is one of the highest peaks in Australia’s Red Center. It is 1,389m tall and is one of the country’s great wilderness treks.
12. Stirling Ranges
Western Australia’s Stirling Range National Park is one of the few places people go to to experience winter snowfalls. Situated 1,099 meters above sea level, the range is known to be “the place of ever-moving fog and mist.”
13. Wilpena Pound
The stunning ridge of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, is a product of millions of years of erosion and rises out of the bush in outback South Australia. German-born Australian artist Hans Heysen described the place as “the bones of the earth laid bare.”
14. Bunda Cliffs
Often described as “The End of the World,” the Bunda Cliffs run more than 100km along the Great Australian Bight. It is also the longest uninterrupted line of sea cliffs on Earth, which falls into the Southern Ocean from the Nullarbor Plain.
15. Sea Cliff Bridge
The Sea Cliff Bridge skirts the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Wollongong. It was built in northern Illawarra after the old road was closed due to fallen rocks.
16. Jim Jim Falls
Jim Jim Falls in the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory plunge at 200m (660ft) in a single drop during the wet seasons. It is best viewed from the air during the summer as it is nearly unreachable in any other way.
17. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater got its name from the eucalyptus mist that shrouds the place in summer. It is part of the Great Dividing Range, stretches 95 kms away, and features gorges up to 760 feet deep.
18. Lord Howe Island
Located 600km off the New South Wales coast is the Lord Howe Island, a volcanic remnant that has become a paradise for nature lovers, scuba divers, snorkelers, and bird watchers. It has a natural forest with amazing trails to explore. Over it towers the 875m Mount Gower.
19. Arthur Ranges
The Arthur Ranges in the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area is among the most stunning wilderness listed as a world heritage. The Arthur Ranges is as wild and beautiful as it gets.