Photos That Will Convince You That Australia Is Like Nowhere Else In The World

There is more to Australia than surfing and kangaroos (although those are pretty spectacular too).

The following pictures will have you feeling like there is nowhere else you would rather be at this very moment. Prepare to feast your eyes.

Murray River — The Longest River

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Photo Credit: @glamadelaide / Instagram

Say hello to Australia’s longest river! It’s actually also the world’s third-longest navigable river, after the Amazon and the Nile. It flows 2,520 kilometers (1,566 miles) through South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.

But there is way more to it than water. People there love to enjoy golfing, cruises, or even a visit to Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery off-shore.

The Blue Pool — Shell Beach

Yorke Peninsula
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Photo Credit: @mark_elbourne / Instagram

This gem is hidden away at the end of Shell Beach in Innes National Park. It’s basically a rock pool with water that also serves as the best seat in town to spot the resident marine life.

It’s actually not that hard to find if you know where you’re going. You take the stairs down to the beach from the parking lot, turn right, and you’ll find it up ahead!

Port Willunga Beach — Cave Adventures

Port Willunga Beach
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Photo Credit: @starofgreece / Instagram

Port Willunga Beach is not just like any beach. It makes for a great adventure if you walk around as you’ll find really cool looking caves. You can even sit in one of them and take in the natural beauty of the waves rolling in to the shore.

The Barossa Valley — The Wine Region

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Photo Credit: Tanunda Barossa Valley / Instagram

Nothing goes better with a refreshing glass of fruity wine than a beautiful scenic view. This is exactly what the Barossa offers.

If that’s not enough, it’ll also give you mesmerizing walking and cycling tracks, delicious food, golf courses, local art galleries, and cute towns for local shopping.

Kangaroo Island — Wildlife And Scenery

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Photo Credit: @triipme / Instagram

Whether you’re captivated by wildlife or scenery, you’ll find both here. That’s why Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s biggest attractions.

A third of the island is protected in nature reserves. Plus it’s known for remarkable rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and a desert where you can go sandboarding.

Naracoorte Caves — Stunning Fossils

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Photo Credit: @athollarwood / Instagram

Naracoorte is South Australia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. It made the list for its beautiful caves and wildlife.

While strolling the caves, you might find breeding bats, learn about ancient fossils, or catch one of the 150 spices of birds in the Bool Lagoon Game Reserve.

The Blue Mountains — High Cliffs

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Photo Credit: GREG WOOD/AFP via Getty Images

This is the perfect getaway from the noise of the city to a peaceful oasis. The Blue Mountains are located in New South Wales.

They are raised high above sea level overlooking blooming gardens among other breathtaking views from the cliffs.

Whitehaven Beach — Beach Heaven

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Photo Credit: @bestplacesqld / Instagrm

There is a reason the name almost sounds like “White Heaven.” Located on Whitsunday Island, off the coast of Australia, this beach is known as Australia’s cleanest and clearest.

The sand and water are so clear that you can almost see your own reflection. In fact, it’s been named one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

Fleurieu Peninsula — The Ultimate Road Trip

Fleurieu Peninsula
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Photo Credit: @flowcreator / Instagram

There is a lot to do here other than feast your eyes! The peninsula is perfect for a road trip along the coast south of Adelaide.

Be sure to make stops following the Fleurieu Art Trail and go whale-watching in Port Elliot.

Lake MacDonnell — A Literal Pink Lake

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Photo Credit: @southaustralia / Instagram

Mother Nature really did a number on the palette of this lake! The lake’s high salt levels, along with algae and pink bacteria (halobacteria) turned the lake an intense pink color. In fact, the more concentrated the salt, the brighter the color.

Flinders Ranges — The Largest Mountain Ranges

Flinders Ranges
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Photo Credit: @abcaustralia / Instagram

The largest mountain range in South Australia stretches over 430 kilometers (265 miles) from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna. It was named after Matthew Flinders, the English navigator who saw the peaks in 1802.

You definitely wouldn’t get bored on a visit, as it offers a range of activities like bushwalking, bike riding, four-wheel driving, scenic flights, and hot air ballooning.

Clyde River — Pure Water

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Photo Credit: @teamaardvark / Instagram

The Clyde River is protected for its resources, so its national parks are completely uninhabited. This means its water is considered to be extremely pure.

The mouth of the river is located at Batemans Bay, where it flows into the Tasman Sea. The Clyde River is famous for its scenic cruises, houseboat rentals, fishing, and some delicious oyster tastings.

Donington Beach — Aquamarine Water

Lincoln National Park
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Photo Credit: @southaustralia / Instagram

If nothing screams “vacay” to you more than sandy white beaches and clear blue water, than this is the beach for you. It’s located in Lincoln National Park on the Eyre Peninsula.

The beach is surrounded by equally beautiful scenery. So you’ll want to take a break from tanning to look around.

Kuitpo Forest — Where The Trees Line Up

Kuitpo Forest
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Photo Credit: @jemlang / Instagram

What’s really cool about this place is the trees are all lined up in rows, perfectly uniform. And there are lots of trees, making for a captivating scene.

The area is ideal for camping. You might even get a visit from wildlife while you take on the scenic walking trails of the forest.

Glenelg — The Height Of Beach Culture

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Photo Credit: @jasewats / Instagram

Glenelg is famous for its long jetty that extends 381 meters out into the ocean. But the whole area is worthy of being explored. You can get a tram ride to the main street full of trendy cafes, beachfront bars, and a long walking trail.

If you want to stay close to the water, you can even book a tour to go swimming with dolphins.

Adelaide Hills — History And Character

Adelaide Hills
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Photo Credit: @visitadelaidehills / Instagram

Adelaide Hills is home to a few small towns and attractions that each have great character and lots of history. For example, there you’ll find Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest remaining German settlement as well as the Beerenberg Farm, where you can pick yourself some fresh berries.

There is plenty to do between hand-feeding animals and just grabbing a beer.

The Great Ocean Road — A Thrilling Drive

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Photo Credit: Auscape/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Driving along Great Ocean Road is guaranteed to be both thrilling and breathtaking thanks to its scenic route.

Along the way, you’ll find many adventures like the famous 12 Apostles (pictured), numerous waterfalls, cliffs, surf breaks, and friendly locals. Pick your own adventure!

Clare Valley — Romantic Strolls

Clare Valley
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Photo Crediit: @southaustralia / Instagram

The famous Australian grape-growing region has a lot more to offer than just wine. In fact, it’s also home to a picturesque landscape that is super romantic to explore.

Polish, English, and Irish immigrants originally settled the valley. They left the charm of their culture and customs in the heritage towns and historic bluestone buildings. So you’re guaranteed gourmet food and romantic walks too!

Mount Gambier — Home To The Color-Changing Lake

Mount Gambier
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Photo Credit: @philackland / Instagram

Mount Gambier is an extinct volcano with four stunning crater lakes along the Limestone Coast. The mount is home to sinkholes and gardens that make for amazing photos.

Curiously, the color of Blue Lake annually transforms from dull gray to a bright blue in November.

Lake Eyre — Australia’s Lowest Point

Lake Eyre
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Photo Credit: @ignacio_palacios_ip / Instagram

Lake Eyre, or Kati Thanda in the local Indigenous language, is almost always completely dry, giving it a very unique look!

On bright, clear days, the horizon disappears and it looks like the sky and the salt lake are merging for as far as you can see.