Our Favourite National Parks
Australia’s landscape is dramatic and beautiful, from rainforests to red deserts, ancient Aboriginal rock art, snow-capped mountains and white sandy beaches, Australia is full of natural wonders. All of this amazing scenery makes our national parks a must-visit and nothing short of jaw-dropping, and you never know what you will find, below are some of our favourite national parks around the country.
As Australia’s biggest state Western Australia is home to untouched landscapes with some of the country’s best waterfalls, walking tracks, rock formations and clifftop vistas. The Kimberley region is home to the Purnululu National Park which includes the Bungle Bungle Range, the orange and black rock formations rising 300 meters over the ground are an important Aboriginal site.
Closer to Perth are the Nambung and Kalbarri National Parks, just a few hours drive from the city and you will be encountering limestone pillars, natural rock arches and rugged terrain.
The Northern Territory is home to one of Australia’s most famous national parks, Kakadu National Park is brimming with waterfalls, wetlands and ancient Aboriginal culture. Just a few hours drive from Darwin guests to the park can cruise through billabong, join a tour to learn about the ancient land or during the dry season take a scenic flight.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is another park in the southern end of the Northern Territory and is as striking as it is sacred, home to Uluru it is considered the spiritual centre of Australia.
South Australia is not only home to world-class wine regions but also rugged and distinctive national parks. The Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island and the Nullabor are all easily reached from Adelaide and unique in their own right. Find hidden beaches, heritage lighthouses and rock formations in Kangaroo Islands Flinders Chase National Park, or explore tree-lined gorges and ancient mountains in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Experience the state’s wild west in the Nullarbor National Park, which sits where the outback desert meets the plummeting sea cliffs. Travel along the Eyre Highway which moves along the Bunda Cliffs just a kilometre from the edge.
The landscape of Queensland ranges from misty rainforests to red outback gorges, and the national parks are just as diverse. The Daintree National Park is home to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, filled with lush forests guests can cruise to sport crocodiles, discover local Aboriginal culture or get your adrenaline pumping with a zip line through the trees.
The Great Sandy National Park offers endless golden sand, home to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. With roads only accessible by 4WD you will discover towering trees and uncrowded beaches.
New South Wales
The national parks in New South Wales are home to endless bushwalks, swimming holes, sea cliffs and surf beaches. The Royal National Park includes popular surf spot Garie Beach as well as 100km of hiking trails, and sweeping ocean views from clifftops.
The state is also home to the Blue Mountains National Park, known for its iconic lookouts, dense bushland and Aboriginal culture. Be sure to visit the towering Three Sisters before exploring one of the amazing hiking trails.
Famous for its ski slopes Kosciuszko National Park is an adventure hub all year round, popular with mountain bikers. Guests to the park have the chance to bike or hike to the top of Australia’s highest peak.
The Grampians National Park in Victoria has it all, nature, food, wine, adventure and dazzling waterfalls. The park is also home to beautiful walking tracks, its own wide and top-notch venues. One of the best ways to see the dramatic landscape is on a scenic flight that overlooks the vineyards and valleys below.
Another national park in Victoria is the Wilsons Promontory National Park, which covers a large coastal wilderness area at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. Known for rugged terrain and exceptional beaches the park offers scenic walks through eucalyptus forests.
Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful natural wonders, including the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. See local wildlife including wallabies and wombats around Cradle Mountain, explore one of the walking trails, or visit Bruny Island with its stunning coastline. Another park is the Tasman National Park, which is known for its wild beauty, natural diversity, dramatic cliffs and rock formations.
All of Australia’s national parks are within an easy distance of the capital cities and many have on-site accommodation, speak to our team of expert travel consultants to book today or view all of our travel deals here.