Top 5 most curious Australian landmarks

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Kiama blowhole by Brian Giesen/Flickr

There aren’t few those who imagine Australia as a land of curiosities: and by many standards, they are perfectly right to do so. Australia has unique flora and fauna, it’s a huge continent with a very small population and with more than half of the surface covered by deserts or semi-arid areas. Australia is the only country in the world to have kangaroos, wombats or koalas living in the wilderness, but it is also home to strange and unusual attractions. Check out my top 5 most curious Australian landmarks and see if you can think of any other less conventional attraction to include in your future itinerary:

Daintree National Forest

The Danitree Rainforest near Cairns is quite popular with nature lovers, but you should know that this attraction represents much more than beautiful landscapes or the biggest rainforest in Australia.

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Daintree park by David Holt London/Flickr

The real reason why Danitree is so unique and also why it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is that Daintree happens to be home to numerous living fossil plant species. These are conifer or fern species that are believe to be the same with the ones living thousands of years ago, when Australia was part of a larger land mass.

Uluru

It is not only the notoriety or the strange appearance of Uluru Rock that make me include this large rock in the middle of the Australian outback on my list of top 5 most curious Australian landmarks. The history of the rock is very interesting, as aboriginal tribes living in the area consider it sacred and often refer to it in their myths and stories.

Kiama Blowhole

On the coast of New South Wales, not very far from Sydney, one can witness a really unusual natural phenomenon: the Kiama Blowhole.

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Kiama blowhole by Brian Giesen/Flickr

Although the noisy column of water coming out of the whole has the appearance of a geyser, the phenomenon is created under radically different natural circumstances. It is rather the wind and waves, which, at certain direction and intensity, make the seawater in the grotto to blow out in a spectacular jet.

The Pinnacles

There are certainly numerous interesting formations and phenomenons that one can witness in the Australian outback. Such as The Pinnacles, a major attraction in Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles are in fact the remains of ancient sea: they are made of very old, petrified seashells, and their pointy heads stick out of the desert sands, creating a natural sanctuary.

Dunes at Hat Head National Park

Hat Head National Park is among the many and marvelous Australian nature reserves that include several types of landscapes and habitats within a few square miles. Although there are numerous reasons to visit this coastal park, its white sand dunes are probably the most remarkable.

Hat Head Park

white sand dune by cyanocorax/Flickr

 

 

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