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Noteworthy National Parks of NSW

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Noteworthy National Parks of NSW

There are many popular national parks of different terrain and climate types to choose from, where you can experience a truly wild adventure that exposes you to the diverse variety of animal and plant species native to Australia. Whether you want to hit the beaches, explore the rainforests, hike up mountains or walk through the desert landscapes, here are some noteworthy national parks of Australia that you should visit!

Royal National Park, NSW
Known by locals as the Nasho or the Royal, this national park was officially recognised as the oldest surviving purposed national park in the world.

The Royal National Park consists of different terrains across its settlements of Audley, Maianbar and Bundeena. From coastal cliffs, beaches, creeks, forests, high plateaus and deep river valleys, there are plenty of sights to see here.

There are lots of outdoor activities available in this national park ranging from hiking trails , kayaking at Bundeena, canoeing at Audley, fishing and paddle boarding. A popular walk in this area is the 30km long Coast Track from Bundeena to Otford. Caravanning and camping is also an option!

Daintree National Park, QLD
Daintree National Park is a large tropical rainforest wilderness located in the northern region of Queensland. Known for its high biodiversity and its number of endemic plant and animal species, it is the closest living relative of the ancient forests of the supercontinent of Gondwanaland.

The climate here is very tropical and therefore can have intense rainfall common in the Summer. There are seasonal periods of dryness too.

Make sure to check out the popular Mossman Gorge at the southern part of the national park. There is also the Cape Tribulation area in the park where you can find options for accommodation.

Kakadu National Park, NT
Located in the Northern Territory, this national park has a monsoonal climate.

Kakadu has been occupied by Aboriginal people for at least 40000 years according to to archaeological evidence and is very rich in Aboriginal culture with over 5000 recorded art sites.

Kakadu National Park is home to a very high variety and concentration of wildlife across its many river systems and landforms including estuaries, floodplains, lowlands, stone, hills and basins.

Purnululu National Park, WA
What Purnululu is known for is its amazing Bungle Bungle Range which looks sort of like beehives or termite mounds. You can view them on helicopter flights but if exploring on foot, you can get closer to the sandstone massif and walk along Piccaninny Creek.

With elevations up to 578m above sea level, there are spectacular views of the sandstone domes which they look as though they are striped in alternating orange and grey bands.

Purnululu predominantly has a karst topography where the landscape consists of soluble rocks. It lies between neighbouring desert environments and monsoon savannah environments.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT
Home to the iconic sandstone monolith known as Uluru or Ayers Rock which stands 348m tall, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located south of Darwin and consists of many domed rock formations in a desert landscape.

The climate here varies, with extreme recorded temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius in Summers and -5 degrees Celsius in Winters. Despite a barren-looking landscape, there is a complex ecosystem in the area with plants and animals that are well-adapted to the extreme conditions.

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, SA
With an abundance of wildlife, rugged mountainous areas and gorges bordered by trees, the climate in this national park is semi-arid. Expect to see small canyons, rock formations and many lookouts in the park.

The most iconic landmark in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is Wilpena Pound which is a large natural amphitheatre of mountains that covers around 80sqm.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, TAS
Located in the north-western part of Tasmania in the Central Highlands, this national park consists of a variety of landscapes from rainforest to rugged mountains, icy streams and lakes, with a very cool climate.

Considered one of the most popular natural areas to visit in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park has the Cradle Mountain at its northern end and an adventurous scenic walk called the Overland Track. This world-famous walk has a duration of 6 days and leads you through the beautiful mountainous terrain of Tasmania.
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