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, surrounded by picturesque tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked beaches.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Where: Eight-hour drive from Perth
We love how nature can mess with us and create spectacular oddities like a pink lake! Located on Middle Island near Esperance, Lake Hillier is known for its baffling bubble-gum pink hue. Although it’s not the only pink lake in Australia, it’s often considered the most vibrant. Its pink color is less accentuated when viewed from the surface but it is very prominent from above. However, 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
The Great Ocean Road is packed with sweeping coastal views and ancient rock formations. Some of the most impressive sights along the way are Loch Ard Gorge, the iconic 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and London Bridge.
The crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef are home to the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260-kilometre (162-mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive 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
Where: Five-hour drive from Adelaide
Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges is a huge, sunken natural amphitheatre – a vast crater carved out of the desert, surrounded by jagged mountains. Wilpena Pound covers eight times the area of Uluru.
The Three Sisters
Where: Two-hour drive from Sydney
Located in Katoomba in The Blue Mountains, the Three Sisters is a strikingly unusual rock formation that, according to Aboriginal legend, represent three sisters who were turned to stone. The tallest of the sisters stands at over 920 metres (3,000 feet) above sea level.
Freycinet National Park
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 five metres (16.4 feet) 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, forcing perspective and 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 33-kilometre (21-mile) chain.