When it comes to spectacular natural attractions, Australia certainly has its fair share.
The Land Down Under boasts an abundance of breathtaking wonders just waiting to be explored. From its picture-perfect coastline to its world-class national parks, this is a land like no other.
If you plan to migrate to Australia, then no doubt you’ll be keen to visit some of its many attractions as soon as you arrive.
Choosing just five natural attractions from the thousands on offer is difficult, but here are some of our favourites…
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
No list of Australian natural attractions would be complete without a nod to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the only living thing on the planet that can be seen from space and is thought to have originated over 25 million years ago.
It’s little wonder that the Reef attracts visitors from far and wide, with over 1,500 species of fish and 6,600 varieties of flora and fauna to view.
The Great Barrier Reef runs for 3,000 km along the coast of Queensland and you’ll find no shortage of tour operators willing to show it to you. Choose from snorkelling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat trips and live-aboard cruises.
2. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
At 25 million years in the making, the Great Barrier Reef is just a baby compared to Karijini National Park.
One of Western Australia’s most breathtaking national attractions, Karijini is thought to be a whopping two billion years old.
With easy flight access from Perth – Karijini National Park is located north of the Tropic of Capricorn and regularly sees temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius during the hot summer months. The best time to visit the park is late autumn/early winter, when it’s cool enough to explore the jaw-dropping gorges and hiking trails.
You’ll find plenty of rock pools to explore, as well as ancient rock formations, look-out points and waterfalls.
Find out more about Karijini National Park here.
3. Uluru, Northern Territory
Seemingly rising out of nowhere, the majestic and sacred Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic attractions.
Also known as Ayers Rock, it sits around 335 km south-west of Alice Springs and is renowned for the beautiful colours it turns during sunrise and sunset.
Uluru is sacred to the Anangu indigenous people and it is thought that humans have inhabited the area for over 10,000 years.
Plan your visit to Uluru and find out more here.
4. Blue Mountains, New South Wales
A two-hour drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are located within a World Heritage zone and are home to some of the most spectacular scenery that the State has to offer.
No trip to the Blue Mountains is complete without viewing the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation, which stands over 900 metres tall and is floodlit each evening. You can also enjoy the Katoomba Heritage Walk, Six Foot Track and some of the many bushwalks on offer there.
You’ll find no shortage of art galleries, tea rooms, quaint shops and even day spas to enjoy if the weather turns inclement.
Find out more here.
5. The Whitsundays, Queensland
Think sun-soaked tropical islands, white sand, secluded beaches and crystal clear waters….
The Whitsundays consist of 74 paradise islands and, quite simply, there’s no other place like it.
You can explore this pocket of paradise by staying on one of the major resort islands, such as Daydream Island Resort and Hayman Island, or booking a live-aboard boat trip.
You’ll also find plenty of day trips available, with many leaving from Airlie Beach – the ‘gateway’ to the Whitsunday Islands.
One must-see attraction in the Whitsundays is the majestic Whatehaven Beach. Recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, it’s the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset. The bright white sand, swirling through warm, turquoise waters is truly a breathtaking sight.
Visit the official Whitsundsays website here.