Exploring the colours of Australia

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Every color of the rainbow is represented in the great land down under. Which shade will you land on during your next Aussie vacation? Here's where to find brilliant, colorful locations during your trip to Australia.

Spectacular Colors to See on Your Visit to Australia

White

Hyams Beach

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Hyams Beach, which is almost three hours south of Sydney, as having the whitest sands in the world.

Australia is well known for its incredible beaches but Hyams Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful.

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island in Queensland, has been consistently voted one of Australia’s favorite beaches. Its secluded, private nature makes for a veritable heaven on earth; there’s no accommodation near Whitehaven Beach, which is accessible only by boat.

Though it may not be the whitest sand in the world, the incredibly bright sands of Whitehaven Beach must be a close second. There are no facilities available at Whitehaven, so make sure to take everything with you when you go.

Red

Uluru

The Australian outback is known for its harsh climate, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and scarlet sands that stretch as far as the eye can see. Uluru, found in the south of the Northern Territory about an hour’s flight from Alice Springs, is Australia’s most recognizable natural landmark and holds a very deep significance to the Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of Australia.

Why so red? The soil found in the Australian outback is rich in iron, which rusts when it comes in contact with the oxygen in the air, causing the soil to turn an incredibly bright shade of orange-red.

Green

Cradle Mountain National Park

The island state of Tasmania is home to some of the most rugged and pristine bushland and rainforest in Australia, and the Cradle Mountain National Park, two-and-a-half hours from Hobart, is no exception.

With everything from sparse alpine vegetation to dense, mossy rainforests, Cradle Mountain National Park is arguably one of the greenest locations in Australia.

In winter, the area is covered in a layer of snow, but it’s spring where the area’s rugged beauty truly shines through. The native flora show off every shade of green, from deep almost-black mossy green, the flickering shades of sunlight through the Eucalyptus, to light green new growth of a flowering shrub.

Blue

Shark Bay

With crystal clear waters and clean, untouched beaches, Shark Bay in Western Australia feels like another world away. Shark Bay is where red cliffs and sand meets turquoise water that is almost unbelievably blue. Despite the name you can swim in the incredible waters of Shark Bay. In fact, you’re more likely to see whales, dolphins or any number of other wild creatures than you are to come nose-to-nose with the infamous Great White.

Blue Mountains

From a distance, the Blue Mountains have a distinct – and quite unique – blue colouring, for which the region is named. The colouring, which is significantly less blue the closer you get, is caused by Eucalyptus oil evaporating from the countless gumtrees in the National Parks.

As a result, the mountains look particularly vibrant during summer and on hot, sunny days.

Thankfully, there’s much more to do in the Blue Mountains than simply admire them from a distance. Take a hike through one of many National Parks, marvel at nature’s wonders at the Three Sisters, ride the steepest passenger train in the world at Scenic World, or simply enjoy a coffee in one of the many quaint and quirky cafes.

Rainbow

Great Barrier Reef

Though ‘rainbow’ doesn’t really qualify as a colour, but there’s no other way to describe the incredible colour of the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest reef system, and home to around 1,500 species of fish, you can expect to see every colour imaginable when diving or snorkelling off one of the 900 islands that are part of the reef.

You can book a snorkelling or diving day tour to explore the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, in northern Queensland, or the Whitsunday Islands, a 2-hour flight from Brisbane.