If you’re planning to get a closer look at the Australian wildlife and its flora and fauna then you should definitely check out one of the national parks. Of course there are hundreds of national parks of various sizes scattered throughout Australia, each of which is unique in its own way.
Despite the fact that every national park is special in some way or other, there are four in particular that stand out from the rest:
- Kakadu National Park
As the largest national park in Australia, Kakadu encompasses a diverse terrain in Australia’s Northern Territory. While you’re there you’ll be able to catch sight of giant saltwater crocodiles and kangaroos alongside lush rainforest greenery. Often the reason why people choose to visit Kakadu is the fact that it also boasts a wide array of Aboriginal rock art.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Home of the iconic Uluru sandstone monolith that is otherwise known as Ayers Rock, this national park is the teeming with many other rock domes. Although Uluru itself is undoubtedly the highlight, it is worth exploring the rest of the park too and especially seeing how the domes shift in hue depending on the sunlight.
- Nambung National Park
Encompassing both the nearby desert and ocean, Nambung National Park is best known for its strange ‘pinnacles’. Thousands of these rock formations can be seen rising up right out of the yellow sands, giving the scenery a distinctly unique appearance. It is worth noting that Nambung is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including dingoes, humpback whales, and a variety of kangaroos.
- Port Campbell National Park
Along the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell National Park is often synonymous with the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation that rise up out of the ocean. There are several other notable rock formations in the vicinity too, as well as some shipwrecks in the aptly named Shipwreck’s Coast.
Keep in mind that if you are heading into one of the national parks, you should find out more about what to expect. Some may require a 4WD to get around, while others have trails and walking paths that will make it easier. Additionally you should also sort out your accommodation, visa for Australia and other arrangements beforehand so that you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the parks once you arrive and start to explore them.