Australia is home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes in the world. If you’re thinking of visiting from overseas over the summer holidays, or if you’re a local looking to have a “stay-cation”, here are some of the most beautiful natural places to visit and some eco-friendly ways to explore Australia, henceforth protecting these landscapes for future generations.
Walking tours in Australia’s biggest cities
Walking is not only a pollution-free, healthy activity, but it also gives you the opportunity to see parts of the city only accessible by foot. They can also be quite affordable and fun for the whole family. This Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour takes you through this Sydney icon by foot, allowing you to explore the history and gorgeous architecture of the Sydney Opera House.
There is even a Sydney Ghost Walking Tour which explores the historics of The Rocks, perfect for the upcoming Halloween season or those who love a fright but still want to get their steps in and lower their carbon footprint!
For those wishing to visit Melbourne and get a guided, unforgettable tour of the city whilst getting their steps in, there is a Complete Melbourne Walking Tour available that’ll show you the best of what the city has to offer. With no carbon footprint or need to worry about parking at the most popular spots, this is a great sustainable option.
Lastly, this Jewel Cave Fully-guided Tour (Located in Western Australia) is a walking tour experience that showcases Western Australia’s gorgeous and breathtaking underground Jewel Caves. This is a one-hour, entertaining tour that’s great for families.
The Best Australian Landscapes to Visit – and Protect for Future Generations
The Great Barrier Reef
One of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef is visited by millions of people every year for its beauty and awe-inspiring underwater sights. It is one of the most popular diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Whilst visiting The Great Barrier Reef this summer would be a beautiful experience, it is also important to think about how we can protect this massive living underwater world whilst visiting. It is important to wear Reef-safe sunscreen and leave no trace behind, as well as choose eco-certified tour operators on the Reef.
WWF Australia recommends that we can help protect it in our day-to-day lives by:
- Reducing plastic usage
- Use eco-friendly laundry and dishwasher detergents
- Recycle and dispose of waste properly
- Buy responsibly sourced seafood
- Reduce your carbon emissions (take the bus, carpool, walk, or bicycle instead!)
- Clean up litter and rubbish when you see it
Close to The Great Barrier Reef in Tropical Northern Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is a beautiful rainforest north of Cairns. It is the oldest rainforest in the world, and therefore visited by many. By doing what we can to make a difference on the environment and the climate crisis, we can protect this rainforest and all of the unique flora and fauna it is home to for future generations.
Located west of Sydney in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains are a breathtaking sight to behold. With its iconic rugged landscapes and lookouts to walking and hiking tracks, the Blue Mountains are a perfect opportunity to explore and hike amongst nature.