Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road, VIC © Visit Victoria

Australia’s top natural attractions

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, WA © Tourism Australia

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Aerial view of Lake Hillier, Middle Island near Esperance, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Aerial view of Lake Hillier, Middle Island near Esperance, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Whale Shark, Ningaloo Reef, WA © Luxury Lodges of Australia

Whale Shark, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia © Luxury Lodges of Australia

When to visit

March to August is the best time to swim with the whale sharks at Ningaloo. 

Wangi Falls at Sunset, Litchield National Park, NT © Tourism NT,  Jackson Groves

Wangi Falls at Sunset, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT,  Jackson Groves

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Kings Canyon, NT © Tourism Australia

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Kings Canyon, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT © Olivia Mair

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory © Olivia Mair

Fun fact

At its tallest point, Uluru stands 348 metres (1,142 feet) above sea level. That is 24 metres (78 feet) higher than the Eiffel Tower.   

Umpherston Sinkhole, Limestone Coast, SA © Adam Bruzzone

Umpherston Sinkhole, Limestone Coast, South Australia © Adam Bruzzone

Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park, SA © Adam Bruzzone

Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia © Adam Bruzzone

Heart Reef, Whitsundays, QLD © Salty Wings

Heart Reef, Whitsundays, Queensland © Salty Wings

When to visit

The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is from June to October, during the dry season. With less rain, the waters can be crystal clear. 

Lookout, Girraween National Park, QLD © Tourism Australia

Lookout, Girraween National Park, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Noosa National Park, Sunshine Coast, QLD © Paul Smith Images

Noosa National Park, Sunshine Coast, Queensland © Paul Smith Images

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, NSW © Daniel Tran

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, New South Wales © Daniel Tran

Did you know

According to commonly told Aboriginal legend, the Three Sisters were once beautiful sisters named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo who were turned into stone by a powerful tribal elder.

Dark Sky Park, Warrumbungle National Park, NSW © Destination NSW

Dark Sky Park, Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Walls of China, Mungo National Park, NSW © BIG4

Walls of China, Mungo National Park, New South Wales © BIG4

Booroomba Rocks, Namadji National Park, ACT © VisitCanberra

Booroomba Rocks, Namadji National Park, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Travel tip

Time your walk for sunset and witness spectacular views with incredible photo opportunities.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, VIC © Roberto Seba

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria © Roberto Seba

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, VIC © Tourism Australia

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria © Tourism Australia

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, TAS © Matt Donovan

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania © Matt Donovan

Travel tip

Freycinet is famous for its oysters. Take a tour of the Freycinet Marine Farm to sample the best. 

The Candlestick, Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula, TAS © Jason Charles Hill

The Candlestick, Cape Hauy, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania © Jason Charles Hill

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Eddystone Point Lighthouse, Mount William National Park, TAS © Tasmanian Walking Company, Great Walks of Australia

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Mount William National Park, Tasmania © Tasmanian Walking Company, Great Walks of Australia