Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
As one of the most iconic landscapes associated with Australia, it’s not surprising that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park features highly in our list. Forming the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, the ancient red rocks of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are internationally recognised symbols, with Uluru known for its mystical changing colours depending on the time of day.
Cultural traditions of the park’s Aboriginal traditional owners, Anangu, can also be seen in the rock art decorations found in the caves, and the park is home to numerous wildlife, including 150 species of birds, as well as reptiles and amphibians who have adapted to live in the arid environment.
“I know I’m biased but for me Uluru is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is an ancient, enduring but constantly changing landscape. It’s the way the many colours of the rock change in the different light, ending up with an Outback night sky that’s full of stars.
“Then there are the many surprises – the waterholes and caves around the rock, the majesty of Kata Tjuta, the way you can wander through its gorges and valleys discovering the plants and wildlife that make their home here. There is this sense of place you get nowhere else – a connection to this place and its people, its culture and history, which can be overwhelming. You really have to come here to experience just how awe-inspiring Uluru truly is.”