You’ve probably already got a variety of visuals when someone mentions Australia… but it’s not all about the beaches and the Opera House (although those are some very good draws that it would be amiss not to mention!) In fact one of the reasons I loved exploring the country so much was it’s vast and varied landscapes and so I’ve divided some of the panoramic photos from the last year into four categories demonstrating just some of the different sides I discovered.
If you’re not quite sold on Australia yet read on… I promise there’s something here for you.
BRIGHT LIGHTS AND CITYSCAPES
Top to bottom: Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW, Perth WA
Whether it’s the harbour of Sydney or the Yarra running through Melbourne, Australia’s cities rock that combination of water and killer skylines. They’re also studded with icons. Check out the classic Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, Flinders Street Station, Princes Bridge and the spiral of the Arts Centre in Melbourne and the new Spanda sculpture and Elizabeth Quay Bridge built as part of Perth’s Elizabeth Quay development.
TAKE ME TO THE BEACH
Top to bottom: Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach QLD
You don’t have to go far for a beautiful beach in Aus but the East Coast has arguably some of the best including Whitehaven. Regularly voted the most beautiful beach in the world it’s unique sand and water patterns change every day throughout the day meaning no two people will ever see it the same way. Plus the sand is actually mostly silica, meaning you can wash your hair, exfoliate your skin and even brush your teeth with it!
CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
Top to bottom: The Grampians VIC, Cradle Mountain TAS, Blue Mountains NSW
Although these days its neighbour New Zealand is probably more well-known for it’s beautiful mountainous landscapes, Australia’s ability to provide awe from above shouldn’t be underestimated. In fact if you’re looking for hiking opportunities you need look no further than Tasmania where as soon as you get above ground level you’ll be rewarded with stunning views in every direction.
Top to bottom: Alice Springs, Uluru NT, Kalbarri National Park WA
The red earth is a quintessential signifier of Australia despite the fact that you won’t see it unless you venture into the remotest parts of the country… namely the West, North and Red Centre. These areas are often dry and barren and the landscape is immediately noticeably different from along the coast with mostly shrubbery instead of trees allowing you to see for much further into the distance.
What’s your favourite part of Australia’s landscape? Let me know in the comments below!