You could travel far and wide to see some of the world’s most spectacular sights, but have you considered the amazing natural attractions located closer to home? Discover the dazzling aesthetics of our top five natural wonders of the South Pacific on your next holiday.

 

Jewel Cave, Western Australia

What is it?

Situated in the beautiful karri forest of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, Jewel Cave is a spectacular example of nature’s majesty. The cave descends to a depth of 42 metres, measures 1.9 kilometres long and boasts four massive chambers, making it the largest show cave in Western Australia.

Why go?

This underground wonderland is decorated with stunning calcite formations. You’ll be in awe of the straw stalactite hanging almost six metres from the ceiling – it’s one of the world’s longest.

Jewel Cave
Jewel Cave

Where To Stay?

Located just over one hour’s drive from Jewel Cave, Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dunsborough boasts direct beach access, a heated pool, children’s playground, day spa and restaurant.

 

Maria Island National Park, Tasmania

What is it?

Accessed by ferry from Triabunna Marina, Maria Island is a national park and marine reserve located off the east coast of Tasmania. With no cars or shops, it’s an unspoiled natural gem featuring expansive wilderness, pristine beaches, and fascinating Aboriginal and convict history.

Why go?

Experience pure tranquillity while bushwalking and cycling, where the only permanent residents are rare wildlife including Cape Barren geese, Forester kangaroos and Flinders Island wombats. Walk to the Fossil Cliffs to see shellfish fossils dating back almost 300 million years or visit the Painted Cliffs, which feature beautiful patterns in natural sandstone.

Where to Stay?

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Seven Mile Beach is a one-hour drive from Triabunna. This eco-friendly, beachfront resort has a restaurant, tennis court, pool and barbecue area.

 

Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

What is it?

Fox Glacier is one of the most easily-accessible ice formations in the world. Situated on the West Coast of the South Island, this mighty 13-kilometre mass of moving ice is simply breathtaking.

Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier

Why go?

Fox Glacier is a true wonder of nature surrounded by soaring mountains and beautiful rainforest. You can explore this awe-inspiring New Zealand icon on foot with guided glacier walks and fly-in, fly-out heli-hikes or take to the skies on a scenic flight. There are also walking tracks along the river to the terminal face.

Where to Stay?

Situated three hours’ drive from Fox Glacier, Ramada Resort by Wyndham Wanaka features a heated pool, outdoor hot tub and steam room.

 

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria

What is it?

Regarded as one of Victoria’s most impressive waterfalls, MacKenzie Falls is surrounded by a lush backdrop within the Grampians National Park.

Why go?

Holding the title for the biggest waterfall in the Grampians, it flows year-round, falling 30 metres into a deep pool. Walk to the viewing platform (1.9 kilometres return) for picturesque views of water cascading over huge cliffs.

Where to Stay?

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Ballarat is set on sprawling grounds, just over two hours’ drive from MacKenzie Falls. Resort facilities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, gym and games room.

 

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

What is it?

With steaming hot springs, spurting geysers, bubbling mud pools and crater lakes, Rotorua is one of the world’s most spectacular geothermal wonders. This phenomenal landscape has been sculpted by the region’s volcanic history, and the beauty left behind is sensational.

Why go?

Witness the scenic splendour of Rotorua’s geothermal activity in Whakarewarewa, Tikitere (known as Hell’s Gate), Waimangu, Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako. Highlights include the magnificent Champagne Pool, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, and New Zealand’s largest geyser, which erupts up to 15 times a day.

Waiotapu Geothermal Area
Waiotapu Geothermal Area

Where to Stay?

New Zealand’s amazing geothermal sites are located between 10 minutes’ and one hour’s drive from Ramada Resort by Wyndham Rotorua Marama. Resort facilities include a café and bar, pool, spa and gym.

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