These 10 awe-inspiring views include famous sights all over Australia that are well worth a road trip! Which is your favourite?
What really needs to be said about one of the most visited natural sites in Tasmania? Cradle Mountain is breath-taking in every sense of the word. The peak rises above the deep sapphire of Dove Lake and gives way to the awe-inspiring views of rugged alpine wilderness from its craggy summit. Prepare for a 6 hour trek from Dove Lake or a short but challenging diversion from the incredible Overland Track. The climb to the summit is worth every gasped breath and aching muscle. Towering granite buttes, tranquil mountain lakes, jagged ravines, wild valleys and sprawling button-grass moorlands paint some incredible remote scenery.
The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, in the Northern Flinders Range of South Australia, is a harsh and wild arid wonderland. As far as views go, the summit of the Acacia Trail is hard to beat. The awe-inspiring views have the power to make you feel small and isolated, perched atop the ancient granite landscape. Great rings of sharp hills bind rocky chasms, deep gorges, gnarled mountains and unspoilt arid wilderness.
The Red Centre has a lot of incredible and truly iconic sights, with Uluru and Kings Canyon likely topping the list. The Valley of the Winds walk is something truly special. Just a stone’s-throw from Uluru, the field of titanic red boulders is known as Kata Tjuta, and formerly the Olgas. The 7km walk climbs between towering red cliffs stained with great black streaks and honeycombed with caverns and erosion. A lookout is wedged between two of the monolithic mounds. In the valley beyond lies a sight that well and truly encapsulates the ancient beauty of the Australian outback.
Kosciuszko National Park is simply tremendous. Not to mention utterly huge, and just about every corner of this alpine wilderness is crammed with beautiful scenery. The park is broken into seven distinct areas, all offering something a little different. You could lose yourself in Kosciuszko for weeks on end. Mountain hiking, spectacular caves, rugged gorges, wild rivers and some of the absolute best camping in the country.
Above the white sands, turquoise waters and coral gardens of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia lies the rugged limestone canyonlands of Cape Range National Park. Often missed by many visitors, these arid ranges are the heavily weathered and eroded remnants of an ancient seabed. Now, the sheer valleys and incredible rock formations rise in an ancient strata of orange and rusty Outback red.
Tucked between the pink granite mountains of a little peninsula on Tasmania’s East Coast, Wineglass Bay is a truly iconic Australian image. The entire peninsula of Freycinet National Park is nothing short of extraordinary. Azure bays, rocky coves, white sands and forest-clad peaks. The vast majority of visitors will take in the sight of the bay from the easily-reached saddle lookout. However, the view from the top of Mount Amos is impossible to beat. Be warned though, the ascent is far from easy, with the steep and strenuous track often approaching the near-vertical.
At 268m, Wallaman Falls holds the distinction of being Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall. With such an impressive achievement comes equally impressive awe-inspiring views. Falling from within the dense rainforest of Girringun National Park, the area is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The falls make for a pretty incredible sight if you catch them on the right day. A wreath of spray, a vague rainbow and the stunning wall of weathered stone as a backdrop.
The entirety of the West MacDonnell Range in the heart of the Northern Territory is nothing short of incredible. A favourite spot with awe-inspiring views is Ormiston Pound. From just about any point on the 9km loop track that clambers across the pound, the views are breath-taking. Jagged ridges and distant hills enclose the tremendous valley. Cliffs run down into a sprawling sea of spinifex, dry riverbeds and rocky outcrops.
From the iconic Three Sisters to the hidden labyrinths of ancient canyons, Blue Mountains National Park does nothing in half-measures. It’s a land of sandstone plateaus, wild valleys, dense eucalypt forest, hidden waterfalls and some truly special places. With more walking tracks to explore than you could shake a stick at, there are more incredible vistas to be found here than just those on the well-beaten tourist routes.
Last but not least, the Stirling Range National Park is tucked away in the south-west of Western Australia. Climb to the top of any of the six hikeable peaks in this lush little range of gnarled mountains. You’ll catch some of the best views in the southwest. This region is one of the top 35 areas for biodiversity in the world. The sheer cliff faces and rocky crags of the higher ranges are surrounded by a vibrant diversity of lush forest, dry woodland, stunning wildflowers and some beautifully unique flora.
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