Kakadu National Park is one of the most internationally renowned places in Australia and is World Heritage listed due to its exemplary cultural heritage and ecological conservation significance. Its unique environment has been defined by its traditional owners as having twelve seasons, rather than four, to accurately describe the intricate ecological changes that occur here.
Lake Eyre, the largest salt lake in Australia, is situated in the heart of the country 15m below sea level. Its vast salt plains have a footprint the size of a small country with a catchment area that covers three states. The lake has only filled to capacity three times during the last 150 years, but if you are lucky enough to see it during flood, you will witness the miracle of life’s colour flourish; tens of thousands of waterbirds amass across the country into a spontaneous pilgrimage to breed and feed on dessicated fish and frogs resurrected from the dry earth. The endless reflection on the water will also make you forget where the sky ends and the land begins.
The Flinders Ranges are one of South Australia’s most treasured landscapes with local folk reverently referring to it as God’s country. This ancient band of ranges has weathered over millenia into rugged peaks that can be seen for miles. St Mary Peak, the highest point in the park at 1171m, is well worth the effort as it affords exceptional panoramic views of the pound and the ancient crocodile-looking backbone of the ranges extending north. This is best appreciated from air as you can absorb the entire craggy bowl that is Wilpena Pound, the showcased gem of the park, and the endless expanse of parched landscape to the west in one vista.
Set at the tip of the Peron Peninsula within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, this park is known for its vivid landscapes of red sand dunes tapering onto white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. The park provides a stunning backdrop to the Shark Bay Marine Park where vast seagrass meadows provide habitat for one of the largest colonies of dugongs in the world. For more information on Shark Bay World Heritage Area visit here.
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