Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Visit Victoria
Australia’s top natural attractions
Start dreaming of your next Australian holiday with these stunning natural wonders.
In Australia, you’ll find an incredible bounty of jaw-dropping natural wonders. From peculiar rock formations, bubble-gum pink lakes, idyllic waterfalls and crystal-clear ocean vistas, here are some impressive Australian natural wonders to add to your travel bucket list.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and home to the most amazing diverse marine life. Above the water, the reef is neighboured by picturesque tropical islands and some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked beaches.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Where: Eight-hour drive from Perth
Almost too baffling (and beautiful) to believe, Lake Hillier is known for its bright bubble-gum pink hue. Located on Middle Island near Esperance, Lake Hillier is not the only pink lake in Australia, but it’s often considered the most vibrant. Its pink colour is less accentuated when viewed from the surface but it is very prominent from above. In fact, unlike other pink lakes around the world, its water is still distinctively pink even when it is in a glass. Simply magic.
The Great Ocean Road
Where: 1.5-hour drive from Melbourne
Ready for sweeping coastal views, ancient rock formations and an unbeatable feeling of freedom? Then it's time to hit the Great Ocean Road. Some of the most impressive sights along the way are Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, London Bridge and the iconic 12 Apostles.
The crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef are home to the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260km (162mi) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the giant-yet-gentle whale shark.
The Bay of Fires
Where: Three-hour drive from Launceston
Bay of Fires contains incredible granite boulders covered in bright orange lichen that appear even more vibrant against the vivid blue of the ocean and the striking white sands of the beach.
How to experience it: Join the four-day/three-night wukalina Walk, departing from Launceston. Your Aboriginal guide will help you identify bush food and sacred sites as you explore this beautiful area.
Litchfield National Park
The Three Sisters
Freycinet National Park
How to experience it: Simply relax on the miles of white sand at the Friendly Beaches, follow the 90-minute walk to Wineglass Bay lookout, or take a day tour from Hobart, like a wonder-filled chartered cruise.
Where: Two-hour drive from Perth
Located in the Nambung National Park and formed 25,00 to 30,000 years ago, the Pinnacles is a mammoth collection of giant limestone pillars, some standing as high as 5m (16ft) tall. Throughout the centuries, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. They are a truly humbling and majestic natural site, and guarantee a new perspective of our place in a vast history.
The Fairy Pools
Dolerite sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula
Where: Two-hour drive from Hobart
The enormous dolerite sea cliffs found at the bottom of the Tasman Peninsula are perfectly suited to the rugged, almost unworldly coastal surrounds. In Cape Hauy, you’ll find The Candlestick and the Totem Pole, standalone sea stacks that stretch out of the ocean and into the sky.
The Walls of China
Where: 14-hour drive from Sydney
In Mungo National Park, the Walls of China are like a lunar landscape. Nature has carved out dramatic crescent-shaped sand and clay dunes that stretch along in a 33km (21mi) chain.