6 Unusual Phenomenons Of Australia That Need To Be Experienced Once In A Lifetime

by Kanika Sharma
Tourism Australia

What’s the best way to escape that hustle-bustle of city life? Replace it with a calm and serene surrounding. Where street lights are swapped with star-studded skies and concrete buildings turn into dense forests and gorgeous landscapes. While there are many destinations around the world that allow you to experience this, Australia, however, offers certain visual delights that are unmatchable. We are not just talking about the scenic beauty, but some jaw-dropping, astounding natural phenomenons that you will not get to witness anywhere else in the world. Intrigued? Well… read on.

1. Southern Lights

The Southern Lights, also known as Aurora Australis, graces the Australian night skies with gorgeous flickering shades of green, purple, red and blue lights. This phenomenon can be seen throughout the year, but it’s most common during the months of May to September. You can view Aurora Australis best from the country’s southernmost state, Tasmania.

2. Pink Lakes

If the sky can be pink, then why not lakes right? Pink lakes do exist in Australia. Western Australia’s Hutt Lagoon is famous for its vividly coloured nature. The lake here changes from red to pink and then even to lilac purple hues. The secret behind the pink coloured lake is the presence of a type of algae called Dunaliella salina, which thrive in salty environments. They make it so unique and beautiful. So the best time to view this natural phenomenon is either mid morning or during sunset.

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3. Morning Glory Clouds

Have you ever seen clouds in the shape of a pipeline moving across the sky? Never right! Well this is a natural phenomenon called the ‘Morning Glory Clouds’. It can be witnessed in Australia during the months of September and October. Clouds speed up to 60km per hour and commonly move in a north-eaterly direction in the shape of a pipeline and are up to 1000km long and around 2 km wide. It rolls across the Gulf and can be viewed above the skies in Australia’s Burketown. Although they do appear in other parts of the world, this spectacular sight appears frequently in Australia during set times of the year.

4. Bioluminescent Plankton

Glow-in-the-dark stickers are manmade but an entire glow-in-the dark-beach? Well, you’ll have to see it to believe it. Jervis Bay in Australia is known for beaches that illuminate at night. A natural chemical reaction within the plankton in the beach leads to the plankton becoming luminescent. This gives the beach a magical blue colour. You can witness this unusual natural phenomenon  at night at any time of the year. But it’s most common during spring and summer when the water is warmer.

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5. Red Crab Migration

The red crab migration that happens in Christmas Island off the far north-west coast of Australia, literally paints the town red. The island houses an estimated 40 to 50 million bright red land crabs. And every year during the months of November to January it commences. Nature literally rolls out a red carpet for these creatures as they emerge from the island’s forests and march their way down to the ocean to breed.

6. World’s Biggest Dinosaur Footprint

You would probably be needing your dusting tools for this one. Researchers found that more than 100 million years ago, Australia was home to over two dozen species of dinosaurs. There are thousands of marks that have been found along the coastline of ‘Walmadany’, which is also called James Prince Point. It is in this area that the world’s biggest dinosaur footprint was discovered. The longest one recorded, is 5 feet 9 inches long; and is believed to be from a long-necked dinosaur. This area was listed as a natural heritage site in 2011.

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Just when you thought your bucket list couldn’t get any longer, here’s a list of all the things that you have been missing out on. We bet you didn’t even know about some of these, did you? So while you start with research for the first international trip post lockdown, add all these and we bet, the pin will point to Australia.

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