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1. Posted by mat44 (Full Member, 58 posts) 29 May '06 20:07

Which Country do you think has the best geography and landscapes?

Australia wins hands down from my point of view- From The red Center of Alice springs( Uluru etc)to the tropical rainforests of Queensland and Darwin (Kakadu national park being a good example) to the natural harbour and world famous beaches of Sydney (Bondi and Manly) to the palm trees and golden beaches of The Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Noosa to The tropical Whitsundays and Great Barrier reef to the great surf all over the country ( Torquay and Bells beach, Kirra, Burleigh heads, Margeret River, Shipsterns and many more) and to the natural beauty of Tasmania (Cradle Mountain and Coles bay)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5430 posts) 29 May '06 21:25

Australia is indeed very diverse and certainly a contender, but I would hesitate in declaring it the most beautiful landscape on the basis of some nice beaches.

Norway offers the fjords.

New Zealand is breathtakingly beautiful with its tall mountains, glaciers and pristine lakes.

The US is amazingly diverse ranging from desert landscapes to canyon lands to tropical beaches and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. In fact, driving through the US to me is more enjoyable than Australia, because the landscape changes a lot quicker than here. And when you consider Hawaii and Alaska as part of the US, I don't think you can find a more diverse country.

Though it's by no means my favourite destination, I think I'd personally have to pick the US when it comes to landscape.

3. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru, 454 posts) 29 May '06 23:11

New Zealand. No doubt. It's so incredible diverse in such a small area. And the best thing about it is the sky. It's enormous! Makes beautiful photos...

//Susanna

4. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member, 202 posts) 30 May '06 00:23

Quoting snatterand

New Zealand. No doubt. It's so incredible diverse in such a small area. And the best thing about it is the sky. It's enormous! Makes beautiful photos...

//Susanna

i definetely wouldnt say New Zealand. It might be very diverse for its size but compared to places like Brazil, USA and Australia its just far to small.

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru, 454 posts) 30 May '06 01:07

I didn't know this was a matter of size?!? ;)

//Susanna

6. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member, 159 posts) 30 May '06 03:00

Well, I haven't visited deeply that many countries. If I would have to choose one that it's not my home country, that would be Ireland, although diverse is not the best word to describe it, but it really has amazing landscapes.

If we are talking about diversity of landscapes, I would go for Spain, which I know quite well (not as much as I would love to). And here you can find from huge mountain range, to plains, to deserts, to great and different coasline... Really amazing. I know this is not very subjective... But I just had to go for it!!!!!

xxxxx

7. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member, 202 posts) 30 May '06 05:02

Quoting yolandac8

Well, I haven't visited deeply that many countries. If I would have to choose one that it's not my home country, that would be Ireland, although diverse is not the best word to describe it, but it really has amazing landscapes.

If we are talking about diversity of landscapes, I would go for Spain, which I know quite well (not as much as I would love to). And here you can find from huge mountain range, to plains, to deserts, to great and different coasline... Really amazing. I know this is not very subjective... But I just had to go for it!!!!!

xxxxx

as i said mate... its not very diverse...which is because of its size! If it was teh same size but more diverse then that would be different

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4381 posts) 30 May '06 05:22

I think "the Earth" is the best. It has everything. I don't acknowledge all those arbitrary and silly country borders anyway. If I did, I'd have to go with the country that was largest, since it'd contain the largest part of it all. ;P

  • g* But seriously, I'd have to go with New Zealand as well. As far as amount of variety in types of landscapes over short distances goes, it's unparalleled amongst those places I've visited. I'm also quite partial to Portugal.

As an aside, grasshoppa: you seem to always have a habit of "disagreeing" with people's opinions on these questions. You might want to not do that. No one was asking what others thought of everyone's opinions, just what everyone themselves thought. (If that makes sense.) *g*

Everyone will have different thoughts on a question like this; that's the fun in it - seeing the wide range of answers, maybe getting a few viewpoints and ideas you wouldn't havve thought of yourself otherwise, and that you then think you might just have to go and see for yourself.
Absolutely nothing is served with a "my country is better than your country" discussion, so let's not go there, okay?

[ Edit: Edited at May 30, 2006 5:33 AM by Sander ]

9. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5430 posts) 30 May '06 05:33

Quoting grasshoppa

as i said mate... its not very diverse...which is because of its size! If it was teh same size but more diverse then that would be different

I disagreewith the idea that diversity requires size. Size simply makes it easier to fit more things in. It certainly doesn't make it a 'better landscape'. Size also means it generally takes longer to get from one extreme to the other. Australia is full of boring stretches of road where nothing changes for seemingly ever. Other countries provide far more entertaining landscapes imo. Though I haven't been to NZ, the photos I've seen from there are usually more impressive than the ones from Australia.

And it IS possible to be more diverse and smaller in size. Take the island of Hawaii (not the state, just the Big Island), which manages to pack in something like 12 of the world's 13 climatic zones.

When you add the rest of the US to that, it is pretty hard to beat it in terms of landscape.

And I agree with Sander. Differing opinions are what is interesting. None of us (that I know of) have visited all countries on earth, so we're only really describing what we like.

10. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru, 8868 posts) 30 May '06 06:05

New Zealand - so much to offer in such a small country, from the Oceans to the beaches, rivers, lakes, forrests, mountains, desert, scrubland, mashes, ......