Australia may be land for wilderness, wildlife, and national parks. Or it may be a place with some of the most iconic and beautiful man-made creations like the Sydney Opera House, but still, if you want to see the really beautiful places in Australia, you need to go offbeat. Australia is filled with such rare and winsome gems that are waiting to be explored and appreciated for their never before seen beauty or grandeur. So, let’s jump right in and see which offbeat destinations sum up the most beautiful places in Australia.
1. Pink Lake
Driving on the Western Australian Coastal road, to the north from Perth you can get to experience this strange but beautiful sight of a pink lake. Topping the charts of the most beautiful places in Australia, Port Gregory Pink Lake is totally worth a visit. It gets its mysterious pink color due to the lake’s salt and algae concentration which gives way to a reaction causing the lake to turn a shocking pink! But not just here, there’s a pink lake residing under the Western Gate Bridge in Melbourne as well. So, if in the area, simply take a car or bike ride to the spot from Melbourne CBD to witness this off the beaten and beautiful place in Australia that you won’t find elsewhere.
2. The Pinnacles
Again located to the north of Perth is this another strange yet beautiful place in Australia that surely deserves a top spot on this list. The Nambung Desert in Western Australia is the home to the Pinnacles- which can well be the home to the Martians. Why we say this is because this can only be best explained if you experience it yourself. But basically, it is the terrain and the appearance of the region that seems as if it is a set of a sci-fi alien encounter movie. Spread in a kilometer wide area in the middle of the yellow sanded normal looking dessert is an aggregate of huge limestone formations that can only be best described as eerie.
What adds to its spooky appeal is the fact is the local aboriginal people’s belief in these structures to be a representation of their predecessors who died here in the quicksands. If you don’t get easily freaked out, you can most definitely find the Pinnacles a beautiful place in Australia, and not just an eerie one which becomes eerier with sunset, although it does make for amazing pictures.
3. The Underground Town of Coober Pedy
If there was a scale to measure the weirdness of offbeat and beautiful places in Australia, Coober Pedy may well be on the top. Located as far as one can imagine from any civilization, it is a small town in the Australian Outback. With the nearest habitation located at Port Augusta, at a whopping 8 hours long distance away, and nothing at all in between the two places, it is naturally a well hidden and most rarely visited Australian destination for sure! Although weird and unbearable would be a better word to define this beautiful place in Australia, it was founded a post the WW1 by the onward Australian soldiers in hopes of mining opal. Although the mining town makes up for 80% of Australia’s opal supply, it is next to impossible to live here given the extreme heat it receives. This is why the miners build their homes underground to escape the merciless sun. Taking up the strangeness quotient several notches, you can find hotels, church, schools and more, all comfortably located beneath the turf of the earth! What’s still stranger is the golf course located here that’s sans any grass, where you can only play at nights!
4. The Devil’s Marbles
Ranking fourth on the list is Devil’s Marbles located in the Australian Outback. Known by the name of KarluKarlu, among the traditional aboriginals, it is the oldest religious site in the world. What makes it strange though is not its dire name, but what it features. The place is scattered with strange round boulders mysteriously balanced over each other immaculately. These smooth and nearly perfect round granite rocks are formed as a result of weather-induced erosion over the span of time; although how and why stacked, is hard to explain. The fact that they look completely out of place and definitely not a natural phenomenon that’s ever seen anywhere else, prompted the ancients to name this curiously beautiful place in Australia, ‘Devil’s Marbles’. Located midway between Alice Springs or Adelaide to Darwin, make sure to stop and spend some time marveling the awesome power of nature to carve such imposing and impossible structures almost defying physics. When traveling from Adelaide to Darwin or vice versa, taking a break to soak in this beautiful place in Australia even for just an hour, will not only break the monotony of your drive but will give you a lifetime of memories of a queer yet amazing natural destination.
5.Wolfe Creek Crater
Australia may be the land of wilderness, wildlife, and national parks. Or it may be a place with some of the most iconic and beautiful man-made creations like the Sydney Opera House, but still, if you want to see the really beautiful places in Australia, you need to go offbeat. Australia is filled with such rare and winsome gems that are waiting to be explored and appreciated for their never before seen beauty or grandeur. So, let’s jump right in and see which offbeat destinations sum up the most beautiful places in Australia.
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