15 May, 2017
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Your travel bucket list will love your plans for a road trip in Australia. Especially, if your list is based on the ‘50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind’ as recently named by Lonely Planet. Three of these 50 creations of Mother Nature can be found in Australia. Check ‘em out
In May 2017, Lonely Planet published a brand-new book focussing on amazing natural wonders. This book is basically the perfect travel bucket list for every traveller. And we are stoked to see that 3 out of the 50 natural wonders are Australian.
One road trip to check 3 items off your travel bucket list
Three down, 47 to go after your Australian road trip. And at Spaceships, we like to make your road trip easy as possible. With unlimited kilometres and no one-way fees, you can travel as far as you like and drop the campervan off at any of our 4 depots in Australia.
That way you can check off even more items of your personal travel bucket list, not just the 3 mentioned in Lonely Planet’s book. But we do agree with Lonely Planet, these 3 creations of Mother Nature are a must-see.
Deep down: Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)
Can you get to the Great Barrier Reef by Spaceship? Sure you can. Especially if your vehicle is called Nautilus or Jules Verne. Kidding. You’ll have to leave the vehicle and go for a Scuba Dive tour to experience this amazing underwater world. Check out this video and you'll know what to expect... It's even more beautiful in real life.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is also a perfect reminder of how careful we need to be with these creations of Mother Nature and the environment in general. In the news, we saw recent headlines like “Great Barrier Reef bleached for an unprecedented second year running” (The Guardian).
Uluru is probably the most iconic natural wonder of Australia. Even without the Lonely Planet list it would have been on many people’s travel bucket list.
You can’t travel to Australia without a visit to Uluru. The large rock formation (sandstone) can be found in the Northern Territory, about a 450-kilometre drive from the nearest town (Alice Springs).
Uluru appears to change colour during the day. The red colour is at its brightest at sunrise and sunset. There are special viewing areas with parking and road access to give roadtrippers the best views of both sides at dawn and dusk.
National parks: Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)
While you are on your road trip in the Northern Territory of Australia, you might as well visit the third and final item on Lonely Planet’s list of ‘50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind’. 171km South-east of Darwin you’ll find Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu is a huge National Park (covering 19,804 km2) with unique flora and fauna. It’s ecologically and biologically diverse. We’re not surprised it made it onto the Lonely Planet list as it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Make it an experience you won't forget by going for one of these tours or scenic flights.
Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park | photo: Daniel Alexander-Head (CC BY 2.0)
Keep checking off your travel bucket list
Of course, there’s more to do and see in Australia than just these 3 natural wonders. Hey, this country is one big natural wonder. Your travel bucket list will be jam-packed if you want to see it all. Either go for a super long road trip or come back next year. Australia will never cease to amaze you. But make sure to travel relaxed and to enjoy your trip. Don’t rush it. Even we haven’t seen it all and we keep checking things off our travel bucket list after each road trip. Never stop exploring.