You can travel far and wide to see some of the world’s most spectacular sights, but have you considered the amazing natural attractions located right here at home? It’s time to discover the top five natural wonders of the South Pacific.

 

Maria Island National Park, Tasmania

What is it?
Accessible 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, Maria Island is an unspoiled natural gem with wilderness, pristine beaches, and fascinating Aboriginal history.
Why go?
Experience pure tranquillity while bushwalking and cycling, where the only permanent residents are rare wildlife like 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.

 

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 Western Australia.
Why go?
This underground wonderland is decorated with stunning calcite formations. You’ll be awed by the straw stalactite hanging almost six metres from the ceiling – it’s one of the world’s longest.

 

Rotorua Geothermal Sites, North Island, New Zealand


What is it?
With steaming hot springs, spurting geysers, bubbling mud pools and crater lakes, Rotorua is a spectacular geothermal wonder. This phenomenal landscape has been sculpted by the region’s volcanic history, and the turbulent scenery left behind is definitely photo-worthy.
Why go?
Witness the 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.

 

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 13-kilometre mass of moving ice is simply breathtaking.
Why go?

Surrounded by soaring mountains and beautiful rainforest, Fox Glacier is a true wonder of nature. You can explore this awe-inspiring New Zealand icon by 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.

 

Mackenzie Falls, Grampians National Park, Victoria

What is it?
Regarded as one of Victoria’s most impressive waterfalls, the MacKenzie Falls are 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.

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