There are over 500 National Parks in Australia, so how do you choose which ones to fit into your trip? Our list includes the dusty desert of Western Australia, skiing in The Snowy Mountains, exploring Aboriginal history and the oldest Rainforest in the world:
1. Nambung National Park
This park is famous for ‘The Pinnacles’ – a must-visit in Western Australia. The Pinnacles are natural limestone structures rising from the sand, with some reaching five metres tall and 30,000 years old. With over 170 species of animals making their homes in this park, you could spy a kangaroo or even a humpback whale in their migration season! Nambung is also home to the stunning beaches of Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay.
2. Great Sandy National Park, Queensland
3. Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain is a walker’s paradise. As part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, the area is rich in wilderness. If you’re an experienced hiker, the world-famous six-day Overland Track is for you, taking you through the incredible mountain scenery to Australia’s deepest lake, Lake St Clair.
4. Grampians National Park, Victoria
The Grampians is a rugged sandstone mountain range in Western Victoria, with many walking tracks taking you through the rich wildlife of the park. Discover the amazing MacKenzie Falls, learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage at the rock art sites such as Manja Shelter, or experience the stunning wildflower displays in the spring.
5. Blue Mountains National Park, NSW
Home to the famous ‘Three Sisters’, this park is the perfect weekend getaway at a 2-hour drive away from Sydney. There’s a huge list of things to do: The Scenic Railway is the steepest railway in the world, taking visitors from the cliffs to the rainforest, and the Scenic Walkway is a 3km rainforest boardwalk.
6. Royal National Park, NSW
7. Karijini National Park
8. Daintree National Park, Queensland
9. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The red rocks and domes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta rise to hundreds of metres out of the desert landscape, 450 kilometres from the nearest major town. Learn the rich history of the Aboriginal people who own the land, and discover the amazing geology of the area. You may stumble upon people dot painting, performing inma (traditional dance and song) or telling stories. Don’t miss watching the sunset over Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) – the rocks change colours in the light.
10. Kosciuszko National Park, southern NSW
There’s so much to do at Kosciuszko - perfect for those looking for an adventure! Skiers and snowboarders can visit resorts Thredbo and Perisher in The Snowy Mountains, and thrill-seekers can rock-climb or abseil at Clarkes Gorge or Blue Lake. Visit in summer to see the beautiful wildflowers in bloom, photograph the amazing limestone cliffs at Blue Waterholes, or take a trip up Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, to enjoy endless views (and that’s not everything!).