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Natural Wonders of Australia & Oceania

 

Visit 246 natural world wonders of Australia and Oceania, from the Haleakala Crater on Maui on the Hawaiian Islands, to the Windjana Gorge in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Haleakala Crater on Maui on the Hawaiian Islands
Australia is as plentiful and varied as the seas enclosing it--vibrant reef-worlds teeming with marine life, and scorched outbacks. The Great Barrier Reef stretches to Papua New Guinea, while New Zealand's Tongariro volcano towers above waves of rugged hills.
Windjana Gorge in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Haleakala Crater on Maui[1]
   
Windjana Gorge in Australia[2]
 
Waters spread as far as Hawaii's Mount Waialeale, all the while weaving through Oceania's full school of islands.

 

Australia-the smallest continent and one of the largest countries on Earth, lying between the Pacific and Indian oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia's capital is Canberra, located in the southeast between the larger and more important economic and cultural centres of Sydney and Melbourne.[3] For around 40,000 years before European settlement commenced in the late 18th century, the Australian mainland and Tasmania were inhabited by around 250 individual nations[9] of indigenous Australians. After sporadic visits by fishermen from the immediate north, and European discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, the eastern half of Australia was claimed by the British in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales, founded on 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in the following years; the continent was explored, and during the 19th century another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were established.[4]

Oceania-Oceania (sometimes Oceanica) is a geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands—mostly islands in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. The term "Oceania" was coined in 1831 by French explorer Dumont d'Urville. The term is used today in many languages to define one of the continents and is one of eight terrestrial ecozones. The boundaries of Oceania are defined in a number of ways. Most definitions recognize parts of Australasia such as Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea, and all or part of the Malay Archipelago as being parts of Oceania. Ethnologically, the islands that are included in Oceania are divided into the subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. [5]

New Zealand-New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (commonly called the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Maori named New Zealand Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing but in free association); Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency (New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica).[6]

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Interactive map of Australia and Oceania

New descriptions are added regularly. Last addition 1/16/2010

Western Australia-Western Australia is a state of Australia, occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Australia's largest state and the second largest subnational entity in the world, it has 2.1 million inhabitants (10% of the national total), 85% of whom live in the south-west corner of the state. The state's capital city is Perth. The people of Western Australia are often colloquially referred to as sandgropers, the common name of an insect found on sand dunes around Perth.[7]

Oceania-Oceania (sometimes Oceanica) is a geographical, often geopolitical, region consisting of numerous lands—mostly islands in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. The term "Oceania" was coined in 1831 by French explorer Dumont d'Urville. The term is used today in many languages to define one of the continents and is one of eight terrestrial ecozones. [5]

 

• Wave Rock, Western Australia, Australia
• Cape Le Grand, Western Australia, Australia
• Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia, Australia
• Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, Western Australia, Australia
• Murchison River, Western Australia, Australia
• Mitchell River & Falls, Western Australia, Australia
• Bluff Knoll, Western Australia, Australia
• Porongurup National Park, Western Australia, Australia
• Two Peoples Bay, Western Australia, Australia
• Karijini National Park, Western Australia, Australia
• D' Entrecasteaux National park, Western Australia, Australia
• Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, Australia
• Karri Forest, Western Australia, Australia
• Kennedy Range, Western Australia, Australia
• Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia, Australia
• Mararet River Caves, Western Australia, Australia
• Mount Augustus, Western Australia, Australia
• Mundaring Weir, Western Australia, Australia
• Rudall River National Park, Western Australia, Australia
• Serpentine National Park, Western Australia, Australia
• Torndirrup Pennisula, Western Australia, Australia
• Bungle Bungle Mountains, Western Australia, Australia
• Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Australia
• Hamelin Pool & Stromatolites, Western Australia, Australia

Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Waterfalls, Hawaiian Islands
Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Haleakala Crater, Maui, Hawaiian Islands
Mount Waialeale, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands
Lava Tubes, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Mount Kilauea, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands
Mariana Trench, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean
Palau, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean
New Guinea, Indonesia / Papua New Guinea
• Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua, New Guinea
• Fly River, Western Region, Papua, New Guinea
• Highlands, Papua, New Guinea
• Owen Stanley Range, Papua, New Guinea
• Sepik River, East Sepik / Sanduan, Papua, New Guinea
• Bougainville, North Solomons, Papua, New Guinea
• Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay, Papua, New Guinea
• New Caledonia, Melanesia, Pacific Ocean
• Cascades De Fachoda--Tahiti, French Polynesia
• Savai'i Island, Independant State of Samoa
• Bora Bora, French Polynesia
• Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands
• Palolo Worms, Independant State of Samoa
• Lord Howe Island, Australia
• Easter Island, Dependency of Chile
• Christmas island, Dependency of Australia

 


South Australia-South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent; with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories.[8] New Zealand-New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (commonly called the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.[9]
• Alligator Gorge, South Australia, Australia
• Blue Lake, South Australia, Australia
• Canunda National Park, South Australia, Australia
• The Coorong, South Australia, Australia
• Gawler Ranges, South Australia, Australia
• Great Australian Bight, South Australia, Australia
• Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
• Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia
• Naracoorte Caves National Park, South Australia, Australia
• Lake Eyre Basin, Northern Territory / Queensland / South Australia, Australia
• Nullarbor plain, South Australia, Australia
• Wilpena Pound, South Australia, Australia
• Mount Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
• Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand
• Cape Kidnappers, North Island, New Zealand
• Rotorua Geothermal Region, North Island, New Zealand
• Oparara Arch, South Island, New Zealand
• Marlborough Sounds, South Island, New Zealand
• Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand
• West Coast Glaciers, South Island, New Zealand
• Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand
• Sutherland Falls, South Island, New Zealand
• Poor Knights Islands, Offshore Islands, New Zealand
• White Island, Offshore Islands, New Zealand
Queensland, Australia-Queensland is a state of Australia which occupies the north-eastern section of the mainland continent. It is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the south-west and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. The state is Australia's second largest by area, following Western Australia, and the country's third most populous after New South Wales and Victoria.[10] Victoria, Australia-Victoria is a state located in the southeastern corner of Australia. It is the smallest mainland state in area but the most densely populated and urbanised. Prior to European settlement, some 30,000 Indigenous Australians are estimated to have lived in the area now occupied by the state. By contrast, over five million people now inhabit the region. European settlement in Victoria began in the 1830s as a farming community. [11]

• Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Queensland, Australia
• Low Islets, Queensland, Australia
• Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland, Australia
• Barron River Falls & Gorge, Queensland, Australia
• Hinchinbrook Channel, Queensland, Australia
• Mossman Gorge, Queensland, Australia
• Lawn Mill Gorge, Queensland, Australia
• Carnavon National Park, Queensland, Australia
• Bayliss Cave, Queensland, Australia
• Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia
• Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia
• Clarke Range, Queensland, Australia
• Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
• Coral Spawning, Queensland, Australia
• Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
• Simpson Desert, Queensland / Northern Territory / South Australia, Australia

 

 

• Lake Mungo, New South Wales, Australia
• Willandra Lakes, New South Wales, Australia
• Cunningham's Gap, New South Wales, Australia
• Myall Lakes, New South Wales, Australia
• Belmore Falls, New South Wales, Australia
• Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
• Fitzroy Falls, New South Wales, Australia
• Kanangra Falls, New South Wales, Australia
• Ben Boyd National Park, New South Wales, Australia
• Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales, Australia
• Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales, Australia
• Sydney Harbor, New South Wales, Australia
• Barmah--Millewa Forests and Wetlands, Victoria, Australia
• Croajingolong National Park, Victoria, Australia
• Gippsland Lakes, Victoria, Australia
• The Grampians, Victoria, Australia
• Lake Eildon National Park, Victoria, Australia
• Murray River, New South Wales / South Australia / Victoria, Australia
N. Territories, Australia- The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia, occupying much of the centre of the mainland continent, as well as the central northern regions. It shares borders with Western Australia to the west, South Australia to the south, and Queensland to the east. To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. [12] New South Wales, Australia-New South Wales (abbreviated as NSW) is Australia's most populous state, located in the south-east of the country, north of Victoria, south of Queensland and east of South Australia. It was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland, as well as Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. New Zealand was not initially part of the colony, although when Britain annexed New Zealand in 1840 it was briefly a part of New South Wales[13]

• Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
• Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia
• N'Dhala Gorges, Northern Territory, Australia
• Finke Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia
• Ormistin Gorge & Pound, Northern Territory, Australia
• Windjana Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia
• The Olgas, Northern Territory, Australia
• Gosse Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia
• Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

 

• Alligator Gorge, South Australia, Australia
• Blue Lake, South Australia, Australia
• Canunda National Park, South Australia, Australia
• The Coorong, South Australia, Australia
• Gawler Ranges, South Australia, Australia
• Great Australian Bight, South Australia, Australia
• Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
• Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia
• Naracoorte Caves National Park, South Australia, Australia
• Lake Eyre Basin, Northern Territory / Queensland / South Australia, Australia
• Nullarbor plain, South Australia, Australia
• Wilpena Pound, South Australia, Australia
Tasmania, Australia- Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, being separated from it by Bass Strait. The state of Tasmania includes the island of Tasmania, which is the 26th largest island in the world, and other surrounding islands. The state capital and largest city is Hobart, which encompasses the local government areas of City of Hobart, City of Glenorchy, City of Clarence and generally included is the satellite town of Kingston, part of the Municipality of Kingborough, into the Greater Hobart area.[14]
• Cradle Mountain & Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, Australia
• Ben Lomond National Park, Tasmania, Australia
• Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia
• Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia
• Freycinet Pennisula, Tasmania, Australia
• Gordon--Franklin Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania, Australia
• Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia
• Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania, Australia
• Balls Pyramid, Tasman Sea, Australia
   


 

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