OFF THE TRACK
AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL PARK WALKS WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
Get off the beaten track in one of Australia’s most gob-smacking, jaw-dropping and dazzling national parks.
Each state has its own secret hideaways. Here are a few to check out:
BOUDDI NATIONAL PARK
Walk through the red gums forest and meander through to calm, unspoilt beaches. Try the Bouddi Coastal Walk on the New South Wales central coast. From Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach, make sure to stop at the lookout over Maitland Bay.
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
Skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking – this NSW getaway has the year-round goods. Yarrangobilly Caves has a thermal pool to dip your toes into.For a long walk, embark on the 20km Thredbo Valley Walk.
NULLARBOR NATIONAL PARK
The South Australian Nullarbor is worthy of a stopover and the national park that’s there is proof of it. The world’s largest semi-arid cave landscape, walk along flat lands before finding the Koonalda Cave.
KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK
The fountain of youth is flowing freely at Karijini, in Western Australia. An oasis in red dirt country, each of its gorges are unique and charming. Cool off and go for a swim in one of the many natural pools and lagoons. Better to look than to touch the water? The Junction Pool Lookout has a view of the pool.
BARMAH NATIONAL PARK
Kookaburras singing in the old gum trees should be the slogan. Hear them distinctly amid the calls of wildlife in the forest. The mighty Murray struts her stuff and a number of tracks are on offer in this Victorian national park that also boasts a forest full of kangaroos, emus and koalas. It also has the world’s largest river red gum forest.