With the abundant and surprising natural diversity of Australia comes its national parks which are other-worldly! If Australia is a canvas full of colours, these national parks would be their framed paintings. Get your walking shoes, sunglasses, and a camera for you would want to save this experience for a long, long time. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Port Campbell National Park
Southern Australian flora and fauna are at its most boastful display here at Port Campbell National Park. With superb cliffs overlooking the infinite sea, it is hard not to be entranced by this place. You may be lucky to be accompanied by Emus, Falcons, Pelicans, and Peregrine Falcons while walking along the pristine shore. The topography of this national park is promising as a whole but make sure you don’t miss out on the Twelve Apostles limestone cliff and Loch Ard Gorge.
2. Blue Mountains National Park
What more can we say when the name of the park itself explains what is in store for the visitors! Besides the fact that with an astonishing 140 km-long walking trail that lures hikers and walkers from all over the country, the park is home to Koalas, Kangaroos, and Brushtail Possums, among others. For adrenaline junkies, activities like hiking, mountain biking, caving, horse riding, abseiling, and rock climbing are facilitated here so that you can witness the aboriginal heritage of Blue Mountains National Park during your exploration.
3. Freycinet National Park
Pink and red granite mountains lining the Wineglass Bay at Tasmania’s oldest national park, Freycinet National Park is every outdoor lover’s dream come true. Why it is called the Wineglass Bay? Well, you can see it for yourself after the hour’s hike to the viewpoint that it resembles a wine glass, and hence the name. Kayaking, beachcombing, and fishing are other common activities that people enjoy in Freycinet.
4. Kakadu National Park
Lastly, the largest national park in Australia, the Kakadu National Park is perhaps the only place where you can find alligators and aboriginal art in one place. The combination may be strange but results in an experience that no other national park can lay claim to. Aboriginals have lived here for the last 40,000 years, making rock arts that are strewn around all over the park. And guess what, this national park is half the size of Switzerland!