Our Favourite Australian National Parks

Australia is a land of breathtaking natural beauty, from lush rainforests to tranquil riverbanks and rugged coastlines. And the best way to explore these wilderness areas is by visiting our world-renowned national parks. Each offers a distinct set of natural wonders and outdoor adventures, making them the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts, bushwalkers and outdoor lovers. So grab your hiking boots and a sense of adventure as we take a look at our favourite Australian national parks.

Dandenong Ranges National Park – Victoria

Come and take a hike along the 1000 steps! Image from Visit Victoria.

Located just outside Melbourne, the picturesque Dandenong Ranges National Park offers a serene escape from busy city life. Along with temperate rainforests and towering mountain ash trees, the national park is also home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, an historic steam train that winds its way through the beautiful bushland. The park is perfect for hiking, with numerous walking trails and spectacular viewpoints, such as the Kokoda Memorial Walk (also known as the 1000 Steps Walk), an iconic trail and challenging stair climb through fern gullies and eucalyptus trees. 

Where to stay

After you’ve managed 1000 steps Dandenong is a great place to unwind. The Comfort Hotel Dandenong has a variety of modern rooms, centrally located to make the most of your visit. Close to Dandenong National Parks abound to keep you enthralled and connected to nature. 

Murray River National Park – South Australia

Murray River National Park. Image from South Australia.

Stretching along the mighty Murray River South Australia, the Murray River National Park is a haven for nature and water enthusiasts. This vast park in South Australia offers an array of water-based activities, from kayaking and fishing to houseboat adventures. The riverine woodlands, wetlands and river flats lined with distinctive red gums provide a diverse habitat for an abundance of birdlife and native animals. Paddle the famous river and take in the scenic beauty from a different perspective, and follow the Headings Cliffs Lookout trail for remarkable sunset views from the cliffs.

Where to stay

Find warm and inviting country hospitality at the Comfort Inn & Suites Riverland in nearby Barmera, with generous rooms and golf course views.

Namadgi National Park – ACT

Hike up to Booroomba Rocks In Namadgi National Park and be rewarded with amazing views. Image from We Are Explorers for VisitCanberra.

If you find yourself in the Australian Capital Territory, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Namadgi National Park, one of the best national parks in Canberra. Part of the Australian Alps, Namadgi has a rich Indigenous history, with ancient rock art and over 200 Aboriginal heritage sites. Explore huge granite boulders, alpine ash forests and snow gum woodlands on the Square Rock walking trail, while the Mount Tennent Summit Walk is a challenging hike offering panoramic views of the Brindabella Ranges and the nation’s capital.

Where to stay

The Quality Hotel Dickson offers modern, well-appointed accommodation in the heart of Canberra, providing the perfect base for exploring ACT parks.

Cape Le Grand National Park – Western Australia

Stunning scenes at Cape Le Grand National Park. Image from Western Australia.

For pristine white sandy beaches and idyllic bays, the Cape Le Grand National Park in Western Australia is a must-visit. This coastal gem, located near Esperance, is famous for its rugged coastal cliffs with granite outcrops, rolling heathlands dotted with wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in clear blue waters, or hike along the Lucky Bay Coastal Trail, a scenic coastal walk with stunning views of Lucky Bay, where you can often spot kangaroos on the beach.

Where to stay

After exploring from Esperance to Cape Le Grand, relax opposite the beach in comfortable accommodation at the Comfort Inn Bay of Isles. Enjoy yourself close to one of the top national parks in Australia!

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