Australian landmarks are pretty spectacular. From the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Uluru to the lesser-known Wilpena Pound, many hold the title of the world's longest, biggest, or oldest of their type.
If you are after jaw-dropping beauty, you cannot beat the diverse natural landscapes you get Down Under. Many are also at the heart of Australian indigenous culture.
The Great Barrier Reef is visible from outer space and is half the size of Texas. It has 3000 individual reefs, 1600 types of fish, and 600 forms of coral. Stretching 1500 miles down the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate Australian landmark and a must-see when you get to Australia.
The 1200-foot tall monolith Uluru, or Ayres Rock, dominates the arid Central Australian landscape. Remarkably, only 15% of this sandstone iceberg is visible. Most of its bulk extends into the earth. Visitors can walk, fly, and even Segway around it.
It is a testament to the size of Australia that this natural landmark remained largely unknown to European settlers until as late as 1983. The remarkable black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges, or Purnululu, cover an area of 900 square miles.
The Blue Mountains are one of Australia's most famous natural landmarks, two hours west of Sydney. They are part of the Great Dividing Range, a series of mountains and plateaus that run along the east coast of Australia. It is the third-longest mountain range in the world.
One of the best-known natural landmarks in southern Australia is the pillars of coastal sandstone known as The Twelve Apostles. Sadly, time has not been kind to the Twelve Apostles, once the main feature of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Thanks to relentless wave action, only eight remain.