Undoubtedly, the Australian continent is home to some of the most stunning natural landmarks in the world. A land of contrasts, the country features lush mountain ranges, spectacular coastal getaways, and sparse desert landscapes; for travelers who love the outdoors, a visit to Australia can be an experience that is truly unlike any other. Here are just a few of Australia’s most compelling natural sites, and why more and more visitors are enjoying treks to these wonderful locations.

The Great Barrier Reef
As large as Texas, in terms of its sheer square mileage, this enormous (and living) structure remains one of Australia’s most compelling natural wonders. Divers from around the world travel to Australia just to experience the reef’s remarkable coral ecosystems and its enormous variety of rare tropical fish. The Great Barrier Reef remains one of Australia’s biggest tourist draws, and it can also be visited year-round.

The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
Like the Great Barrier Reef, these towering limestone structures off the coast of Victoria are a testament to the natural beauty of the Australian coastline. Just off the Great Ocean Road, a visit to the Twelve Apostles can be the highlight of any trip to the country.

Murramarang National Park
For visitors keen to do a bit of kangaroo-spotting while traveling in Australia, Murramarang National Park might just be the place to beat. Kangaroos here are known to graze along the park’s extensive beaches, and families will love the chance to organize a quiet picnic in the park’s relaxing environs. Murramarang is a great spot for anyone traveling by the extensive Princes Highway through New South Wales; its ease of access and remarkable surroundings make it one of the most popular parks on the continent.

Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)
Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in Australia, Uluru (formerly known as Ayer’s Rock), is a stunning sandstone edifice seemingly springing from the ground in the middle of the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Famous for its red glow at sunrise and sunset, Uluru is also a sacred site to Australia’s indigenous Anangu people. A short journey from the town of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory, Uluru, is a must-visit for anyone who wants to see what Australia is all about.