21 Natural Wonders In Australia You Need To See At Least Once In Your Life
Grab a pen, grab some paper and get ready to fill your travel bucket list with the most phenomenal natural wonders in Australia. If cliff-top infinity pools, mysterious limestone formations, glowing pink lakes and underwater volcanoes have you already packing your bags, this list will fuel all your burning wanderlust.
This sandstone monolith is one of the most sacred First Nation sites in Australia and rise 863 metres above the ground.
These natural limestone formations were formed about 30,000 years ago, when the sea drifted out and left seashell deposits. It’s not known yet how exactly The Pinnacles formed.
Made completely from granite, Western Australia’s Wave Rock spans a length of 110 metres. Forces of erosion have swept the rock into the shape it is today and its striking colour patterns are all down to many different minerals which get washed onto its surface.
Lake Hillier is a saline lake known for its glowing pink colour. It’s about 600 metres in length and rests just next to the Pacific Ocean.
The Great Barrier Reef
This UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s largest coral reef system so it should come as no shock that this is one of the top natural wonders everyone needs to see at least once in their life.
Walls Of China
Located in the truly out-of-this-world region called Mungo National Park, the Walls of China is one of the most jaw-dropping natural wonders in NSW. This series of clay dunes are the result of thousands of years of erosion.
Cradle Mountain is an avid hiker’s version of heaven on earth. This glacial wonder is made up of ancient forests and alpine highlands making it unlike any other place in Australia.
Unfortunately, because of erosion, there are only about eight apostles of limestone stacks still standing (which means all the more reason to see them). Hitting up the Great Ocean Road will give you a continuous panoramic view of these incredible formations.
A relatively unknown natural wonder in Australia, Trowutta Arch is a natural archway created by two sinkholes. On the other side of the tunnel, you’ll find Australia’s version of a magical cenote.
You’ll find this natural wonder on the secluded Lord Howe Island, a place filled with World Heritage rainforest. Ball’s Pyramid is essentially the leftovers of a shield volcano and actually clocks in as the tallest volcanic stack in the world.
Figure 8 Pools
It’s a catch-22 situation with NSW’s Figure 8 Pools. While this site is truly one of the most remarkable and unbelievable natural attractions in Australia, it’s also one of the most dangerous places to visit as it sits on a coastal plain affected by hazardous tides. There are eight natural pools here deep enough to submerge yourself in and they all have been perfectly eroded into the shape of the number eight.
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
Made up of 13 gorges which all feature a suite of different falls and rapids, Nitmiluk Gorge has sandstone cliffs which stand up 70 metres high. The colours that reflected here are stunning at sunrise and sunset.
Undara Lava Tubes
The Undara Lava Tubes is a natural wonder in Australia likened to an underground savannah of sorts. You’ll find this one in the Australian outback and it’s a geological experience that will truly blow you away. This cave wilderness basically keeps the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems in the world.
These limestone caves are one of the most famous natural wonders in Australia. Known for its many dark passageways, stalactite and limestone chasms and secret Blue Lake, the Jenolan Caves has to be on any big travellers bucket list.
New Zealand isn’t the only place on earth you can find a startling blue lake with vibrant coloured water. In South Australia, Mount Gambier boasts its own Blue Lake inside a monomictic crater.
Gunlom Plunge Pool
Crocodile Dundee fans will recognise Gunlom Plunge Pool only too well. This natural infinity pool, that you can actually swim in, overlooks the iconic Kakadu Park.
Wolfe Creek Crater
Wolfe Creek Crater is easily one of Australia’s most stunning natural wonders. Sitting on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, it’s the second largest meteorite crater in the world and almost spans an entire kilometre in length.
Also known as “The Sunken Garden”, this cave turned submerged oasis now boasts a sweet array of vines and lush greenery. There’s plenty of viewing platforms here and you can actually head down and picnic on the grass.
This beauty can be found on the tropical Hamilton Island and takes out the top spot as the world’s most eco-friendly beach. It’s cleanliness, white sand (made up of mostly white silica which gives it that striking white glare) and crystal waters are unparalleled anywhere else.
As the highest, single-drop waterfall in Australia, Wallaman Falls has to be seen in person to really understand its magnitude. The cascade skyrockets up to 268 metres while its pool dives a further 20 metres below.
The Horizontal Falls
The Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon in Western Australia that really has to be seen to be believed. This site is actually a mash-up of strong tidal currents continuously firing through two coastal gorges.