The sights of Australia are among the most unique in the world. The continent sized country has a diversity of landscape, wildlife and peoples and a fascinating ancient and colonial history. Come with me on a tour of just a wee selection of the sights of Australia.
Kangaroos are of course, one of the iconic sights of Australia. Thanks to its isolation from other continents, the evolution of flora and fauna in Australia produced many unique plants and creatures not found anywhere else.
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The Great Barrier Reef isn't the only reef in Oz. The Ningaloo Reef is off the northwestern coast and is very accessible right from gorgeous white sand beaches.
Opened in 1888 and closed in 1915, the abandoned tunnel is now a great photo opportunity and at night becomes a glow-worm cave.
Just one of a number of pink lakes in Australia.
There are two islands called "Penguin Island" in Australia; one near Perth and the other in Tasmania. Both are home to the Little Penguin.
One of the stunning beaches in William Beach National Park, Western Australia.
The four tier falls are tucked away in the Mitchell River National Park, in the remote Western Australian region of Kimberley.
One of the great seaside playground cities of Oz.
The 12 Apostles - unfortunately only 8 nowadays - are limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The amazing natural attractions of Australia come in all shapes and sizes.
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Rottnest is one of the most gorgeous islands off the west coast and those little cuties in the foreground are quokkas, a unique indigenous species.
An incredible wave- shaped granite rock.
With such a massive coastline, there are just so many fantastic beaches in Australia.
Not just one of the great sights of Australia, but one of the most amazing sights of the World.
Only seriously fit and intrepid abseilers and canyoneers attempt to scale the Claustral Canyon.
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You can pretty much guarantee a fabulous sunset anywhere in Oz.
This cute fella is another of Australia's unique animals.
Wow - could you resist a dip in this pool?
These caves are the oldest (discovered) caves in the World and are one of the top attractions of Australia. .
The stunning islands lie off the coast of Queensland and are a fabulous holiday destination (particularly loved by sailors.)
The Blue Mountains really do have more than their fair share of stunning natural attractions.
Brutus the Saltwater Crocodile is a real celebrity. He measures 5.5 meters long and lives in the Adelaide River. He is known for his missing front leg and gained further notoriety in May 2014 when a tourist took a photo of him with a bull shark in his mouth.
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The Milky Way above, bioluminescent plankton below.
Uluru is not just a massive barren rock at the heart of Australia's Red Center.
Lots of tiny secluded coves puncture the coastline along the
Great Ocean Road.
A regular on the lists of the best beaches in the world.
The rock formation is known as the Three Sisters.
The tallest of the Nullaboor Coastal Cliffs are 120 meters high (~400 feet.)
Drunken highway? The road makers must have had one too many tinnies.
One of the most iconic sights of Australia. Before you visit it's essential to read up and understand the spirituality and mysticism of Uluru.
The Australian city of culture.
Brilliant sea caves to explore.
This variety of eucalyptus is one of the tallest trees in the world.
One of the landmarks of Australia that stands in Sydney Harbor.
Bouddi is home to one of the last areas of temperate rainforest on the Central Coast.
Daintree is believed to be the oldest rainforest in the world.
Where red sand meets golden sand.
It wasn't actually the orange hued rocks (created by lichen) that gave rise to the bay's name. It was named by Captain
Tobias Furneaux for the Aboriginal fires he saw on the beach.
As stunning and diverse as the Amazonian Rainforest.
The 3,000 km trip between Darwin and Adelaide is one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.
Just like the African Baobab, it looks like the tree has been planted upside down.
Limestone rocks shaped by wind erosion.
I love this because it seems more like an English scene than Australian.
Australia has some of the deadliest insects in the world. Termites damage buildings more than humans but these guys live far out in the bush in their massive colonies
The world's tallest sea stack (1,844 feet high). It was formed 7 million years ago and is the remnant of a volcano.
The beach that dreams are made of.
Australia has winter too!
Coober Pedy is an amazing place. People live and work underground and it is the place where 30% of the world's opal supply comes from.
The tourist camel train is a regular sight on the beach.
One of the most famous bridges in the world. Affectionately known as the "coat hanger" because of its distinctive shape.
We all know the stories of the British convicts who were deported to Oz. The worst and most hardened ended up in Port Arthur - the strictest of the penal colonies.
Monument to all the service men and women who fought as Allies in both World Wars and those who have served the United Nations since.
The Yarra is just one of Australia's major win producing regions.
There are crazy "big things" all over Australia. (More here travel.allwomenstalk.com)
We associate Australia with beaches and sunshine, but there are ski resorts too.
Australian Aboriginal art is the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world. The oldest firmly dated rock art painting in Australia is a charcoal drawing on a fragment found in the Narwala Gabammang rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Aged at 28,000 years, it is one of the oldest known pieces of rock art on Earth with a confirmed date.
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Let's end our sights of Australia with one of its gorgeous pink cockatoos.
Whenever I see pics of the sights of Australia, I end up lusting for another visit. Coming with me?
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