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Published May 28th 2020
Must-see natural wonders that are worth travelling for
Sydney is home to an abundance of natural beauty. From beaches to gardens, lush rainforest to bushland, valleys to canyons, there is a natural beauty spot for all interests.
The list below features Top Nature Day Trips that will put Sydney's citybound sights to shame:
1. The Three Sisters
Located in the heart of the majestic Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters is a trio of rocky wonders that ranks among Australia's most famous natural landmarks, alongside Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Three Sisters is home to endless breathtaking and dramatic views and enshrined in local Indigenous lore. The Dreamtime story tells Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, three sisters, from the Katoomba people who were turned to stone to protect them from a great battle (according to legend).
For more about the area and history of the First Nations, visit the Visitor Information Centre, which is located next to the mighty Three Sisters. There are also plenty of walking trails, including the popular Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Dardanelles Pass Loop Walking Track.
They may not be Niagara Falls nor Victoria Falls, however, Somersby Falls is one waterfall that stands out. The entire Somersby Falls Walk is around 500 metres return and features steep and slippery sections (rated medium to difficult).
The top waterfall is located halfway and is around 100 metres from the start. It is the biggest and prettiest of the two waterfalls. The bottom waterfalls are gorgeous too and offer a "hidden" walking track further past the waterfall. Both walks to the waterfalls pass lush rainforest and take in views of the top and bottom waterfalls.
It took more than 340 million years for geological processes to carve these majestic cathedral-esque caverns from soft limestone of the Blue Mountains, and this makes Jenolan Caves the oldest open cave system in the world!
There are many walkways and lookouts to enjoy, as well as breathtaking cave tours that reveal the dramatic rock formations, towering stalactites and crystal pools.
Social media turned this stunning natural attraction into an icon. Many thousands of years ago, two serendipitous sinkholes in coastal rocks created a pair of nearly perfectly cylindrical pools in the shape of the number eight.
Visiting The Figure Eight Pools should only be attempted at low tide when the waters are calm, injuries even fatalities have occurred here due to people being reckless.
It takes more than an hour to walk to the pools from the nearest carpark. The walk is quite steep on the way back to the car.
The jaw-dropping waterfalls in the Southern Highlands are an enchanting natural wonderland. There are a few waterfalls that will undoubtedly impress, including Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls, Fairy Bower Falls, and Carrington Falls.
Just beyond the Northern Beaches and Barrenjoey Head, the rocky wilds of The Liesegang rings can be found. It boasts with some of the most dramatic landscapes you can see, and most strikingly, the sedimentary rock that makes up the region of coastline has eroded into unusual patterns, as different strata of stone, known as Liesegang rings.
The best examples can be found on the eight-kilometre Bouddi Coastal Walk, which runs between the eastern end of Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach.
In the heart of the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls calls home. It is one of the most ravishing towns within the Blue Mountains and offers possibly the most captivating bushwalks and lookouts.
Originally called 'Weatherboard' after the 'Weatherboard Hut' built in 1814, one year later the town was named 'Jamison's Valley' by Governor Macquarie. In 1879 the name changed to Wentworth Falls in honour of William Charles Wentworth, one of the three famous explorers.
There are several spectacular bushwalks including the National Pass Walking Trail which leads to Wentworth Falls, and eventually to Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls.
Wedding Cake Rock, also known as White Rock, is a sandstone rock formation that is located at the picturesque Royal National Park. The rock is one of many formations that appear north of Marley Beach and is suspended 25 metres above sea level.
The rock earned its name from its resemblance to a slice of a wedding cake; the feature shows layers and is unusually eroded into a perfect cuboid shape, in addition to its being white, similar to a wedding cake.
This scenic attraction is popular with bushwalkers and tourists and makes for perfect photography shots.
This gem is a natural waterhole wonderland. It is surrounded by lush bushland and offers a stunning green basin, wrapped by cliffs. The walk to the Pools is about 5km, but it is worth it. Once you arrive, the green waterhole that Bargo River flows into it from above is tranquil.
Mermaid Pools is a sacred spot for the local indigenous community, the Tharawal people. Please do not swim in the waterhole; it is disrespectful and hazardous as you need to take a 15-metre plunge then rope it back up. (There is no phone reception in the area)
11. Glenbrook Gorge
This dynamic track is an adventure like no other. The adventurous path will have you rock-hopping down the beautiful Glenbrook Gorge.
Located in the eastern side of the stunning Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook Gorge is a short, yet challenging track. Highlights include the Gorge (of course), the historic railway tunnel built-in 1911 (the rubble can be seen on the sandbar near the end of the track), Lapstone Station, and Jellybean Pool where you will be welcomed to a refreshing swim.
Wombeyan Caves are a maze of underground passages, streams, and caverns. The caverns are adorned with striking and delicate formations in a range of sizes and shapes.
These beautiful and remarkable caves are formed in marble, and the area was protected as a reserve in 1865. The drive from the western end of Wombeyan Caves Road is not for the faint-hearted, it is very rough and has many curves and narrow stretches as it descends to Wollondilly River and then up very rugged mountains. The views are stunning.
The cCaves are also home to bushwalks, waterfalls, waterholes to swim in, wildlife and birdwatching, as well as self-guided and guided tours of the Caves. There is a camping site at the Caves.
The epic dunes of the Worimi Conservation Lands at Anna Bay in Port Stephens are a must-see natural attraction. The shifting sands stretch for 32 kilometres, over a footprint or more than 4,200 hectares, and 1,800 of which are forest.
The dunes were created thousands of years ago and is the most massive moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as being one of the most impressive vistas.
The Stockton Sand Dunes are awe-inspiring and reach heights of over 30 metres with slopes of up to 60 degrees to form a majestic landscape, ideal for sand-boarding.
Located in the Beecroft Weapons Range, the Outer Tubes offer spectacular coastal views and makes for an excellent fishing spot.
The track to the Outer Tubes is 2km return, with the first section rated medium, and the remainder of the walk challenging, making this natural gem not suitable for young children.
The track descends through lush heath with spectacular views. The Outer Tubes is also home to Torpedo tubes which were installed on the rock platform during WWII to protect Jervis Bay from an enemy attack. Their rusted remains can be seen, and due to their heritage value, they must not be interfered with.
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