Down Under's 7 wonders

With one of the oldest continuous cultures on the planet, and 16 natural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Australia is rich in history and natural beauty.

Written by Kasia Kaczmarek
Young woman watches the sunset at the Twelve Apostles sea rocks on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria's state of Australia.

Whether you’re in Australia for work, study, or an extended visit, taking the time to experience the natural beauty of Australia will expose you to flora and fauna not present anywhere else in the world.

We’ve put together a list of our top 7 spots for your Aussie adventure.

Uluru (NT)

Formerly known as Ayers Rock, this giant sandstone rock formation stands 348m high in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the centre of Australia. Australia’s most iconic natural wonder, this sacred site holds great spiritual significance for Australia’s indigenous people.

Great Barrier Reef (QLD)

Home to the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, this site on the north-east coast of Australia is the only living thing on Earth visible from space. It features 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 types of mollusc as well as the endangered dugong and large green turtle.

Twelve Apostles (VIC)

The limestone stacks rise up from the Southern Ocean off the coast of Victoria. Once parts of caves that eroded and fell away, there are now 8 limestone stacks left that continue to erode at a rate of 2 cm a year.

Bay of Fires (Tas)

Stretching over 50kms on the north-east of Tasmania, this secluded section of coastline has been named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination in the world. Featuring perfect white sand, vivid blue water, and fringed by forest, it’s a castaway paradise.

Daintree rainforest (QLD)

Around 180 million years old, the world’s oldest rainforest is a living museum to the evolution of Earth’s plant life as well as housing the densest population of Australia’s frog, reptile, marsupial, bat, insect and bird species. It’s also home to the traditional Kuku Yalanji people.

Shark Bay (WA)

Located on the westernmost point of Australia 800kms north of Perth, Shark Bay covers an area of around 2.2 million hectares, 70% of which is marine water. With pristine white sands and shallow peninsulas, the bay is home to many local and threatened animal species, including dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

The Pinnacles (WA)

200kms north of Perth, the eerie landscape of the Pinnacles consists of thousands of limestone rock formations growing out of the desert sand. Standing up to 5m tall, these structures are approximately 30,000 years old and are made of old broken-down sea shells that were blown inland.

Written by Kasia Kaczmarek

Kasia Kaczmarek is an actress, writer and dodgeballer living in Melbourne. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kashbot.

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