There are many reasons why Australia is such a popular destination for backpackers and young people. It simply has some of the most amazing natural sights on Earth, and there’s so much to do that you can’t fit it into a few weeks. If you’re planning a grand tour of Australia, here are some of the natural sights you simply have to see.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

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Over 2,000km in length, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It’s made up of hundreds of tiny islands and reefs full of turtles and colorful fish, so scuba diving or snorkeling here is a once in a lifetime experience. Because of the length of the reef, there are many different towns where you can stay and visit. Cairns is one of the most popular gateways for those who want to visit, as it has a number of tour operators who offer scuba diving, sailing, and other experiences.

2. Uluru

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Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most iconic sites. This red sandstone monolith is sacred to the Aboriginal people, and there’s soon to be a ; however, you’ll still be able to visit Uluru and take in its natural beauty among the desert landscapes.

3. Kangaroo Island

Just off the coast of Adelaide, a third of Kangaroo Island is taken up with nature reserves, making it a spectacular place to explore. Many people choose to stay in laidback accommodation such as caravan and camping Adelaide at the Hahndorf Resort, and then take a boat trip or two to the island. As you can tell by the name, the island is full of kangaroos who roam wild, and you can also spot koalas in the trees or wander along the white sand beaches where sea lions play. It really is an amazing place to feel close to nature.

4. The Great Ocean Road

A great way to see the south-eastern coast of Australia is by driving the Great Ocean Road. While it’s just under 250km, you’ll want to take your time along this route, taking in the incredible sights of limestone cliffs, unspoiled beaches, and tiny coastal villages. It’s a popular route for tourists, as there are wildlife reserves, farms, Aboriginal art galleries and lots of other things to do along the route, or you can book a surf tour and make the most of the quiet beaches at sunrise.

5. Fraser Island

Found off the coast of Queensland, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, full of unspoiled beaches and freshwater lakes for swimming. There are also some incredible coastal areas, which can be beautiful to look at, but you shouldn’t attempt swimming in the sea. This is because it’s full of great white sharks, dangerous jellyfish, and strong riptides. Make sure you only swim in the signposted areas and take guided tours to take in the beauty of the area. Luckily, there are still plenty of safe activities to enjoy, such as walking through the world’s only rainforest that grows on sand.