Tourism in Australia
There are thousands of national parks and wildlife reserves throughout Australia, including attractive and accessible forest reserves. Furthermore, outlying islands offer other national park opportunities for the wilderness traveler, including: Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Pulu Keeling, Heard and McDonald Islands, and the Australian Antarctic Territories. One of the most famous of Australia’s geological treasures is Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock is a large sandstone formation in the Northern Territory and is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, two aboriginal tribes in the area. Popular activities in Australia include spear fishing, scuba diving, surfing, hiking, sailing, cycling, trekking and horseback riding.