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Five Must-See Natural Wonders to Visit on Your Next Weekend Away

Get outside and explore the picturesque beaches, rainforests and national parks that Australia is famous for.
By Jasmine Crittenden
July 15, 2019
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Five Must-See Natural Wonders to Visit on Your Next Weekend Away

Get outside and explore the picturesque beaches, rainforests and national parks that Australia is famous for.
By Jasmine Crittenden
July 15, 2019
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Of the seven natural wonders in the world, Australia has one: the Great Barrier Reef. But there are loads of others that haven't made the official ranking. Next time you're planning a weekend away, consider turning it into a whizzbang adventure and ticking one off your list — from the pristine white shores of the biggest sand island in the world to a magical bay that's nine times the size of Sydney Harbour.

Just like us, Stoneleigh Wild Valley is all about celebrating the wondrous work of nature. The New Zealand winery follows a wild fermentation process for its wines resulting in flavours that are rich in complexity. So, together, we've scoped out five spots around the country that boast pretty spectacular natural sights. And, you can experience them any way you like.

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K'GARI (FRASER ISLAND), QUEENSLAND

Welcome to the biggest sand island in the world — its 184,000 hectares are made of sands of 72 colours. If your weekend dreams are made of beaches, beaches and more beaches, then World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island) is the place to go. Spend your weekend lazing about in a four-star eco resort, complete with a day spa and pool, or pack your tent and go wild. If you're feeling especially adventurous, there's also the K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk — a 90-kilometre adventure that'll take you via crystal clear inland lakes, across sand dunes and through lush rainforests. It'll take around six to eight days to complete.

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Cave Beach, Dee Kramer

JERVIS BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES

It's a little known fact that Jervis Bay is nine times the size of Sydney Harbour. It's also the deepest bay in Australia. Head here for a weekend and you'll have 20 kilometres of white sand to play on alongside 102 square kilometres of tranquil water. Among the area's prettiest beaches are Hyams, Green Patch (where you can pitch a tent) and Murrays. Jervis Bay is a marine park, which means its abundant sea life is well-protected, too. Pack your swimmers and snorkel and look out for dolphins, rays, weedy sea dragons, Port Jackson sharks, fish and whales.cp-line

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KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK, NEW SOUTH WALES

Kosciuszko National Park's claim to fame is Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia. While a climb to its summit is mandatory, there are plenty more adventures on offer. During winter, you can conquer the Crackenback Supertrail — the longest downhill run in Australia — on your skis or snowboard and take a dip in a piping hot thermal pool at Yarrangobilly Caves. Come summer, explore stunning glacial lakes, spectacular wildflower meadows and magical snow gum forests on foot or by mountain bike.

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NINETY MILE BEACH, VICTORIA

Along the southeast coast of Victoria runs Ninety Mile Beach. The 151-kilometre stretch of golden sand is the second longest beach in Australia and the fourth longest in the world. Ninety Mile separates Bass Strait from Gippsland Lakes, so you can spend your weekend hopping from wild surf to dreamy still water. In between sunbaking, swimming, surfing and fishing, take a wander through the coastal villages of Woodside Beach, Seaspray, Loch Sport and Lakes Entrance.

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WINEGLASS BAY AND THE HAZARDS, TASMANIA

This world-famous bay gets its name from its perfect curves and crystal-clear waters. You'll find it on Tasmania's east coast within Freycinet National Park and not far from the Hazards — the pink granite mountains that rise dramatically from the water. To see both in one fell swoop, catch a scenic flight. Alternatively, follow the steep, three-kilometre hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout and then, if you have the stamina, continue along the Hazards Beach Circuit. There's also a bunch of luxe stays that offer panoramic views so you can see everything without leaving your bed.

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Enhance your adventure through nature with Stoneleigh Wild Valley, whose 2017 sauvignon blanc recently won gold at the New York International Wine Competition 2019.

Top Image: Yarrangobilly Caves, Tourism Snowy Mountains.

Published on July 15, 2019 by Jasmine Crittenden

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