Wonder-Full Oz AUSTRALIA In a country with more than 500 national parks and 15 World Heritage-listed wonders that are bursting full of rare wildlife and ancient forests where do you begin? Here are five great starts. FIVE UNMISSABLE AUSTRALIAN NATURAL WONDERS 1 BUNGLE BUNGLES The distinctive beehive-shaped towers are made up of sandstones, pebbles and boulders. These striking formations are 375 to 350 million years old and were formed when active were shaping the landscape. Weathering also helped create this marvel. With a few millions years of getting windswept and showers whose water seeped into the rock, expanding at night as the temperature outside drops. If you want to check them out stay at the multi-award winning Kununurra YHA hostel, in the heart of Kununurra its your gateway to the spectacular gorges and waterfalls of Hidden Valley National Park, the impressive Lake Argyle, El Questro Wilderness Park and the World Heritage Bungle Bungles. 2 THE GRAMPIANS The Grampians National Park is Victoria's worst kept secret, and it's known for it's striking series of sandstone mountain ranges. Located 235 kilometres west of Melbourne, the Grampians National Park was listed on the Australian National Heritage List in 2006 for its outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in south-eastern Australia. The Grampians Eco YHA in Halls Gap is the place to base yourself for visits to the Montain Range. A stylish, comfortable hostel in the heart of the stunning Grampians national park. The hiking, views and world-class rock climbing of the surrounding environment begins at the hostels doorstep. 3 FRASER ISLAND Fraser Island is North of Brisbane, Queensland. It’s the largest sand island in the world and boasts amazing and pristine beaches famous for 4WD adventures and camping. If you like advernture and nature and tropics and dingos this is the place to go. Hervey Bay YHA provides a great launch pad to the island and a great place to unwind afterwards. 4 FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania's most popular destinations with secluded beaches, spectacular scenery, red granite mountains and clear blue water. The Iluka Backpackers YHA is the perfect home base, situated in the Coles Bay township, 1km from the Freycinet National Park. 5 KANGAROO ISLAND This island makes our list as a real individual in the nature stakes. The island was only seperated from the mainland a few thousand years ago, and in that time it has grown into a wonder of it's own - famous for its unique biodiversity, it's a living breathing wonder. Australia's third largest island lies in the state of South Australia 112 km south-west of Adelaide. The Kangaroo Island YHA is the cosy home from where to launch your adverntures - with a view overlooking beautiful Hog Bay in the town of Penneshaw. Penguins are often seen in the hostel garden which looks out to the sea. From the hostels doorstep enjoy the islands abundant nature, scale the Little Sahara Sand Dunes, discover the Remarkable Rocks, meet the local wildlife or visit the enjoy the local dive sites.