Explore Australia’s Top 5 National Parks
There are plenty of gorgeous national parks across the vast landscape that is Australia. Travellers can choose from over 500 different national parks across the country to create their personalised holiday. With so many options to choose from during your stay, it’s very challenging to figure out which will give you the best experience. Our top 5 list gives you a variety of everything that the Australian National Parks system has to offer.
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
If it’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, chances are it’s a place you need to visit. This national park is located just under 2,000 kilometres away from the Northern Australia city of Darwin, or about a full day’s worth of a drive. The park is home to Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuṯa, two towering rocks separated about 40 kilometres apart. This area of Australia’s outback has strong roots in the Aborigine culture, and is known as “Australia’s most natural icon”.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
This park is the perfect outlet for travellers that have decided to spend part of their Australian Holiday in Sydney. It is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the city centre of Sydney and is accessible via public transport. It is Australia’s second oldest national park. Ku-ring-gai Chase gives you the perfect blend of city culture and the rich history of Australia’s past. You will find all kinds of Aboriginal engravings around the park as well as stunning views of the South Pacific Ocean.
Grampians National Park
Just over three hours from the centre of Melbourne, this park has a wide spread of iconic mountains popular for adventure climbers. The most popular mountain to ascend is Mount William, the highest point in the National Park. Even if you aren’t an adventurous/skilled climber, you can drive up 920 metres and take in the natural beauty of Victoria from that point. If you want to push yourself, you can climb the additional 1.8 kilometres to the summit.
Flinders Chase National Park
This special national park is located on the southeast coast of Kangaroo Island and is just under 3 hours from mainland Australia. It is separated into three different areas- Cape du Couedic (the main area), The Goose Lands, and Cape Borda. It has served as a home for many endangered animals since its creation in 1919. You can find Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, and little penguins throughout the park.
Cape Le Grand National Park
If you are looking for a quiet paradise retreat, Cape Le Grand is a phenomenal option. While you can fly into Esperance, the driving journey to this national park makes it all the more special. It’s just over eight hours from Perth and allows you to see a vast majority of South Eastern Western Australia. Featuring sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches, Cape Le Grand National Park is a must-see. Hike the park’s headlands, then dive into the Great Australian Bight, if this doesn’t take your fancy then why not sunbathe with some kangaroos.
Australia is home to some of the most culturally rich and diverse landscape. When organising a trip abroad do not forget to add a national park to the list and discover some of Australia’s sensational attractions.
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