The 10 Most Beau­ti­ful Views in Aus­tralia

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Aus­tralia is a vast coun­try/con­ti­nent rich with scenic grandeur on a mag­nif­i­cent scale. From Queens­land to Western Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, splen­dor is al­ways on dis­play. Al­though this is only a small sam­ple of what the coun­try has to of­fer, here are ar­guably the 10 most beau­ti­ful views in Aus­tralia:

1. White­haven Beach, Whit­sun­days

For many, the typ­i­cal Aus­tralian im­age is of a beau­ti­ful beach with soft sand and blue wa­ters all around. The 7 kilo­me­ter stretch of sand known as White­haven Beach on Whit­sun­day Is­land is about as beau­ti­ful of a beach view as one can get any­where in the coun­try. The beach is known for it’s pow­der white sands which are 98% pure sil­ica giv­ing it the sig­na­ture bright white color. The sand at White­haven also doesn’t re­tain heat mean­ing that walk­ing bare­foot on the beach is com­fort­able even at the hottest points of the day. White­haven can only be ac­cessed by boat mak­ing this a pris­tine pic­ture wor­thy of any post­card.

2. The 12 Apos­tles, Vic­to­ria

Who knew lime­stone could be so beau­ti­ful? The golden sand and rolling turquoise wa­ter prob­a­bly helps out this mag­nif­i­cent view but the star… or should we say stars of this scene are the gi­ant lime­stone stacks known as the 12 Apos­tles. Lo­cated near Port Camp­bell in Vic­to­ria, just off the Great Ocean Road, the apos­tles were formed by ero­sion. Over the years some of the stacks have fallen, with the most re­cent col­lapse in 2005. To­day eight Apos­tles still stand on the shores pro­vid­ing a most breath­tak­ing view.

3. Cape By­ron Light­house, By­ron Bay

This next view is not only beau­ti­ful but sig­nif­i­cant; the Cape By­ron Light­house is the most east­erly point in the en­tire coun­try. Each year more than 500,000 peo­ple visit the light­house which rises up above By­ron Bay of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of the bay, the beach and even an op­por­tu­nity for whale watch­ing when

the sea­son is right.

4. McLaren Vale, South Aus­tralia

This im­pres­sive wine re­gion of Aus­tralia lies just 35 kilo­me­ters south of the city of Ade­laide in South Aus­tralia. This in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned wine re­gion was first planted with vines in 1838 and has some vines over 100 years old that are still pro­duc­ing to­day. The lush rolling hills of vi­brant green­ery pro­vide a pic­ture per­fect set­ting to ri­val the most beau­ti­ful views in the coun­try.

5. The Pin­na­cles, Western Aus­tralia

This is one Aus­tralian view that’s eerily beau­ti­ful. Th­ese lime­stone for­ma­tions are known as The Pin­na­cles and can be found in Western Aus­tralia’s Nam­bung Na­tional Park. One the­ory of how they formed is that long ago they were formed from seashells which were bro­ken down into lime­stone sand which blew in­land form­ing the dunes that can be seen to­day.

6. Uluru at Sun­rise, Ayer’s Rock

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about wit­ness­ing the first beam of sun hit­ting the big red rock as dawn breaks in the Aus­tralian out­back. Uluru is a deeply spir­i­tual place for the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple of the area and it’s well worth a visit to see the col­ors of this mono­lith change over the course of the day de­pend­ing on the light con­di­tions. Per­son­ally we think sun­rise is the most im­pres­sive when the whole rock is glow­ing red.

7. Syd­ney Har­bour and Cir­cu­lar Quay, Syd­ney

It’s a view known the world round as one of the most pop­u­lar and iconic shots of Aus­tralia. The fa­mous Syd­ney Har­bour and Cir­cu­lar Quay can be best ex­pe­ri­enced from a birds eye view, one you can ex­pe­ri­ence your­self if you have the nerve to climb 143 me­ters above sea level to the top of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. It may be a nerve rack­ing climb for some but it’s guar­an­teed to be an amaz­ing view that you’ll re­mem­ber for a life­time.

8. Sun­set at Mindil Beach, Dar­win

Some of the most spec­tac­u­lar

Aus­tralian sun­sets can be wit­nessed from Dar­win’s Mindil Beach as the sun dips be­low the Ara­fura Sea. Beau­ti­ful hues of pink, or­ange, blue and pur­ple paint the sky each night while the beach set­ting of sandy shores and palm trees sway­ing in the breeze set the ul­ti­mate trop­i­cal tone. From April to Oc­to­ber you can en­joy the fes­tive nightlife of the fa­mous Mindil Beach Sun­set Mar­kets which cel­e­brate the gor­geous view each night.

9. Devils Mar­bles, North­ern Ter­ri­tory

Th­ese grav­ity-de­fy­ing rock for­ma­tions are lo­cated in Karlu Karlu/Devils Mar­bles Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve, be­tween the towns of Ten­nant Creek and Alice Springs in Aus­tralia’s North­ern Ter­ri­tory. Th­ese large gran­ite boul­ders have been shaped by weather and ero­sion and many are naturally pre­car­i­ously bal­anced on top of one another, form­ing larger rock for­ma­tions. Some have even been split clean in half by nat­u­ral forces. The Karlu Karlu site has great cul­tural and spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance to the Abo­rig­i­nal own­ers of this land, mak­ing the view even more spe­cial.

10. Mount Wellington Peak, Tas­ma­nia

The gor­geous state of Tas­ma­nia has many mag­nif­i­cent views to take in but one of the most re­ward­ing is the view from the top of Mount Wellington. At its peak, Mount Wellington stands over 4,000 feet above sea level and pro­vides spec­tac­u­lar views over the cap­i­tal city of Hobart, the Der­went River and the World Her­itage Pro­tected Mount Faulkner Con­ser­va­tion Area to the west. Aus­tralia’s Top 10 Ex­ports Aus­tralia shipped US$189.6 bil­lion worth of goods around the globe in 2016, up by 23.2% since 2009 when the Great Re­ces­sion kicked in but down by -0.8% from 2015 to 2016. Aus­tralia’s top 10 ex­ports ac­counted for three-quar­ters (75.8%) of the over­all value of its global ship­ments. Based on statis­tics from the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund’s World Eco­nomic Out­look Data­base, Aus­tralia’s to­tal Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct amounted to $1.189 tril­lion as of Novem­ber 2016. There­fore, ex­ports ac­counted for about 15.9% of to­tal Aus­tralian

eco­nomic out­put. Given Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion of 23 mil­lion peo­ple, its to­tal $189.6 bil­lion in 2016 ex­ports trans­lates to roughly $8,200 for ev­ery res­i­dent in that coun­try. Aus­tralia’s un­em­ploy­ment rate was 5.8% as of De­cem­ber 2016.

Aus­tralia’s Top 10 Ex­ports

The fol­low­ing ex­port prod­uct groups rep­re­sent the high­est dol­lar value in Aus­tralian global ship­ments dur­ing 2016. Also shown is the per­cent­age share each ex­port cat­e­gory rep­re­sents in terms of over­all ex­ports from Aus­tralia. At the more gran­u­lar four­digit Har­mo­nized Tar­iff Sys­tem code level, Aus­tralia’s num­ber 1 ex­ported prod­uct are iron ores and con­cen­trates fol­lowed by coal, petroleum gases then gold. 1. Ores, slag, ash: US$48.9 bil­lion (25.8% of to­tal ex­ports) 2. Min­eral fu­els in­clud­ing oil: $47.5 bil­lion (25.1%) 3. Gems, pre­cious me­tals: $15.8

bil­lion (8.4%) 4. Meat: $8.3 bil­lion (4.4%) 5. Ce­re­als: $5.1 bil­lion (2.7%) 6. Ma­chin­ery in­clud­ing com­put­ers: $4.9 bil­lion (2.6%) 7. In­or­ganic chem­i­cals: $4.7 bil­lion (2.5%) 8. Op­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal, med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus: $2.9 bil­lion (1.5%) 9. Alu­minum: $2.9 bil­lion (1.5%) 10. Elec­tri­cal ma­chin­ery, equip­ment:

$2.7 bil­lion (1.4%) Aus­tralian meat was the top gainer up in value by 60.5% over the 7-year pe­riod start­ing in 2009. Meat sub­cat­e­gory win­ners in­clude frozen, fresh and chilled red meat from cows, sheep and goats. The se­cond-fastest in­crease be­longs to the ores, slag and ash cat­e­gory, up by 56.5% led by pre­cious metal ores, iron and cop­per. Third among prod­uct cat­e­gories with im­prov­ing in­ter­na­tional sales was op­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal and med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus (up 32.9%). Aus­tralian elec­tri­cal ma­chin­ery and equip­ment–no­tably tele­phone sets in­clud­ing smart­phones–moved ahead by 25.1%, closely fol­lowed by the gems and pre­cious me­tals cat­e­gory led by coins, pre­cious me­tals scrap, di­a­monds and gold ship­ments.

Aus­tralia’s Top 10 Im­ports

Aus­tralia im­ported US$189.3 bil­lion worth of goods from around the globe in 2016, up by 14.3% since 2009 but down by -5.7% from 2015 to 2016 Aus­tralia’s top 10 im­ports ac­counted for over two-thirds (67.7%) of the over­all value of its prod­uct pur­chases from other coun­tries. Aus­tralian im­ports rep­re­sent 1.1% of to­tal global im­ports which to­taled an es­ti­mated $16.473 tril­lion for 2015. From a con­ti­nen­tal per­spec­tive, 58% of Aus­tralia’s to­tal im­ports by value in 2016 were pur­chased from Asian coun­tries. Euro­pean trade part­ners ac­counted for 20.8% of im­port sales to Aus­tralia while 13.3% worth came from North Amer­ica. Fel­lows is­lands in Ocea­nia were re­spon­si­ble for 4.8% of Aus­tralia’s im­ports in 2016. Given Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion of 23 mil­lion peo­ple, its to­tal $189.3 bil­lion in 2016 im­ports trans­lates to roughly $8,200 in yearly prod­uct de­mand from ev­ery per­son in the coun­try.

Aus­tralia’s Top 10 Im­ports

The fol­low­ing prod­uct groups rep­re­sent the high­est dol­lar value in Aus­tralia’s im­port pur­chases dur­ing 2016. Also shown is the per­cent­age share each prod­uct cat­e­gory rep­re­sents in terms of over­all im­ports into Aus­tralia. 1. Ma­chin­ery in­clud­ing com­put­ers:

US$27.3 bil­lion (14.4% of to­tal im­ports) 2. Ve­hi­cles : $26.2 bil­lion (13.9%) 3. Elec­tri­cal ma­chin­ery, equip­ment: $20.2 bil­lion (10.6%) 4. Min­eral fu­els in­clud­ing oil: $17.6 bil­lion (9.3%) 5. Op­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal, med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus: $7.8 bil­lion (4.1%) 6. Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals: $7.8 bil­lion (4.1%) 7. Gems, pre­cious me­tals: $7.6 bil­lion (4%) 8. Plas­tics, plas­tic ar­ti­cles: $5.4 bil­lion (2.8%) 9. Fur­ni­ture, bed­ding, light­ing, signs, pre­fab build­ings: $4.3 bil­lion (2.3%) 10. Ar­ti­cles of iron or steel: $4.1

bil­lion (2.2%) Im­ported ve­hi­cles had the fastest­grow­ing in­crease in value among the top 10 im­port cat­e­gories, up 52.3% for the 7-year pe­riod start­ing in 2009. In se­cond place for im­prov­ing im­port sales was the fur­ni­ture, bed­ding, light­ing, signs and pre­fab build­ings cat­e­gory via is 51% gain. Aus­tralian im­ports of plas­tics de­liv­ered the third­fastest gain at 37.2%. Min­eral fu­els in­clud­ing oil was the lag­gard cat­e­gory among the top 10 Aus­tralian im­ports, post­ing a -15.9% de­cline based largely on fall­ing pur­chases of im­ported crude oil and petroleum gas. The other top 10 cat­e­gory to reg­is­ter a de­crease was gems and pre­cious me­tals, down -14.2% pro­pelled by the dra­matic cut­back in Aus­tralian im­ports of gold in 2016 com­pared to 2009. Please note that the re­sults listed above are at the 2-digit Har­mo­nized Tar­iff Sys­tem code level. In­for­ma­tion pre­sented un­der other vir­tual folder tabs is at the more gran­u­lar 4-digit level.

Sun­set at Mindil Beach, Dar­win

Devils Mar­bles, North­ern Ter­ri­tory

Syd­ney Har­bour and Cir­cu­lar Quay, Syd­ney

McLaren Vale, South Aus­tralia

The Pin­na­cles, Western Aus­tralia

Uluru at Sun­rise, Ayer’s Rock

White­haven Beach, Whit­sun­days

The 12 Apos­tles, Vic­to­ria

Cape By­ron Light­house, By­ron Bay

Mount Wellington Peak, Tas­ma­nia

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