Whilst our journey didn't include the Northern Territories and the iconic Ayers Rock we were fortunate enough to visit many other well known and amazing rock features.
These included the Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island which took the antarctic winds 500 million years to shape. The rocks are made of granite but many of them are covered with the orange lichen which appears all over the southern part of Australia.
One of the highspots of the holiday was travelling up to The Pinnacles within Nambung National Park, north of Perth. They are limestone formations although there are numerous theories in circulation about how they actually developed. Unfortunately I only had 45 minutes to explore the phenomenon so my photographs are more limited than I would like but the memory of the area will never be forgotten.
We spend a day driving down The Great Ocean Road and loved the scale of the rock stacks and coves that the sea has carved out. The coast here faces the antarctic winds so there is an incredibly powerful and relentless force working on the rocks. Fortunately there are features that are away from the vast crowds that travel up from Melbourne and we enjoyed exploring these at our own pace.
Cradle Mountain is the 5th highest mountain in Tasmania and is famous for it's trails and outstanding scenery. We arrived on a dry, but cold afternoon and immediately set off on a walk around Dove Lake and Lilla Lake as the forecast for the following day was very poor.
Another highlight of our journey was visiting the Bay of Fires on the east coast of Tasmania. It gets it's name from the orange lichen that covers many of the rocks and the Bay of Fires area contains rocky gullies, with many small secluded beaches and inlets to explore. I absolutely loved it all.