The best nature parks in Australia
After our unique journey to the best natural parks of United States and Canada and after discovering the natural wealth of Europe today we prepare the backpack to fly to Australia. In this huge island there are more than 500 national parks, 19 of which are Unesco World Heritage sites, where live animal and plant species that you can only find here. With these premises, Australia presents itself as a perfect destination to stop at the peak of a mountain, admire the horizon and take a deep breath.
Kakadu National Park
The marshes and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park, which is about 3 hours from Darwin, are inhabited by a third of birds that populate all over Australia. The waters where crocodiles swim and float water lilies in the past were a source of life for the aborigines who took refuge in the caves of Kakadu. After 50,000 years, today we can still observe the traces of the passage of this population, the bininj/mungguy, in the cave paintings.
Litchfield National Park
Near the Kakadu you can find the Litchfield National Park, visited in a more and more frequent way by nature lovers and trekking because of its easy access from the highway and the possibility to stay and stay overnight with tents inside. The main attraction of this park are the waterfalls Florence, Tolmer and Wangi , where thousands of liters of water are thrown into pools where it is possible to swim. But if you want to get away from the tourists, jump on a 4 × 4 and visit the Lost City limestone domes or the ruins of the Blythe Homestead Ruins mining area.
Great Barrier Reef
Occupies an expanse of over 2,000 kilometers off the coast of Queensland , the Great Barrier Reef is so impressive that it can also be seen from outer space. Discover an unknown world by observing the life that takes place between its corals with a trip on a boat with underwater vision or by doing snorkel on the edge of the continental shelf at Agincourt Reef, in Cairns. Underwater you will see starfish, crabs, corals and multicolored fish, bright mollusks and sea turtles.
The Great Barrier Reef is the flagship of Queensland and only in this area there are over 200 beaches and islands considered protected areas.Here are several National Parks, among them the Flinders Chase, where at sunset you can be enchanted by a real natural spectacle thanks to the play of light and shadows that are formed on the rocks Remarkable Rocks.
Mount Field National Park
The leafy woods of Mount Field National Park would be the perfect setting for a new Jurassic Park. In fact, a walk through the huge ferns and eucalyptus trees that surround the marshes has something reminiscent of a science fiction movie. The landscape of this park changes depending on the season of the year in which you are: in April and May some trees are embellished with golden-colored leaves, while in August it is possible to ski; However, it's always a good time to visit the Russel Falls.
Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park is one of Australia's best-kept secrets. For over 350 million years, wind and water have shaped these mysterious orange mountains, creating the wild landscape we can see today. Until 1980 this place was known only to the aborigines kija and a few other people.
Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon
Looking out over picturesque cliffs from which you can admire the sunset and sleep under a mantle of stars are just some of the wonderful experiences you can do in the Watarrka National Park. Here, the great red canyon of Kings Canyon rises on palm groves and other 600 species of plants.
Daintree National Park
The banks of the Daintree river are incredibly green. This river crosses the strongest wetland in the world, which has remained intact for over 100,000 million years and declared a World Heritage Site in 1988.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
We can not finish this list without an image of Uluru, a huge 348 meter high rock which, at every sunset, is able to "light up" until it reaches intense shades of red. You can walk in this area riding a camel, helicopter, motorcycle ... the important thing is to do so accompanied by an anangu guide, to hear the stories of how the ancestral spirit was born during the "Dreamtime"!
Choosing only 10 parks between 500 is a very difficult task, so we leave this list open to your comments or stories of your direct experiences.