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For the record, I’m skipping straight over Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Not that they don’t deserve it, of course. But let’s all agree we know what they look like. Instead, here are some lesser-known natural wonders in the harsh, rugged land that is Australia.

This is my inspiration to return here and explore.

[Note: Most of these photos are licensed All Rights Reserved. Matador Trips received special permission from the photographers in these cases. Please note the license type before reusing any of the following images.]

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Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

  • Kathy

    Arghhhhh! Like I *needed* more reasons to want to go to Australia! Now, how to manage to get there!

    • Monique

      Its worth it..I live here and it is really nice in some places :) …although I would love to go to other countries too! :D

  • http://www.collazoprojects.com Julie

    Bungle Bungles… I’d go for the name alone.

  • http://www.kaleidoscopicwandering.com JoAnna

    Great photo essay! I think the places that look most like desert are the most appealing to me!

  • joshua johnson

    agree with JoAnna, I want to get my feet on some of those red rocks…

  • http://jennifertice.wordpress.com Jennifer Tice

    Thanks for the list! It was nice to see a refreshing list of new ideas other than just the typical touristy places!

  • http://www.travelaustralia360.com Donna Brown

    Awesome Natural Wonders list!

  • Meg

    Where was Victoria on this list?? The Great Ocean Road, The Otways, The Grampians, 12 Apostles?

  • Matt

    Great pics. Love the scenery.

  • Meagan

    Byron Bay! The most eastern point in Australia was definitely one of the most BEAUTIFUL places I visited while I was there.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lou1003/ Louise

    Awesome list.

    I live in Darwin (originally from the UK) and am lucky enough to have 2 and 3 virtually on my doorstep. There are only 2 or 3 left for me to see on that list, I’m proud (and lucky!) to say.

    Cradle Mountain is beautiful, Kakadu is huge (the size of Wales, UK). Ningaloo I agree with: I much prefer it over the Great Barrier Reef.

    Only suggestion is as above – The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road? Also Wineglass bay or the Bay of Fires in Tassie – gorgeous white beaches (beaches are a massive part of Aussie culture and beauty: surprised there are not more included)

    • http://vagabonderz.com Carlo Alcos

      I thought the 12 Apostles were way to obvious :) Hopefully these were ones that are a little less familiar.

  • Amanda
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