The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognized about a thousand important sites around the world that they consider vital to maintaining the cultural and natural heritage we have inherited.
The Rainbow Tourism team has traveled to only a fraction of these sites, but amongst those World Heritage places we have visited in Australia – Uluru and Fraser Island – we suggest they be added to your inspiring journeys bucket list.
Both the Northern Territory (home to Darwin and Alice Springs) and Queensland (with the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) are gay-welcoming states. When visiting these regions, be sure to include the World Heritage Sites in your itinerary. No regrets. Worth the effort to get there.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations. It may be an important tourist site today, but it also holds immense cultural value for the original inhabitants of the area.
Region: Northern Territory
The Rainbow Rambler picks. “I have long-lasting memories of these adventures and highly recommend the Red Centre as a destination – especially for first-time Outback visitors who can fly from Brisbane International Airport in QLD to Alice Springs in the heart of the NT.”
See the best of the Red Centre on a three-day camping safari from Alice Springs. Discover the heart and soul of this rugged country, with Dreamtime legends, panoramic landscapes and stunning natural beauty. See Uluru change color in the afternoon sun, be awed by the grandeur Kings Canyon and marvel at the round domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), as you camp out under the stars for a true outback experience.
After a day exploring the area, unwind as you watch the sun sink over Uluru. Later enjoy dinner within the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park as a myriad of stars come out to light up the outback’s night sky. After dinner, your outback experience is enhanced with a star tour of the southern desert sky.
Rainbow Tourism Accredited Operators
Fraser Island, Queensland
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and has over 100 pure freshwater lakes. Eco experiences here are sure to revitalise the soul. Just watch this video for proof of paradise.
Majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on sand and half the world’s perched freshwater dune lakes are found inland from the 75 mile beach. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes it an exceptional site.
Rainbow Tourism Approved Place to Stay: www.kingfisherbay.com/
Recommended Tour: Fraser Island 4WD Eco Day Trip $279 from Brisbane or the Gold Coast or $175 if you’re in Noosa.
Discover what makes the island a World Heritage Site by traveling along uninterrupted beaches and admire the colored sand cliffs; see ancient rainforests and crystal clear lakes. The tour group stops for morning tea at Rainbow Beach with its palette of multi-colored sand cliffs. Legend has it the colors were created by an Aboriginal rainbow spirit who crashed and fell into the sands.
To fully appreciate the remote beauty, take a guided walk into the rainforest for a bit of bird-spotting, and see other species of wildlife in their natural habitat.