Apostles, Pinnacles and Bungles… here are the best of the beautiful places http://www.tntdownunder.com/article/2437918549.html[Down Under]
ULURU- KATA TJUTA NP
In a nutshell: Home of the ultimate rock star
Tell me more: The world-renowned sandstone monolith named Uluru stands 348m high. Up close it’s irresistibly charismatic and undeniably arresting; best seen at sunset when it goes through an impossible array of colours. Nearby Kata Tjuta, meaning “many heads”, is a group of 36 rock domes that date back 500 million years. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anangu traditional landowners – and will quickly fill your memory card.
here: 440km from Alice Springs.
GREAT SANDY NP (Fraser Island)
In a nutshell: The world’s largest sand island
Tell me more: Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing is a no brainer. Sub-tropical rainforests stubbornly thriving in seemingly infertile sand and the world’s largest sand island to boot. Fraser is also home to more than 40 freshwater dune lakes – over half the world’s known total. Cut off from mainland canines, the purest breed of dingoes is also found here. Plus it’s plain gorgeous- in TNT’s book, one of http://www.tntdownunder.com/article/2437918549.html[Australia]’s top three attractions.
Where? Off the Queensland coast, from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach or River Heads.
In a nutshell: Humungous,
cultural and familiar to film buffs
Tell me more: This vast park, the size of Israel, is World Heritage-listed for natural and cultural importance. There are more than 5,000 rock art sites with some thought to be up to 40,000 years old. It’s also famous for it’s wildlife-rich wetlands, never-ending escarpments and spectacular waterfalls, all shared by an extraordinary – and diverse – amount of flora and fauna, most famously salt water crocodiles. Various Crocodile Dundee scenes were filmed here.
Where: 171km from Darwin, in the Northern Territory.
PORT CAMPBELL NP (& the Twelve Apostles)
In a nutshell: Glorious coastal scenery
Tell me more: Sculpted by the forces of nature for millions of years, this section of the Victorian coastline is a breathtaking mix of wild seas, arches, islands, blowholes and monolithic rock formations. Home to the famous Twelve Apostles and http://www.tntdownunder.com/article/2437918549.html[Australia]’s very own “London Bridge” (in rock form), this savage part of the coast has caused some 700 shipwrecks, earning it the title of Shipwreck Coast. But the real star of the show is the Twelve Apostles – best at sunset.
Where: 285km west of Melbourne.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE St CLAIR NP
In a nutshell: Gothic
peaks and forests teeming with wildlife
Tell me more: The 65km Overland Track cuts a spectacular route from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, the deepest lake in Australia’s. With its snow-topped peaks, gushing waterfalls and alpine heathlands, the popular trail can claim to rival any of New Zealand’s famous Great Walks in its splendour. The park is excellent for spotting the elusive duck-billed platypus, plus Tasmanian devils, wallabies and wombats.
Where: Central Tassie.