The website with Australia’s weirdest, wildest destinations

Head to Atlas Obscura for the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places.

One of the best things about travel is the discovery of new places, those that haven’t been turned into tourist traps or been touched too heavily by western cultures. So in an an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura website is a traveller’s dream.

If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely from paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project. The content is provided by travellers who reveal the most amazing places they’ve discovered.

Here are some of the unusual things to see in Australia that are listed on the site:

  • The monstrous metal sculptures of Mutonia Sculpture Park near Coober Pedy, South Australia (the image at top of this article is a close up of one of these metal sculptures).
  • Lake Hillier in Western Australia, where the pink hue defies scientific explanation.
  • Ball’s Pyramid, off the New South Wales coast, is a barren sea spire and home to the world’s rarest insect.
  • Newnes glow worm tunnel in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
  • The SS Ayrfield is a beautifully broken-down cargo wreck, forever locked in Australia’s Homebush Bay, Sydney.
  • Marree Man, a 4.2km long drawing of a man near Coober Pedy that can only be appreciated from the air.
  • Umpherston Sinkhole near Mount Gambier has been transformed into an incredible sunken garden.
  • Larry The Big Lobster, who sits outside a restaurant near Adelaide in South Australia.
  • The powerful Kiama Blowhole south of Wollongong.
  • Wave Rock in Western Australia, a 15m tall, 90m long rock formation that resembles a cresting wave.
  • The cubic white cliffs of Wedding Cake Rock near Sydney.
  • The Haunted Bookshop in Melbourne is loaded with the occult and obscure.
  • Bioluminescence in Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes that makes the water glow in the dark.
  • The giant pink slugs of Mount Kaputar in New South Wales.

If eco-friendly destinations are what you’re looking for, here are some in Queensland.

Image credits: Shiny Things, Don Pugh, Philip Terry Graham, Alpha, Hugh Lunnon, and Talen.