Australia is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions, some of which are fascinatingly strange. Whether it’s an underground town or a thousand limestone pillars resembling tombstones, odds are it can be found in this great vast country.

 

Below, we've put together a collection of 7 bizarre and exciting places that travellers can check out on their next road trip. 

 

1. Umpherston Sinkhole

 

Umpherston Sinkhole

Beautiful, well-maintained garden at Umpherston Sinkhole

 

Located in Mount Gambier South Australia, Umpherston Sinkhole is just one of several caves and sinkholes in the town. Umpherston Sinkhole was once a cave formed through dissolution of limestone and was created when the top of the chamber collapsed. Not much was thought of it until Scottish colonist, farmer and active community member James Umpherston decided to beautify the sinkhole by creating a Victorian garden inside it in 1886. Today, it is known as the “Sunken Garden” with walkways and staircases carved into its limestone and curtains of thick ivy draping the rock walls. Its lush atmosphere and all the greenery and beautiful flowers make Umpherston Sinkhole the most unique garden in the country.


2. Coober Pedy

 

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, an underground town in the outback desert

 

An underground town in the Outback desert 846 kms north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy is one of Australia's weirdest places, where the extreme heat forced residents to build underground houses, cafes, churches and hotels. Rather than move to a cooler locale, the earliest residents found inspiration on the very ground they stood on. Today about half of the population lives in dugouts, a subterranean community where the temperature stays at a constant 75 degrees year round. The lunar-like landscape has been a film location for the likes of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Red Planet. Coober Pedy is also the Opal Capital of the World with the majority of its citizens working in the opal industry. 

 


3. Devils Marbles

 

Devils Marbles

The dry outback houses hundreds of rounded rocks called the Devils Marbles.

 

An enigmatic place of breathtaking scenic beauty, the precarious piles of huge granite boulders, wide open skies and golden sunlight make Devils Marbles an unforgettable place to visit. The Devils Marbles are known as Karlu Karlu in all four local Aboriginal languages. This remarkable site is a sacred place to Aboriginal traditional owners. Scattered across a wide, shallow valley in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people, they were formed by erosion over millions of years. They vary in size, from 50 cm to six metres across, and many are precariously balanced on top of one another.

 

4. The Pinnacles

 

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles, resembling tombstones

 

The ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles sit in the Nambung National Park Western Australia, where the weathered rock spires rise out of yellow sand dunes creating an otherworldly landscape. Ideal as a day trip from Perth, this unusual site's ancient limestone pillars can be several metres tall and are scattered across the desert in their thousands. Some have jagged points while others have rounded domes and resemble tombstones. 

 

5. Wycliffe Well

 

Wycliffe Well

Life-size alien figures greet you at Wycliffe Well.

 

Located on the Stuart Highway 140 kms south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, Wycliffe Well is known as Australia’s UFO capital due to the hundreds of UFO sightings that have occurred there since WWII. In 1960 a petrol pump was installed to supply fuel to travelers. Since then Wycliffe Well has become a tourist stop over point. The town today essentially consists of the Wycliffe Well tourist park which covers 60 acres of land and includes a recreational lake for fishing and boating, a Bar that has the largest range of beer available in Australia plus three life-size Alien figures and a large model UFO.

 

6. Pink Lake

 

Lake Hillier

Australia's famous pink Lake Hillier 

 

Located on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago, around 130 kilometres from Esperance in Western Australia, the pink Lake Hillier is a sight to behold. It is believed to boast a permanent strawberry milkshake hue due to the extremely high level of salinity. Theories abound, but the reason for its color still remains a mystery. This footprint-shaped, however, is unlike any other pink lakes in the world which regularly change colours depending on temperature fluctuations. Lake Hillier maintains its pink shade year-round and the water retains its pink hue even when bottled.

 

7. Wolfe Creek Crater

 

Wolfe Creek Crater

Wolfe Creek, the second largest impact site in the world

 

The Wolfe Creek meteorite crater is the second largest crater in the world measuring 880 metres across and almost circular. Located in the Kimberley region of the Western Australian outback, the crater was created by a meteorite that crashed to the earth about 300,000 years ago and was only discovered from an aerial survey in the 1940s. Although, it has long been known to the Aboriginal people who called it Kandimalal.