A mere mention of Australia and people immediately imagine the great outback and its rich collection of natural resources. You can just imagine how diverse the continent’s biological makeup is, knowing that this, right here, could be paradise on earth for so many living creatures.
This is why Australia shouldn’t just be about the Sydney Opera House or going straight to the shops. The moment you make that decision to move down under, the first thing you have to experience is Australia’s natural wonders at their finest.
The Great Barrier Reef
Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing that can be spotted from outer space? Imagine 3,000 kilometers of nothing but a huge reef system, with over 1,500 species of tropical fish and around 400 different types of coral.
Uluru is considered to be a sacred site for the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people, which is why out of respect, tourists are requested not to climb the majestic monolith that rises 348 meters high. It is said that the Uluru was created by these aboriginals’ creation ancestors. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit this landmark as this is when you can witness the Uluru’s surface transition into different hues.
Imagine towering pillars casting their shadows in the middle of the desert. That’s what the Pinnacles Desert promises, with the limestone pillars standing up to 4 meters tall scattered all over. The Pinnacles is found within the Nambung National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from the city of Perth.
The 12 Apostles
Due to erosion, several limestone stacks were formed right by the Victorian coast. With the Great Ocean Road giving visitors a great view of these towering wonders, the erosion continues until today. In fact, there were only nine of them when the site was given the name, and with the bases eroding at a rate of 2 centimeters every year, it’s not surprising that only 7 stacks can now be seen from the viewpoint.
Shark Bay is said to be the first spot where the first Europeans in Australia landed. However, they found the land to be no good, so they moved on. Today, Shark Bay is home to around 10,000 dugongs and a lot of dolphins as well. The bay is shaped like a W, with its coast made up mostly of limestone. It is found around 800 kilometers north of the City of Perth.
The Grampians National Park is best known for its huge kangaroo population, but there is so much more in its midst than just these marsupials. Here, you’ll also find the magnificent MacKenzie Falls, which drops water 30 meters down to the gorge below it. What makes it even more beautiful is the way the mist around it turns into different colors as the sunshine peeks through.
A World Heritage area, the Blue Mountains is made up of mountain ranges that give off an interesting green hue. This is mostly because of the eucalyptus oils that come from the gum trees found here. The area is also home to the botanical equivalent of dinosaurs, the Wollemi Pines.
Of course, these seven places are just a few of the many natural wonders that you’ll discover around Australia. So the moment you move down under, make sure you reserve a few of your weekends to explore your new home’s natural beauty.
Special thanks to lior mosko for the main image.