Home to some of the most lush rainforests, vibrant deserts and spectacular mountain ranges, and some truly stunning natural attractions only a short drive from the capital cities, travellers in Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to national parks.
Whether you’re looking to hike, enjoy water sports or soak up spectacular scenery, here are ten of Australia’s best national parks:
Royal National Park, New South Wales
For a perfect weekend outing, the Royal National Park in Bundeena stretches along 32 km of Wollongong’s stunning coastline. Whether you’re hoping to walk along dramatic cliffs, relax on beautiful beaches or explore lush rainforests, the Royal National Park truly ticks all boxes. You won’t believe how close it is to the city of Sydney, too!
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Home to the iconic Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta National Park is home to some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring outback scenery. Learn about the Anangu, the indigenous inhabitants of the region through the rock art which has survived the elements and been passed down generations, and soak up a spectacular sunset or sunrise in the home of one of the oldest communities in the world. Please note, Aboriginal communities prefer visitors not to climb Uluru, though there’s more than enough natural beauty around it to explore on foot.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is named after its two biggest landmarks – the 1545 metre mountain which soars over the park, as well as Lake St Clair which is Australia’s deepest lake.
There’s also a huge variety of Cradle Mountain accommodation options available, should you want to stay at the national park. From luxury chalets to cosy cabins nestled among the serene mountainous setting, there’s plenty of ways to experience Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, which is a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart.
Daintree National Park, Queensland
One of the world’s most ancient rainforests, the Daintree National Park can be experienced in a number of ways. Take the 33 km road from the Daintree River ferry down to Cape Tribulation and take in the dense rainforest and golden beaches the scenic drive passes. Best of all, the park fringes the Great Barrier Reef, forming one of the few places on earth where two World Heritage areas meet.
Mt. Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
Whether you’re visiting in the winter ski season or enjoying the many alpine events summer presents, Mt. Kosciuszko National Park is not short of spectacular mountainous vistas and family friendly activities. Tackle the slopes at one of the ski resorts which come alive during the winter months, or cycle, kayak or simply hike in the awe-inspiring alpine scenery of Mount Kosciuszko.
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Only an hour drive from Darwin, spend your visit to Litchfield National Park marvelling at waterfalls and waterholes, taking advantage of the fantastic four-wheel drive tracks or observing native flora and fauna along one of the many great bushwalks which weave through the park. The Buley Rockhole in particular is a perfect spot for a dip on a warm summer’s day, forming one of Litchfield’s most photographed points.
Flinders Chase National Park, South Australia
Located on the west end of Kangaroo Island, enjoy sublime wildlife experiences in Flinders Chase National Park. Come up close with the friendly long-nosed fur seals which call the park home, or birdwatch from some of Flinders Chase National Park’s best vantage spots including the Remarkable Rocks or Admirals Arch.
Grampians National Park, Victoria
Explore the lush scenery of one of Victoria’s most beautiful national parks, adorned with rugged mountains, significant indigenous rock carvings, plenty of flora and fauna and miles of natural scenery to soak up along sign-posted bushwalks.
While you’re in the Grampians, be sure to stop by the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and sample fresh produce and a glass of wine sourced from the region.
Moreton Island National Park, Queensland
A national park covers the entire 37 km long sand island located in Moreton Bay, which forms a popular spot for day trippers, campers and 4WD enthusiasts.
The sandy terrain makes it an off-road adventure heaven if you like four-wheel driving, with rugged sand tracks weaving through the bush and forest across the national park. Immerse yourself in the playground of beaches, dunes and lush woodlands to explore. The national park is also home to Mount Tempest, the world’s highest stable coastal sand dune, and Queensland’s oldest operating lighthouse, if you’re sightseeing at Moreton Island.
Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia
Kalbarri’s gorges and formations by Murchison River providing a perfect backdrop for the beautiful Kalbarri National Park. Head to Ross Graham Lookout and enjoy sublime views along the short walking trail which heads to the river’s edge, or visit the Z-Bend lookout and admire the vistas of the gorge and earthy coloured sandstone of the national park.
Whether you’re travelling to Australia or you’re a local looking for your next outdoor adventure, Australia boasts some of the most beautiful and serene landscapes and is perfect for hiking. Book your next national park escape with Webjet today!