Australia is huge with a large variety of different landscapes. With an abundance of flora and fauna, some of which can only be found in the country, the Australian national parks offer plenty of chances for nature and wildlife spotting, enjoying diverse scenery, and activities such as climbing, camping, hiking, biking, rafting, and kayaking. There are some national parks inland and some on the rugged coast. Each one offers something different.
It can be difficult choosing which of Australia’s terrific national parks to visit, so have a quick look at this handy list to help inspire you. Here are some of the best national parks in Australia:
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Many visitors flock to this world famous spot every year. It is home to the stunning and incredible giant monolith Uluru, also sometimes referred to as Ayers Rock. The colour of the rock appears to change throughout the day depending on the position of the sun – sometimes it looks flaming red, others burnt orange, and others a deep, rich crimson. The sandstone rock is, however, a true world marvel at any time of the day or night. A sacred place for aboriginal tribes, visitors are asked not to follow the sacred path to the top. Steeped in culture and traditions, it has been an important place for aboriginal groups for many years.
You can learn about the area and its history at the heritage centre. The area is home to a rich diversity of creatures and plant life, and other attractions in the park include the magnificent Katju Gorge, attractive sand dunes, Mutitjulu Waterhole, and walking along the Valley of the Winds. Nearby, you can visit the spectacular Olgas, a mountain range that is often the scene of nightly ceremonies and rituals. If you have cash to splash, you could consider taking a helicopter ride over this stunning area for gorgeous birds’ eye views and a once in a lifetime experience.
Mount Kosciuszko National Park
This national park is home to the tallest mountain in Australia. It makes for great climbing, and it really isn’t that strenuous or challenging. At the summit you can enjoy superb sweeping views of the area as well as feeling a great sense of triumph. To make things even easier, there is a chairlift that can carry you past the steepest part of the climb! There is plenty of nature to see along the way, as well as numerous other walking opportunities close to hand.
Daintree National Park
Close to Cairns, the Daintree National Park is famous for its pristine rainforest and plethora of wildlife. You can combine jungle with beaches, as the park meets impossibly beautiful white sandy shores. Daintree national park contains one of the most diverse eco-systems in the globe, and there are plenty of delightful babbling streams and gushing rivers. It is a favourite for bird spotting enthusiasts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is owned by aboriginal groups.
A top reason for adding Daintree National Park to your list is that it is relatively near to another of Australia’s top places – the remarkable Great Barrier Reef. You can combine adventures in the rainforest with those exploring the ocean deep, as you admire a wide assortment of bright and vibrant marine life and one of the most amazing reefs in the world.
Nambung National Park
Within easy reach of Perth, the unusual and dramatic landscapes at Nambung National Park cannot fail to impress visitors. It is home to some unique and ethereal scenery, including majestic stone columns that soar into the sky. The jagged points are huge, dramatic and somewhat other-worldly. You would be forgiven for thinking that you had been transported to another planet, or to a scene from a sci-fi movie! Whilst the rocks and scenery are what really makes this park so special, you can also see a good selection of wildlife.
These are just four of the best national parks in Australia – set forth and explore to discover your own personal favourite!
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