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Australia is a continent of endless contrasts from glittering modern cities and deserts to rainforest and coral reefs. Its shores are also home to a number of otherworldly landscapes where you can immerse yourself in some of nature’s most spectacular creations. Check out these four awe-inspiring examples, pick up a cheap ticket to Perth, Sydney or Melbourne and step off the plane to begin your adventure.
The Red Heart of the Outback
Australia’s red centre is the heart of Aboriginal culture, where scorched red-rock formations rise above miles of desert sands. Here you can visit one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, Uluru, a sacred sandstone formation that crowns Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This sacred aboriginal site is decorated with rock art and steeped in myth and tradition. There you can learn the traditional stories of the red landscape to bring its past to life.
The Great Barrier Reef
To see one of Australia’s most astonishing landscapes you must head down into the underwater world along the Queensland coast. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, home to a kaleidoscopic array of underwater life. Scuba dive down into underwater forests of coral where turtles, dugongs, seahorses, rays, sharks, anemones and more than 1,500 species of fish thrive as well as several species of dolphin and whales.
Australia’s Salt Lakes
The startling white landscapes of Australia’s salt lakes are an otherworldly sight where perspectives become hard to fathom across flat white planes. These lakes can be seen across southern and western Australia with one of the largest being Lake Eyre. The Pink Lakes in Murray-Sunset National Park, Victoria receive their name because of the rainbow of colours created by a resident species of algae.
The Island Wilderness of Tasmania
When it comes to exploring wilderness in Australia the island state of Tasmania is one of the most enigmatic locations. Much of the island is covered by protected national parks where wild walking trails take you past coastal scenery and ancient forests. Along the way you can come face to face with an array of wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil, platypus and orange-bellied parrot. The impossibly blue ocean and white sand of Wineglass Bay is sure to leave you feeling like you’ve found a slice of paradise.
With the Australian Alps, Blue Mountains, golden beaches and Kangaroo Island amongst the other landscapes to explore its little wonder that Australia is one of the world’s top backpacker destinations. Which of Australia’s landscapes most appeals to you?