For travelers looking to experience natural landscapes in a sustainable way Australia offers an abundance of pristine world heritage listed parks and reserves that can be enjoyed by everyone. From camping to luxury eco resorts, from bushwalks to skywalks and everything in between, these 10 Australian eco-tourism destinations offer something for everyone.
1. Kakadu: Kakadu National Park covers more than 20,000 square kilometres and includes wetlands, rock formations, indigenous rock art and a staggering array of birdlife and aquatic life.
2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: Uluru is world's largest monolith and sacred site.
3. Gondwana Rainforests: The Gondwana rainforests include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world and they provide a living museum of plants, waterfalls and animal life.
4. Willandra Lakes Region: The Willandra Lakes Region contains a system of ancient lakes formed over the last two million years. The now dry lakes are surrounded by sand dunes and sparse vegetation.
5. Fraser Island: Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and offers uninterrupted white sand beaches, coloured sand cliffs, rainforests and clear freshwater lakes.
6. The Great Barrier Reef & Whitsundays: The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest World Heritage area covering 348,000 square kilometres of reefs, mangroves, seabeds, islands and ocean waters.
7. Queensland Wet Tropics: The wet tropics of Queensland includes rivers, gorges, waterfalls, mountains and rainforests. They're home to more than 100 threatened species of animals and almost 400 threatened species of plants.
8. Tasmanian Wilderness: The Tasmanian wilderness covers about 20% of Tasmania and is home to some of the deepest and longest caves in Australia as well as some of the oldest trees in the world.
9. Shark Bay: Shark Bay is the meeting place of three major climatic regions: it contains 5 species of endangered mammals and 35% of Australian bird species.
10. Lord Howe Island: The Lord Howe Island Group includes volcanic mountains, low lying rainforests, clear ocean waters and grasslands. The islands are home to native and endemic plants as well as extensive colonies of nesting birds.
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