Lord Howe Island, Cradle Mountain, Kosciuszko – these are some of Australia’s most iconic and beautiful national parks. But it seems, they don’t always impress everybody.
After seeing Subpar Parks showcase some hilarious 1-star national park reviews over in the US, we started looking at the feedback our own parks were getting. Oh boy, seems like not being impressed by the timeless beauty of nature ain’t a US phenomenon.
Blue Mountains National Park // NSW
The Three Sisters is an iconic Blue Mountains landmark. The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that this unique rock formation represents three sisters, who were turned to stone by a witch doctor in order to protect them from any harm during a tribal battle. When the witch doctor himself was killed, the chance of reversing the spell was lost, and the sisters remained as a reminder of this battle for generations to come. The Blue Mountains are so named because of the presence of gum tree forests, which discharge a mist of eucalyptus oil under the hot sun. This mist refracts light causing the haze, and hence the mountains, to appear blue to the eye.
If these three normal rocks don’t do it for you, we’ve put together a list of the best hikes in the Blue Mountains featuring various other normal rocks you might fancy.
Royal National Park // NSW
Established in 1879, the Royal National Park holds the claim for second-oldest national park worldwide. Pretty neat huh? Sitting just a little south of Sydney, it’s gained a reputation for its stunning natural attractions such as Wedding Cake Rock.
I’ve personally visited Wedding Cake Rock on a number of occasions and can vouch for both the walk and the rock itself. But if that hike doesn’t hit the spot, try taking on the Coastal Track. Since it extends the entire length of the national park, it’ll give you a taste of everything the park has to offer.
Nambung National Park // WA
Sitting just a 2 hour drive north of Perth, The Pinnacles are a glorious sight to see. Though it’s true that only a few of the thousands of limestone pillars that reveal themselves from the desert floor will tower over you, the landscape will quickly make you feel like you’re on another planet. To this day, the explanation of how The Pinnacles were formed in the first place remains a mystery and that only adds to the magic of this natural park.
Lord Howe Island National Park // NSW
When Lonely Planet named Lord Howe Island in their Top 5 Places To Visit in 2020, we’re not sure wi-fi was high on the pecking order of the criteria to hit. What the island lacks in internet connectivity, it makes up for in spades with natural wonders that will have you constantly picking your jaw up off the floor. With 300 residents and only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any given time, this UNESCO Heritage-listed paradise is as pristine as it is untouched.
Looking to make this your next adventure? We’ve sussed out the Top 8 Adventures on Lord Howe Island for your next visit.
Wilsons Promontory National Park // VIC
And for good reason too. This incredible coastal wilderness area sits on the southern tip of the country, and if you wanted to, you could even hike to the southern-most point of mainland Australia yourself. The stunning landscapes, pristine wilderness and abundance of local flora and fauna makes The Prom one of Victoria’s finest national parks.
Kosciuszko National Park // NSW
Here at We Are Explorers, we’re advocates for not being a tosser. But if we look past this reviewer’s longing for a few more locations where he can yell “Kobe” and miss the target with his trash, New South Wales largest national park has a lot to offer. We can start with it being home to Australia’s highest peak. Mount Kosci, sitting at a respectable 2,228m above sea level.
Although it’s a hot spot in the winter for rippers and shredders alike, there’s plenty to do in the Snowy Mountains all year round. In fact, here are 13 Reasons To Visit The Snowy’s When There’s No Snow.
Daintree National Park
In all honesty, I’m not sure exactly where this reviewer was looking for the duration of their visit. Not only is the Daintree rainforest the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, it also meets the Great Barrier Reef on its coastal border. Tack on the fact that it’s also the longest rainforest in Australia, running approximately 450km from end to end and it’s hard to imagine he didn’t see a single thing worth looking at.
In fact, we love The Daintree so much here that we crowdfunded to buy a hectare of land just last year to help preserve it. So you should definitely add it to your adventure hit list.
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park // TAS
Cradle Mountain sits in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the jewel of the National Park. At 1,545m above sea level, it’s only Tasmania’s sixth highest mountain, but what it lacks in height, it makes up for in spades with its dramatic jagged peaks and breathtaking surroundings.
The National Park is also a hub for some world-class hikes including the iconic Overland Track, a 65km trek through all of the pristine landscapes the park has to offer.