Planning a visit to Australia? Here are the most beautiful national parks that you absolutely can’t miss on your next trip.
Australia has more than 500 national parks and each of them has something to offer. With such a plethora of national parks, it can be hard to choose which ones to visit on your visit to Australia. To make things a bit easier for you, here is a list of the most beautiful national parks in Australia that are definitely worth visiting.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Located in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia that is home to diverse terrain, flora, and fauna. In this national park, you can see not only giant crocodiles, and kangaroos, but also observe the incredible aboriginal rock art. According to the newest findings, Indigenous Australians have lived in this region for 40,000 years, creating their rock art in about 5,000 places such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur, and Ubirr.
It really is no secret why this national park is often considered one of the best national parks in the whole world. The sheer natural diversity and its history will leave any traveler amazed. In the national park, you can find many swimming holes, billabongs, and around 2,000 species of fauna, including mammals such as Agile Wallabys, Antiloine Kangaroos, Black Flying Foxes, Dingoes, Black Wallaroos, Northern Quolls, Flatback Turtles, and much more.
Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
Kosciuszko National Park is situated in southern New South Wales and is known for its outstanding mountain scenery. With pristine glacial lakes and the country’s highest mountains including Mount Kosciuszko, Bimberi Peak, Gungartan, Mount Jagungal, and Mount Townsend, this national park can easily look like a real-life postcard. This national park is perfect for those that are looking for hiking, hiking, alpine skiing, mountain biking, and wild nature-filled holidays.
Apart from the stunning alpine scenery, Kosciuszko National Park is also home to a number of rare and endangered species such as the endangered southern corroboree frog, Dusky Antechinus, and Mountain Pygmy Possum. There is also an expanding herd of wild horses with estimates currently numbering around 15,000.
Nambung National Park
Located not far away from Perth, Nambung National Park is famous for its incredible Pinnacles Desert. The dessert features some of the outstanding limestone rock formations that are 3.6 billion years old. The view of thousands of pinnacles or pillars rising up from the yellow sand bordering the Indian Ocean is truly incredible.
Here you can also observe abundant wildlife that consists of 176 species of animals such as grey or red kangaroos, dingoes, and even humpback whales during their migration season. One of the highlights also includes Kangaroo Point on the Western Australia beach. You can also enjoy white sand beaches on the coastal side of the national park and maybe spot a dolphin or sea lion.
Purnululu National Park, Western Australia
Situated in the Kimberley region, Purnululu National Park is best-known for Bungle Bungle Range which is a sandstone rock massif. This is a unique national park that is best seen from the bird’s eye by having a helicopter ride. It is truly one of the most incredible experiences you can have and the view is simply stunning once you fly over beehive-shaped karst sandstone formations that are marked with orange and black stripes.
This scenic national park is a perfect place for hiking, camping, and observing some of the most incredible Australian natural heritage as the park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. However, some parts of the park feature rough terrain that makes it only accessible with 4WD vehicles. This is why it is better to explore the park by hiking, this way you can wander down into canyons and explore gorges such as Cathedral Gorge.
Great Sandy National Park, Queensland
Another beautiful national park in Australia that is a real must-visit spot in the country is Great Sandy National Park. This national park is located on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. The park is famous for dingoes that you can spot while in the park. Asides from fauna, the park is full of beautiful beaches, tall rain forests, and well-maintained trails such as Coolpola Great Walk.
The unique feature of this park is that it is located on both the Queensland coast and Fraser Island. On the mainland, you can find Cooloola Recreation Area filled with pristine beaches such as Rainbow Beach and incredible dune formations.
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