The Australian Outback is full of natural and man-made wonders that invoke feelings of awe. Whether it’s trekking King’s Canyon or just marvelling at the changing colours of Uluru at sunrise; the Stuart Highway overland trip is the perfect trail to introduce travellers to the harsh and breath-taking beauty of the Australian interior.
Mary River Wetlands
On a sunset river cruise of the Mary River wetlands you will have the opportunity to marvel at the distinct ecosystem of an Australian wonder: the billabong. During the fading lights of day, the billabong transforms into an active wildlife preserve. Sea eagles survey their territory from high atop their perches while egrets comb the muddy waters below. Along with a variety of species of wetland animals, you haven’t experienced a true thrill until you come across a salt-water crocodile looking for an encounter!
Kakadu National Park Indigenous rock paintings
Aboriginal rock paintings depicting wildlife and ceremonies remind present-day travellers of man’s close connection to nature. Learning about Australian’s original inhabitants teaches one about the cultural significance of this land to its people and also about Australia’s past. Taking time to appreciate how we interact with our world will leave you with a sense of purpose and understanding.
Litchfield National Park
You haven’t felt as cleansed as you will when you shower in the fresh water falls of Litchfield National Park. Nothing feels more revitalizing than stripping down to your bathers and taking a plunge into the crystal clear pools. The remedy for long days of sandy, dusty trekking is a refreshing dip, which will invigorate you to your core.
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Following the steep rock staircase up to the canyon rim will test your endurance but will also reward you with a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. You will feel a sense of accomplishment while traipsing over the layers of prehistoric rock that gives you a visual sense of the canyon’s age. The spectacular vistas and deep canyon walls hide within them a secret “Garden of Eden” which makes you feel like the first inhabitants of a brave new world.
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
It’s one of the most iconic and well-used images of Australia. When one thinks of Australia this massive rock probably comes to mind. Despite its familiarity, you haven’t experienced a more breathtaking display of colours until you witness Uluru during a sunrise hike. The sheer size and scale of it not withstanding, seeing Uluru in person will not disappoint and solidify it’s stance as the most famous Australian natural wonder.