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At Australian national parks, you will be going to have a jaw-dropping experience. The national parks of Australia are rich in biodiversity. During your trip to the Australian national park, you will get a chance to see rich flora and fauna, lush rainforests, winding Creeks, and jagged cliffs.

For wildlife photographers and bird watchers, the national parks of Australia are the perfect places to see exotic species of animals and plants. Well, there are countless national parks in Australia, and all of them are different in their own way. According to the world bank report, the percentage of forest area in Australia is 17.26%.

The Australian government also emphasizes the protection and expedition of natural lands. There all policies are highly focused on forest and wildlife protection. 

Now, we are going to tell you about the 15 most beautiful national parks of Australia that are the epicenter of tourism as well as the natural habitat of wildlife and forests. These national parks are immensely beautiful, green, and blessed with varied species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, and birds. 

Best National Parks in Australia

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

The pink granite mountain range, white sand beaches, the hazards, and Sheltered make Freycinet national park one of the most beautiful parks in Australia. It is on the east coast of Tanzania and 125km northeast of Hobart. This park was founded in 1916 and is the oldest park in Tanzania. 

The presence of rare and some endemic flora and fauna attracts millions of visitors from throughout the world. Apart from wildlife and bird watching, visitors can also enjoy swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling in the crystalline waters of the wineglass bay. 

  • Location: Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: January to March and September to December
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (Nov-Apr), and 9 am to 4 pm (May-Oct)
  • Entry Fee: $40 per person
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Tasmanian Devil
    • New Holland Mouse
    • Southern Right Whale
    • Bottlenose Dolphins
    • Red-Necked Wallaby
    • Brown Falcon
    • White-Bellied Sea Eagle
    • Black-Browed Albatross

Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park

Among beautiful national parks in Australia, Port Campbell has stunning presences. It’s known for its picturesque locations, lush green forests, and unique wildlife. This national park is in the south-western district of Victoria. It covers around 4300 acres of land where rare mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds live in their natural habitat.

Great Otway National park is just adjacent to the Port Campbell National Park. It has some fascinating limestone cliffs and crystalline waters that make it an ideal vacation spot among travelers and hikers.

  • Location: Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: December to March for fewer crowd
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Honeyeaters
    • Rufous Bristlebird
    • Peregrine Falcons
    • Southern Emu
    • Sun Orchid
    • Spider Orchid
    • Short-Tailed Shearwater
    • Australasian Gannets
    • Swamp Harriers
    • Rufous Bristlebird
    • Black Swans

Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park

This stunning national park is blessed with picturesque locations and breathtaking natural waterfalls. Its rich biodiversity attracts visitors from different regions of the continent.

Great Otway is another famous national park in Victoria after Port Campbell National Park. It covers around 254,980 acres of land and gives a protected shelter to various migrated birds and local spices.

This park is a real paradise for birdwatchers. You can get a chance to see dolphins and whales from the rocky cliffs.  

  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: June to August and for fewer crowd December to March
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Pied Currawong
    • Pink Robins
    • Striated Fieldwren
    • Rufous Bristlebird

Nambung National Park

Nambung National Park

If we are talking about the most beautiful National Parks of Australia, we can’t afford to miss Nambung. This national park is known for its natural beauty and Pinnacles Desert.

Nambung National Park is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic parks in Australia. The huge limestone formations give an amazing landscape to this national park.

This park is an ideal habitat region for Kangaroos that are the National Animal of Australia. During your visit to Nambung national park, you will be lucky enough to see the cute kangaroo jumping around. 

  • Location: Nambung WA 6521, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: September and October
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 9:30 am 4:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free but the parking fee is $15 per vehicle
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Western Grey Kangaroo
    • Red Kangaroo
    • Dingo
    • Honey Possum
    • Red Fox
    • Silver Gull
    • Black-Faced Wood Swallow
    • White-Backed Swallow
    • Red-Capped Plover
    • Raven
    • Buchanan’s Snake-Eyed Skink
    • Yellow-Faced Whip Snake
    • Bobtail
    • Sand Goanna

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsunday island national park is an ideal spot for a fun weekend. At the shore of Whitehaven beach, you can enjoy watching the high tides of the coral sea. The white sandy beach is one of the most exciting points of the Whitsunday Islands.

This beautiful and diverse national park is located in Queensland, Australia. This national park is far away from the green surroundings as most of the national park is surrounded by the coral sea and lovely beaches.

Humpback whales are very common to see here between May and September. Its rich marine life attracts many tourists all year round.

  • Location: Whitsundays Queensland 4802, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: May to October
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free entry, but price may vary for water sport activities or camping
  • Other Places to See Here:
    • Great Barrier Reef
    • Airlie Beach
    • Shute Harbour
    • Bowen
    • Laguna Whitsundays

Daintree National Park

Daintree National Park

Daintree National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Australia that exists with full charm and great biodiversity. It is known for its thick rainforest, rare flora and fauna, and stunning landscapes.

This breathtaking national park is near Far North Queensland, Australia. You would be amazed to know that Daintree National Park is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

Daintree National Park is divided into two sections, with a settled agricultural region between the town of Mossman and Daintree Village.

  • Location: Queensland, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here: 
    • Wompoo Fruit-Dove
    • Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher
    • Cassowary
    • Striped Possum
    • Musky Rat-Kangaroo

Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park is one of the winter paradises of Australia. This national park comes under the list of protected areas of South Wales.

Australia’s highest mountain peak Kosciuszko is found in Kosciuszko National Park. Its massive and marvelous landscapes attract the great attention of visitors. For mountaineers and hikers, Kosciuszko National Park is quite famous.

This Australian national park covers 6,900-square-kilometre of areas. During winters, this park turned into a snow playground and became the perfect spot for skiing, winter trek, and more fun.

  • Location: New South Wales, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: December to April
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free entry (parking charge is $29 per day)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Corroboree Frog
    • Mountain Pygmy Possum
    • Dusky (Threatened Species)
  • Some Natural Glacial Lakes:
    • Tarn Lakes
    • Lake Cootapatamba
    • Lake Albina
    • Club Lake
    • Hedley Tarn
    • Blue Lake

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The Blue Mountains National Park

The Blue Mountains National Park

Blue mountains national park is one of the most stunning natural wonders in the world. It also comes under the protected national parks list. This lovely national park lies in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales in the eastern part of Australia.

Australian tea-tree bushes, eucalyptus trees, and other essential oil vegetation are special features of this national park. It has some silver-lined waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, cloud-covered mountain peaks, and thrilling trails make it a must-visit destination in Australia. 

  • Location: New South Wales, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: December to April
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free entry (parking charge $8 per day)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Broad-Headed Snake
    • Regent Honeyeater
    • Blue Mountains Water Skink

Great Sandy National Park

Great Sandy National Park

The gorgeous sandy beaches and lush green forest area will blow your mind. Great Sandy National Park is as stunning as its name suggests. This is one of the unique coastal national parks in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.

Great Sandy National Park is divided into two sections; The Cooloola Recreation Area and K’gari (Fraser Island) section.

This park has some untouched beaches, rainforests, large sand dunes, creeks, mangroves forests, freshwater lakes, swamps, and heathlands

  • Location: Cooloola Queensland 4581, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: September to November
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free (commercial tour entrance fees $25 for 1-6 passengers)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here: 
    • Black-Breasted Buttonquails
    • Emu
    • Beach Stone-Curlews
    • Pale-Yellow Robins
    • Mangrove Honeyeaters
    • Green Catbirds
    • Eastern Ground Parrot

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

If you want some stunning sunset shots from the top of the hills then Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park can be your best choice. It is one of the most picturesque parks in Australia which is known for its natural and cultural landscapes. This national park is part of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Its massive sandstones and huge desert oaks catch the great attention of visitors from all around the world. This national park is a must-visit if you want to experience great fun with some rare species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. 

  • Location: Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 5 am to 9 pm
  • Entry Fee: $38 (Adult pass valid 3 days)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Brushtail Possum
    • Malleefowl
    • Wallaby or Mala
    • Mulgara
    • The Great Desert Skink

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

One of the most spectacular Australian National parks is Cradle Mountains-Lake St Clair National Park. It is in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania, Australia, and 165 km northwest of Hobart. Globally known for its magnificent landscapes, tropical rainforest, and some endangered species.

Dove lake is one of the most popular spots in this national park. For hikers and travelers, Cradle Mountains-Lake St Clair National Park is a place for peace and breathtaking views. 

  • Location: Central Highlands, Tasmania, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry ($40 per vehicle charge)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Red-Necked Wallabies
    • Wombat
    • Flame
    • Striated Fieldwren
    • Pink Robins

Australian Alps National Park and Reserves 

Australian Alps National Park and Reserves 

Do you know, Australian Alps National Park and Reserves is Australia’s largest national park and biosphere reserves and covers 16,531.80 km square area.  It is on the list of 11 protected areas and the Australian National Heritage list.

With its stunning landscapes, freshwater lakes, natural waterfalls, and huge valleys, the Australian Alps National Park and Reserves become one of the most visited places in Australia.

  • Location: Near Canberra, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: March to October
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Red Kangaroo
    • Dingo
    • Honey Possum
    • Red Fox
    • Silver Gull
    • Black-Faced Wood Swallow
    • White-Backed Swallow
    • Red-Capped Plover
    • Raven
    • Buchanan’s Snake-Eyed Skink
    • Yellow-Faced Whip Snake
    • Bobtail
    • Sand Goanna
    • Western Grey Kangaroo

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

If you want to lose in Australian nature and ancient heritage, Kakadu park offers awe-inspiring nature, together with Aboriginal pictographs within its sandstone canvas.

Kakadu National Park is one of the most vibrant and picturesque national parks in the whole of Australia.

You will find diverse landscapes in this park with serene lagoons, a group of forests, dramatic cliffs, trembling waterfalls, and various native animals and birds including crocodiles and kangaroos. 

  • Location: Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here: 
    • Black Wallaroos
    • Agile Wallaby
    • Short-Eared Rock-Wallaby
    • Plumed Whistling Ducks
    • Black-Necked Stork
    • Brolga
    • Magpie Geese

Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

If you want to see something exceptional and look for a place that more closely resembles heaven, Grampians National Park is your thing. It is one of the best national parks in Australia with magnificent landscapes, mountains, cliffs, forests, animals, and birds.

It is located in the Grampians region of Victoria. It covers around 413,210-acres of land and it makes it one of the largest national parks in Australia.

  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: January to February
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here: 
    • Feral Cats
    • Red Foxes
    • Dingoes

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park

With some fairy tale look-alike gorge pools, layered ravines, and small patches, Karijini National Park is listed as one of the most popular national parks in Western Australia.

This park is located north of the tropic of Capricorn and this is why it has become one of the most visited Australian national parks. From brilliant landscapes and huge mountain ranges, Karijini has all the exciting stuff to offer you.

  • Location: Karijini Western Australia 6751, Australia
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Opening & Closing Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free (parking fee is $15 per vehicle)
  • Rare Wildlife You Can See Here:
    • Legless Lizards
    • Red Kangaroos
    • Euros
    • Rock-Wallabies
    • Echidnas
    • Geckos
    • Goannas

Let’s Wrap This Discussion 

Australian national park remains the center of attraction among both local and international visitors. These 15 most beautiful national parks are just an example of Australian biodiversity. These places gracefully preserved their heritage and endangered species. They also serve as the tourist spots for all hikers, mountaineers, wildlife photographers, and bird watchers.
So without wasting your time, book your tickets to Australia, pack your bags and get ready for upcoming adventure and thrill.  

FAQs Related to National Parks of Australia

In terms of biodiversity, Australia is one of the richest continents. According to 2016 CAPAD data, Australia has more than 680 national parks which are home to many endangered species of native land.
Well all Australian National Parks attract millions of visitors annually with their marvelous landscape, natural habitat, and rare flora and fauna. But still, Uluru or Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park is the most visited national park in Australia. 
In terms of numbers, Queensland has the highest number of national parks. It has 237 national parks, after this South Wales has the second-most state that has around 235 national parks.
Munga-Thirri–Simpson Desert National Park is the largest national park in Australia. It is located 240 KM east of Darwin in Australia's tropical north.
Royal National park gracefully holds the status of being the oldest national park in Australia. It is known for its natural resources and rare species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Its all such qualities make it’s one of the most beautiful parks in Australia.
The Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert National Park is known to be the newest national park in Australia.
National parks are protected areas and over 8- percent of protected areas in Australia are publicly owned and managed by the Australian Government or State, and Territory Governments.