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Top 10 Australia National Parks

Updated on September 13, 2014

Australia Travel Destinations-Best Australia National Parks to visit

Australia is a country of great beauty and diverse landscapes. There are over 500 national parks which cover over 28 million hectares of land and accounts for almost four per cent of Australia's land areas. They are located in the alps, the deserts, forests, and reefs.They preserve special habitats, ecosystems, natural wonders and sacred Aboriginal sites. Here is a list of the top 10 Australia National Parks.

1-Whitsunday Islands National Park - Hill Inlet Whitsunday Island

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Whitsunday Islands National Park are a collection of 74 islands which are located off the central coast of Queensland lying in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. They are a popular tourist and yachting destination for the many who come for the multitude of water activities, luxury resorts and beautiful beaches. Whitehaven Beach a prime attraction has consistently been rated as one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

2-Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu National Park is located in the Northern Territory near the town of Darwin. The park is rather large in size about the size of Slovenia or nearly half the size of Switzerland. It is ecologically and biologically featuring four major river systems, six major landforms,estuaries,tidal flats, floodplains,lowlands, spectacular waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife but moslty is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites.

3-Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru is one of the most recognisable natural icons of Australia. This world renowned sandstone stands 348m and is considered sacred by the Aboriginals. Nearby Kata Tjuta, meaning 'many heads' consists of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes that dates back 500 million years. These two Australian sites are a must-see and will leave you spellbound.

4-Great Sandy National Park - Fraser Island

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Great Sandy National Park features sub-tropical forests, stunning beaches and is home to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point and has more than 100 freshwater lakes,crystal-clear creeks, long uniterrupted white beaches and ancient rainforests. The island is a World Heritage Site.

5-Port Campbell National Park

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Port Campbell National Park is located in Australia 230 kilometres southwest of Melbourne. The park features glorious coastal scenery including dramatic cliffs, rock stacks, gorges, arches, and blow-holes.The most popular tourist attraction are the Twelve Apostles which is a collection of limestone rock stacks jutting from the water and reaching heights up to 45 metres high.

6-Kalbarri National Park

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Kalbarri National Park is located on the western coast of Australia several hours north of Perth. The park is composed of incredible geographical features including the Murchison River gorge and spectacular coastal cliffs. There are numerous activities in the park like horse riding, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and rafting. Some sites of interest include Island Rock and Natural Bridge.

7-Freycinet National Park - Wineglass Bay

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Freycinet National Park is located in Tasmania. The park has amazing beaches,red and pink granite formations, a series of jagged granite peaks called "The Hazards and walking trails that provide the most magnificent views. Freycinet also includes the spectacular Wineglass Bay which is considered as one of the world's top beaches.

8-Blue Mountains National Park

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The Blue Mountains National Park is situated very close to the city of Sydney in the Blue Mountains region of the Great Dividing Range. The park consists of an upliffted plateau , interesting rock formations and large rivers. The park is one of Australia's most popular national parks attracting million of visitors per year. Some famous attractions in the park are the Three Sisters rock formation and Pulpit Rock Lookout.

9-Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park

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Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park is made up of snow capped peaks, gushing waterfalls and forests that are teeming with wildlife. Here you'll see Tasmanian Devil's,duck-billed platypus, wallabies and wombats.

10-Purnululu National Park

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Purnululu National Park also known as the "Bungle Bungles" is located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is a World Heritage Site and features spectacular orange and black striped sandstone domes This domes can be accessed by foot or viewed from the heights of a scenic flight.

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