Kata Tjuta National Park - Australia

Kata Tjuta National Park – Australia

Kata Tjuta (Uluru) Australia
Kata Tjuta Australia

Kata Tjuta National Park could have become the central attraction of this area, if not for the Uluru Rock, Australia. As a rule, tourists come here precisely because of her, and this is not entirely correct: admiring the rock, they completely forget about the magnificent national park with sandstone rocks, in no way inferior to the famous Uluru.

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Kata Tjuta Australia

Kata Tjuta Park is located 50 kilometers from Uluru Cliff. The park is operated by the Aboriginal tribes living here in conjunction with the Australian federal government. Aborigines are happy to work as guides and guides for tourist groups.

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Kata Tjuta Australia

The name “Kata-Tjuta” of the area was also given by the natives: in their dialect it means “many heads”. A very symbolic name – 36 domed rocks and really look like someone’s head.

Since 1987, the park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kata Tjuta Australia

You should know

The most famous hill in this area is the Uluru Rock, which does not belong to the territory of Kata Tjuta. Olga Rock, which is part of the park, is 200 meters higher than Uluru. This often confuses and surprises tourists. (more…)

Bay of Fires, Tasmania - Australia

Bay of Fires, Tasmania – Australia

Bay of Fires Tasmania The Bay of Fires is the name of a unique beach in Mount William National Park in northeastern Tasmania. The coast is deserted and picturesque, with secluded white sandy beaches nestled between dunes and granite rocks offering stunning views of wastelands, forests and coastal areas. Sometimes Read more…

Discover Murray River - Australia

Discover Murray River – Australia

Murray River Australia
Murray River Australia

Looking at the map of Australia, you can see that some of its rivers are indicated by a dotted line. This is due to the fact that they are all very unstable and can not only dry up during the dry season, but also change their course. The exception is the Murray River, its Darling tributary and several shorter rivers. This is the longest river in Australia.

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Murray River Australia

Australia’s largest river

The Murray River is big not only for the Australian continent. Its length is 2375 km, and if we take it together with the Darling tributary, the length will exceed the Volga by almost 200 km. But, in terms of fullness, it is significantly inferior to many European rivers. Finding Murray on the map is not difficult. It is located in the east of the mainland. The path of the river runs through forests, mountains and swamps. Many major cities in Australia are located on its shores. You can even say that she attracted continental life to herself, since many forms of life have managed to adapt to its characteristics.

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Murray River Australia
  • The source of Murray is located at the top of the Australian Alps. Much to the north, large tributaries begin to flow into it. Despite the fact that crossing the continent from its eastern part to the western part, the river receives less and less water in the form of precipitation, it nevertheless remains deep. Going down the stream, there is an opportunity to meet almost all representatives of the flora and fauna of the continent, including kangaroos and emu.
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Murray River Australia

Features of the river

Its distinctive feature is the ability to navigate throughout the year, even in the driest periods. In some places its width is equal to a kilometer. Passenger ships cruise along the river for about 2,000 km. At the same time, the possibilities of shipping its tributary mostly depend on how much rainfall has recently fallen. (more…)

Port Campbell National Park - Australia

Port Campbell National Park – Australia

Port Campbell National Park
Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park, which is famous for its amazing collection of limestone “sculptures”, including the famous “Twelve Apostles”, “London Bridge” and Loch Ard Gorge. “London Bridge” is an abrasive shore formed by the surf.

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Port Campbell National Park

The Twelve Apostles cliffs guard the approach to Port Campbell National Park, the coast of which is called the coast of the lost ships.

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Port Campbell National Park

The famous natural monument “The Twelve Apostles” is a group of cliffs in the middle of the boiling surf. The “Apostles” have long been a symbol of the Great Ocean Road.

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Port Campbell National Park

 On one of them, the forces of nature formed a natural teardrop-shaped niche. Not a single travel brochure, not a single local company logo seems to be complete without her silhouette. (more…)

Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site
Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site is located just two kilometers from Blowhole in a straight line or five kilometers along the road. This place is called Cape Bombo, on which the Bombo Headland Quarry is located.

Bombo Headland Quarry
Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

There are almost no pilgrims-tourists from Southeast Asia in Bombo, and ordinary Australians are rarely there. But this place is known to professional landscape photographers far beyond the borders of Australia. Well, thank God that it was so – on the weekend, when there was nowhere to step on the “Hole”, the beauty of Bombo Headland Quarry was admired by 7-8 people, at a distance of 200 meters from each other.

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Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

Modern Bombo is the fruit of the joint efforts of man and the ocean – the ocean, for its part, washed away and destroyed the basalt rocks, the man from the opposite side undermined these rocks, crushed them and used them in construction. The fact that basalt in this place was interspersed with sandstone, led to the fact that it collapsed forming 5-6 meter pillars, which made the landscape look like Martian, as science fiction artists imagine it.

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Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site

Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site – While mining the basalt, the engineers planned the development in such a way that six natural dams remained intact, which protected the quarry and mining equipment from flooding. If you know where, and now you can see these dams, from naturally hewn geometrically regular stone pillars. (more…)

Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia
Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

In the central highlands of Tasmania, Australia, 165 kilometers northwest of Hobart, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage SitesCradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park. This park is not one of the purely entertainment objects; it is visited by tourists who are ready to turn off their mobile phones for a few days and go on an exciting walking tour through the mountains and forests. There are many hiking trails here; the well-known Overland Track begins from the park.

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Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

From the history of the foundation

In 1910, the first European, Gustav Weindorfer, visited the Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, Australia. Two years later, he acquired a small plot of land here and built an original chalet for visitors. Gustav named his building Waldheim, which translates as “forest house”.

Unfortunately, the original chalet was destroyed in a fire. However, in 1976, an absolute copy of Waldheim was built, which today welcomes guests. It is worth noting that it was Weindorfer and his wife Kate who initiated the group that advocated the recognition of the park as protected. Since 1922, the area of ​​the Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park of 65 thousand hectares was considered a reserve, and in 1972 it was officially declared a national park.

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Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

Attractions of the Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park

The main attractions of Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park are the jagged Cradle Mountain range in the north and the high-altitude Lake St. Clair in the south. It is believed that St. Clair is the deepest lake in Australia , its depth reaches almost 200 meters. Local aborigines call this lake “Liavulina”, which means “sleeping water”.

Even in the northern part of the park, you can see the Barn Bluff cliff, and in the center there are the Ossa Mountain, Oakley Mountain, Pelion East and Pelion West. Ossa Mountain is the tallest mountain in Tasmania, at 1617 meters. The main treasure of the national park is wild untouched nature, alpine meadows, rain forests and picturesque beaches.

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Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park Tasmania Australia

The flora of the National Park is truly unique. It is an amazing mosaic of Australian endemics (deciduous and coniferous), 45-55% of which are not found anywhere in the world. The foothills are especially beautiful in autumn, when beech forests are painted in all sorts of shades of orange, yellow and bright red.

The animal world is no less diverse. Echidna, wallaby kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, wombat, possum, platypus and other animal species inhabiting the park have become a real emblem of the Australian continent. Surprisingly, 11 out of 12 endemic bird species are registered here. (more…)

Discover Great Barrier Reef - Australia

Discover Great Barrier Reef – Australia

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef from A to Z: beaches, sea, entertainment and excursions. Bright photos and videos. Reviews of tourists about the Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, north of Australia. It consists of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands spanning 2,600 km. Its area is about 344 400 km² (slightly more than France) – this is the world’s largest formation created by living organisms.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

In the north, it is almost continuous and is located just 50 km from the coast of Australia . In the south, it splits into groups of separate reefs, in some places retreating from the coast by 300 km. It is here that divers from all over the world flock like bees to honey.

  • The Great Barrier Reef is so large that it can be seen even from space.

The reef is made up of billions of coral polyps – tiny microorganisms. The fabulous underwater world of coral islands attracts many tourists from all over the world, but it is incredibly fragile and defenseless.

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Great Barrier Reef

For example, if the water temperature rises by even one degree, rare algae and coral polyps will begin to die. Therefore, the Australian government has developed special requirements for visiting this area: during an underwater excursion, you cannot touch the reefs with your hands, and you can pitch tents only on specially designated islands. (more…)

Uluru Landmarks - Australia

Uluru Landmarks – Australia

Uluru Australia
Uluru Australia

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a redstone monolith overlooking northern Australia. It is revered by the aborigines as a holy place and sticks out on the flat plain like the dorsal fin of a huge red whale.

This mysterious peak boasts a great deal of history for every century of the many millions of years of its existence. Uluru (Australia), together with the nearby rocky formation Kata Tjuta (“Many Heads”) since 1977, have been part of the Kata Tjuta National Park.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Australia
Uluru Australia

Mount Uluru in numbers

  • Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is 3.4 km long and 2 km wide. Its perimeter is about 9 km.
  • The visible part of Uluru rises 348 m above the plain, but about 6000 m of this rock formation is hidden below the surface. The maximum height above sea level is 869m.
  • Uluru consists of red sandstone formed 600 million years ago.
  • Uluru was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.

General information

In 1985, the Australian government officially returned both of these complexes, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, to the Northern Aboriginal Territories. The national park is located on their sacred land, in the place where, according to their concepts, life itself originated.

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Uluru Australia

Uluru can only be considered a geographical miracle because of its size. The red sandstone monolith protrudes 348 m above the plain on average, and its highest point is 869 m above sea level. The visible part of the mountain is 3.4 km long and 2 km wide. Its perimeter is about 9 km. The monolith was formed about 680 million years ago, pushed out from the bowels of the Earth under tremendous pressure. Tectonic activity pressed clay and gravel and pushed them to the surface.

Uluru Rock is formed by almost vertical layers of extremely hard sandstone, the surface of which has turned red as a result of oxidation. From the northwestern and northeastern sides, erosion has cut deep channels in the rock, from where water gushes during the rains – this is how spectacular, but short-lived waterfalls are obtained. (more…)

Phillip Island Nature Park - Australia

Phillip Island Nature Park – Australia

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Phillip Island Australia

Phillip Island is only 120 km away. from Melbourne and is considered one of the most visited places in Australia. This island was named after the first governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip.

Phillip Island Nature Park (Australia) was established in 1996 and is a Victorian Government Conservation Park. The total area of ​​the park, including several separate areas, is more than 1805 hectares.

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Phillip Island Australia

Phillip Island boasts a very rich flora and fauna. It is here that there are about 80 species of plants, about 12 seabirds nest, such as: the Australian gannet, the red-tailed phaeton, the solandra typhoon, the wedge-tailed petrel, etc. Every year people from all over the world come here to enjoy the amazing gifts of nature. Of course, there are many beautiful places in the world, but what exactly attracts this seemingly ordinary island?

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Phillip Island Australia

Phillip Island alone is home to the largest penguin colony, numbering about five thousand winged inhabitants. Going on an excursion around the island, people hope to see the most interesting thing for which they are doing such a long journey – a performance called “Penguin Parade”. The spectacle under this solemn name is a “mini-scene” of how thousands of little penguins run to the water to dive and spend all their day there! Only after waiting for sunset, the penguins return back to the shore to their sandy dwellings.

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Phillip Island Australia

Phillip Island, Australia

Among the eucalyptus trees, Phillip Island is home to the Koala Conservation Center. Surely everyone knows that the koala is a cute Australian marsupial that resembles a teddy bear. Koala, as a rare species, was assigned the status of low risk (lower risk). Although they are still threatened by fires and deforestation of eucalyptus forests, here on the island these animals feel completely safe. On the territory of the park you can find, perhaps, the most amusing animals that live only on this continent – the kangaroo. Also on Phillip Island there is a dwarf kangaroo species – wallaby. You can also meet the proud emu and amazing wombats. (more…)

Bungle Bungle Range - Australia

Bungle Bungle Range – Australia

Bungle Bungle Range Australia Bungle Bungle is a mountain range in western Australia, located 190 km from the city of Halls Creek, known by local aborigines as Purnululu, which translates as “sandstone” and located in the National Park of the same name. Bungle Bungle is a unique mountain range of Read more…