Panoramic view of Marlong arch, natural stone geological feature in Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park in Queensland AustraliaAustralia has more than 600 national parks that cover a total of more than 28 million hectares –  which is approximately 4% of the continent’s land mass. Another 6% of this vast island continent is protected as conservation areas, state forests and nature reserves, and the really good news is that many of the most scenically beautiful sites are right on the doorstep of Australia’s major cities and thus easily accessible to everyone.

The Australian national parks that are featured on this site include some that are dominated by rainforests, coastal parks that are hemmed by vast beaches, and wilderness areas that are severed by rivers and muttering streams, while others are in the heart of the outback. What every park has in common however is an abundance of wildlife.

The photos shown here offer a tantalising glimpse of the wonders of the natural world that can be discovered in Australian national parks, and by clicking on the buttons above you can explore the great outdoors within a specific state.

Spectacular landscape with wetands, wattle / acacia flowers, blue sky reflectedf in water among forests at Dunn's swamp in Wollemi National Park in NSW Australia

Winters morning with frost on golden grasses at Polblue swamp in Barrington Tops National Park in NSW Australia

Unusual geological formations, rock pools and water in Mimosa Creek at Blackdown Tablelands National Park in Queensland Australia

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