50 Trip-Inspiring Pics of the Land Down Under!

From the moody vistas of New Zealand's Milford Sound to an Uluru sunrise in Australia, our well-traveled Budget Travel audience captures dreamscapes from the Land Down Under and beyond.

By The Budget Travel Readers, Thursday, Oct 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Source Article: 50 Trip-Inspiring Pics of the Land Down Under!

A seal suns itself in sunny New Zealand

"Is this my good side? A seal suns itself in sunny New Zealand."

(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

The Olgas in the Australian Outback

"At first I was disappointed that is was a cloudy and rainy night in the Outback. Then I realized how rare it is to see rain in this very dry part of Australia. Had it been a clear night, I never would have captured this beautiful shot of the Olgas with the magical raises of the sun."

(Courtesy mshl0357/myBudgetTravel)

Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

"Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand."

(Courtesy Tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)

kangaroos in Australia

"At a wildlife park on Phillip Island outside of Melbourne, we walked into a field filled with dozens of kangaroos and hand-fed them. It was the highlight of our trip."

(Courtesy beppenger/myBudgetTravel)

Penguin meets sheep in Dunedin, New Zealand

"The Yellow-Eyed Penguin ConservationĀ Reserve helps in the effort to save the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. This particular penguin was not too happy that a couple of sheep were invadingĀ its space so a minute or two after this photo was taken, the penguin snapped its beak at the sheep until they left."

(Courtesy nysdgiants/myBudgetTravel)

London Arch, Great Ocean Road, Australia

"London Arch, Great Ocean Road, Australia."

(Courtesy reneev67/myBudgetTravel)

Mount Cook in New Zealand

"Majestic Mount Cook in New Zealand, Mackenzie Range. After just an hour-long scenic walk through Hooker Valley, Mount Cook is an awe-inspiring view looming over Hooker glacier and lake. Gorgeous day!"

(Courtesy klmousseau/myBudgetTravel)

Uluru and Champagne

"During our sunset champagne toast at Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia, I noticed this upside-down effect in my glass of champagne."

(Courtesy AspenGal/myBudgetTravel)

A flower in Queenstown, New Zealand

"A flower in Queenstown, New Zealand."

(Courtesy mookie/myBudgetTravel)

Australias Great Ocean Road

"Australia's Great Ocean Road. What a breathtaking place."

(Courtesy vetmer/myBudgetTravel)

A reflection of the mountains in Lake Matheson, New Zealand

"A reflection of the mountains in Lake Matheson, New Zealand."

(Courtesy KiwiAoraki/myBudgetTravel)

The Twelve Apostles in Australia

"The Twelve Apostles (actually only eight are still standing) are found near Port Campbell just off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. They are considered to be one of the top land formations in Australia and are a 'must-see' locale just west of Melbourne."

(Courtesy danwatts/myBudgetTravel)

Martins Bay in New Zealand

"After hiking about 20 miles on the Hollyford Track, we arrived at this isolated beach at Martins Bay with our companions. The hike along the Hollyford River was through a beautiful rainforest full of ferns and and large native trees, and we were thrilled to find sunshine and a fabulous beach waiting for us at the mouth of the river."

(Courtesy jnelsonoh/myBudgetTravel)

The Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, outside Adelaide, South Australia

"The Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island outside Adelaide, South Australia."

(Courtesy azlynn/myBudgetTravel)

A bench looks out from Auckland, New Zealand

"Auckland, New Zealand."

(Courtesy simonbnz/myBudgetTravel)

Koala bear mom and baby in Australia

"A koala bear mom and baby at the Koala Centre on Phillip Island outside of Melbourne. Raised wooden walkways allow you to get within five feet of the koalas in the tops of the trees."

(Courtesy beppenger/myBudgetTravel)

A New Zealand beach

"A beach in New Zealand."

(Courtesy tomkatrunt/myBudgetTravel)

Yulara, Australia

"Yulara, Australia."

(Courtesy brewl/myBudgetTravel)

Lake Pukaki in New Zealand

"On the road from Mount Cook to Christchurch, New Zealand, driving by Lake Pukaki."

(Courtesy Khalisa/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset from Uluru in beautiful Australia

"Sunset from Uluru in beautiful Australia."

(Courtesy loua71/myBudgetTravel)

Trees on the beach in New Zealand

"Trees on the beach in New Zealand."

(Courtesy jjricci27/myBudgetTravel)

Sydney Opera House

"Sydney Opera House."

(Courtesy vivalarock/myBudgetTravel)

Kayaks on the beach in New Zealand

"Kayaks on the beach in New Zealand."

(Courtesy tomkatrunt/myBudgetTravel)

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, outside Sydney in New South Wales, Australia

"The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, outside Sydney in New South Wales, Australia."

(Courtesy azlynn/myBudgetTravel)

A drive through New Zealands North Island

"A drive through New Zealand's North Island."

(Courtesy simonbnz/myBudgetTravel)

Kangaroo at Cape Hillsbourgh, Australia

"A kangaroo at Cape Hillsbourgh, Australia."

(Courtesy ksherr2/myBudgetTravel)

Lupins in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

"Lupins in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand."

(Courtesy mookie/myBudgetTravel)

Austalias Blue Mountains

"This is a case where jet lag proved worthwhile. I had arrived at a B&B in Australia's Blue Mountain area and was up before sunrise. As the sky started to brighten, I grabbed my camera and caught this image."

(Courtesy tsanta/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset in Kaikoura, New Zealand

"Sunset in Kaikoura, New Zealand."

(Courtesy scotvicki/myBudgetTravel)

Melbourne Skyline, Australia

"Melbourne skyline, Australia."

(Courtesy rageorge/myBudgetTravel)

Within the blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier

"The blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand's South Island is a spectacular site and an even better adventure for those who decide to throw on waterproof jackets and crampons. This was one of the few photographs I could get that gives a sense of the sheer scale of the glacier."

(Courtesy kevinummel/myBudgetTravel)

Termite mounds in the Kimberley, Australia

"Termite mounds in the Kimberley, Western Australia."

(Courtesy debyholmes/myBudgetTravel)

A beautiful view of nature in New Zealand

"Travel around windy roads to reach a scenic drive near Matauri Bay in the Northland Region of New Zealand and experiencea a once in a lifetime feeling of release. If ever a scene could give you the feeling of free falling, I believe it would be this 360 degree view which, unfortunately, the camera does not even begin to capture."

(Courtesy kristinjbuxton/myBudgetTravel)

Sydney Opera House

"The Sydney Opera House."

(Courtesy vivalarock/myBudgetTravel)

Poor Knights in New Zealand

"Blue Maomao Arch out at Poor Knights in New Zealand. The best views are really underwater for diving."

(Courtesy gmb11/myBudgetTravel)

Kangaroo in the wild near Surfers Paradise, Australia.

"A kangaroo in the wild near Surfer's Paradise, Australia."

(Courtesy hrmunt/myBudgetTravel)

Seals in Kaikoura, New Zealand

"Seals in Kaikoura, New Zealand."

(Courtesy TuckerG/myBudgetTravel)

The Sydney skyline at sunset

"The Sydney skyline at sunset."

(Courtesy jennie613/myBudgetTravel)

Itty bitty people walking on Franz Josef glacier

"Itty bitty people walking on Franz Josef Glacier."

(Courtesy jkramb/myBudgetTravel)

 Scarborough Beach in Western Australia

"Scarborough Beach in Western Australia. Calm seas looking west over the Indian Ocean in September."

(Courtesy planet/myBudgetTravel)

Boats at Kaikorua in New Zealand

"Boats at Kaikorua, New Zealand."

(Courtesy gmb11/myBudgetTravel)

A koala bear in Australia

"During my vacation to Sydney, Australia, I met this really cute koala at the zoo. I fell in love with him when we first met, I wish I could have taken him back to North Carolina with me. My hope is to visit Australia again."

(Courtesy sharonwin1/myBudgetTravel)

A kiwi Orchard in New Zealand

"A kiwi orchard in New Zealand."

(Courtesy Bonnie Gregory/myBudgetTravel)

A beautiful view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

"A beautiful view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge."

(Courtesy kd0024/myBudgetTravel)

New Zealand landscape

"A beautiful view of the New Zealand landscape."

(Courtesy tinarn68/myBudgetTravel)

Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia

"Is anything more magical than an unexpected rainbow? This was in Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, in July (their winter)."

(Courtesy dahlmarye/myBudgetTravel)

Marlborough Sound in New Zealand

"A photo of New Zealand's Marlborough Sound."

(Courtesy sheriryden/myBudgetTravel)

Arts Center of Melbourne

"My first day exploring Melbourne, I came across this and from a distance I thought it was roller coaster in the middle of the city. When I got closer, it was the Arts Center which had a great exhibit on AC/DC."

(Courtesy ammills/myBudgetTravel)

Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand

"Middle Earth is a real place here at Hobbiton on the Alexander Sheep Farm in Matamata, New Zealand."

(Courtesy jkramb/myBudgetTravel)

Kata-Juta in Australia

"Kata-Juta in Australia."

(Courtesy curlyjodie/myBudgetTravel)

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