Add in Travel List Australian National Parks
Australia’s national parks are among the most diverse in the world. Their protected landscapes are so varied that you could devote years of your life to exploring. The country’s more than 500 national parks cover 28 million hectares of virgin land, which represents almost 4% of the country. These parks protect fragile ecosystems, ranging from alpine regions and green forests to red sand deserts and the purest white sand beaches. Despite being very sensitive environments, Australia’s national parks are remarkably accessible because they have been developed for Ecotourism.
FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA
Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast of Tasmania, off a peninsula with pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and turquoise sea. This 65 square mile park is arguably the best place to experience the rich natural beauty of Tasmania.It It is also here that Wineglass Bay is located, which is often considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world.
GRAND OTWAY NATIONAL Park, VICTORIA
Located in Victoria, about 100 miles southwest of Melbourne, the Great Otway National Park is a popular stop along the Great Ocean Road. It was created in 2004 when Otway National Park, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Carlisle state park, Melba Gully state Park, part of Otway State Forest and a number of crown land reserves were merged.
PORT CAMPBELL NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA
Another popular stop along the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell National Park, is located in Victoria, about 120 miles southwest of Melbourne. Port Campbell covers approximately 4,300 hectares and is located next to the Great Otway National Park and the Bay of Islands Coastal Park.
WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, QUEENSLAND
The Whitsunday Islands are a set of 74 islands that stretch for about 109 square miles along the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. The 65.6-square-mile national park is located 570 miles northwest of Brisbane and includes 32 of these islands. Located in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, the national park consists of breathtaking natural landscapes with coasts and islands dotted with secluded beaches and friendly cities. It is quite isolated, accessible only by boats coming from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour.
DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK, QUEENSLAND
With an estimated age of 110 million years, the Daintree Forest dates from both the Amazon rainforest and the dinosaurs! But don’t be fooled by the age of the area: the national park is incredibly well-aged. It was established in 1981 as part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. The park consists of two sections with a populated agricultural area between them, which includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village.
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
If you want to climb the highest peak on the Australian continent, you’ll find it in the 2,700-square-mile Kosciuszko National Park, located about a five-hour drive from Sydney. It is located in the southeast of New South Wales and is one of the 11 areas that make up the national parks and reserves of the Australian Alps.