Some of the weirdest places on Earth are in Australia. Most of these destinations are so strange in appearance that they do not even look like they are on our planet. The great thing is they also are fascinating places to visit filled with holiday adventures and memories. Pack your bags and get your camera ready, here are 5 of the best weird Australian destinations:
1. Pink Lake Hillier
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Most people that see this lake first think that it is a lighting optical illusion. The next question usually has something to do with medicine for upset stomachs. In actuality, this is the naturally occurring colour in this lake and several other lakes in Australia and around the world are pink lakes. When you take the water out of Lake Hillier, it is still pink. The different thing about this particular lake, which is so bright pink even just a few kilometres away from the bright blue Southern Ocean, is that scientists are baffled as to what causes the pink hue of Lake Hillier. They have determined that it is safe to swim in though, so you can take a helicopter tour over to Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago. The closest large city is Esperance in Western Australia.
2. Wave Rock
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Wave Rock looks like a tribute formed in homage to the waves you might see over on the Sunshine Coast. However, this granite structure oddly does not have anything to do with the ocean. It is not even located near the ocean; it is in Hyden, Western Australia. It was actually formed underground, a result of chemical weathering. The size is quite imposing; it covers several hectares and is 15 metres high, 10 metres wide. Hyden is almost 300 kilometres east-southeast of Perth in the Shire of Kondinin. Since it is a pretty rural and remote location, you might want to plan to go during wildflower season or when the Hyden Family Festival is on.
3. Ulhuru / Ayers Rock
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This is the largest monolith rock structure in the world, known as Ayers Rock or the aboriginal name, Ulhuru. During sunrise or sunset, the play on the light combined with the red rock makes it look like a view from another planet or a sci-fi movie. However, this site actually has a lot of history and culture for Australia. The natural beauty of the giant rock itself plus the surrounding caves, springs and waterholes combined with the ancient cave paintings earned the location protected status as a World Heritage Site. You can get to Ayers Rock by hiring a car service in Alice Springs or Quantas airline flights are available if you are not up to spending more than 6 hours four wheeling your way there. You can always rent a 4WD budget truck if you are up for the adventure.
4. Bioluminescence in Gippsland Lakes
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The Gippsland Lakes are in New South Wales and most of the time, especially during the day, nothing looks out of the ordinary. It is a popular destination for Victorians since it is just about a 3 hour drive to the coastline where The Gippsland Lakes and Coastal Park are located. During the day, there are a number of different lakeside activities that holiday goers can partake in, including boating, fishing, and camping. However, at night one of the most amazing scenes on our planet can be witnessed on rare occasions and that is the glow of the bioluminescent organisms. During most times, you can see faint signs of the glow when the water is splashed or disturbed. The extreme glow in the picture above was taken in the summer of 2008-09 and was a result of the Victoria bushfires from 2006 and then the flooding in 2007. The run off that contained the ash, floods, and ocean water led to an increase in the algae bloom that caused more than usually bioluminescent glows. This phenomenon happened once again in January 2013.
5. Murphy’s Haystacks
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This picture here looks like it should be out of a fairy tale book or fantasy movie and that is one of the reasons why Murphy’s Haystacks makes our list of some of the strangest places to visit in Australia. It is actually a geological formation that is pretty ancient, believed to be more than 15,000 years old. However, the appearance isn’t the only strange thing about them. The pink granite rock formations are located in the middle of a family’s wheat farm in Southern Australia. It is easy to see why this is one of the most photographed spots on the Eyre Peninsula. You can make a day out of your excursion and walk through the trails, interpretive signage, and places to have a picnic.