Getting to far-off Australia involves a long flight for most travelers. You can use the time to rest since you’ll want to hit the ground running if touring the country’s national parks is on your agenda.
But did you know that Australia has more than 500 national parks just waiting to be explored?
Each has its own distinct characteristics, such as spectacular limestone and sandstone rock formations, gorgeous beaches, beautiful scenery and a wondrous array of flora and fauna, including the world-famous kangaroos and dingoes. Here’s an overview of the top national parks in Australia:
Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
At the heart of Red Centre lies the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to Australia’s most famous monolith.
The huge mound of Uluru (formerly known as Ayres Rock) sits at the heart of this massive reserve and truly has to be seen to be believed.
Alongside it is the slightly less famous, but no less striking, Kata Tjuta – an incredible rock formation just as beautiful as its larger cousin.
Get up early here to photograph the sunrise over both of these majestic structures and then enjoy walks around them that really highlight the best of this wild landscape.
Blue Mountains National Park – New South Wales
The Blue Mountains are also a must-visit when in Sydney – another of the most famous national parks in Australia.
These are a magnificent area of cliffy mountains that have a slightly blue appearance from afar because of all the eucalyptus and gum trees that grow on them. There are tons of amazing bush walks, waterfalls where you can ride cable cars and trams (and the world’s steepest railway – over 50 degree incline!)
The three sisters, a beautiful rock formation, is possibly the most famous landmark of the Blue Mountains, and all the little towns up there really make it feel like you are out of the city with their cute, small-town, mountainy vibes.
Great Sandy National Park – Queensland
Hot on the list of every backpacker, and for good reason, is the World Heritage site of Fraser Island, part of Queensland’s Great Sandy National Park.
Fraser is incredible – it really is completely made of sand – from stunning freshwater lakes to lazy-river experiences and close encounters with dingoes, Fraser Island is a non-stop adventure all completed in a crazy 4WD blur!
At the end of the day, camp under the stars and relish the perfection of the night skies here! So surreal – a visit to the Great Sandy is a must in Queensland.
Daintree National Park – Queensland
Daintree National Park is known for its magnificent rainforest. Located in Queensland’s Far North. At around 1,200-squared-kilometres, this World Heritage-listed continuous area of tropical rainforest is both the largest on the Australian continent and the oldest in the world (beating the Amazon Rainforest by 65 million years).
The Daintree feels prehistoric. It is so unspoilt and unchanged with many species – flora and fauna – that are found nowhere else in the world. Simply sublime!
Karijini National Park – Western Australia
We left Karijini just last week after five AMAZING days and it’s probably our favourite national park in Australia at the moment – and will be hard to beat as we continue to travel around Oz.
Incredible walks, gorges and swimming holes. Put it on your MUST VISIT list for Western Australia. Karijini is renowned for its adventurous swimming holes and breathtakingly rugged landscapes.
With awe-inspiring escarpments, beautiful gorges and wicked views, Karijini gives you the choice of 2 good campsites, over 10 hikes and goodness knows how many incredible lookouts!
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