17 Beautiful Natural Wonders to See in Victoria, Australia

Photo of Monique La Terra
25 July 2017

With rugged coastlines, ethereal cascades and entrancing geological formations, Victoria’s diverse landscape has much to offer photographers, tourists and locals alike. To get you started on your quest to visit the state’s natural wonders, Culture Trip has put together a list of 17 spectacular sights.

Twelve Apostles

Attracting over 1.2 million visitors annually, The Twelve Apostles is a group of windswept limestone pillars formed over millions of years. Located on the scenic Great Ocean Road, the stacks are best viewed at dawn when the coastline is bathed in pastel light.

Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd, Princetown VIC Australia

Red Rock Reserve

One of Victoria’s youngest volcanoes was the site of approximately 40 ferocious eruptions points. Part of the Kanawinka Geopark, Red Rock is 17 kilometres from Colac and consists of maar craters, lakes and scoria cones. For panoramic views of the area, visit the western viewing platform.

Alvie VIC Australia

Buchan Caves

Enter an underground mystical world at Buchan Caves in East Gippsland. This enchanting network includes the Fairy Cave with its glistening stalactites and stalagmites and the Royal Cave which features reflective calcite-rimmed pools. Guided tours run daily.

98 Caves Rd, Buchan VIC Australia

Pink Lakes

Located in the northwest corner of Victoria inside the Murrary Sunset National Park are four unusual pink salt lakes. Lake Crosbie, Lake Becking, Lake Kenyon and Lake Hardy acquire their colouring from the presence of red algae. Dependent on the time of day and the weather, the lakes can change from salmon pink to bright white.

Murray-Sunset VIC Australia

Cleft Island

Five kilometres off the coast of Wilsons Promontory is an isolated island, which resembles a human skull and has hosted fewer visitors than the moon. Large enough to fit the Sydney Opera House, the cavern on Cleft Island is said to have once been the target for cannonball practice.

Wildlife Coast Cruises 11/13 The Esplanade, Cowes VIC Australia

Courtesy of Wildlife Coast Cruises

London Arch

One of Victoria’s most popular natural wonders is the London Arch, formerly known as London Bridge until the section closest to the mainland collapsed in 1990. Prior to the collapse, visitors could walk across the bridge, however nowadays people can enjoy the view from two different platforms.

Great Ocean Rd, Peterborough VIC Australia

Petrified Forest

Cape Bridgewater Petrified Forest 001
Cape Bridgewater Petrified Forest 001 | © Mattinbgn/WikiCommons
Cape Bridgewater’s Petrified Forest is named so because the cylindrical limestone pipes appear to be fossilised trees. In fact, the limestone tubes have been hollowed out as a result of millions of years of rainfall.

The Pinnacle Grampians

Hiking Trail, Park
Hike to the summit of The Pinnacle in Grampians National Park
Hike to the summit of The Pinnacle in Grampians National Park | © Trinh Le / Alamy Stock Photo
Marvel at the tremendous scenery of the Grampians from The Pinnacle, a rocky spur which extends from the cliff face. Accessible via both easy and challenging trails, the view of the Grampians National Park from the lookout is worth the hike.

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