There’s a very good reason why the epic vistas of the Blue Mountains are UNESCO World Heritage-listed. Several, in fact. Firstly, they have some of the most breathtaking geological formations, gorges and waterfalls anywhere in the country. Secondly, it is home to a unique diversity of vegetation, including certain species of eucalypts that are found here and nowhere else in the world. It’s almost beyond belief that such world-beating natural wonders are just an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD.
Lush bushlands, plunging waterfalls, thriving national parks, hidden rainforests: Australia sure has a lot going for it on the nature front. At the heart of these abundant and thriving green spaces is the humble tree. These multitasking plants not only provide us with shelter, sustenance and oxygen, but are also the unsung heroes of our physical and mental health.
We all have a role to play in protecting and preserving trees across the nation, and conservation organisation WWF-Australia is leading the charge with its mission to save and grow two billion trees by 2030. It’s not too late to take action and help make Australia a leader in tree protection and restoration to benefit our health, communities, climate, wildlife and planet.
So why not step outside the concrete jungle, take a breath of fresh air and embrace the natural wonders that await at these 10 beautiful nature spots.