Spanning about 28 million hectares, almost four percent of the Land of Oz is covered by its national parks. From mountain ranges that touch the sky—the highest points often sprinkled with snow—to arid deserts containing mysterious rock formations, luscious rainforests teeming with plant and animal life and coastal reefs that greet you with mystique aquatic resources as you dive, the country is full with these diverse landscapes that double as conservation areas to protect the environment.
We had to make tough choices here in Cheapa Campa today. We had to pick five of the best national parks in Australia among five hundred stunning natural fields turned superb travel and respite destinations. To help you with your road trip itinerary, here are our top five national parks in Australia:
You’d be surprised how lovely blue and orange mix together; the tranquil and clear skies meet with a vast bed of desert landscape. The terrain is not as plain as its stereotypical counterparts. It is home to Wilpena Pound, an area that resembles a volcanic crater or a place touched by a meteor. The park also contains Aboriginal rock art sites and also contributes largely to Australia’s geological history through the fossil remains found therein. The then mountain ranges also have become the abode of plenty local and unique wildlife. If you want to try your luck in mining for opals, head on to Coober Pedy.
Flinders Ranges National Park is only three-hour drive north from Adelaide. Take your campervan here and talk to the locals on where to get started.
You guessed it right, we couldn’t decide which one we liked better. Both national parks contain rock formations that should always be included in itineraries and bucket lists. Purnululu National Park, which is one of Australia’s World Heritage Listed Sites, is located in the East Kimberley Region. Here we will find the Bungle Bungle Ranges, a curious collection of striped rock formations that resemble beehives. Hike, trek, camp and four wheel drive in the 350 million-year-old mystery.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, lying in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, meanwhile, gives you a double dose of rock wonders with the Uluru (also World Heritage Listed) and the Kata Tjuta, which is also known as Mount Olga or The Olgas. Make your desert drive dreams come true with a 30-kilometre road trip that will enable you to see both of the majestic Australian features.
Other than pristine natural wonders, Australia also does not run out of prestigious World Heritage Listed Sites. Daintree National Park, which lies side-by-side with the Great Barrier Reef, will be found through the gateway city of Cairns., in Far North Queensland. The tropical rainforest is teeming with exceptional biodiversity that makes others of its kind pale in comparison.
Find Cape Tribulation here and discover scenic coastal walks in fine sandy beaches and adventures in the forests that join it. In the park you can also see the crystal clear waters flowing in Mossman Gorge. Travelling in this destination is like hitting two birds with one stone except here, you’ll have more than just two: you’ll have adventures lasting you for days and even weeks on you Cheapa Campa.
Royal National Park deserves a special mention because of the history that surrounds it. It is the first national park in Australia and was proclaimed so on 26 April 1879. The park is also the second one proclaimed in the world after America’s Yellowstone National Park. In 1955, its name was changed from The National Park to Royal National Park after Queen Elizabeth II visited.
But history is not only what makes the park noteworthy. Located in Sydney and colloquially referred to as Nasho or Royal, the park makes for picture perfect views of the Sydney coast and is only an hour’s drive from the city centre. Hike, bushwalk, join a tour walk, camp, watch whales (seasonals), and go for a (surprise!) history lessons.
For whatever purpose it may serve, it’s only reasonable that we save the best for last but we recommend that you headline your itinerary with Kakadu National Park. Located in what is known as Australia’s Top End, the park is only three hours from Darwin, where your adventure begins. The World Listed Site, one of many but a stands out unlike the others, is the complete package.
Kakadu National Park is said to be not only a natural wonder but a national treasure. The park is a geological, biological and cultural hub. Explore breathtaking rocks, cliffs, trails and gorges, and lakes and waterfalls by walking and hiking, see the booming desert and local wildlife, and discover ancient and Aboriginal carvings found across the park.
The best months to travel are from May to October during the dry season when almost everything is available. The best way to travel? On an off-road vehicle or a campervan of course!
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