Australia is sure famous for its bustling cities, historic spots, good wine and popular surfing paradises. What also should not be forgotten is what a vast natural wonder this entire continent is with unparalleled vistas that are bound to take your breath away. Australia offers some of the best natural escapade opportunities both beginners and experienced hikers can enjoy and take home memories that will make them want to come back for more. Given that it’s an incredibly huge area to cover, we singled out some of the most exquisite national parks of the continent so that you can decide more easily which route to take. Read on.
Whitsundays National Park
Located in Queensland and right by the Great Barrier Reef, this national park consisting of over 70 islands is a must-see if it is spectacular beaches that you want to see. Its most famous beach, the 7-km long Whitehaven Beach, is no less than an award-winning paradise with sparkly, turquoise water. Its beautiful, white sand (thanks to which this beach is regarded as one of the purest in the world!) is actually made from 98% pure silica, which makes it even more special. In Whitsundays National Park, you can go snorkeling, sailing, or you can just relax on one of the most magnificent beaches you have ever seen and enjoy the sun.
Freycinet National Park
Most people can agree that Freycinet National Park is one of Australia’s bests. With its dramatic coastline of charming coves and white sandy beaches, it sweeps anyone off their feet. Here you can take a look at the impressive Hazards mountain range that gives the scenery an impressive look with its pink granite cliffs. The mountains connect two of the most famous bays in the national park, Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay offers numerous opportunities for various activities including fishing and kayaking, while Wineglass Bay, which got its name thanks to its unique shape, is deservedly among the top 10 beaches in the world, so make sure you don’t miss it. To get the best possible look at all the sceneries, choose one of the many guided Freycinet walks and snap some amazing photos! You can even opt for a pack-free walk if you’re not big on hiking with huge backpacks.
Daintree National Park
If you want to see a different side of Queensland than the one Whitsundays National Park shows, Daintree National Park has got you covered. It has the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, with its oldest part estimated to be 150 million years old, which makes it older than dinosaurs! Make sure you drop by the Daintree Discovery Centre that will allow you to explore this jungle’s raw beauty on all levels. This national park is a great place if you’re an animal lover too, as it has an enormous number of interesting species that inhabit the forest, some of which will make you say “What?” Visiting the tiny Daintree Village is another thing you simply must do when you are here.
Tasman National Park
Tasmania is truly an outstanding place that has escaped being spoiled like so many other natural havens on Earth, so it’s no wonder there is yet another national park on this list located on this island. The Tasman National Park, famous for its breathtaking rock formations, is often regarded as a “dramatic beauty” you will see nowhere else in the world. Just by taking a look at some of the pictures of the 300-meter high cliffs that adorn its coasts, you can feel its grand existence that is a unique experience to see in real life. Besides, there is vivid land and marine life in the area, so you might catch a glimpse of interesting bird species, seals, penguins, and even migrating whales. Again, if you want to make the most of it, booking a guided walk might be a good idea.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Last but not least, talking about Australia and not mentioning Uluru would be a sin. Visiting it will not only enrich you with a breathtaking view of this truly unique rock formation in the middle of the vast Australian desert, but it will also give you an authentic experience of the culture and long history of the indigenous people of the area. Visiting this landmark around sunrise or sunset will give you an unforgettable view of the red vastness, while visiting the cultural center will teach you about Anangu culture so that you can appreciate your journey even more deeply. There are many walks to choose from, so make sure you take a look at the rock from up close too!
Australia is teeming with untouched nature and opportunities to experience it all first-hand. Nothing will give you a better experience of this continent than exploring its origins, its age-old cliffs and ancient rainforests. So, choose your destination and pack your walking shoes!