Category - Attractions
Below is a list of all the pages on this website which I've categorised as being about scenic and natural attractions which don't fit any of my other categories.
One attraction promoted to King Island visitors is the Calcified Forest - the artistic stony remnants of a forest long gone. I set off to check it out, and see how it compared to similar features I've seen elsewhere.
On a long road trip it can be easy to just keep driving past small historic sites that appear unexpectedly. The Kukenarup memorial, near Ravensthorpe in WA, is a good example of why it can be worth making the time to stop. It combines the sad and the positive in a memorial which is unique in Australia.
The stromatolites of Shark Bay, on Western Australia's north western coast, are well publicised in the tourist literature. However you don't need to go to such a remote place to see these pre-historic living rocks. Their close cousins - thrombolites - can be seen just south of Mandurah, within 100km of Perth.
Lake Grace is a small town in Western Australia's southern wheatbelt. While it doesn't boast major tourist attractions (or many tourists), it does have a unique and very well presented hospital museum which provides a glimpse of how the Australian Inland Mission brought medical care to the outback nearly a century ago.
On a remote piece of Antarctic coast stand a couple of huts built by explorer Douglas Mawson. They are still standing after a century of blizzards in the windiest place on earth, but few will get to visit the originals. However, anyone visiting Hobart can walk through very authentic replicas ... and get a rich taste of the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration.
The Malleefowl is an intriguing Australian bird, but also very endangered and unlikely to be seen in the wild. You don't need to be a birdwatcher to enjoy learning about these amazing creatures, especially if you get to see them at the excellent Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre at Ongerup in southern WA. They do a good presentation, and make a good lunch too.
Last time I passed by Wave Rock, one of Western Australia's well known attractions, I dropped in for a look. But the famous rock wasn't the highlight of that day for me: instead it was a less-visited site not far away, known as Mulka's Cave.
Places with interesting names usually draw my attention, so when I came across a sign for Pupu Springs I just had to have a look. Despite the unsanitory sounding name, it turned out to be a place of purity and beauty.
The uncrowded beauty of Flinders Island can delight the modern visitor, however its history contains a dark chapter. With mixed feelings I set off to visit the island's abandoned settlement of Wybalenna. That is where a remnant of Tasmania's original people - those who hadn't been eliminated or kidnapped - were exiled as part of a tragic process. One which nowadays might be described as genocide.
The coastal wind farm near Albany attracts visitors; mainly to view the turbines. If you time your visit right, it can also be an excellent spot to view and photograph the sunset over a great stretch of unspoiled coastline.
The Nambung National Park north of Perth contains what must be the most impressive examples anywhere of limestone pillars, but lesser examples can be found elsewhere ... such as this patch of dwarf pinnacles near Cape Leeuwin.
Discordance and disharmony were two words springing to mind as I walked around Westgate Park in Melbourne. Bush environments create a pleasant oasis in this very industrial portion of the city, but reminders of the man-made world constantly intrude. The Westgate Bridge and freeway soaring almost overhead are just the most obvious. Despite the sometimes jarring juxtapositions - or maybe because of them - I'd recommend this as a walk in a park not quite like others.