Australian Natural Wonders, State by State

Darrell Campbell - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

NSW -- Three Sisters

While Sydney is most famous for its picturesque harbour with the the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you’ll find it just as rewarding to head up two hours west to Katoomba in for a Blue Mountains tour . It’s here that you’ll find the Three Sisters, a phenomenal rock formation in the scenic Jamison Valley. Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, as they have been named, stand at 922m, 918m and 906m respectively and there are several viewing platforms and walking tours with which they can be experienced.

QLD -- Great Barrier Reef

In a state chock-full with natural wonders, none are more incredible than the Great Barrier Reef -- which is why it’s included as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The world’s largest living organism, the coral reef contains over 3,000 individual reef systems and hundreds of picturesque islands and pristine beaches. It also boasts over 1,500 species of tropical fish, dolphins, manta rays, turtles and more, making it a paradise for divers and snorkellers.

NT -- Ayers Rock

As most Australians known, the Northern Territory isn’t technically a state -- it’s a territory -- but we’ve included it here anyway. After all, it’s home to one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders -- Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock. The world’s largest monolith, Ayers Rock is an isolated remnant of what was once a great mountain range. While the rest of the mountain range eroded with time, Ayers Rock’s properties caused it to remain, and it stands tall today, 450km from the nearest major town, Alice Springs.

WA -- Wolfe Creek Crater

There was a time when Wolfe Creek Crater,  located at the southern end of the Kimberley Ranges in Western Australia, was a relatively unknown tourist attraction. That certainly changed with the release of the Wolf Creek movie in 2005. But while the movie has certainly driven visitors towards Wolfe Creek Crater, it has always been there as an amazing natural wonder. It was formed when a meteorite crashed into the earth 300,000 years ago, travelling at an incredible 15km per second. Measuring 880m across, it's the world's second biggest crater from which meteorite remnants have been collected.

SA -- Lake Eyre

At 15m at its lowest point, Lake Eyre is the lowest point in Australia. When it's full, Lake Eyre is the largest lake in Australia. The Lake Eyre basin is one of the largest internally draining systems in the world. Make no mistake -- Lake Eyre is undoubtedly a natural wonder. And while it's only been filled three times in the last 150 years, the monsoonal summer weather which led to flooding in Queensland has seen the once-arid lake Eyre filling up for the first time in more than 35 years. Located in South Australia's northeast, Lake Eyre may once again become the "inland sea".

VIC -- Phillip Island

Melbourne is best known for its culture and lifestyle, but head a couple of hours south for a Phillip Island tour and you can experience the amazing Penguin Parade. Every night, just after sunset, a colony of fairy penguins make their way along the beach to return to their burrows. It’s a scene that attracts wildlife enthusiasts from around the world, as this is one of the only locations where this species of penguin can be seen.

TAS -- Cradle Mountain

Tasmania's most recognisable landmark, Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Its jagged profile give it an incredibly wild feel still, glacial likes and streams bursting out of the mountains give it a spectacular feel. Cradle Mountain is also the home of one of the world's most famous walks, the Overland Track.

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