Quite literally, being home to so many spectacular rock formations. Here are some of the best I’ve seen so far from my travels across this vast continent.
The Bungle Bungle Ranges (Purnululu National Park), in the Kimberly, have a great name and are fascinating from both the ground, walking to the suitably named Cathedral Gorge, and flying over in a helicopter.
The Pinnacles, north of Perth, are equally unusual, and vivid in both colour and shape.
Karijini National Park, in the Pilbra region of Western Australia, is home to wonderful gorges, the most geologically interesting of which was Hamersley Gorge.
Further north in the Kimberly Echidna Chasm was completely unexpected and quite amazing.
Gantheaume Point In Broome was equally unexpected and even more colourful, particularly set against the turquoise waters beyond.
The Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania is home to some of the highest sea cliffs in the world, best seen below from a boat.
Sydney also has some amazing sea cliffs, particularly along the Coastal Track in Royal National Park.
More sea cliffs can be found along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, including the famous Twelve Apostles.
Kata Tjuta is relatively close to Uluru but far less familiar, if similarly epic in scale.
Saving the most famous for last, but even after seeing so many images of Uluru to see the real thing up close at dawn was unforgettable. It’s like an alien object, an unbelievably vast single piece of rock, which looks different from almost every angle.