National Parks of Australia – Our Seven Wonders
When trying to live a sustainable life and doing the best for the future of our planet, there’s no better way to motivate yourself to stay on the path of conservation and sustainability, than to look directly into Australia’s back yard, and check out some of the National Parks we have. With such a vast land, we are lucky to live in a country that is still able to help sustain the majestic places our motherland has provided for us.
This week marks Parks Week 2020, so we thought we would remind you of how lucky we truly are, and introduce you to 7 of our top picks of Australia’s National Parks. What’s important is that we remember why it’s so imperative to conserve our country and its pure gifts she has given us, and these seven wonders are a great reminder for that.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – TASMANIA
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Not only is Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain beautiful to see, the fact that half its alpine flora is endemic and cannot grow anywhere else in the world is a wonder in itself. It’s no surprise why so many Australians travel to the area each year. If you plan to visit, check out TasWlk Co who have built 5 Sustainable Cradle Huts among the forest walk. They have been designed to be completely, ecologically sustainable by using unique waste management practices in these non-polluting and self-contained huts.
PORT CAMPBELL NATIONAL PARK – VICTORIA
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Earning a name like the Shipwreck Coast, Port Campbell National Park is one of the most pristine national parks in Australia. It has stunning coastline formations, and it’s marine and wildlife is present in abundance. If you take a walk at night, you might be lucky enough to see some penguins at dinner time. Don’t forget to explore the London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles.
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK – NSW
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Regardless that Australia mostly has a subtropical climate, it also offers some of the best snowfields, caves, fishing spots and national park walks in the World. Kosciuszko National Park would have to be one of Australia’s top rated ‘National Treasures’. With areas such as Thredo-Perisher, Lower Snowy River, Khancoban, Selwyn, Yarrangobilly, Tumut and High Plains, it’s a ‘must-see’ for any Aussie.
BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – NSW
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If Kosciuszko isn’t enough to boast about, we also have the Blue Mountain National Park. Consisting of 6 areas, including Katoomba, Blackheath, Glenbrook, Lower Gross Valley, Mount Wilson, and Southern Blue Mountains area, this national park has a very European feel to it. Probably why so many visit the forests the area offers year after year. Visiting The Three Sisters is worth the trip to Katoomba alone.
UNDARA VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK – QLD
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Many Australians don’t know that we have a volcanic national park in Australia, let alone that it contains one of the planet’s longest flows of lava, originating from a single volcano. Undara is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘long way’ and the name fits the part, since this lava tube cave system began about 190,000 years ago. The area is also very rich in volcanic basalt soils. Tours are only available through commercial tour organisations to protect the environment and sustain it for future generations.
KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK – WA
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This unspoiled, nature-based national park boasts a diverse landscape and is well known for its incredible gorges, that are up to 100 metres in depth. You can find this magical, almost untouched nature strip about 1400km north of Perth. Its majestic creeks are visited by tourists from all over the continent, but surprisingly enough, it is extremely well conserved. Karijini National Park is the second largest natural park in WA, and definitely one to add to your bucket list.
WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK – QLD
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The Whitsundays. We’ve saved the best for last. This is by far Queensland’s most treasured destinations to visit. Offering the purest silica sand which is almost white in colour, it is home to the most vibrant underwater marine life, making it a popular snorkeling destination. It has crystal clear salt water, creating a translucent underwater heaven that we call the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t forget that humpback whales are also spotted here in abundance.
What’s your favourite wonder from our list?