Ningaloo Reef

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1. Ningaloo
Join the tropical-colored party at Ningaloo Marine Park, home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and more than 500 species of fish. Ningaloo is one of the world's largest fringing reefs, stretching for 260 kilometers off Western Australia's mid-north coast. What's more, its closest point is within 100 meters of shore so you can join the festivities just by stepping off the beach.
The Kimberley

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2. The Kimberley
Ride a camel at sunset down Broome's Cable Beach and soar over the towers of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. Cruise huge Lake Argyle and see tides taller than a building in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Four-wheel drive the Gibb River Road past gorges and mighty rivers, or follow the red-dirt track from Broome to the remote Dampier Peninsula. Welcome to the Kimberley—a world of vast horizons, ancient gorges, weird rock formations, welcoming rock pools and golden beaches.

The Great Ocean Road

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3. The Great Ocean Road
Take a ride through nature on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean from Geelong to Portland. This diverse and dramatic region takes in surf beaches, historic ports, whale lookouts, breathtaking mountain ranges, rainforests and national parks.

Of course, you can't miss the Twelve Apostles—craggy limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean.

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4. Gippsland
See your footprints in the sand of endless Ninety Mile Beach or cruise Gippsland Lakes, Australia's biggest expanse of inland waterways. Four-wheel drive in the Australian Alps and trek the unspoiled coastline of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Trace Aboriginal history more than 18,000 years old. Then, connect the vineyards, restaurants, farms and market stalls on a food and wine trail.

Tasmanian Wilderness

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5. Tasmanian Wilderness
Experience the ancient and epic beauty of Tasmania's 17 national parks. Many of these are part of the World Heritage–listed wilderness that makes up 20 percent of the island. Climb over the Hazard Ranges, and lose your breath at postcard-perfect Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. However you weave through Tasmania's natural wonders, we can bet you won't want to leave.


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6. Freycinet
Explore a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and turquoise sea in Freycinet National Park. Capture the perfect contours of Wineglass Bay on your camera. Then swim, boat, fish, snorkel and scuba dive from the dreamy white beach. Go abseiling in the Hazards and four-wheel drive to Cape Tourville Lighthouse, where the view will make you dizzy.

Bushwalk past Aboriginal middens and learn about the French explorers who first discovered this paradise. At the end of the day, relax in a lodge overlooking Great Oyster Bay with a meal of fresh seafood and glass of wine made from local vines.

Kangaroo Island

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7. Kangaroo Island
See native wildlife in the wild in the ecological haven of Kangaroo Island. See pink pelicans wheeling through the sky, sea lions lying on the sand of Seal Bay and sleepy koalas in the trees. Sit in the sand grandstands and watch packs and pairs of little penguins make their nightly pilgrimage to the shore in Penneshaw. Load up on fresh produce—from Ligurian honey to free-range chickens and eggs—and wine produced by 30 growers from Cape Willoughby to Kingscote.

Flinders Ranges and the Outback

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8. Flinders Ranges and the Outback
Connect to the memory of the earth in South Australia's rugged, majestic Flinders Ranges and outback. Soar over Wilpena Pound on a scenic flight. Fossick for opals and sleep underground in Coober Pedy. Hike the Heysen trail, mountain bike the Mawson track or four-wheel drive steep, razor-edged tracks. Follow the Oodnadatta Track to remote and often arid Lake Eyre. Taste native plants and learn about Aboriginal art with traditional custodians of the land.

Discover a lost world inside a stone basin, moonscapes and barren lakes, opals and fossils, national parks and Aboriginal rock art.

The Great Barrier Reef

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9. The Great Barrier Reef
You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space. It stretches more than 2,000 kilometers along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. Hop between the pristine, palm-fringed islands on top. Then, explore the rainbow-colored coral islands and marine life below.

Fraser Island

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10. Fraser Island
Welcome to World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Bushwalk through rainforest growing from the sand and heathlands full of wild flowers, and swim in mirrored lakes ringed with gold. Visit Lake McKenzie, picnic next to turtles at Lake Allom and spot whales from Indian Head. Discover the historic Maheno shipwreck in Happy Valley, and see kangaroos, wallabies and possums on a bushwalk into the interior. Learn how the island was formed and about its fascinating Aboriginal and pioneering history. It's easy to see why the Aboriginal owners called Fraser Island ‘K'gari,' or paradise.

Red Centre

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11. Red Centre
You probably know about the red monolith in Australia's Red Centre. You may know its sacred to the Aboriginal people here and that it turns some spectacular colors at sunrise and sunset. You might not know that you can experience it through Aboriginal eyes, or that there are many other sacred and breathtaking sites here in Australia's vast center. Uluru's cousin Kata Tjuta is just 40 kilometers away, and you'll find the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon not far from Alice Springs. You might not realize that this landscape has green vegetation and lush waterholes, as well as dusty red roads and huge slabs of rock.

Kakadu National Park

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12. Kakadu National Park
Come and explore World Heritage–listed Kakadu National Park, around three hours east of Darwin. Here in Australia's biggest national park, you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 50,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people. Witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. See delicate waterlilies and prehistoric crocodiles, thundering waterfalls and sparkling waterholes. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons. Kakadu is a tapestry of treasures waiting to be explored.

Byron Bay

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13. Byron Bay
You can sum up Australia's easternmost town by saying it's a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence. Or you can explain its magic in images: humpback whales cruising past the headland, rainbows on the mountains across the bay and hang-gliders coasting above the lighthouse. Our new-age paradise is known for its sweeping surf beaches, trademark lighthouse, lush rainforests and colorful mix of people. It's the place to try yoga on the beach at sunrise, massages and mud wraps at hinterland retreats and some of Australia's best regional dining.

Blue Mountains

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14. Blue Mountains
You'll love the blue-hazed beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area—acres of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and bushland. Take in the breathtaking panoramas on a bushwalk or mountain bike or while climbing rocks, canyoning or abseiling. Marvel at natural attractions like Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters—a trio of rocky pinnacles named after an Aboriginal legend. Explore the underground rivers and chambers of Jenolan Caves, then walk the historic Six Foot Track to Katoomba. In among the sandstone outcrops and eucalypt forests, you'll find great dining, luxury retreats, the world's steepest railway and a vibrant community of artists.

The Australian Alps

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15. The Australian Alps
On a mostly dry and flat continent, nothing says challenge like the snow-clad and mountainous Australian Alps. The Alps span New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria and embrace 16 national parks and reserves. Ride a mountain bike along contour-hugging trails, bushwalk to a heritage hut or ride horses along gentle alpine tracks. Fly fish in the streams and lakes, go white-water rafting, run or four-wheel drive along mountain tracks to character-filled country pubs. Cross-country ski amongst the snow-gums or try the wide range of downhill ski slopes at the various ski resorts. Hike part of the Australian Alps Walking Track or take in the range-upon-range mountain views driving the Great Alpine Road or Great Alpine Way.


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