If you’re after world-class bushwalks and photogenic views, it’s hard to go past this iconic location in Tasmania.
Obviously, it’s where you’ll find Cradle Mountain (and that famed view across Dove Lake), but there’s so much more to the area.
The 65-kilometre Overland Track, a largely boarded walk with campers’ huts, runs from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair past ancient pine forests, waterfalls and glacial valleys.
There are other walks to be enjoyed too; the two-hour stroll around Dove Lake is perfect for those looking for something more leisurely, while the full-day Cradle Mountain summit walk rewards walkers with unparalleled views.
Wallabies, wombats and echidnas can often be seen in the park, particularly in the warmer months.
Located in the eastern Kimberley region of Western Australia, Purnululu is another national park which doubles as a World Heritage site.
Recognised for its unique beehive rock formations known as the Bungle Bungles, Purnululu can be experienced from the air or the ground.
If travelling by car, visitors should note that the last part of the drive into the park is via a rugged track accessible only by four-wheel drive and single-axle off-road trailers.
There are two campsite options within the park — Walardi and Kurrajong — and both require campers to bring their own supplies, including water and food.
From the campsites, an abundance of stunning trails include the Echidna Chasm walk, Mini Palms walk, Kungkalanayi Lookout, Cathedral Gorge, the Domes walk, Homestead Gorge, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, Whip Snake Gorge and the Northern Escarpment walk.
Australia’s southernmost national park is located in (you guessed it) south-west Tasmania. At more than 600,000 hectares, it’s also the state’s largest national park.
Accessing the park via Gordon River Road is one of Tasmania’s most impressive drives, as it winds through towering myrtle, sassafras and celery top pine forest — regular lookouts offer the chance to appreciate the incredible size of the region.
A southerly route via Scotts Peak Road leads to spectacular views of Mount Anne,the highest peak in the south-west.
More remote access is by boat or light plane to Melaleuca, from where you can traverse the 85-kilometre South Coast Track, one of the world’s great wilderness walks, to Cockle Creek.
Bird lovers would particularly enjoy the potential encounters in this remote part of the world; scarlet and flame robins, honeyeaters, thornbills and wrens can all be seen at various times of the year.
Situated on the coast 200 kilometres north of Perth, Nambung National Park is rich with diversity.
The park is home to The Pinnacles, a sandscape with thousands of naturally occurring limestone pillars rising from the ground, some as high as 3.5 metres.
The area can be explored on foot, but the rock formations shouldn’t be climbed.
Hangover Bay and Kangaroo Point are among the stunning beaches within the park that offer idyllic swimming spots and coastal fishing.
At the park’s northern end, the 1.5-kilometre loop track and boardwalk at Lake Thetis takes visitors past fascinating thrombolites, rock-like structures built by micro-organisms that resemble the first forms of life on Earth.
The best time of year to visit is during September and October, when the wildflowers are in full bloom along the coastal dune systems and low heathland.