Australian culture involves taking pride in an outdoor lifestyle. The Oceanic country, and its 28 million hectares of national park land, is perfect for spending some one-on-one time with nature. These landscapes vary immensely throughout Australia, from deserts in the ‘outback’ wilderness to white sandy beaches and forests in coastal cities.
Tasmania is largely a wilderness desert, but on the east coast, Freycinet National Park looks out onto the Tasman National Park. The Freycinet peninsula is made up of pink granite peaks and white beaches. The views of the sparkling turquoise waters and beautiful beach of Wineglass Bay are incredible. This flawlessly curving coastline is best seen from the Hazard mountain range – which is a lot safer than it sounds.
In the Northern Territory on the coast of the Arafura Sea, the largest national park in Australia covers 20,000 square miles. The park features Australia’s most famous animals -giant crocodiles live in Alligator River, while kangaroos roam on land. A wide range of flora gives the national park a healthy green colour. Aboriginal rock art can be found on the cliffs.
This national park is most famous for its sandstone rock formations called the Bungle Bungle Range. The bee hive-shaped rocks were marked by Aborigines with orange and black stripes. Purnululu is mainly visited by 4×4 or other vehicular means, as hiking is difficult due to the extensive rocks and off-road terrain.
Great Otway, Victoria
Otway National Park, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Carlisle State Park, Melba Gully State Park, parts of the Otway State Forest, and a number of Crown Land reserves were combined form Great Otway National Park in 2004. The national park is very diverse in terms of wildlife and landscapes. The park’s rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and rock formations are home to animals such as koalas and its beautiful heathland is a perfect habitat for large populations of birdlife.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
A group of 74 islands span the tropical coast of Queensland, and 32 of these are included in the Whitsunday Islands National Park. The islands are in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage aquamarine area where riotously technicolour and strange fish swim on the coral reef. Many secluded beaches are situated on each island. Also, of particular interest is the stunning Whitsunday Sea Trail of seaways and walks, which was created by the Ngaro people who have inhabited the islands for over 9,000 years,
This national park was formally known as Ayers Rock and is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. The name was changed to reflect its ownership, as the spiritual home of the region’s aboriginal peoples. Uluru is a huge sandstone monolith rising out of the Northern Territory’s Central Australian desert. Extremely remote – nearly 210 miles away from the nearest large town – this iconic natural monument still attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Also awesome to visit is the Kata Tjuta part of the park, which consists of 32 rock domes that change colours in the sun.