With a diverse range of landscapes stretching across the country, Australia is a great land to explore if you enjoy breathtaking sights of natural beauty. While there are many different areas that are known for their spectacular wildlife and scenery, three in particular stand out:
- Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock)
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic sights in Australia, the soaring rock formation of Uluru is known for its mesmerizing shifting hues of color. Although it can get rather crowded during peak seasons, it is a sight that is not to be missed – and are at their best at sunrise or sunset. If you are planning a trip to Uluru, be sure to allow yourself enough time to wander along the paths at the base and observe some of the local fauna and flora in the region too.
- Great Barrier Reef
Arguably just as iconic, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem and has an exotic and almost alien quality to it. To visit it you can choose between staying on one of the islands in the vicinity or in one of the towns along the coast, as both will have regular trips out to the reef that you can take to scuba dive or snorkel. Alternatively if you’d rather not get wet you could take a tour in a glass-bottomed boat, though it isn’t quite the same as observing the reef from up close.
- Kakadu National Park
Although Australia has several national parks, Kakadu is definitely one of the best and will provide you with a look at a diverse rainforest thriving with Australian wildlife. From Aboriginal rock art to spectacular waterfalls, crocodiles, buffaloes and more – it is definitely going to be worth the visit. Just be aware that during the wet season the rainfall can be quite heavy, and may affect your plans to visit the park.
Make no mistake there are a lot of other places that will pique your interest as well across Australia’s vast land. Still, these three stand out for good reason – and should be top of your list if you’re planning a trip. Before you do finalize any plans however, be sure to check whether you require an ETA Australia visa or eVisitor pass to visit. That way you can be prepared, and proceed to plan and enjoy your trip thoroughly.