Get up close to Australia’s beautiful nature. We have birds, plants and animals found nowhere else, 15 World Heritage-listed wonders and more than 500 national parks.
Experience the transformative power of the Australian outback in the Red Centre and Western Australia’s Kimberley. Snorkel with brilliant fish and coral on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. See koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, pelicans and penguins on Kangaroo Island, a haven for Australia wildlife. Discover the wetlands and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park, home to one third of all Australian birds. Or step back in time in the Daintree Rainforest, where some of the Australian plants date back to Gondwanaland. Between May and September, you can spot whales along Western Australia’s vivid wildflower trail.
Nature-lovers can enjoy lots of great journeys – from drives to nature walks through the Australian bush. Hike Tasmania’s famous Overland Track, trek the lush Gold Coast hinterland or explore the Blue Mountains on the Six Foot Track.
Australia is renowned for its great outdoors, nature and wildlife experiences. From the grandeur of the remote Kimberley; to the Tasmanian wilderness; to bird-watching in Kakadu National Park; there are plenty of ways to see Australia’s unique wildlife and diverse landscapes. Here’s our list of Australia’s Top 10 nature experiences.
You probably know about the red monolith in Australia’s Red Centre.
You may know it’s sacred to the Aboriginal people here, and that it turns some spectacular colours at sunrise and sunset. You might not know that you can experience it through Aboriginal eyes, or that there are many other sacred and breathtaking sites here in Australia’s vast centre. Uluru’s cousin Kata Tjuta is just 40 kilometres away and you’ll find the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon not far from Alice Springs. You might not realise that this landscape has green vegetation and lush waterholes as well as dusty red roads and huge slabs of rock. And what you won’t really understand until you get here is the magic, majesty, silence and splendid isolation of Australia’s Red Centre.
Ride a camel at sunset down Broome’s Cable Beach and soar over the towers of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. Cruise huge Lake Argyle and see tides taller than a building in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Four wheel drive the Gibb River Road past gorges and mighty rivers, or follow the red-dirt track from Broome to the remote Dampier Peninsula. Welcome to the Kimberley - a world of vast horizons, ancient gorges, weird rock formations, welcoming rock pools and golden beaches.
You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space.
It stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. Hop between the pristine, palm-fringed islands on top, then explore the rainbow-coloured coral islands and marine life below.
See native wildlife in the wild in the ecological haven of Kangaroo Island.
See pink pelicans wheeling through the sky, sea lions lying on the sand of Seal Bay and sleepy koalas in the trees. Sit in the sand grandstands and watch packs and pairs of little penguins make their nightly pilgrimage to the shore in Penneshaw. Load up on fresh produce - from Ligurian honey to free range chickens and eggs - and wine produced by 30 growers from Cape Willoughby to Kingscote. Stay in heritage accommodation and see some of South Australia’s first lighthouses at Cape Willoughby, Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic. Swim on secret beaches at Stokes Bay, surf at Vivonne Bay and fish from Emu Bay. Take a scenic drive to the underground caves of Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park.
Come and explore World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, around three hours east of Darwin.
Here in Australia’s biggest national park, you’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 50,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people. Witness millions of migratory birds amongst the wetlands. See delicate waterlilies and prehistoric crocodiles, thundering waterfalls and sparkling waterholes. Experience Kakadu’s magic in six dramatically different seasons. Kakadu is a tapestry of treasures waiting to be explored.
Discover Australia’s magical, World Heritage-listed rainforests. They stretch across the country and cover every climatic type. Explore the dense tropical swathe of Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest or trek through Tasmania’s cool temperate wilderness.
You’ll be close to nature wherever you travel in Australia, which is home to 550 national parks and 15 World Heritage- listed wonders. Discover the wetlands and wildlife of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and of Litchfield National Park driving the Nature's Way from Darwin.
Stretch your legs and expand your soul on Australia’s epic walking trails. Do day walks, short scenic sections or stride end-to-end on journeys that take weeks and even months to complete. Traverse Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness on the Overland Track or follow the Larapinta Trail across the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges.
Australia has a total of 19 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, which include some of the oldest rainforests on earth and around one-third of the world’s protected marine areas.