After taking a private tour around the best national parks in Europe, we’ve packed up our bags to go to Australia. The island has more than 500 national parks, 19 of which, have been declared by UNESCO to be world heritages sites, with different species of animals and plants only found there. Thanks to this and other endless reasons, that Australia may just be the perfect destination if you’re a fan of beautiful breathtaking landscapes!
Take a peek at eDreams list of top 10 natural parks in Australia:
Kakadu National Park
One-third of the birds that are found in Australia live in the swamps and the waterfalls of the Kakadu National Park which is located 3 hours away from Darwin. The swamps are currently occupiedby crocodiles and precious water lilies, but in the past it was part of the base camp of the aborigines who lived in the caves of Kakadu. Fast forward 50,000 years and you can still see the legacy of the bininj/mungguy in the cave paintings.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is close to Kakadu and is increasingly visited by people who love nature and trekking. The main attractions here are the Florence, Tolmer and Wangi waterfalls that form a natural pool where visitors can swim. But if what you want is to get away from hikers, we suggest you get on a 4 x 4 and visit the limestone domes of The Lost City, or the ruins found in the mining area of Blythe Homestead Ruins.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2,000 kilometers in the coast of Queensland and can be seen from space. Go for an underwater safari or snorkel on the edge of the continental shelf at Agincourt Reef, Cairns and discover a new world! You’ll find starfishes, crabs, corals, multicoloured fishes, bright mollusks and sea turtles.
The great barrier reef is Queensland’s most precious treasure. There are more than 200 beaches and islands. The most famous landmark is the National Park formed by the Whitsunday Islands; a paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise sea that’s spread over a total of 74 Islands.
Flinders Chase National Park
In Kangaroo Island, an animal reserve in South Australia, you’ll find koalas hanging and sleeping in the trees, sea lions and, of course, kangaroos. There are several national parks in this location, including Flinders Chase, where watching the sunset is a beautiful experience thanks to the of light and shadows formed by “Remarkable Rocks“.
Mount Field National Park
The forests found in the National Park of Mount Field would be the perfect setting for a new Jurassic Park movie. Walking through the giant eucalyptus plants and ferns along swamps makes you feel like you’re in a science fiction film. The park’s landscape changes with the seasons: while in April and May, some trees are filled with golden colors, in August you can go skiing! Whatever the season, it is always a good time to visit the Russell falls.
Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungle range, in Purnululu National Park, is one of the hidden treasures of Australia. For more than 350 million years, air and water have shaped these mysterious orange mountains and have created a landscape that looks like the prehistoric age. Until 1980, only the Kija aboriginal tribe and few other people knew about these formations.
Watarrka National Park y Kings Canyon
At the Watarrka National Park there are a lot of things to do: you can enjoy the view, climb the high cliffs to watch the sun set and sleep under a blanket of stars. The Kings Canyon’s scenic landscape is considered to be one of the most important conversation areas of central Australia because it acts as a refuge for more than 600 species of plants.
Daintree National Park
The banks of the Daintree River are intensely green. It leads to the most humid rainforest in the world, which has remained intact for more than 100 million years and was declared to be a World Heritage site in 1988.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
We could not end this list without a picture of Uluru, a massive rock of 348 meters high that turns red when the sun sets. Visitors usually visit this area on a camel, motorcycle or helipcopter… it’s very important to go with an Anangu guide to discover the story behind the creation of the rock by their ancestral spirits during “Dreamtime”.
Choosing 10 parks out of more than 500 is really hard, that’s why we’re open to add any of the parks you feel should be featured to this blog post. Leave us a comment with your recommendations and fly over to Sydney to discover the beauty of Australia!