A trip to Australia is incomplete without a visit to some of the world famous National Parks Australia is proudly home to. No matter in which part you go, You can’t hold yourself from appreciating the rich flora and fauna. Australia has more than 500 National Parks, which cover over 28 million hectares and 4 percent of total land area and is home to world’s most incredible national parks. These national park offer incredible diversity and amazing scenery. Here is a list of top 10 National Parks we have filtered for you which are a must to go, out of a large pool to choose from.
- Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Purnululu National Park is located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, encased in a skin of silica and algae, are a delight to eyes when watching from an aircraft. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty, you can also go for hike, camp and 4WD midst Purnululu to discover the rare wildlife and other rare experiences. An overnight camping is a must to do in the Bungles. Park facilities like shade shelter, toilet and visitor centre are also provided. This national park is open during dry season usually from April to November. This National Heritage Site can be reached by road via Spring Creek Track, from the Great Northern Highway approximately 250 kilometres south of Kununurra.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-kata Tjuta National Park is located in the centre of Australia, named after its two most famous and prominent features Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga). The park is jointly managed by the traditional owners and Parks Australia. Uluru is renowned for its changing colours throughout the day particularly at sunset. In close-up, as you walk around the rock, the ochre-coloured, eroded shapes at the base present an intriguing and mesmerising sight which some people find more captivating than the overall. Other walks include trails between the majestic domes of Kata Tjuta or the Kuniya walk to Mutitjulu waterhole which is home to Wanampi an ancestral water snake. You can visit the Cultural Centre to gain a deeper understanding of the Central Desert people and their arts.This national park will not only offer you scenic beauty or adventure but also a chance to learn about the culture of Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people.
- Daintree National Park (and The Great Barrier Reef)
Daintree national park is valued for its exceptional biodiversity. It contains significant habitat for rare species and prolific birdlife. One of the main reasons why you should go here is it is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites exist side by side-Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef. Ancient tropical rainforests of Daintree National Park, the magnificent Daintree River, awesome coastal ranges overlook the calm clear waters of The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef system. Whether you want your trip to be adventurous or slow and peaceful, this place has it all. It is easy to reach as it is just a couple of hours north of Cairns, across the Daintree River.
- Royal National Park Royal National park is the world’s second oldest surviving purposed national park and the first to use the term ‘’national park’’ in Australia. It gauges more than 130 sq kms of magnificent rainforests and coastlines. The rugged cliffs along the coast are broken by beautiful small beaches. Some, such as, Garie, Era, South Era and Burning Palms are popular surf beaches, while Werrong Beach is ‘clothing optional’. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at the Audley Cafe in the centre of the park or enjoy a family picnic while birdwatching and exploring the bush at one of the many facilities throughout the park. Apart from this, it also offers swimming, cycling, surfing and a lot more. This national park is located 29 kms south of Sydney centre, New South Wales, in eastern Australia near the localities of Loftus, Otford and Waterfall.
- Freycinet National Park
Freycinet contains the covert Wineglass Bay and a part of Tasmanian coastline, one of the top ten beaches of the world which is around 1 hour hike from the viewpoint. Freycinet is a great place to go birdwatching. If you are lucky enough, you may see the rare white-bellied sea-eagle or large Australasian gannet. Freycinet National Park offers activities like a three day long trek or leisure activities like swimming, wildlife spotting or just a calm walk on the beach. Freycinet National Park is about 2.5-3 hours drive from either Hobart or Launceston.
- Great Sandy National Park Great Sandy Island is a coastal national park which includes World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, Cooloola is also one of the main attractions of this place. The national park not only features sand dunes, heathlands, rainforests, mangrove forests but also serene beaches and freshwater lakes. This place has a lot to offer for everyone like 4WD in gold like sand, camping with a variety of wild flowers, fishing, canoeing and hiking. The best thing about this place is it is best to visit anytime of year.
- Kakadu National Park
Kakadu covers almost 20,000 sq kms and is a place of enormous and biological diversity. It is home to a range of rare and endemic plants and animals, including more than one-third of Australia’s bird species and one-quarter of its freshwater and estuarine fish species. This place has a lot of exotic experiences to offer like croc spotting, scenic flights, fishing and boating through the extensive wetlands which is one of the favourite pastimes of the locals, waterfalls, bird watching and even multi-day bushwalks for the fit and well-prepared. The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory and is 171 km southeast of Darwin.
- Kosciuszko National Park Kosciuszko National Park contains mainland Australia’s highest peaks, Mt. Kosciusko, for which it is named, and Cabramurra the highest town in Australia. It is characterized by an Alpine climate, which makes it popular with recreational skiers and bushwalkers. There are many recreational opportunities available in Kosciuszko that allow visitors to enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, skiing, snowboarding, camping, bushwalking, fishing and mountain biking activities. The park is located to the southeastern corner of New South Wales, 354 kms southwest of Sydney.
- Port Campbell National Park
Port campbell National Park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles. This park is also home to the most famous and most photographed stretch of the Great Ocean Road. Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps are also famous attractions. All seasons are good to visit this place, winters can be dramatic. This park is located approximately 190 kms southwest of Melbourne and approximately 10 kms of east of Warrnambool.
- Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park contains many walking trails, and is where hikes along the well-known Overland Track usually begins. The marked Cradle Mountain is one of the biggest attractions of the Park and can be seen from Dove lake on a day visit. The beautiful Lake St Clair of the Park is considered a paradise for walkers because of the eye-luring lake view. If you are visiting in late spring and summer you can get lucky to witness the beautiful blooming wildflowers including waratahs, orchids, banksias, hakeas and leatherwoods. Lake Cruises are available and fishing is permitted in season. The park is located in the central Highlands area of Tasmania, 165 kms northwest of Hobart.