Only an hours drive away from Byron Bay, Nightcap National Park is situated in north-eastern NSW and forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world.
Travelling west across Morocco, climbing deep into the High Atlas mountains, the landscape changes quickly. Pine and juniper trees give way to a desolate mix of rocky scree and smooth, domed expanses dusted in a rainbow of colours. The steep roads wind past areas of greens, oranges, yellows, reds and even blacks as they approach the highest mountain pass in all of Morocco. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, situated at 2260m altitude, affords sweeping vistas and is also surprisingly a hotspot for enthusiastic salesmen peddling geod rocks.
Heading west from the desert plains in Morocco the landscape abruptly cleaves into sheer gorges. Towns perch precariously on the sides and in the valleys shaded by lush date palmeries. The valley floor is a slice of bright green contrasting against the monochromatic rock and is striped with rows of crops either side of the life-giving thread of silver water. Simply lounging on a terrace here, watching the birds soaring in the sky or reading a book, is a grand way to pass a day. Another invigorating option is to wander down to the public Hamam baths with the locals for a chat and a traditional scrub with black soap made from olives.
The southern coastline of WA is dramatic, demanding and above all impressive. Such spectacular scenery can be seen at Torndirrup National Park where the hungry Southern Ocean and relentless winds have carved out stunning formations such as the Natural Bridge, Gap and Blow Holes.
Cape Range National Park and the abutting Ningaloo Marine Park would have to be one of the most visited parks in the state, and for good reason. With a backdrop of clear blue skies panning down to rugged ranges bordered by a narrow coastal plain which steps into an azure coral garden, who wouldn’t want to visit here?