By Sabrina Loh
When tourists plan their trip to Australia, the usual landmarks like Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach, and Rottnest Island usually make the list.
However, the land down under is full of hidden gems that should be on everyone’s list of places to see.
So leave the bustling city behind and see these seven magical places with your own eyes.
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Cape Pillar, Tasmania
Cape Pillar is where you’ll find the tallest cliffs in the southern hemisphere, rising 300 metres above the sea. It’s situated on the far South-Eastern corner of Tasmania’s coastline, and is only reachable by foot.
From the top of Cape Pillar, you’ll find the best view of Tasman Island and the rousing capes, so don’t forget your camera!
Lark Quarry Conservation Park, Queensland
Take a walk through Earth’s prehistoric past in the world’s only known record of a dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. 3,000 fossilised footprints from 95 million years ago show the story of 150 small two-legged dinosaurs drinking at a lake, before they fled a huge meat-eating theropod.
Lancelin Sand Dunes, Western Australia
Did you know that 18% of Australia’s mainland is actually dessert? Witness part of it with your own eyes at Western Australia’s biggest sand dunes. These perfectly white sand dunes that are over three stories high that look out onto the Indian Ocean and what’s more, you can even go sandboarding on them!
King’s Canyon, Northern Territory
440 million years in the making, Kings Canyon rises 270 metres above sea level and is at the heart of Australia’s red Centre. This ancient beauty features soaring domes and plateaus that plummet into an oasis of natural rock pools. Kings Canyon also belongs to an Aborigila sacred site, which legends say is forbidden to climb.
Photo credit: www.tony88.com
Umpherston Sinkhole, South Australia
This majestic sinkhole at Mount Gambier was created when the top chamber of a limestone cave collapsed. The limestone crater, 20 metre deep and 50 metres across, has been transformed into a magicalled sunken garden. Curtains of hanging ivy hang from the walls with exotic vegetation and flowers abloom on the ground.
Photo credit: www.saltandcharcoal.com
Hamersley Gorge, Western Australia
Located in the north west corner of Karijini National Park, Hamersley Gorge is full of swirling bands of colour, ancient rock, texture, and reflections. The amphitheatre-like shape is a sight to behold, with stepped waterfalls at its base and a pool of water at its base where you can swim in.
Photo credit: www.tourismnt.com.au
East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to the beach. Find yourself in paradise at East Arnhem Land that lies to the east of Darwin with remote and rugged coastlines and sandy white beaches. This land is one of Australia’s last unspoiled tropical paradises and strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture.
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