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World's best landmarks: Nature's beauty

BRETT COLLINS
Last updated 05:00 17/07/2013
Koh Sok National Park
Koh Sok National Park in Thailand.

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We've asked our readers to tell us their top 10 world's best landmarks. We'll be compiling a list of all submissions for a reader vote to find the Stuff Nation top 10.

These are all places I have visited in my travels. Almost exclusively natural landmarks, it reflects my love for getting outdoors and camping. In no particular order:

Los Torres Del Paine (Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile)

The park contains some of the most scenic hiking in the world. Other than the impressive torres, you will find snow capped peaks, woodpeckers and condors, and icebergs and glaciers. It does not get much more beautiful than Torres del Paine.

Mitre Peak (Fiordland National Park, NZ)

People spend days waiting for Mitre Peak to actually show it's peak, and that's part of what makes it special. But, if it is raining like normal, at least you get the waterfalls.

Archway Islands (Wharariki Beach, NZ)

These Islands make you feel Whatariki Beach is straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean. One of my favourite beaches in the world. Don't be surprised if you find buried treasure here.

Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA)

It's a big hole in the ground, and that is what makes it so special. Sitting gazing at it's walls, thinking about how old the emptiness of it is, makes you realise how insignificant man really is.

Jim Jim Falls (Kakadu, NT, Australia)

At the end of a 10km 4wd track, after 40 minutes of hiking down a gorge, you'll find Jim Jim falls. The falls plunge 160m down into a large pool, where it's possible to swim. Only accessible during the Northern Territory dry season. It eventually dries up, but even when the water stops flowing, it's still impressive.

Ubirr (Kakadu, NT, Australia)

360 views are the reward at the top of Ubirr. Every direction gives you new scenery, from ancient escarpments to flood plains. Discover the aboriginal rock art on the way up. It's also where they shot part of Crocodile Dundee.

Rio Futaleufu (Patagonia, Chile)

Consistently rated as one of the top whitewater rafting rivers in the world. The scenery matches the thrills you can experience here. Not well know, Futaleufu faces a crossroads, it's either going to become a major tourist destination or they're going to dam it. Get there before either happens.

Southern Ice Field (Patagonia, Argentina, Chile)

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Leaving from El Chalten (one of the most scenic towns I've visited) and hiking over the Paso del Viento (Windy Pass) you can come across the second largest ice field in the world. A great expanse of white and blue, hemmed in by the jagged peaks of the Andes, words don't adequately describe this largely unexplored wilderness.

Koh Sok National Park (Koh Sok, Thailand)

A longtail boat ride will get you out into this large manmade lake. The boat ride will take you under impressive cliffs and through dead, flooded forest out to your floating accommodation for the night.

Ping Yao (China)

A world heritage listed ancient walled city in China, Ping Yao has a history going back over 2,500 years. Staying in the luxurious but relatively cheap guesthouses found inside the old city, it's a pleasure to wander around discovering the history of both the city and China.

Honourable Mentions

The Great Lakes (USA, Canada), The Great Wall of China, The Longman Grottos (China), Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina, Brazil).


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