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Cape Otway, Australia

Frederick Valentich Memorial Plaque

A plaque at the lighthouse where Frederick Valentich made his last radio contact before he vanished without a trace.
Port Campbell, Australia

Loch Ard Gorge

A clear example of the process of erosion in action.
Byaduk, Australia

Tumuli Lava Blisters

These naturally occurring but rare geological formations are each about the size of a small house.
Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany

Externsteine

Between Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis, these strange rock formations have a curious cult following and a very strange history.
Hildesheim, Germany

The Thousand-Year Rose

The world's oldest rose is so tough it survived being bombed in World War II.
Hanover, Germany

Marktkirche

Striking occult iconography on a medieval German church.
Hamburg, Germany

St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Hamburgers are intensely proud of their tunnel beneath the river.
Katoomba, Australia

Three Sisters

This trio of Australian rock spires may have inspired aboriginal legend or just modern tourism.
Goulburn, Australia

Big Merino

Three-story concrete ram with a permanent gift shop.
Adaminaby, Australia

The Big Trout

This giant trout was made by a singular fisherman who wanted to honor his local trade.
Dadswells Bridge, Australia

The Giant Koala

Popular tourist destination now stands as a memorial to Sam the koala.
Tocumwal, Australia

Big Murray Cod

Fiberglass fish built in 1968 after months of fundraising.
Princetown, Australia

The Twelve Apostles

Nine limestone rock stacks on Australia's "Shipwreck Coast."
Bass, Australia

Giant Earthworm Museum

"The Wonder From Down Under," a worm shaped museum celebrating the endangered Giant Gippsland earthworm.
Ventnor, Australia

Penguin Parade At Phillip Island

An unphotographable nightly march of tens of thousands of "fairy penguins" from sea to shore.
Arthurs Seat, Australia

The Enchanted Maze Garden

Largest maize maze in the Southern hemisphere built with GPS technology on more than two acres.
Mount Dandenong, Australia

William Ricketts Sanctuary

A collection of outdoor mystical statues paying homage to indigenous Australians and ecological stewardship.
Black Rock, Australia

HMVS Cerberus

Australia's only intact colonial warship never saw action before being turned into a scenic wreck.
Box Hill, Australia

Box Hill Brick Works

A local landmark that has become a hub of graffiti and urban exploration.
Williamstown, Australia

Timeball Tower

An obsolete form of timekeeping still marks the hour in this adapted 19th century lighthouse.
Spotswood, Australia

Spotswood Pumping Station

A youth-centric science center hides an industrial triumph.
Clifton Hill, Australia

Clifton Hill Shot Tower

The largest shot tower in Australia is a unique reminder of industrial ammunitions history.
Parkville, Australia

Elvis Presley Memorial Garden

The King is honored on a continent he never visited by an elaborate grotto.
Docklands, Australia

Cow Up a Tree

This piece of Australian modern art is part joke and part history.