Australia is a magnificent continent, home to incredible animals and a wide range of beautiful landscapes.
You could spend years exploring Australia and still not set foot in all of its over 500 National Parks, so we’re going to try to narrow it down a little bit for you.
These parks span all the regions of Australia and contain many unique and beautiful features, so no matter what you’re setting out for, you’ll find it. Check out our favorite Australian National Parks, and get ready to be amazed.
1. Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)
Set deep in the north of Australia, Kakadu National Park spans thousands of square miles and features numerous unique features. It’s Australia’s largest National Park, and it may take an entire week to explore, but it’s totally worth the time.
If you’re a sucker for waterfalls, Kakadu National Park has plenty of them to see.
Jim Jim falls isn’t easy to get to, with the roads accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles. However, after the rough drive, a quick hike will take you to the magnificent falls, where you can swim in the pools below. Twin falls is another incredible site, where the river splits just before the cliff to create a split cascade that will absolutely amaze you.
While there is an abundance of hiking, swimming, and rock climbing to do in Kakadu National Park, you can also sit back, relax, and take it all in. Kakadu features several breathtaking cruises that take you past waterfalls, wetlands, and a wide array of wildlife. In addition, you can take a scenic flight over the National Park.
2. Litchfield National Park (Northern Territory)
If you’re exploring the Northern Territory of Australia, Litchfield is another must-see National Park. If you love waterfalls, Litchfield is also full of them. Florence Falls and Wangi Falls are absolute must-sees.
Litchfield National Park is only an hour away from Darwin, the gateway to Northern Territory, making it easily accessible. With its proximity to Darwin and its ethical adventures, Litchfield is a National Park that the whole family can enjoy.
3. Cradle Mountain National Park (Tasmania)
If you feel like getting off the mainland, head down to the island of Tasmania.
Cradle Mountain National Park features plenty of wildlife, including the elusive and famous Tasmania Devil. For the adventurous, you can summit the breathtaking Cradle Mountain and view the entire park.
4. Royal National Park (NSW)
Sydney is an essential part of any visit to Australia, and Royal National Park is a quick hour’s drive south of the city.
The second oldest National Park in the world is home to secluded beaches and coastal cliffs. Go surfing, do some whale-watching, or enjoy a night of beachside camping.
Making The Most of Australian National Parks
If you’ve decided which Australian National parks you want to visit, it’s time to prepare for your trip.
We have guides on everything from shoes to winter hiking to protecting this environment you clearly love to enjoy! Keep on reading, and enjoy your amazing Australian adventure!