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Nature of Australia - national parks and reserves for active recreation

University Australia is a State in the Southern Hemisphere occupying the smallest continent of the planet. It is located at the junction of two oceans – Pacific, and Indian. The territory of the country also includes the island of Tasmania, and several other small islands. Most of the continent is desert. The relief is represented by the Central lowland with depressions. On the elevated western platform lies the West Australian plateau. Along the east coast stretches the Great Dividing Ridge with steep eastern, and gentle western slopes turning into hilly spurs – downs. The lower mountainous range is the Eastern Australian Mountains. Australia is located in three climatic zones: subequatorial, tropical, and subtropical. When winter comes to the Northern Hemisphere, summer commences in Australia. The continent is dominated by a hot and dry climate.
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Many National Parks and Reserves have been created to preserve the unique natural wealth in Australia. The largest nature conservation territory of ​​the Country is Kakadu National Park in the Zone of Alligator Rivers. Almost half of its area is property of the Aborigines people. The Park contains preserved traces of ancient rock art. In the middle of cascading waterfalls and steep rocks dwell kangaroos, monitor lizards, buffaloes, and amazing plant species. To the north of Queensland is the Daintree National Park, an ancient rainforest that is more than one hundred million years old. The Park is divided into two zones, with extensive agricultural lands in between. The valley of the Daintree River has become a nesting site for rare birds. In the Park, you can see the famous Jumping stones, which have a sacral value for the indigenous people of Kuku Yalanji.
The Blue Mountains National Park is located in the most beautiful area of ​​the Great Dividing Range. Here, deep emerald plains with water bodies alternate with picturesque plateaus and cliffs. The Park is densely overgrown with forests, where among the eucalyptus and wood ferns along the sandstone canyons lay many hiking trails. From the observation platforms, the rock formation Three Sisters, the Royal Canyon, the Echo Gorge, and the calcareous caves of Genalan can be well surveyed. Surrounded by the cliffs of the Flinders Ridge, is located Flinders Ranges National Park with its mysterious gorges between ancient rocks, quaintly curved trees and huge boulders. The main treasure of the Park is the grand valley of Vilpena Pound. It is an amazing natural amphitheater framed by steep red-lilac cliffs. In the Park live emu, echidna, pink cockatoos, among others. The flora is represented by eucalyptus forests, cypresses and cassowaries. Copyright
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The most extensive protected area of ​​New South Wales is the Kosciuszko National Park, which is part of the Australian Alps. Its name is attributed to the highest peak of Australia, standing on its territory. Large glacial lakes, picturesque hills, pools with thermal waters attract more than two and a half million tourists every year. The reserve contains the riverheads of the Murray, Snowy, and Marrambiji rivers. There also live a rare mountain possum and a bright false toad. On the Kimberley Plateau is the Purnululu National Park, a true museum in the bosom of nature. It is crossed by the amazing Bungle-Bungle Range, surrounded by sandy plains, grass-covered lowlands, and limestone cliffs. As a result of prolonged erosion, the mountain range from the bright orange sandstone acquired an unusual shape resembling giant bee hives.
Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park is a vast desert area, named after the two giant hills. Both peaks are part of an underground mountain mass that breaks to the surface at their locations. The base of Uluru is dotted with numerous grottoes with rock-colored walls of red sandstone. During the rainy season, three small lakes fill the caves. In the western direction from Uluru there is Kata-Tjuta – a majestic domed summit with steep slopes. Along the Great Ocean Road on the territory of Victoria stretches the National Park of Port Campbell. On a narrow strip, the famous natural limestone sculptures are collected: a group of cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, a natural arch of London Bridge, etc. Tourists aspire to see the beautiful Loch Ard canyon.
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On the island of Fraser is the Great Sands National Park, famous for its dunes and wet mangrove forests, “hanging” lakes, and swamps. In Lake Boemingen live freshwater species of turtles. In the Park you can meet dingoes. The east coast is covered by a white sandy beach. Cradle Mountain National Park – Lake Saint Clair on the Central Plateau Area of Tasmania is the most beautiful Park of the island. Tourists are attracted by; the broken silhouettes of the mountains of Cradle and Barn Bluff, Pigeon Lake with crystal clear water, alpine meadows, virgin rain forests and snow-white beaches. The famous six-day route Overland Track is passing through the park, allowing you to view all the spectacular views of the reserve.
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Famous places and sights of Australia

Purnululu National Park

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in Australia”
Nature lovers visiting Australia have to go to the Purnululu National Park that is located in Western Australia. This reserve was founded in 1987. It was listed as the World Heritage Site in 2003. The unique park covers an area of ​​over 239 hectares. It is famous for various landscapes, unique geological formations, as well as its multifaceted flora and fauna.

One of the main attractions of the park is the Bungle Bungle Range. It began to form more than 20 million years ago. Mountains have a very unusual conical shape, so they resemble huge beehives. The entire island is an alternation of arid deserts and tropical savannah, so you can meet animals and plants belonging to two completely opposite ecosystems.

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Shark Bay

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in Australia”
Shark Bay located in the north-western part of Australia's is one of the most visited natural attractions in the world. Every year about 120 000 travelers from around the world come to this unique place. The main value of the bay is algae, which cover more than 4 000 square km of its area and allow to consider the unique ecosystem of the gulf. In addition to algae, the bay is home to various species of plankton, medium-sized fish, and shrimps. These places also attract dugongs.

At certain times of the year, dolphins can be seen in the bay. Major representatives of the underwater world are also drawn in by algae that are indispensable food sources. The unique ecosystem that has developed in Shark Bay attracts biologists from around the world, as well as tourists, who like to admire … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Australia

Climbing the tower remains one of the most popular entertainments among tourists; to get to the observation deck you need to overcome more than a thousand steps. There is a more comfortable way to overcome the dizzy height, as the observation deck can be reached by elevator. The large-scale building houses several wonderful restaurants, a huge shopping center and an entertainment center with numerous attractions. Another great way to look at Sydney from a large height is to visit Royal … Read more
Among inestimable landmarks of Victorian age the building of the General Post Office, the building of Parliament House, the Town Hall and the famous Princess Theater are best worth noticing and visiting. The last landmark of mentioned above will be of great interest not only for genuine connoisseurs of architectural art but for dramatic art fans as well. The same impressive, remarkable and symbolic landmark of the city of Melbourne is The Myer Music bowl. It is a big open air platform by its … Read more
Queensland Museum features absolutely different collections of valuable artifacts. Among them you will find archaeological findings from the Stone Age, a collection of historical documents and many priceless works of art. A large part of the exhibition is open for public. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also an important object of excursions. The planetarium is located near the city's business district. The opening of the planetarium took place in 1978. Today visitors of this place of … Read more
In the immediate vicinity of Perth is Karrakatta Cemetery, one of the most important historic monuments of Western Australia. In the cemetery, prominent political and military figures were buried, as well as artists whose works are known far beyond the borders of the country. The cemetery was founded in the late 19th century, and today it is of great architectural interest. One of the most unusual historical sites in Perth is the Old Fire Station. Founded in 1900, it became the first … Read more
Museum of Immigration is another striking cultural attraction. During the excursion in the museum visitors can learn many interesting facts about the life of immigrants who have come to the country from hundreds of different states. If you make a walk along the main streets of the city, you will see a luxurious mansion. That is Ayers House, a part of rooms of which has now been converted into restaurants and cafes. Fans of nature will certainly need to visit the local botanical garden. It was … Read more
Currently the historic building is occupied by Museum of Australian Democracy. The collection of this museum is also very unusual. Among cultural institutions of the city we should also mention National Portrait Gallery. Several halls of the museum are dedicated to portraits of prominent figures of the country. An excursion in the gallery will please not only fans of painting, but also visitors who want to know more about history of the country. When it comes to time spectrum of works, here … Read more
Travelers who want to experience the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous population have to visit Davenport. It is home to the unique cultural center Tiagarra, which occupies a vast territory. Guests of the cultural center are invited for a walk around the countryside, where earliest settlements were based. There are numerous petroglyphs here, which are about 10,000 years old. The cultural centre also has a large-scale museum exhibition consisting of more than two thousand items. There are … Read more

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