Beautiful places in Australia including Kakadu National Park, Gippsland Lakes, Lizard Island and Hardy Reef…
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It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunning Blue Mountains National Park named for the blue haze emanating from the numerous eucalyptus bushes. This lovely park protects around 664,000 acres of the barren region and encompasses dramatic gorges, waterfalls, aboriginal rock artwork, and a hundred and forty kilometers of trekking trails.
Buildings, parks and places form the cultural roots of society, writes David Yencken AO in this extract from his new book on Australia’s national heritage.
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Kakadu National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Australia. From rock art to swimming holes and finding crocodiles, discover all the best things to do in Australia’s biggest national park.
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MARIA ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA
This wildlife sanctuary is located off Tasmania’s east coast and houses historic ruins, dramatic cliffs and sweeping bays that are accessible only via ferry. The Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach are patterned sandstone shaped by the water and wind. The shoreline contains a fascinating marine life and the island is a hotspot for bird watching with 11 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic species found here.
KATA TJUTA, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Formerly known as the Olgas, Kata Tjuta is about 31 miles from Uluru.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a massive Northern Territory nature reserve, clocking in at 4.2 million acres (1.7 million hectares). With sandstone escarpments, secret waterholes, billabongs, and lily-strewn waterways, Kakadu is an introduction to wild Australia. Read on to learn what to see and do in the country’s largest national park.
On Kakadu National Park tours and Top End adventures, you’ll find opportunities to encounter exotic animals such as dingoes, wallabies, dugongs, and saltwater crocodiles, and also discover Aboriginal culture, from ancient aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Cooinda, where visitors pore over traditional bush food and didgeridoos. Ubirr is uniquely beautiful, located at the foot of a food plain, with prominent rock formations standing as guardians of the Arnhem Land.
AUSTRALIA has so much more to offer beyond Sydney, white sand beaches, and the Great Barrier Reef. I was fortunate enough to go to the Northern Territory — the Top End, which is the Northern strip of this territory. Check out some of my favorite images from this intriguing and relatively unvisited area.
The Northern Territory is sparsely populated — the fewest residents of all the Australian states. But it occupies 1/6th of the country’s land, so it’s a place of wide open spaces and is the site of Alice Springs, the normal stop-off for people seeing the Outback and visiting Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park . I visited 3 areas within the NT: Darwin, Kakadu, and Arnhem Land.
Darwin was named after Charles Darwin and has just about 140k inhabitants. It’s the bustling metropolis of the Northern Territory and 15th most populated city in Australia.
Amid a diverse landscape of gorges and wetlands, Aboriginal culture lives on in the Top End, ready to captivate adventurous travelers like AFAR Ambassador Michaela Trimble.
My first hike in Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Australia, can’t be found on a map. My local guide Greig Taylor from Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris took me to one of his most cherished places within the park, a hidden rock cove not too far from Barramundi Gorge. After walking deeper into this secluded locale, I caught a glimpse of swimming holes set beneath stone outcroppings before reaching a cliff.
Gazing up at the rock ceiling above me, I was astounded by the visions of kangaroos, sacred ceremonies, and other mysterious scenes.
RANGERS have shot down roughly 20 per cent of the wild animals of Kakadu Park, a Unesco world heritage site in the Australian Northern Territory, because the animals could cause ‘damage’ to the region.
Some 3,652 wild horses were shot from a helicopter by a team of rangers in the Australian national park.
A further 1,965 buffalo, 294 pigs as well as some donkeys were slaughtered in the ariel culling.
Much of the land, which was fully listed as a UNESCO site in 1992, is still owned by aboriginal Bininj and Mungguy people who have been rooted in the land for tens of thousands of years.
But park officials claim the mass culling – the biggest since 2009 when 7,000 so-called-pests were killed – was necessary to protect the “sensitive ecosystem” of Kakadu.