Tuesday, 5 April 2011

10 Largest National Parks in Australia

1. Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is situated between the Wildman and East Alligator rivers, 200 km east of Darwin, Northern Territory. The largest National Park in Australia, covers an area of 19,804 km². One of the World Heritage Site that is a unique archaeological and ethnological reserve which has been inhabited continuously for 50,000 years covering almost the entire catchment of a major tropical monsoonal river system. It is a unique example of a complex of ecosystems, including tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands and plateaux, and provides a habitat for a wide range of rare and endemic species of plants and animals. In addition an immense range of cave paintings, rock carvings and archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of the region's inhabitants, from the hunter-gatherers of prehistoric times to the present Aboriginal inhabitants still living there provide an outstanding record of human interaction with the environment over tens of thousands of years.

2. Lake Eyre National Park
Lake Eyre National Park covers an area of 13,488 km² and is located in South Australia, 697 km north of Adelaide. The park contains both the North and South sections of Lake Eyre which is the largest salt lake on the continent of Australia, and also the lowest point in Australia which is 15 m below the sea level. The area is considered one of the harshest environments in Australia; it is remarkably transformed when occasionally it fills with water. Then, it is home to fish and a multitude of waterbirds. Camping is permitted; permits are available at the National Parks and Wildlife office in Port Augusta or the William Creek store.

3. Jutpurra National Park
Jutpurra National Park (formerly known as Gregory National Park), the second-largest National Park in Northern Territory, is an impressive 12,882 km² of ranges, gorges, sandstone and escarpment. Monsoon rainforest, eucalyptus and tall, arid grasses contrast with distinctive boab trees. The park features spectacular range and gorge scenery and significant traces of Aboriginal culture, European exploration and pastoral history.

4. Rudall River National Park
The Rudall River National Park (now called Karlamilyi National Park), rich in aboriginal culture and with an abundance of wildlife is 12,837 km², is the largest national park in Western Australia. It is also one of the most remote places in the world. The park is 420 km from Marble Bar and 260 km from Newman. Access is difficult and the public are not encouraged to visit the park as the conditions are rough and there are no facilities by way of fresh water supplies, signage, park ranger services, camping facilities or picnic areas, and neither the mining companies nor the Aboriginal communities have stores of food, water or fuel for travellers.

5. Simpson Desert National Park
Bordered by South Australia and the Northern Territory, the Simpson Desert National Park is the largest National Park in Queensland, covers an area of 10,120 km² and is a suitable destination for 4WDs only. For those interested in remote desert camping, this park should be put in the first choice. Red sand dunes carpeted with spinifex and broken intermittently by valleys spotted with wattles and scrub create a most wonderful Australian scene. Inhabited more than 180 species of birds, including the Eyrean grasswren, and numerous mammals and reptiles live in the park.

6. Witjira National Park
Witjira National Park covers 7,700 km² of gibber, sand dunes, stony tablelands and floodplain country on the western edge of the Simpson Desert in the far north of South Australia, 987 km north of Adelaide. It is truly spectacular country with vast landscapes including many areas of considerable archaeological, biological and geological interest. The attraction of the Dalhousie mound springs, combined with some delightful camping spots and upgraded visitor facilities, make Witjira one of the most popular and famous Desert Parks. The springs are home to unique species of fish such as the Dalhousie goby and other rare aquatic life.

7. Kosciuszko National Park
The 6,904 km² of Kosciuszko National Park include the highest peaks of Snowy Mountains, which are rarely alpine in character. They include Mount Kosciuszko, at 2,228 m the highest mountain in Australia. The park is popular as a recreational area all year round. The snow lies for months in winter, allowing most kinds of winter sport and activity to take place. In summer the fascinating variety of its flora and fauna attracts bush walkers, climbers, anglers and water sport enthusiasts.

8. Alpine National Park
Alpine National Park at 6,606 km² is the Victoria's largest and protects our highest mountains and varied alpine environments. Extensive snowfields are the primary winter attraction; the warmer months bring stunning wildflower displays and opportunities for bushwalks and four wheel driving. Enjoy varied and beautiful summer wildflowers, and discover a whole range of other plants and animals, all adapted to cope with climatic extremes. The Alpine National Park has the greatest range of flora and fauna of any national park in Victoria.

9. Murray-Sunset National Park
Murray-Sunset National Park, covers an area of 6,330 km²  is Victoria's second largest national park and contains four designated wilderness zones. Discover the park's vast open spaces, isolation, abundant wildlife and colourful spring wildflowers. The park is one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment is relatively untouched and is home to Victoria's largest flower, the Murray Lily, and Australia's rarest bird, the Black-Eared Miner. Explore diverse habitats, including billabongs and floodplains near the Murray River, grasslands, native pine woodlands, Mallee covered dunes, saltbush flats and Pink Lake.

10. Karijini National Park
Previously known as the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is the second largest National Park in Western Australia which covers 6,274 km² and is a whopping 1,600 km from Perth. It is a truly beautiful region of the country and a highlight for many travellers, with its distinct brick-red canyons, gorges and rock pools. The walking and hiking here is particularly good, with Oxers Lookout presiding over Hancock, Joffre, Red, and Weano gorges being particularly humbling.


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