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Explore Australia’s World Heritage attractions

Australia has a bounty of world-class attractions. Literally.

Plenty of our natural, cultural, and historical attractions are cemented on the famous UNESCO World Heritage List.

There’s better news – most of these iconic Australian attractions are easily accessible to visitors.

It’s time to start exploring worldly wonders on your doorstep.

An Aussie icon is deservedly on the list. More below.

QLD World Heritage sites 

Great Barrier Reef

This mind-blowing natural attraction is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, and myriad coral and fish species abound. Access the reef from a string of coastal locations and enjoy unforgettable snorkelling or diving opportunities, witness a burst of colour on a glass-bottom boat tour, and explore paradise-like islands.

Book now: BIG4 parks in QLD.

The Great Barrier Reef is remarkable from all angles.

Wet Tropics of Queensland

Stunning scenery dominates the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Incredible tropical rainforest blossoms from Townsville to Cooktown, leaving visitors wide eyed with wonder. Immerse yourself in a world of waterfalls, gorges, rivers, and a plethora of plant and animal species.

Book now: BIG4 parks in Tropical North QLD.

Explore swathes of radiant rainforest. Pictured: Mamu Tropical Skywalk. Credit: Credit Tourism and Events Queensland.

Fraser Island

Easily reached from Hervey Bay, Fraser Island hoards endless treasure. The largest sand island in the world is packed with stunning beaches, sand dunes, and colourful cliffs as well as a cluster of freshwater lakes. The towering rainforest that grows on sand is both a rare and exceptional sight.

Book now: BIG4 Hervey Bay Holiday ParkIngenia Holidays Hervey Bay, ​​​​​​​Tasman Holiday Parks - Torquay Palms​​​​​​​ or Tasman Holiday Parks - Fraser Coast.

The many landscapes of Fraser Island only strengthen its must-visit status.

NT World Heritage sites

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Found 460km from Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is of immense importance to indigenous Australians. Uluru is our country’s most famous natural landmark, and viewing this monolith is a magical experience. While Uluru draws endless attention, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) is equally as gripping.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a powerful place. 

Kakadu National Park

Three hours from Darwin is the largest national park in Australia. Kakadu's varying landscapes make for fascinating exploration: spot waterfalls, gorges, wetlands, and rugged escarpments and then marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art. Like Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu is firmly entrenched on the list for both its cultural and natural values.

Book now: Breeze Holiday Parks – Mary River in Mount Bundey, BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park or BIG4 Hidden Valley Holiday Park, in Darwin, or BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Katherine.

Varying landscapes of Kakadu enhance its rich appeal. Credit: Tourism NT/Helen Orr.

NSW World Heritage sites

Sydney Opera House

It’s ironic that Sydney Opera House is recognised by UNESCO for its superb architectural qualities considering this unique design was originally destined for the scrapheap...or so legend has it. Learn more by touring this grand site, then grab tickets to one of dozens of first-class shows held each week.

Book now: Ingenia Holidays Nepean RiverNRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park or Ingenia Holidays Avina.

Sydney Opera House is an Australian landmark but, remarkably, there was a strong chance that it was never going to be built.

Greater Blue Mountains Area

Accessible from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is awash with eucalypt. UNESCO describes it as constituting ‘one of the largest and most intact tracts of protected bushland in Australia’, which equates to serious bushwalking opportunities. Abundant paths weave to waterfalls, caves, and well-known formations like the Three Sisters.

Book now: Ingenia Holidays Nepean River or Ingenia Holidays Avina.

The Blue Mountains are full of treasure, and they include the iconic Three Sisters formation (pictured).

Willandra Lakes Region

The numbers associated with the Willandra Lakes Region are phenomenal, among them lakes created as long as two million years ago and evidence of human occupation dating back 60,000 years. Nowadays, these dry lakes provide incredible photo opportunities. The funky Walls of China lunette, within Mungo National Park, is the standout formation.

Out of this world: Mungo National Park provides a feeling as though you're on another planet.

WA World Heritage sites

Shark Bay

Shark Bay is praised by UNESCO for its magnificent and rare natural formations and vibrant dugong population. This exceptionally beautiful 2.2 million ha area, in the Coral Coast region, provides an array of water-based leisure opportunities and breathtaking marine life encounters. Dolphin feeding at Monkey Mia is a time-honoured tradition.

Book now: BIG4 parks in the Coral Coast region.

Shark Bay is an area rich with remarkable landscapes. Location: Francois Peron National Park.

Ningaloo Coast

Spanning more than 600,000ha, Ningaloo Coast is home to one of the world’s longest fringing reefs. Ningaloo Reef is a 260km-long underwater playground: hundreds of fish and coral species are on display and are joined by whale sharks, marine turtles, humpback whales, and more. Exmouth and Coral Bay are great access points to this extraordinary area.

Where to stay: RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

The Ningaloo Coast is an area of incredible beauty. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Purnululu National Park

If you haven’t heard of Purnululu National Park, you’re at least likely to recognise its most notable asset: The Bungle Bungle range. UNESCO calls it an ‘extraordinary array of banded, beehive-shaped cone towers’, and there is no doubt it’s a gob-smacking sight. For the ultimate thrill, view this Kimberley region attraction on a scenic flight.

Where to stay: Lily Lagoon Resort in Kununurra.

What a sight: Bungle Bungle Range, Purnululu National Park.

TAS World Heritage sites

Tasmanian Wilderness

The Tasmanian Wilderness area covers a whopping 1.5 million ha and is particularly special. Delve into an astounding landscape regarded as one of the last true wilderness areas on the planet: a vast selection of walks is available throughout. A prominent feature of the Tasmanian Wilderness is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Book now: BIG4 parks in TAS.

Cradle Mountain is a key feature within the mammoth Tasmanian Wilderness area. Credit: Matthew Donovan.

VIC World Heritage sites

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

There’s no excuse to not visit the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens if in Melbourne – it’s just minutes from the CBD. The exhibition building is exquisite and extravagant both inside and out and its past is compelling. Learn more on a guided tour.

Book now: BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park or BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park.

Royal Exhibition Centre and Carlton Gardens have an incredibly interesting past.

Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

This is the only Australian World Heritage property listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values. Budj Bim features the world’s earliest living example of aquaculture, with evidence of eel farming dating roughly 6600 years. This is the newest Australian addition to the list (July 2019), and tours of the historical area are available. Budj Bim is located in southwest Victoria, inland between Port Fairy and Portland.

Book now: BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park or BIG4 Narrawong Island Holiday Park.

Budj Bim is the newest Australian member of the esteemed list.

World Heritage sites: various states

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, NSW/QLD

Rare and threatened rainforest species feature within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Dozens of crowd-pulling national parks are incorporated into this property, which stretches from NSW’s The Hunter region all the way over the QLD border. Explore spectacular waterfalls, volcanic craters, rock formations, abundant plant and animal species, and much more.

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are mystical. Location: Lamington National Park, QLD.

Australian Convict Sites

Several structures located in NSW, Tasmania, WA, and Norfolk Island form the Australian Convict Sites property. Fascinating encounters abound at the various historical penal sites that include Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site, Fremantle Prison in WA, and Sydney’s Cockatoo Island.

Retrace Australia's colourful convict past at several sites, including Port Arthur. Credit: Alastair Bett.

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites, SA/QLD

Two impressive properties form part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites. The Riversleigh fossil fields in QLD's Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and Naracoorte Caves in SAs Limestone Coast region are regarded by UNESCO as being among ‘the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites’. Both make for an enthralling visit.

Book now (Naracoorte Caves): BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park.

Naracoorte Caves is simply extraordinary. Credit: Mike Haines.

Isn't it time you had a world-class adventure? Book your next escape with BIG4 now. Find a park here.

Footnote: We have omitted those few properties on the list that are not easily accessible for visitors.

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