Reserved for the world’s most stunning natural and cultural wonders, a United Nations designated World Heritage site is an experience for the senses… and Australia has 15 of them! From the world’s largest ocean reef to the spectacular rock formations of the Blue Mountains, Australia’s distinguished World Heritage assemblage boasts some of the most diverse and fascinating sites on the planet.
In Australia’s tropical north, Kakadu National Park is a vast area with stunning beauty that encompasses surging rivers, wild escarpments and mangrove-rich tidal flats. You’ll delight to discover dozens of bird species, native mammals, amphibians and freshwater fish. The region is also a treasure trove of archaeological and rock art sites, some that date from the Ice Age. And in Australia’s Red Center, famous Ayers Rock/Uluru stands as a sacred testament to the beliefs of the indigenous Aboriginal people.
One of the last true wilderness regions on Earth, the Tasmanian Wilderness covers a large portion of the island of Tasmania. Composed of cool temperate rainforests, alpine vegetation, grassy moorlands and towering eucalyptus groves, this southernmost Australian state is a place of immense beauty. It’s also a last refuge for endangered flora and fauna. Within this important site you’ll find many opportunities for recreation – bush walking, rock climbing or simply contemplating its silent grandeur.
The Great Barrier Reef, located along the northeast Queensland coast, tops the country’s list of geographic marvels. A living aquarium of sea species, including hundreds of types of corals, this extensive ridge is an adventure paradise. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most popular ways to experience this singular underwater world. Kayaking along the coast poses another exhilarating challenge. Comb the beach for keepsake seashells and remember to take your camera so you can bring home photographs of this stunning natural beauty.
Shark Bay in Western Australia is home to an outstanding marine environment. Its jutting peninsulas and lush islands, combined with rugged cliffs and arid dunes, create an alluring topographical tapestry. The bay’s expansive seagrass fields harbor many plants and animals, including a shy porpoise-like creature called the dugong. Here you can visit famous Monkey Mia, where wild dolphins swim to shore daily to make contact with humans. The exceptional coastal scenery of the Peron Peninsula will take your breath away!
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