Exploring The Untouched Parts Of Australia
Australia is incredible in every way. Party animals have plenty to choose from, nature lovers have the entire country to explore. Lovers of city life and cosmopolitan culture have Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide to explore. That leaves that rare animal, the lover of untouched, unexplored, pristine beauty. We’ve listed 10 of Australia’s virgin expanses just for that person.
Cape York Peninsula
Cape York has both untouched natural beauty and low population density, two factors that help preserve the pristine beauty of this area. Cape York is considered one of the biggest parcels of undeveloped land in the world. It’s hard to access Cape York, even with 4-wheel drive trucks, as the area is heavily overgrown. Mostly indigenous tribes live here.
Daintree National Park, Australia
The Daintree National Park is one of the oldest, most untouched rainforest parks in Australia. The rainforest is 110 million-year-old rainforest, still perfectly preserved. There are thousands of plant species here. Some trees are thousands of years old. Needless to say, even though tourists are allowed here, no one’s allowed to disturb the environment.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park covers 4,894,000 acres of area. Tourists come here but its still inhabited by the indigenous people. Kakadu contains many alligator rivers, full of the large reptiles. This area is to be avoided during the wet season but during summer when everything is in bloom it’s a fantastically virgin paradise.
Kata Tjuta National Park
The Kata Tjuta National Park has 36 sandstone domes and many boulders. Many of the animals and plants found in this area are rare. They are protected and restricted to within the park. Wood from trees such as the Mulga and Centralian Bloodwood are used to make boomerangs, bowls and spearheads. The plants also have medicinal qualities – for example, the bloodwood plant’s red sap is a disinfectant.
Kings Canyon is an incredible site situated at a height of 300 meters, overlooking the Kings Creek gorge. The Kings Creek gorge is sacred Aboriginal site. Special walking tracks are provided for visitors. Kings Creek contains a lush waterhole, surrounded by various rare plants and animals. There are beautiful, huge, weathered sandstone domes that are a delight to see.
The Great Barrier Reef
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are so remote and untouched, it seems almost a crime to even lead tourists there. All kinds of beautiful fish live in the waters, along with a host of other marine creatures. The Great Barrier Reef contains 2,900 individual reefs along with 900 islands, many of which are unspoilt gems of nature. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park helps protect the reef and limit human impact, so even fishing and tourism are kept to a minimum.
Purnululu National Park
A great deal of Western Australia is bypassed by tourists. Even locals don’t settle here much, which is why this region is largely untouched. The national park is a nature lover’s delight, with its huge tiger-striped sandstone rocks, incredible flora, natural landscapes and fauna. The best way to see this entire enormous park is by helicopter.
Though Kangaroo Island is just off Adelaide, not many people live there or bother to visit. As such, this region has remained beautifully untouched and pristine. It’s full of albino wallabies, little blue penguins and of course, kangaroos. The best time to visit this place is at sunset, when the penguins come out to feed.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, remote, mostly uninhabited and no way to survive there unless you bring in supplies from outside. Tourists who want to see Fraser Island must get hold of a tour that has four wheel trucks – anything else won’t drive on the sand there. Frazer Island has a crystal clear pool called Champagne Pool, which tourists love, and several shipwrecks for the curious.
Broome is located in Western Australia and is passed by both tourists and inhabitants alike. One of Australia’s top 10 beaches, Cable Beach, is located at Broome. If you love sea water pearls, this is the place to go to – grab your pearl oysters fresh from the sea and harvest your own pearls. This place has an interesting pearling history – of fights over pearls and over 900 Japanese divers who died pearling.
Daniel is a travel writer for gifts for men site Adrenalin.