It only takes one, breathtaking moment to feel inspired enough to take on the world. Next time you need a little help getting motivated, take a trip to set your eyes on one of these awe-inspiring locations. They’re guaranteed to send your adventurous spirit soaring.
Find inspiration on Tasmania’s sea cliffs
1. Sea Cliffs, Tasmania
Get your walking shoes on to do the multi-day Three Capes Track, on the Tasman Peninsula. The area is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea cliffs, some jutting a staggering 300 metres from the ocean. The track stretches across 46 kilometres, with panoramic views from Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can climb or abseil the dramatic dolerite columns.
If it’s gardens that get your creative juices flowing, pop Umpherston Sinkhole at the top of your list.
2. Umpherston Sinkhole, South Australia
If it’s gardens that get your creative juices flowing, pop Umpherston Sinkhole at the top of your list. Once a limestone cave, the sinkhole appeared when the chamber roof collapsed. James Umpherston, a Mount Gambier farmer and politician, transformed the natural wonder into a magic garden, in 1886. Now, you’ll drift along terraces amid hanging vines and sculptures, gawking at the sheer size of the site. At dusk, a local colony of possums venture out to complete the fairy tale scene.
The soaring walls of Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
3. Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
Uluru is the star attraction of the Northern Territory, with good reason. However, head to Kings Canyon on sunrise and you’ll see why it’s a serious contender for ‘sites that render you awestruck’. The ancient, red canyon walls sit within a rugged landscape of ranges, forests, gorges and wildlife, towering 100 metres above Kings Creek. Do the six kilometre canyon rim walk, to make the most of the Watarrka National Park.
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4. Lake Bumbunga, South Australia
From Adelaide, take a drive through the Clare Valley wine region to pick up a bottle of your favourite drop, then venture on to the rose-tinged shores of Lake Bumbunga. The salt lake changes colour from bubblegum pink to white and blue, offering a striking visual, on a backdrop of emerald green fields.
5. Orpheus Island, Queensland
If your property investment has done particularly well, splash out for a stay on inspirational Orpheus Island. Located within the Great Barrier Reef National Park, only 28 guests can stay at the island’s lodge at any one time. You’ll have the coral reefs of Australia’s most famous attraction practically to yourself, with secluded stretches of white sand just perfect for rest, relaxation and moments of pure inspiration.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.