It’s kind of cliche to say that Australia is a whole different world, but the smallest of our world’s seven continents, isolated for billions of years, has a natural ecosystem unlike any other. Its natural wonders bring in millions of tourists every year, and Tourism Australia says that 15 percent more Indians have arrived at its shores this June compared to last year. That makes India the ninth-biggest source of tourists for Australia, according to the tourism board’s new report. Tourism Australia celebrates 50 years this 2017, and in that time the country has become the most preferred holiday destination for Indians, according to the report. To celebrate this occasion, let’s take a look at the natural wonders that Australia has to offer. ALSO READ: Diving and Dining in South Australia: in Conversation With Chef Kunal Kapoor Also Read - It Hurt Giving Up Australia's Captaincy: Ricky Ponting

A turtle diving back to the reef in a shallow lagoon on Lady Elliot Island

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The swirling sands of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

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Watching the sunset and looking out for penguins at Philip island in Victoria, Australia

Beautiful view of Philip island with a unidentfiled group of people walking on wood board to enjoy sunset and looking for penguins, Victoria, Australia



The clear, blue waters of Bondi Beach beg you to come out and play

Bondi Beach, Australia

In contrast are the calm, secluded sands of Cape Tribulation Rain Forest near Cairns, Queensland

Cape Tribulation Rain Forest near Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Colored coral reef fish swim just under the surface off Lord Howe Island

Colored coral reef fish, Lord Howe Island, Australia

Australia has plenty of treasures in its northern deserts, like Kings canyon

Kings canyon - Australia

An aerial view of Lord Howe Island will give you new appreciation for the most southernly coral reef in the world

Lord Howe Island aerial the most southerly coral reef in the world

The Great Barrier Reef is a diverse world unto itself, bursting with life

The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

And we cap this off with a view of the Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru at sunset under colorful clouds,Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

If god took seven days to create the world, he must have taken another week to create Australia. The country is blessed with the rarest, the most exotic, and sometimes the deadliest, of nature’s progeny. From the red dunes of the Simpson desert to the incredibly colorful sea life hidden in the waters of the Great Barrier reef, Australia does not fail to surprise even the most seasoned traveler. NOW READ: 10 spectacular photos of the best sightseeing spots in Australia

The photos that you saw above are just a small sampling of what the country has to offer, and just the natural attractions. With a diverse culture, friendly people and some pretty amazing food, Australia has plenty to see and experience.