When we think of Aussie icons, we might think
of Vegemite or the Sydney Opera House. But when geographers use the word iconic, they are describing
something that is widely admired, spiritually important or unique to the scenery of the area.
We have many iconic land forms and landscapes in Australia – Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Wave Rock
or the Bungle Bungle Range to name a few – that people from around the world immediately recognise
as being from Australia because they are so unique. These landscapes are so important because they
connect people through tourism, spiritual value and historical meaning, and they provide an identity
for people and places. Countries all over the world have their own unique landforms. Some examples
are Yellowstone National Park in the United States,the Sossusvlei red dunes in Namibia and the Perito
Moreno Glacier in Argentina.