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Journey Down Under: 7 Sites to Visit in Australia & New Zealand

While seemingly a world away, both Australia and New Zealand offer breathtaking natural wonders, exotic wildlife, and unparalleled adventure. Whether you’re exploring the colorful depths of the Great Barrier Reef or traveling to the real-life “Middle Earth” the journey down under is well worth it.

Waipoua Forest– This nature sanctuary is not only one of the largest remaining kauri forests in the world, it’s also home to two of largest and oldest living kauri trees: Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere! These two trees, estimated to be over 2000 years old, are religious and cultural symbols of the Maori people.

Large Tree in New Zealand

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Kawiti Glow Worm Caves– Ever wondered what a galaxy looks like? The light from the glow worms inside this cave might give you a pretty good idea. Many visitors equate looking up at the cave roof to the night sky on a clear night. The 200m-long cave system with stalactites and karst formations is a must see for any avid hiker!

Glow Worm Cave, New Zealand

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Great Sandy National Park– This nature reserve has everything you’re looking for–untouched beaches, sand dunes, mangrove forests, lakes, and creeks! Most importantly, you’ll be able to visit the world’s largest sand island –Fraser Island–and take a walk along the famous 75 Mile Beach.

Fraser Island Sunset

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Sydney Tower– Not for those afraid of heights–Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere stands at 1000ft. Take in the view from the top and experience Australia like you never have before.

View from Sydney Tower

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Cape Tribulation– A jewel of ecotourism–this locality houses rare plants and animals, sandy beaches, and more than a few eco-lodges. Tucked away in the rainforest, if you want to experience Australia off the beaten path, then this is the perfect destination for you!

Cape Tribulation

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Mossman Gorge– Take a guided walk through this rainforest reserve to truly experience Australian flora and fauna for yourself. Immerse in the lush greenery, flowing waterfalls and rivers and of course, the gorge itself!

Mossman Gorge

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Experience Australia and New Zealand for yourself!

Maria L.

Maria is a Content Marketing Co-op from Northeastern University. Born and raised in Panama, her ultimate travel dream is to meet a Koala and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

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