10 Most Beautiful National Parks in Australia

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Port Campbell National Park

Located in the Victorian world‘s most beautiful bay, Port Campbell National Park is a must visit for anyone who lives anywhere near it. Beautiful coral stone and limestone cliffs, which sink 500 meters into the ocean provide some of the most beautiful cliffs in the whole world, and the beaches below are some of the most idyllic places on earth.

Accessible by boat from Melbourne, this National Park is often shrouded in fog during the summer months, but the whole experience of the mist and the calm waters at the base of the cliffs is always worth it. On the way back to Melbourne from Port Campbell, a few other small islands are visible, including some small, uninhabited islands located in the Lane Cove National Marine Park.

Nambung National Park

Length (km) : 247

Twenty-one kilometres north of the port of Cairns, Nambung National Park is a tropical rainforest wildlife sanctuary.

One of its main attractions is the Boardwalk, which features over half a kilometre of boardwalk walking tracks. These tracks lead through woodlands, grasslands, hibiscus gardens, and several caves. There is also a plunging waterfall and a statue of a giant kangaroo.

The park’s Nambi Treehouse offers a great view over the rainforest.

Other activities include the Nambung Sailing Centre, reptile shows, and guided night walks.

There are also camping facilities available.

The park’s wildlife includes a huge variety of native birds, rainforest mammals, and reptiles.

The Red Boiling Springs cave is a sandy pool with an underground stream running through it. It has many freshwater animals, such as turtles, freshwater crayfish and rainbow fish. Some of the fish can be caught and released for a small fee.

Daintree National Park

Queensland.

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Set in the tropical north west of Queensland, Daintree National Park is one of the largest wilderness areas that you will ever visit. With a terrain of mountainous rainforest and tropical rainforests, it is easy to see why the area is considered one of the best National Parks in Australia.

With steeped valleys and high mountains this National Park is a photographer’s dream. Nestled amongst waterfalls and rainforests, this National Park is an experience in beauty.

Most people who visit the area, however only visit the rainforests. It is easy to forget that the Daintree National Park actually has a lot of open spaces as well. Lay back in a hammock and soak up some beautiful scenery.

What you will find in this National Park is an incredible rainforest full of wildlife; over 60,000 species are known to inhabit Daintree National Park.

From pandas to potoroos, the wildlife of Daintree is just unbelievable. You can pair your visit to the park with some fantastic guided walks to see all of the amazing wildlife. You will come away with a vivid image of Daintree.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair NP

Clean natural pastures, old-growth forests, majestic mountain ridges – this floral paradise created by the Green Mountains in New South Wales is one of the most beautiful places in Australia. This protected national park is named after the Cradle Mountain, the largest mountain in the southern island and Lake St. Clair after the lake that it lies in. The national park is made of diverse highlands and rugged plateaus with rocky outcrops and simple open plains. The climate of this region remains mild to moderate all the year. Most of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair has been declared a national park in 1937 to protect the beautiful natural scenery and the flora and fauna of the region.

Great Sandy National Park

The Great Sandy National Park is home to a noteworthy population of the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). The Great Sandy is located on the southern end of the Cape Range National Park. The park is situated on the Cape York Peninsula, a remote region of northern Australia. The park contains a variety of undisturbed environments: coastal plains and sandstone hills, rainforests, and a coastal river.

The Wilderness Park is also home to large populations of koalas and snakes.

The park is also home to an array of woodland birds, numerous waterfowl, and an endangered insect named the yeti beetle.

The park is also a habitat for the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) and seagulls.

Kosciuszko National Park

New South Wales.

The alpine topography of the 7,860-square-kilometre national park includes huge granite boulders and narrow gorges. In spring, snow-peaked mountains wrap in the mist, searing skies and torrents of rain. Hikers explore nearby meadows and valleys, and spot rock-art images of humans and animals. The region has been inhabited by Aborigines for thousands of years.

The park is a great place for bird watchers, as it receives about 700 species of birds including kookaburras, honeyeaters and raptors. The rare New Holland Honeyeater is Australian only.

The region has also been shaped by the destruction of a forest fire in 1939, and by the clearing for grazing and farming when Europeans arrived. Travelers to the region can explore traditional aboriginal rock art and collect flowers in spring. The mountain ranges offer breathtaking views.

Things to Do

Visit the Mount Kosciuszko National Park Information Centre, located at the entrance to the mountain at the base of the 1,228-metre Mount Kosciuszko. The centre provides information on walk trails, mountain pursuits and seasonal climate extremes.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is an iconic landmark of Australia’s Red Center. It’s a giant sandstone formation in the middle of a vast desert and is the third largest monolith in the world.

The primary functions of Uluru are to act as sacred meeting house for the local Indigenous people, and to act as a meeting point for those people and tourists. The rock has been an attraction for explorers and tourists since the late 1800’s and features in many books and articles about Australia as a whole.

It’s also the home to many Aboriginal sites and some camp sites, particularly surrounding Ayers Rock Resort, a modern hotel and resort complex.

Before the 1933 Burns Monument, Uluru served as a landmark for explorers traveling through the centre of Australia, and was named Ayers Rock by the explorer Ernest Giles. Giles is also credited with naming Ayers Rock after the explorer and author, Thomas Mitchell, who first saw the rock in 1846.

The tallest point of Uluru is 277 meters above the floor of the shallow dry basin in which it lies. At it’s base, the rock is much wider and lower, measuring about 230 meters wide and 348 meters long.

Freycinet National Park

Size: 1,826 km²

Freycinet National Park stands on the eastern shore of Tasmania’s largest lake, which is filled with countless islands. The park’s topography is like that of an ocean, with beaches, sand dunes, and rocky shores that look out onto the lake.

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Ben Lomond National Park

Size: 1,338 km²

Outside of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, Ben Lomond National Park stretches inland as far as the eye can see. Within the park, you can find rivers and forests, waterfalls and lakes.

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The Freycinet Peninsula

Size: 1,826 km²

Purnululu National Park

Western Australia.

Known as the “rosy mother of mountains,” this national park is rich in geological diversity and in the active underwater volcano. Rising from the eddies of the Indian Ocean, Purnululu’s coastal plains are untouched wilderness and home to rock walls and caves.

Kakadu National Park

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Holiday makers in Australia love to visit Kakadu National Park to see crocodiles, geckos, birds, reptiles, crocodile snapping turtles, birds, wallabies and much more. Beautiful Kakadu is also well known for its ancient cave and rock art.

Kakadu National Park is the world’s fourth largest national park and the largest wholly in Australia spanning more than 1 million hectares. The park is in Northern Territory and it’s located about 400 km to the north of Darwin.

The park is also home to the world’s largest monolith, a huge granite slab that’s almost six-times heavier than the biggest of the pyramid. The monolith lies in a channel between the mangrove and the open saltwater water. The monolith also holds the world’s largest freshwater crocodile known as Timor crocodile.

The park was opened in 1980 and was in a dormant state. However, it was re-opened for the visitors in 2006 by the dry season months, and thus Kakadu became the World’s largest open water wetlands. It’s also the home to about 330 species of birds, around 70 types of marsupials, 12 species of reptiles and many other animals.

Map of National Parks in Australia

Glen Helen National Park is a tiny national park located in the Outback of New South Wales.

Windorah

The Boodgie is what makes the Windorah National Park famous.

Mon Repos

This park is often referred to as the Jewel of the Cumberland. This park is located in the Southern Tablelands.

MacKenzie River

You’ll find this park, which is famous for some spectacular scenery, in the west of Queensland.

Cassowary Coast

Experts know this is one of the most beautiful parks in Australia. You can walk the walkways at this case or just take a boat and cruise among the clear waters.

Daintree Forest

This national park is a popular tourist destination in Queensland.

North West Cape

Located on the Northern Cape of WA, this park is often referred to as the Underwater Aquarium.

Cape Leveque

The Mornington National Park has some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the entire region.

Cape Granville

This park is located in the state of WA on the Southeast Coast.

Cape Portland

This is one of the most popular National Parks in Western Australia. It is located in the South West of the state.