Thursday, June 22, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Best Australian National Parks

Australia is home to many national parks, all of which are full of stunning scenery and rich history. Explore the majestic wilderness of Australia and learn about its ancient roots! There’s no better place to discover the heart of Australia than its national parks. There are literally dozens to choose from, but these are the best of them all.

 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

This national park houses the famous red monolith Uluru, which you may know by its former name, Ayer’s Rock. Uluru belongs to Anangu, the aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. For about a hundred years, the land was under the control of European-Australians, but in the 1980s it was given back to the people who still lived traditionally on the land. You can visit this national park to see Uluru and to learn about the life and history of the Anangu.

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

 

Grampians National Park, Victoria

Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples have lived in Grampians National Park for many years, as is evidenced by the endless supply of cave paintings and the traditional names of the peaks, hills, of formations that many still use. If you visit this chain of sandstone mountains, you can camp and hike all over the hills and valleys. Stunning scenery awaits!

Grampians National Park, Victoria

 

Moreton Island National Park, Queensland

You can reach this lovely island by boat from Brisbane. The island is rugged and seems almost untouched, so you’ll need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get around! Once you’re there, go floating in the Blue Lagoon, hike around, camp, or visit the lighthouse. You can also whale watch, or hunt around for old ruins of World War II forts!

Moreton Island National Park, Queensland

 

Royal National Park, New South Wales

Uloola Falls is perhaps the highlight of a trip to Royal National Park, but there are so many other things to do, as well! Take endless nature walks through the valleys and hills of this forested area and you’ll discover plenty to capture your interest. Keep an eye out for animals and marine life, because you never know what you might catch a glimpse of! The good news is that this national park is near Sydney, so if you’re staying near the Harbor, you won’t have to travel too far to get into this beautiful wilderness.

Royal National Park, New South Wales

 

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania

If you like to hike, you’ll love this national park. Cradle Mountain is visible from just a short trek into the woods, but if you want to experience the park in all its finery, you need to actually summit it. The view from the top is beautiful! Don’t forget to visit Lake St. Clair, too—it’s the deepest lake in Australia, so naturally it belongs on your bucket list.

Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Beautiful Wineglass Bay is a must-do for any trip to Tasmania, and you can find it in Freycinet National Park. It’s quite a walk to get there, but it’s worth it for the lovely views and Instagram-worthy photos. Besides Wineglass Bay, there are plenty of other trails, beaches, and coastline to explore in the park.

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Mt. Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

Mt. Kosciuszko National Park seems like two entirely different places in the winter and the summer. In the winter, enjoy all sorts of snow sports, from skiing to snowboarding to good, old-fashioned snowball fights. In the summer, take the ski lift up the mountain just for the sake of the views (and trust us, it’s worth it) or hike around the area to enjoy the rivers and streams.

Mt. Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

 

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

Litchfield National Park is a favorite place to escape humanity and enjoy the wilderness. From camping to hiking to stargazing, you can’t choose a better place in Northern Territory to go and enjoy the great outdoors! One of the most stunning sights in the park is the cascading waterfalls that crash into sapphire waters below. Better plan to take a few days here, because once you come, you won’t want to leave!

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

 

 

Australia is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Australian National Parks offer amazing scenery and activities for locals and visitors alike. From skiing to hiking to sunbathing, these parks are must see attractions.

4 Comments

  1. Jerry
    January 4, 2017 - 2:28 pm

    Amazing views! I’ve always wanted to visit Australia but there’s little you can do with a student’s budget… 2017 seems to be the lucky year for me as we have to attend my father’s boss’s wedding in Brisbane and we’re staying for almost a week so I have a lot of time to explore. I added Moreton Island National Park to my list, that island looks so cool and how can I say no to whale watching, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I was a kid!

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  2. Hannah
    January 5, 2017 - 5:20 am

    I loved this! I’ve only ever been to Cradle Mountain of the parks on this list but I’d LOVE to go to the rest of them. It’s such a beautiful country and I can’t believe I didn’t go to Grampians National Park when I lived in Melbourne. I will definitely be adding all of these to my list! I’ll be going back to Australia in April, so maybe check off a few then!

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  3. Britanica
    January 7, 2017 - 9:49 pm

    What beautiful places! I love the pictures, I am sure they don’t even do these areas justice. The one that stuck out to me the most was Wineglass Bay. I know someone I work with who went there and she brought picture into work last year and I just could not get over how beautiful that water and the whole setting is. The colors of the water changed according to the light and time of day. Almost like something out of a fairy tale!

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  4. Rachael Mills
    January 8, 2017 - 1:17 am

    Australia is one places I intend to visit so I will add these parks to my list, I would really love whale watching and I would also love an interaction with the aboriginal people to learn about the life and history of the Anangu.

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