Bioluminescent Plankton, New South Wales – Jervis Bay, located three hours south of Sydney, is best known for its white sand beaches, but the beaches in the area are more picturesque at night. Due to a natural chemical reaction, plankton becomes glowing and emits a blue glow. This unusual natural phenomenon can occur at any time of the year, but is most common in spring and summer when the water is warmer.
Maine Maine Lights, Northern Territory – Min Min Lights are a mysterious phenomenon that has frightened many people in the Australian outback from Mataranka (south of Catherine) to Uluru and everywhere in between. The lights were described by witnesses as colorful, fast-moving, floating circles, glowing in the night sky and haunting people, causing some confusion and fear. It is debated whether Min Min Lights existed or is just an aboriginal folk tale that has been passed down for generations. All that remains is to head to the Northern Territory, a place steeped in aboriginal culture, from the rugged sandstone cliffs and calm water pools in the north, to the enchanting beauty of the Red Center. Then join an exclusive tour of the Maruku Arts and be guided by Anangu who will tell the stories of this unique landscape and explain the link between art, culture and land, or head to Kakadu National Park for aboriginal cultural tours in Pudakul where Graham Kenyon, a former park ranger in the Northern Territory will take visitors through Dream stories as they explore the wetlands.
Morning glory clouds, Burketown, Queensland – During September and October, a rare meteorological phenomenon called “morning glory clouds” crosses the bay and can be observed above Burketown skies. The traditional owner of Jangalida, Morando Yaner, said his people believe these long auroral clouds were created by Walalu, the rainbow serpent, and have great cultural significance. The cloud bank can be up to 1,000 kilometers long, 1 to 1 kilometer wide, and can go up to 60 kilometers per hour. Although these clouds can be found in other parts of the world, Burketown is the only place where they appear frequently at certain times of the year.
Spawning reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland – Coral spawning is the reproduction of coral reefs. Coral polyps simultaneously release packets of eggs and sperm that have spent months growing in the ocean for external fertilization. This takes place at a group event each year, which locals often fondly call the greatest orgasm in the world. This rare phenomenon only lasts a few nights, but the curious can explore the nocturnal reef or join an overnight boat trip on coral spawning dates and see this amazing spectacle.
Annual gathering of squid, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia – The annual migration of the Australian giant squid “Sepia apama” occurs in the waters of the upper Spencer Bay and is one of the most spectacular natural events in the Australian marine environment. Unique in the waters of South Australia, it is the only place in the world where squid congregate en masse annually. Each winter, thousands of squid molt and change colors and appearance. Snorkeling with the amazing giant squid is possible at Stony Point between June and July, located on the coast of the Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park on the Eyre Peninsula.
Pink lakes in Australia, South Australia and Western Australia – Australia is home to many wonderful natural attractions, but its stunning pink lakes are worth seeing for yourself. From the outback of South Australia to the coast of Western Australia, few things are as massive as Australia’s pink lakes. It is located on Middle Island, in Esperance, Lake Hillier in Western Australia, and is known for its stunning pink colour. It is a surreal scene. The pink lagoon borders the dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean, with a green strip of lush forest acting as a buffer. The Hutt Lagoon in Australia is known for some of the brightest colors found anywhere in Australia, changing from red to pink to violet-purple. Located on the Coral Coast, it can be seen in the middle of the morning or at sunset to capture the best colors of the color spectrum. The pale pinks, oranges, and yellows of Lake Eyre, located a six-hour drive from Adelaide, capture the vast landscapes of the South Australian Outback. The contrasting colors of pink, blue, and green create a wonderful sight that is Lake McDonnell. Located on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, Lake McDonnell is one of the densest pink lakes in the country due to the high salt concentration in it.
Aurora Australis, Tasmania – Like its Northern Hemisphere counterpart (Aurora Borealis), the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) illuminates the night sky with shades of green, blue, purple, and red. The southern lights can be seen year-round, although they are more common during the winter, from May to August and the vernal equinox in September. Aurora Australis can be seen from various points across the country, but to better see this phenomenon, you have to go to Australia’s southernmost state: Tasmania. The best locations are Bruny Island, Satellite Island, Bathurst Harbor, and Cradle Mountain for the great low-light conditions needed to spot the shimmering light show.
Dinosaur footprints, Western Australia – The world’s largest dinosaur footprints were found on the northern coast of Broome in Western Australia. These fossilized dinosaur footprints, 1.7 meters long, are 130 million years old and stretch in patches for 80 kilometers along the coast. Gantheaume Point is located at the southern end of Cable Beach, a scenic area of red sandstone cliffs where visitors can see dinosaur footprints perched on rocks 30 meters from the sea and visible only at low tide.
Horizon Falls, Western Australia – Described by David Attenborough as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder,” the horizontal waterfalls in the Kimberley region of Western Australia are a fascinating natural phenomenon: two waterfalls in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, thrown between two narrow gorges by extremely strong tides. The strong tides in Kimberley can reach more than 10 meters and the direction of flow is reversed to ensure that the water flows in two different ways every day and a unique waterfall effect.
Red Crab Migration, Christmas Island – A carpet of red crabs on Christmas Island, off the northwest coast of Australia. The island is home to about 40-50 million wild crabs. Every year, at the beginning of the rainy season (November – January), there is an amazing awakening. Mother Nature literally rolls out the red carpet as hordes of crabs emerge from the island’s forests and go to the ocean to breed. In order not to miss this event while traveling to Australia, it is advisable to check the dates, even if they are just forecasts, for the phenomenon.
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