The only regret I have when it comes to traveling is that, when I first started out, I never took high-resolution photos. This is why I don’t really have any useful photos of my nine months in Australia—something that honestly really bothers me. I don’t even have any high-resolution photos of my bike trip to the North Cape, although those photos are definitely of higher quality than the ones I took in Australia. Experience and everything…
Still, though, I’ve seen such amazing places in Australia, places of which I now see pictures on the Internet that make me jealous. I recognize those places, but I don’t have any good photos of my own. It’s kind of frustrating because I still have a lot more to say about my time in Australia, but I can’t back up those stories with my own photos.
But because I still want to share some stuff, I figured that the only way to do that is by using someone’s else photos. So, here’s an overview of all national parks in Australia that I’ve visited, seen through someone else’s lens.
All National Parks in Australia That I’ve Visited
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
New South Wales
Sydney Harbour National Park
Highlights: the skyline of Sydney, secluded beaches, hiking, picnic areas.
Credit: Benjamin Jakabek
Blue Mountains National Park
Highlights: the Three Sisters, waterfalls, limestone cliffs.
Credit: Tim Donnelly
Jervis Bay National Park
Highlights: sandy beaches, picnic areas.
Credit: sebastien panouille
Seven Mile Beach National Park
Highlights: extensive sand beaches, the ocean.
Kosciuszko National Park
Highlights: hiking, Mount Kosciuszko, winter sports.
Credit: Steve Lacy
Alpine National Park
Highlights: winter sports, hiking, fishing.
Credit: Australian Alps
Grampians National Park
Highlights: hiking, mountain ranges, camping, wildflowers.
Port Campbell National Park
Highlights: coastal cliffs, the Twelve Apostles.
Great Otway National Park
Highlights: wildlife, rainforest, waterfalls, hiking.
Credit: Christopher Chan
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Highlights: hiking, camping, sunsets and sunrises, beaches, wildlife.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Highlights: mountain ranges, lakes, epic hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting.
Credit: Craig Gibson
Mount Field National Park
Highlights: the world’s tallest flowering plants, lakes, hiking, waterfalls.
Credit: JJ Harrison
Freycinet National Park
Highlights: Wineglass Bay, gorgeous beaches, wildlife, hiking, camping.
Credit: Tarcio Saraiva
Coorong National Park
Highlights: lagoons, birdlife, endless beaches.
Flinders Ranges National Park
Highlights: Outback, Aboriginal rock art, Wilpena Pound, camping, hiking.
Coffin Bay National Park
Highlights: oysters, beaches, surfing, sand dunes.
Credit: Stephan Ridgway
Nullarbor National Park
Highlights: the world’s largest single piece of limestone, remote emptiness, road trip.
Eucla National Park
Highlights: sand dunes, Eucla Telegraph Station ruins, Great Australian Bight.
Credit: Chris Fithall
Francois Peron National Park
Highlights: white beaches, red desert, 4-wheel driving, marine life.
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Highlights: caves, Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, coastline, forests.
Credit: Derek A Young
Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Highlights: Valley of the Giants, hiking, the Tree Top Walk.
Credit: Duncan Rawlinson
Kalbarri National Park
Highlights: lookout points, desert canyons and gorges, coastal cliffs.
Nambung National Park
Highlights: the Pinnacles.
Credit: Peter Nijenhuis
Before I wrote down these national parks in Australia that I’ve visited, I had no idea I had been to that many of them. Then again, 24 is not really that many, when you take into consideration that there are more than 500 (!) national parks in Australia. I’ve seen less than 5% of them.
I haven’t been to northern Western Australia, for example, nor have I seen the spectacular parks in the Northern Territory or the fabulous coastal parks of Queensland. If I can make it to 50 Australian national parks in my lifetime, I think that would be a rather large achievement!
Disclaimer: all photos in this post are available through a Creative Commons license on Flickr.