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The Weird and Wonderful: Australia’s Natural Phenomena
Australia is weird and proud of it. Our Aussie slang, the coat hanger above the harbour and the big red rock in the outback makes for an odd, yet fascinating combination. Hike up the mountain and pitch a tent as we show you just how weird nature can be.
HORIZONTAL FALLS (Western Australia)
We all know that waterfalls fall vertically but these stunning Falls in Western Australia run horizontally, taking weird to a whole new level. No, the Horizontal Falls are not defying the laws of nature, but rather their strange slope is the result of water pressure building up on one side of the narrow cliff passage. This force powers the currents to reach heights of 10 metres, with directional changes depending on the tide.
STAIRCASE TO THE MOON (Western Australia)
Imagine watching the moon as it rises above the horizon, trailing behind a glistening orange tail. Northern Territory’s Staircase to the Moon is a breathtaking sight that takes place every year between April and October. The rising full moon casts a reflection on the exposed mudflats at low tide to create this mystical illusion.
WOLFE CREEK CRATER (Western Australia)
The best known meteorite crater in Australia is that of Wolfe Creek Crater in Western Australia. It averages a diameter of 875 metres and scientists estimate that the meteorite that formed it had a mass of 50,000 tonnes over 300,000 years ago. After the Barringer Crater, the Wolfe Creek Crater is the second most distinct depression that has survived the wear of erosion.
TESSELLATED PAVEMENT (Tasmania)
The perfectly aligned pavements coating the water’s edge in Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, is known as the Tessellated Pavement. Set up camp at sunset or sunrise to experience an interactive piece of art as the warm purple hues reflect off its mirrored surface. This rare feature of nature is a result of uneven erosion on flat sedimentary rock.
AURORA AUSTRALIS (Tasmania)
From Tasmania, a spectacular undulating light display can be seen. The Aurora Australis or the southern lights are one of the must see events in your lifetime. These lights are the result of the collision of magnetic particles, solar winds and that of the Earth’s atmosphere. Prime spots to catch a view are in Blackmans Bay and Howden.
ULURU (Northern Territory)
We cannot write about the weird and wonderful in Australia and not mention the famous Uluru of the Northern Territory. This sandstone rock formation is sacred to the indigenous people of the area and listed as a World Heritage Site. Witness the rock change from shades of crimson to that of magenta as the sun rises and sets on the desert scenery. These colours are the result of the dust and earth’s atmosphere on the sun’s rays.
LAKE CAVE (Western Australia)
Beneath the surface of Western Australia’s Margaret River hides numerous caves with crystalline formations. Lake Cave houses an impressive chamber that is decorated in stalactites, stalagmites and columns. For the adventurers, a beautifully tranquil underwater lake is situated 62 metres down. These sheets are the result of slow natural process of water erosion.
Mother Nature is strange and sometimes unexplainable. However, it is her unusual rock formations and the silhouettes she casts across this great southern land that makes Australia the weird and wonderful home that it is.
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