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16 Breathtaking Places In Australia You Won't Believe Are Real

If you haven't been, you're missing out on a land filled with natural wonders and lively hotspots.

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With over 2,900 individual reefs spread between 900 islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is most certainly one of a kind.

This sandstone rock is 1,148 feet tall and 5.8 miles in circumference. But probably its most stunning characteristic is that it changes color during the year. It's also the perfect place to go if you want to photograph kangaroos, apparently.

Stretching over 270 miles, the Flinders Ranges is South Australia's largest mountain range. Cave paintings that date back tens of thousands of years make exploring the area particularly meaningful.

Not only can the views from Phillip Island lead to you (maybe!) figuring out the meaning of life, but you can reward yourself for doing so by viewing the magical, daily Penguin Parade — when hundreds of little penguins return home at sunset after a day of fishing.

Within the Flinders Chase National Park are the Remarkable Rocks, a group of eroded granite boulders that rest on the top of a mountain of lava that has been around for about 500 million years. Wind erosion has given the rocks their incredible curves.

It's estimated that weather and water erosion gave Wave Rock its rounded appearance about 60 million years ago. But what's even more amazing is that in 1960, crystals from a section of it (Hyden Rock) were found and rumored to be 2,700 million years old.

Sydney is the best of both worlds. It's a bustling city filled with culture, but it also has picturesque and serene beaches that definitely live up to the hype.

Karijini National Park is virtually straight out of a dream. From its rocky (yet smooth!) terrains, to its dazzling gorges and spectacular waterfalls, the views from the park will stay with you long after you leave.

Whitehaven Beach is unmistakeable for its white sand, which is so pristine because it's 98% pure silica. Scientists believe that it took millions of years for the sand to wash up toward the beach because nearby rocks have no trace of silica.

Melbourne is frequently referred to as "Australia's cultural capital," which means there are probably only, like, two people out of 4.3 million who are in bed by 10 p.m. on a Friday night here.

Located a few hours drive out of Sydney, rainforests are the park's main attraction, and it's not hard to see why. The Crystal Shower Falls stands out in particular, since it offers visitors the unique opportunity to view the waterfall from the inside.

Kings Canyon is unmistakeably beautiful, and visitors are asked to take great care when walking around (as one of its three trails is called "Heartbreak Hill" or "Heart Attack Hill," in honor of its steepness).

The Blue Mountains take their name from the blue tinge the range takes on when viewed from a distance. And with colors this rich, the rest of the world might as well be in black and white.


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