Ten Australian National Parks for Your World Travel Bucket List
Australia’s uniqueness lies within the diversity of national landscapes, people and cultures known to the area. The various localities present traces of exotic animals, indigenous plants, pre-historical and historical characteristics that colour the different landscapes. The vastness of the varied environments, geological views, rainforests and beaches create opportunities for all visitors to experience. The article below provides an overview of the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) to see.
The over 40 000 human settlement history related to the Kakadu National Park presents a significant history related to the Aboriginal heritage. The area presents traces of rock art protected by the park authorities and the Aboriginal people who own the land. Besides the cultural history, one can view the crocodiles, kangaroos and the local turtle populations. Kakadu National Park offers an opportunity to visit the Alligator River or observe diverse fauna species, for example, Kapok Bush or the Pandanus plants. The environment provides access to fishing and boating opportunities for energetic tourists. The over 19 000 km² park area listed as a World Heritage Site presents access to view diverse mammal, insect and water animal species. I give the Kakadu National Park a number one on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) places to see.
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2. Port Campbell
Port Campbell known to display the geological Twelve Apostles continue to receive interests from visitors across the world. The area presents an opportunity to view the unique limestone monoliths about 190 km south of Melbourne. Besides the rocks, one can view the diverse cliffs and gorges that surround the environment. Nothing presents a more unique landscape than the rock views in the area. The town originated in 1870 and started with the development of an ever-interesting historical atmosphere. Visitors can reach the park by travelling via the Great Ocean Road and present evidence of the first dockside developed during the time. I give a visit to Port Campbell National Park a number 2 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) places to see.
The Daintree National Park offers a view of a one-million-year rainforest surrounded by gorges, valleys and indigenous rock art. The rainforest is 80 km north of Cairns and displays opportunities to observe the unique waterfalls, greenery and animals known to occur in the area. Visitors can experience the largest rainforest in Australia and visit the local Daintree river to learn from the local ecosystems. The national park borders beaches, ocean views and diverse reef environments. The 1200 km² provides access to a tropical forest experience one can enjoy and explore by camping, walking or more formal holiday-making experiences. I give Daintree National Park a number 3 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) sites to see.
Nambung presents views of interesting exotic animal species and the well-known humpback whales of the local environment. One can also view the local kangaroos, visit the beach views or explore the geological history of over 4 billion years ago. The park in close vicinity of the Pinnacle Desert provides diverse opportunities to explore the Wheat region of Western Australia. The Yued indigenous people protect their land and feel proud to look after their cultural heritage landscapes. The significant geological rocks provide an opportunity for visitors to learn from the age-old landscape and appreciate the wonders of the world. I give Nambung National Park a number 4 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) places to see.
5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta in central Australia received its uniqueness from the large ochre-coloured rock in the park. Visitors can also take part in the Kata Tjuta hike or the Kunija walk to the Mutitjulu water source. Besides the natural environment, people can learn and appreciate the different indigenous cultural heritage evident of the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara communities. The well-known feature historically known as Ayers Rock presents a geological feature of more than 345 metres high. The rock comprises sacred and symbolic meaning for the people from Uluru and offers a habitat to diverse plant and animal species. I give Uluru-Kata Tjuta a number 5 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) areas to visit.
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6. Great Sandy
Great Sandy presents an opportunity for tourists to explore a diversity of sand dune landscapes, beach or rainforest views. The national park allows visitors to experience and appreciate the different wildflowers known to the local area. One can also visit the well-known Fraser Island world heritage site. Take a visit to the Great Sandy area and become amazed at the biodiversity characteristics known to the area. The site received its popularity because of the huge sand dunes known to the local environment. Also, one can view the rain and mangrove forest, creeks and freshwater lakes. I give Great Sandy in Queensland a number 6 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) sites to see.
7. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
The Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park provides opportunities to visitors from across the world to take part in diverse walking trails and hikes. The area comprises a unique lake view and opportunity to observe diverse wildflowers during the year. The park in Tasmania Central Highlands offers views representative of significant biodiversity and traces of archaeological Aboriginal living. The magnificent park receives a number 7 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) places to see.
8. Royal National Park, NSW
Individuals who appreciate history may enjoy a visit to the Royal National Park in NSW. The opportunity provides people to stay at the 1st national park declared in South Sydney. The environment entails views of continues green sceneries, coastal environments and diverse sandstone geological features. Besides the natural sceneries, one becomes amazed by the greetings of wild cockatoos. The Royal National Park presents an opportunity to learn from different coastal versus inland habitat landscapes. The original name referred to as National Park changed after a 1955 visit from Queen Elizabeth II to the area. The 151 km² size park provides opportunities to view rock pools, valleys, hinterland, and rainforests. I give the Royal National Park a number 8 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) sites to see.
9. Grampians, Victoria
The Grampians display the rocky mountain typical to the Victoria natural landscapes and allows visitors to explore the many rock art engravings in the area. Besides rock art, visitors can take part in bush walks or visit some local produce places in close vicinity of the park. Tourists can also visit the well-known Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. The Grampians provides an opportunity for tourists who enjoy something unique to explore nature combined with fresh produce availabilities. I give the Grampians a number 9 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your World Bucket List) places to see.
10. Ikara – Flinders
Ikara-Flinders is at the west end of the Kangaroo Islands that comprise sceneries of diverse mountain ranges, birds and friendly seals. Visitors can explore the 95 000 ha sceneries via the many lookout points that provide tourists with the ability to appreciate the semi-arid environment. Heysen and Bunyeroo display some mountain views tourists can observe and appreciate. I give Ikara-Flinders a number 10 on the top 10 Australian National Parks (for your world travel bucket list) places to see.