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Top 7 Tourist Destinations in Australia for Nature Lovers

Taking a vacation or holiday in Australia is something everyone should experience at some point in their lives!

Not only is it home to some of the most exotic wildlife and exciting cities, it is the ideal destination for nature lovers everywhere. Here you’ll be exposed to picturesque ocean views and some of the world’s most impressive national parks. So pack your bags, book your flight, choose from one of the many Australian villas or hotels, and visit one (or all) of these natural wonders of Australia.

7. Great Ocean Road

Even though most of the sightseeing along Great Ocean Road is done within the comforts of your car, it is home to some of the most stunning views in all of Australia. Many people consider this 243 kilometre drive to be the most scenic road in the entire world. It stretches from Torquay to Allansford, with crystal clear waters just meters away for the majority of it. So roll your windows down and take in the salty air while you’re on the road.

Sure, much of this tourist attraction passes quickly by your car window, but there are several must-see stops along the way. Even if you’re in a hurry to get to your next destination, be sure to hop out of the car at Port Campbell National Park and Otway National Park. Both of these protected areas feature picturesque waterfalls and tons of hiking trails, so don’t forget to pack a comfy pair of shoes.

This is a great itinerary for a Great Ocean Road Trip!

6. Fraser Island

Dedicated as a World Heritage Site back in 1992, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. It is one of the many beautiful islands located off the southeastern coast of Queensland and is only inhabited by about 200 residents. Fraser is a popular tourist hotspot for several reasons. Not only is it surrounded by beautiful water, it is home to lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, freshwater lakes, and marine life including whales, sharks, and playful dolphins.

5. Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most well-known natural wonders in not only Australia, but the world. It is found off the northeastern coast of Queensland, and is home to almost 3,000 individual reefs. The entire reef stretches nearly 2,300 kilometers along the Australian coast – it is so large that it can be easily seen from outer space, and is considered to be the world’s largest living structure.

If you’re travelling to Australia for SCUBA diving or snorkeling, this is the first place you should visit. Even though much of the reef has degraded and experienced coral bleaching over the past few decades, it is still considered to be home to the most stunning corals and lively marine life out there. So whether you’re hoping to become a certified PADI diver or you consider yourself advanced in SCUBA, the Great Barrier Reef should be on the top of your travel bucket list.

4. Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is another Australian World Heritage Site, and for a good reason. It is the largest national park on the continent and is one of the best spots for wildlife viewing. Here you’ll find over 300 species of birds, rivers and waterfalls, mangrove forests, and wildlife like dingoes, wallabies, and crocodiles. You might even come across some ancient aboriginal art adorning some of the rock walls.

If you aren’t comfortable exploring Kakadu on your own, you have plenty of options for guided tours. Sign up for fishing and boating excursions, crocodile viewing tours, and guided walks and hikes through nature. If you’re looking to truly experience the rustic lifestyle of the area, there are campgrounds all throughout the park. They each include clean restrooms (with showers) and picnic areas with fire pits for barbecuing. One of the commercial campgrounds actually has a swimming pool, restaurants, and shops. You also have the option to stay in one of the many Kakadu hotels or cabins.

3. Blue Mountains National Park

For those travelling to Sydney, don’t miss out on a day trip to Blue Mountains National Park. Visiting this World Heritage Site is one of the best ways to take in the natural beauty of the country, and it gives its visitors a taste of Aboriginal culture. During your time here you’ll get the chance to hike, camp, canoe, bike, and mountain climb.

This national park is named “Blue Mountains” for a reason; the sunlight bouncing off of the many eucalyptus trees actually gives off a bluish hue, making sunny days the ideal time to visit. One of the most popular sights here is Three Sisters, a 900-meter rock formation in Jamison Valley. Another common tourist activity in Blue Mountains is taking a ride on the Katoomba Railway. This is the steepest passenger railway track in the world, travelling along the scenic Katoomba cliff sides.

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2. Uluru

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Uluru is often referred to as “Australia’s most natural icon” and is a major tourist hotspot for nature loving travelers. It is located in Kata Tjuta National Park and is located in the Northern Australian Territory. The main draw of Uluru is the fact that it is the world’s largest monolith, and its striking red color is stunning against the bright blue skies.

Other than the enormous monolith in the national park, there is plenty to see here. You might be interested in signing up for an Aboriginal tour to learn about the culture of the past, or just explore the area on your own. During your nature walks, keep an eye out for the black-footed wallaby, the perentie lizard, and the nearly extinct mulgara.

1. Yarra Valley

One of the most popular adventure activities for nature lovers is taking a hot air balloon ride over the impressive Yarra Valley. This natural wonder is located in Victoria, Australia, and surrounds the Yarra River. The region is known for its wineries, so if you choose to take a hot air balloon ride over the area you’ll see breathtaking views of the area’s most well-known vineyards. Afterwards enjoy a glass of wine at Zonzo Estate Winery or Rochford Wines.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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