Natural Australia: 16 Ultimate Escapes

Australia is always called the lucky country, and looking through these Ultimate Escapes , it’s easy to see why. Mother Nature has spoiled us silly with some of her finest work in our own backyard. So here is a guide to 16 of the country’s most incredible natural landscapes as identified by Tourism Australia and Parks Australia.

Explore wild, remote beaches, ancient rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, cavernous caves and gigantic gorges. Walk, climb, camp, ski, canoe, or connect with the spectacular landscape by seeing it through the eyes of its original inhabitants. Whether you’re geared up for a wilderness adventure rafting the wild Franklin River, a luxury weekend getaway in Wolgan Valley, or a boys ’barra fishing trip in the Northern Territory – there is literally something in here for everyone.

All the experiences are eco-sensitive, most have eco-accreditation and as for those who like their holidays with a few more creature comforts, let’s just say you’re in luck! Immersing yourself in nature doesn’t mean roughing it. Far from it. These days, many of the country’s exquisite luxury lodges can be found in the middle of the wilderness. You can spend the day learning about our ancient landscapes and finish the day with a foot massage and a glass of wine – how amazing does that sound? Enjoy

1. Great Barrier Reef

2. Great Ocean Road

3. Timeless Northern Territory

4. Uluru & the Red Centre

5. Australian Alps

6. NSW & Victorian Coastal Wilderness

7. Sydney Harbour

8. Kangaroo Island

9. The Green Cauldron: Byron Bay to Gold Coast

10. The Kimberley

11. Greater Blue Mountains

12. Great South-West Edge, Western Australia

13. Flinders Ranges

14. Ningaloo & Shark Bay

15. Queensland’s Wet Tropics

16. Tasmania