Thursday, 7 July 2011

Australia and its magic

Australia's Aborigines believe their ancestors formed massive Ayers Rock, or Uluru.

Photo: Boab trees

Boab Trees, Kimberley

Photograph by Theo Allofs/Corbis
The remote Kimberley region in Western Australia features dramatic landscapes filled with river gorges and sandstone formations that were featured in the 2008 film Australia. The Kimberley is also home to the massive boab tree, close relative of the African baobabs.

Photo: Aborigines dancing

Aboriginal Dancers

Photograph by Penny Tweedie/Getty Images
Aborigines kick up dust in a dance at sunset. The original inhabitants of Australia, Aborigines were there for more than 40,000 years before white men arrived. European settlers brought disease and politics to the continent, severely endangering the Aborigines’ distinct culture, language, and lifestyle.
Photo: Koala in tree


Photograph by Trevor Keyler.
A heavy-lidded koala keeps its cool nestled in an Adelaide tree. These eastern Australian residents spend most of their time dozing in eucalyptus trees, waking up at night to feed on the trees' tough leaves.

Photo: Baby kangaroo peeking out of its mother’s pouch

Baby Kangaroo

Photograph by Thorsten Milse/
A joey gets a ride from its mother in Victoria. A national symbol of Australia, the eastern grey kangaroo has been known to leap up to 29.5 feet (9 meters) in a single bound as it traverses eastern mainland Australia. The eastern grey is one of approximately 63 species that are native to Australia.

Photo: Two rock monoliths sit in the crashing surf of the ocean

Twelve Apostles on Great Ocean Road

Photograph by James Wang.
Eight towering limestone monoliths make up the Twelve Apostles that sit on Great Ocean Road in southeastern Australia. The structures, once a part of the towering mainland cliffs, now sit about 80 feet (24 meters) high and 20 feet (6 meters) wide in the midst of crashing waves.

Photo: Waterfall

Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park

Photograph from Radius Images/Corbis
Crystal Shower Falls is just one natural attraction in New South Wales's Dorrigo National Park. Boardwalks on the forest floor and the treetop level let visitors experience the rain forest up close.

Photo: White, sculpted sandbars leading out to blue waters

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Photograph by Paul Chesley/National Geographic Stock
The smooth, sandy shorelines of Australia’s Whitsunday Islands and the natural wonder of the surrounding Great Barrier Reef draw tourists from around the world. Many of the 74 islands are designated national park land while others play host to luxurious island resorts.

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