OFF THE TRACK

AUS­TRALIA’S NA­TIONAL PARK WALKS WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

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.

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