Amazing Australia: Photographic tour of the vast country with some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth


The collection of photos is a visual journey capturing some of the most amazing locations on earth - hidden gorges, the site of the world's oldest cremations and rock formations with deep connections to Indigenous communities.
Adding to Australia's allure is that there are such extremities within one continent - it is considered the driest inhabited on earth but is also home to lush rainforests, vast bushland and thousands of kilometres of coastline.  
Then there is the eternal allure of some of the world's best beaches with pristine white sand and one of the best scuba diving sites on the planet.


Australian icon: The World Heritage-listed Uluru is the biggest monolith on Earth. It is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory and is a sacred landmark of the Anangu Aboriginal people


Canyoners Ken Eastwood (rear) and Vanessa Simmonds take on Rocky Creek Canyon, towards the south of Wollemi National Park, NSW. The route starts with several dimly lit swims and climb-downs, followed by a waterslide. Located 80km north-west of Sydney, Wollemi National Park covers more than 500,000 square kilometres and is home to 235 bird species, 46 mammals and 55 butterflies. Though much of it is impenetrable to all but the most intrepid bushwalkers and climbers, there are plenty of opportunities for trekking, camping, canoeing and kayaking


Stunning: Whitehaven Beach, located in the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, is often rated the best beach in the world, due to its white sand, which is considered purest on earth


The Daintree, with Cape Tribulation at its heart was named for British geologist and photographer Richard Daintree, whose prospecting work in the area in the 1860s helped open up the tropical north. Daintree National Park begins about 70km north of Cairns and continues north from the Daintree River to the Bloomfield River, a distance of 70km. The steep McDowall Range forms the western boundary to the Cape Tribulation section


Morning mist covers the Tom Groggin campground area on the banks of the upper Murray River, Kosciuszko National Park in Victoria


Ferocious: Australia is known for its unique wildlife, but one of the most impressive is the saltwater crocodile, found in the estuaries of northern Australia


Outback sunset: An iconic Aussie windmill is highlighted against the red sunset of outback Northern Territory, along Lasseter's Highway


Naree in flood: Eucalyptus coolabah dot Naree station, a property found roughly 180km north-west of Bourke in north-western NSW. In 2008 they were photographed blooming after record floods on the Murray Darling Basin, but after some our hottest weather on record in 2013 they are now dotting a mudflat


Shipwreck: The Yongala was one of several coastal trading ships that serviced Australia's major ports. It sank in 1911, off the coast of Townsville, with 122 people lost. Today, even as it lies submerged and slowly corroding 15-30m underwater, the ship remains something special. Since becoming a gravesite more than 100 years ago, the Yongala has evolved into a unique artificial reef, now regarded as one of the world's greatest scuba diving experiences


Breathtaking: A full moon rises at sunset over Mungo National Park, in the NSW Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The park is home to the famous 'Mungo Man', the world's oldest human cremation


Jatbula waterfall: The 17-Mile falls on the Jatbula Trail, Northern Territory. The trail runs through the south-western corner of 2928 square kilometre Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, which is owned by its traditional custodians, the Jawoyn people. This smaller southern neighbour of Kakadu offers its own distinctive spectrum of environments, from monsoon rainforests to savannah to spectacular gorges


Surfing dolphin: The animal rides the waves at Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, Western Australia


The Pinnacles: Almost an alien moonscape, the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia, near the town of Cervantes, are actually limestone formations


Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is home to the many perched lakes, which are filled with rainwater, not groundwater. The World Heritage-listed island sits off the coast of Hervey Bay in Queensland


Djelk Indigenous Protected Area covers 673,200 hectares of central Arnhem Land plateau country, woodlands, floodplains and coastal areas out into the Arafura Sea


Mt Warning: In the middle of the Twee Valley, on the NSW northern coast, looms 1156m Mt Warning, or Wollumbin - the relic core of the Tweed Volcano. During its three-million-year reign, this 30km-wide landform was the main outlet for lava ebbing and flowing from a hotspot below the earth's crust. Yet for the local Bundjalung people, Wollumbin is both sacred ground and a spiritual force. In their tradition, only select people are permitted on the mountain and its influence endures as a source of lore and law, gathering and ceremony, echoing across many hundreds of generations


White-lipped tree frogs (Litoria infrafrenata), are the world's largest tree frogs and are native to northern Queensland. They reach up to 14cm long


The Flinders Ranges stretch from Crystal Brook near Port Pirie in southern South Australia more than 400km to Arkaroola in the north. The ranges provide a glimpse into the history of time, with thousands of years of rich Aboriginal heritage giving a spiritual meaning to the surrounding physical features. A rustle in the bushes may reveal an elusive and endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby or an emu leading its chicks to the creek bed


Abundance of life: Hardy Reef on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Airlie Beach, in the Whitsunday Islands. The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2300km and is home to 600 coral species, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of molluscs, 500 species of worms, 1625 species of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins


Deimatic display: Crossing Australia's tropical woodlands in the northern part of the country during or just after the wet season, offers an excellent chance of spotting frill-necked lizard. Also referred to as a frill-necked dragon, the animal's throat display is an impressive sight. The lizard stands on its hind legs, gapes widely to reveal some very impressive teeth and inflates its large frill by means of two U-shaped bones in the throat area. The behaviour is used for territorial displays, to scare off predators, and also during courtship


Red sand dunes: The Simpson Desert is Australia's fourth largest desert and extends into the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. The red colour comes from the high levels of iron oxide in the sand


The land before time: The 135km Cape-to-Cape runs between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin along Australia's most south-westerly coastline of Western Australia. Much of the track winds over dunes composed of limestone less than 2 million years old. The rock beneath, and that exposed at most headlands, is largely ancient granitic gneiss, a type of metamorphic rock, that is between 600 and 1500 million years old


This Tasmanian devil is being raised in a 'Devil Ark', a 500ha breeding facility at Ellerston station, just north of Barrington Tops National Park in NSW. Tasmanian devils are being wiped out by a facial tumour disease which could see them extinct in 15 to 25 years if nothing is done. This insurance population may one day be released back into the wild


Eighty Mile Beach on Western Australia's northern coast lies just south of Broome and north of Port Hedland. Its pristine conditions attract many fishermen and it is also an important area for migratory birds. The beach is actually about 220km and it's the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach in Western Australia


The rich, warm tones of tea-coloured Seal Creek in Crojingolong National Park are the result of forest tannins leaching into the waters upstream. Croajingolong National Park protects 100km of eastern Victorian wilderness coast


Burning cane field: Traditionally, from June-December, cane farmers would set their fields ablaze in a harvesting process, to burn off dry leaves and chase out vermin. The practice is rarely done these days, as more environmentally friendly techniques have taken over


Dingo pups at Moomba, Strzelecki Track, South Australia. Genetic data shows dingoes may have originated in southern China, travelling through mainland southeast Asia and Indonesia to reach Australia between 4,600 and 18,300 years ago



 
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