When it comes to national parks, Australia really takes the cake. It’s home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It’s no wonder that people are clamouring to visit some of these national parks. If you plan to start your journey through Australian nature, don’t be overwhelmed by their number. There are about five hundred national parks and each of them has something fascinating and unique to offer. No matter what you might be interested in, the parks can deliver. If you like snow-covered mountain ranges and hiking, you will find some of the most pristine snowy peaks in the world here. If you prefer lush rainforests, they won’t be too far from the mountaintops either. Here are some of the places you might want to explore first.
1. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Otherwise known as Uluru, this magnificent red rock is something you can’t miss. It’s one of Australia’s most well-known icons. Uluru isn’t just home to a particularly interesting set of rocks, it also has a pretty large population of indigenous people.
The Anangu people call Uluru-Kata their home. They have lived here for thousands upon thousands of years. Before European settlers arrived, it’s estimated that this area has been inhabited by various peoples over a period of thirty thousand years.
2. Grampians National Park
In Western Victoria, you’ll find one of the more interesting mountain ranges in the country. The Grampians mountain range doubles as a national park and it’s a hidden wonder for anyone that appreciates mountaineering and rock climbing.
The mountains have quite a bit of fascinating nature to offer as well. For those that are botanically inclined, the number of wildflowers you can find here is astonishing. The fauna is just as diverse, which is why nature enthusiasts adore this natural park.
3. Port Campbell National Park
If you’re travelling along the Great Ocean Road any time soon, Port Campbell might be a stop worth considering. It’s located in Victoria, about a hundred miles southwest of Melbourne. It’s right next to Great Otway and Bay of Islands, two other great national parks that are worth visiting. Port Campbell National Park is home to two iconic natural landmarks: The Twelve Apostles and the London Arch. The latter is was formerly known as the London Bridge before its collapse.
When it comes to natural attractions, Port Campbell has it all. Other highlights include places like the cliffs of the Gibson Steps or the sinkhole known as the Grotto. If you’re driving through here, you might want to stop near the various viewpoints along the road. They are quite a sight to behold.
4. Tasman National Park
Tasmania is an island off the south coast of Australia. It’s separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. Tasmania, or TAS as it’s known to locals, has much to offer in terms of national parks and beautiful scenery. Tasman National Park is the crown jewel of this southernmost island.
You will find quite a few beautiful white beaches with clear blue waters. You could swim with the dolphins at Wineglass Bay, which lives up to its name, as it really is shaped like a wine glass. If you’re sick of beaches and water, there are more than enough treks through nature that might interest you. The Three Capes Walk is a wonderful stroll through some of Tasmania’s most beautiful natural scenery. Since you might want to have a rest once in a while, camping isn’t out of the question, either.
5. Great Otway National Park
Right next to the Port Campbell National Park you’ll find the Great Otway. It was created in 2004 by combining Otway National Park with Angahook-Lorne, Carlisle State Park, and Melba Gully State Park. You can imagine how many attractions it has now. There are more than enough opportunities to get lost in nature in the forty square miles it encompasses.
It’s famous for its hiking and mountain biking trails, which seemingly go on forever. If you like waterfalls, this might be the place for you. It’s home to such wonders as Hopetoun and Triplet Falls. One of Australia’s most iconic creatures, the Koala bear, is located in the many eucalyptus forests in Great Otway. If you’re lucky enough, you might even run into the annual migration which features birds of all kinds.
There is no shortage of raw and unbridled nature in Australia’s many national parks. When it comes to diverse flora and fauna, they reign supreme. If you are visiting the country and want to have a leisurely stroll through nature, some natural parks aren’t even that far from big cities. Places like Sydney are surrounded by interesting mountain ranges and parks. Wherever you go, you’re going to find breathtaking views and you’re going to feel like there’s a lot more to the world than meets the eye.