Meet Australia’s Weird yet Wonderful

Any country can seem boring by it’s more suburban inhabitants, although thanks to Instagram’s explorers, that tune is quickly changing with the discovery of beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, cliff faces and more, not that for from the main cities! So Australians, this post is for those of you who are still sighing at the predictability of those endeavours, keep reading to see if these are weird enough for you:

 

Mount Kaputar’s Giant Pink Slugs

Yes pink, you read that right. Hiding away in Northern NSW, near Narrabri, a small alpine forest is home to some rather vibrant pink slugs that are best found in the early mornings as they tend to hide out during the res of the day and night.

 

Hutt River Principality, The Micro Nation

In the north of Geraldton, a 75 square kilometre, privately-owned wheat property  claims to have seceded from Australia after a uh… ‘row over low wheat production quotas’ in 1970. I mean, the government hasn’t really recognised them as separate but the nation does have it’s own stamps and currency so… there’s that.

 

Whispering Wall, South Australia

Sounds creepy doesn’t it? In actuality, the location is a dam and, unlike it’s name, the acoustics do have a logical explanation that does not include penetrating the veil to the other world. Due to the dam being perfectly circular, the Parabola Effect allows someone’s whisper to be heard by another 140 metres away on the other side of the dam, through the sound making a series of straight jumps wall to wall right into the receiver’s ear canal.

 

The Devil’s Marbles, Northern Territory

Approximately 393km north of Alice Springs you’ll find the Devil’s Marbles spread across the desert scape as large, ancient boulders that took a few million years to form so… no biggie really (note the sarcasm). Now what makes these particular *ahem* marbles interesting are their rather precarious positions, namely the ones that seem to somehow be balancing perfectly on top of each other and look just about ready to crush anyone who decides to get near them. Alas, they apparent colour changing display also makes for a great view at sunrise and sunset as they seem to shift from orange to pink, a quality shared with the famous Uluru. It should also be noted that this particular attraction is in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people, who call the marbles “Karlu Karlu”, so when visiting, please be mindful and respectful of any sacred land you may cross.