It's a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains. In her famous ode to country, Dorethea Mackellar paints a sublime portrait of Australia. She lays down the stunning panoramas, natural phenomena and stark imperfections that make up our bucket list of the top 10 Australian adventures. Click through, and choose your own adventure. Image courtesy of .
1. . As one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, the Kimberley is protected across a modest 423,000 square kilometres in north Western Australia. Graze on white sand shores, under warm ochre gorges and along river systems carved out by eons of extreme tidal patterns.
At Mitchell Falls (pictured), we'll be chasing waterfalls. Image courtesy of .
One of the Kimberley's many national parks is Purnululu, where hikers can crane their necks up a mammoth red-rock amphitheatre named Cathedral Gorge. Image courtesy of .
2. . At Ningaloo Reef, WA, visitors can brush fins with these gentle giants between mid-March and mid-July (during the mass coral spawning). While their 18-metre bodies may seem intimidating, whale sharks are completely harmless. Image courtesy of .
3. . Anchored in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this island is home to remarkable geology and a rare collection of birds, marine life and plants (75 percent of which is the island's original, undisturbed vegetation). As one of only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any time, you can hike, surf, dive, even hand feed fish. Paradise is calling. Image courtesy of .
4. . Hire a car in Melbourne and wind your way along the country's south-east coastline. Be brushed by seafoam at Torquay and Bells Beach, dine in the small town of Lorne, count the Twelve Apostles and then the Southern Right whales passing Warrnambool. Avid hikers can also option the eight-day . Image courtesy of .
5. . Potential routes include Gibb River Road, the classic Nullarbor Drive, or the "Explorer's Way", known as Stuart Highway. From the Top End, NT down to Port Augusta, SA, the Stuart Highway traces the journey of pioneer explorer John McDouall Stuart. It travels a dirt-blown bitumen artery into the heart of outback Australia, where Uluru stands. For those wishing to take the road less travelled by, follow the Oodnadatta Track; an old Aboriginal trading route. Image courtesy of .
6. , and experience Tasmanian wilderness on foot. Walk the famous Overland Track, which crosses Cradle Valley, Dove Lake and the iconic Cradle Mountain in six days. Upon reaching the summit, hikers are treated to 360-degree views of Tasmania's rugged mountain ranges. Those short on time can climb Cradle Mountain over a long weekend on a three day trip with , who'll even put you up in their comfy cabins. Image courtesy of Phil Kitt.
7. . It's a full day expedition into the territory of sharks, sea lions and fur seals. Once Jaws is spotted, you'll be dropped into the ocean with nothing but a metal cage. 100 percent non-fatality rate, 100 percent adrenaline – guaranteed. Image courtesy of .
8. . From January until March, the dunes of Mon Repos (12km from Bundaberg, QLD) wriggle with life as thousands of tiny turtles burst through their sandy nest and dash to the safety of the Great Barrier Reef. Watch both nesting and hatching and meet the rangers and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the survival of this species. Image courtesy of .
9. . Its small population is predominantly Aboriginal people, whose Dreamtime culture is intimately connected to the landscape. Only elected tour operators who have earned the trust of traditional landowners may bring visitors in, to witness the untamed beauty of reserves like Garig Gunak Barlu National Park (pictured). Image courtesy of .
10. . Australia's biggest national park is cut out in rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries dated 50,000 years old. Bearing the laurels of a World Heritage and UNESCO site, it's no surprise Kakadu is teeming with life, from the Aboriginal lore of the Bininj/Mungguy people, to prehistoric crocodiles that hide in the wetlands. Waterlilies dot the landscape, waterfalls thunder through it, and waterholes gape open for visitors to float in. Image courtesy of .