Our guide to some of Australia's natural beauty spots

The country's natural beauty is something which has lured millions of people to its shores, some sights which are iconic and others that are less well known. We have picked out a few of our favourite places of incredible natural beauty that could be part of your tour of Australia, and here is our guide on what makes them so special.

1. Uluru
Formerly known as Ayers Rock, but renamed in respect of the indigenous Anangu and Pitjantjatjara people, Uluru is more than a big red rock in the centre of Australia. A towering natural structure that is more majestic than pretty, visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the World Heritage Site. When getting up close to the rock, numerous springs, waterholes, ancient paintings and rock caves create a more beautiful and deeper meaning to the great structure.

2. Barron Gorge
A natural feature which has warranted a whole national park being named after it, Barron Gorge is home to the beautiful waterfall that is Barron Falls. The tropical climate and thriving rainforest that surround it are simply stunning, and many visitors to the national park choose to ride the Kuranda scenic railway which takes passengers through the dramatic scenery of the rainforest.

3. Rottnest Island
Located off of the West Coast of Australia and just a short journey from Perth, Rottnest Island is a miniature paradise. It may surprise some that a place so close to a large urban centre could exist and still retain so much of its natural beauty. The stunning beaches and bays make for a fantastic relaxation spot and there is plenty of wildlife too, including the native quokka which can almost solely be found on Rottnest Island. Although there is much natural beauty to be found on the island, there still exists some remnants of WWII.

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