We previously told you about all of the walking tracks in Brisbane Water National Park.  Today, we will be highlighting the lookouts, biking trails, picnic spots, and exploring Aboriginal culture and history of the park. It is 11,506 hectares and located 27 km north of Sydney. It takes about 1 ½ hours to drive to the park from Sydney’s CBD. Brisbane Water National Park is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, and Thirlmere Lakes National Park.  Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Today’s focus is on the different things to do in Brisbane Water National Park like the scenic lookouts, biking trails, picnic spots, and the Aboriginal art in the park. Continue reading

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We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, and Brisbane Water National Park  Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. Continue reading

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We previously told you about all of the walking tracks in Brisbane Water National Park in part one and things to do in part two like cycling trails, lookouts and picnic spots.  In part three, we will be highlighting the flora and fauna of the park. It is 11,506 hectares and located 27 km north of Sydney. It takes about 1 ½ hours to drive to the park from Sydney’s CBD. Brisbane Water National Park is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, and Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today is our last national park in this region, we are highlighting things to do in Brisbane Water National Park. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Continue reading

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Next on our list of National Parks near Sydney is Thirlmere Lakes National Park. It is adjacent to Kanangra-Boyd National Park and is the smallest of all the parks in the Blue Mountains Area at 629 hectares. It is located about 70 km southwest of Sydney and takes about an 1 ½ hours to drive there from Sydney’s CBD. Like the other national parks in our current blog series, this protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Thirlmere Lakes National Park is located in the Macarthur region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd, National Park, Nattai National Park, and Gardens of Stone National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today is our last national park in this region, we are highlighting things to do in Thirlmere Lakes National Park, it is one of the 8 parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed Area and makes up part of the Great Dividing Range. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Thirlmere Lakes National Park’s main features are the namesake lakes of the park. They are thought to have formed around 15 million years ago. As a result of the lakes, there is a wide variety of very unusual flora and fauna in Thirlmere Lakes National park. Rare species of plants and animals inhabit the park including the watershield, the grey sedge, the wooly frogsmouth lily, Australiasian bittern, and Latham’s snipe. Rare freshwater sponge can be found in the lakes. The forest surrounding the lakes includes sclerophyll forest, rough-barked apple, sydney peppermint, and red bloodwood. Continue reading

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Gardens of Stone National Park is a smaller national park just to the west of Wollemi National Park and north west of Blue Mountains National Park. Of course, when it comes to this region, a smaller national park is still 15,080 hectares! It takes a little less than 3 hours to get here from Sydney. Like the other national parks in our current blog series, this protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Gardens of Stone is far west enough to be considered part of the central Tablelands. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd, National Park, and Nattai National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today, we are featuring Gardens of Stone National Park, it is one of the 8 parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed Area and makes up part of the Great Dividing Range. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Gardens of Stone National Park gets its name from the natural stone pagodas that are located in the park. Inside the park, the landscape also is made up of dramatic cliffs and canyons, limestone outcrops, karsts, elevated swamps, and some other unusual geological features. Near Gardens of Stone National Park, in addition to Wollemi National Park and Yengo National Park, you can also visit the Newnes State Forest, the Wolgan Valley, and the Wolgan State Forest. The local towns that border the park are Capertee, Ben Bullen, and Glen Davis. Continue reading

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Berowra Valley National Park is located just an hour drive north west of Sydney. This vast protected nature wonderland is so close to Sydney, so you can easily make a day trip or spend a part of your holiday here. It is located between the suburbs of Hornsby heights, Thornleigh, Galston, Pennant Hills, and Cherrybrook. Things to do in the park include walking trails, boating, beautiful lookouts, picnics in the park, and just relaxing while exploring nature. Continue reading

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Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is located on the Cobourg Peninsula. The surrounding waters including the Aratura Sea and the Van Diemen Gulf as well as some of the nearshore islands are also included under the protected status of the National Park. It is located about 214 km northeast of Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. This is one of the most northern places in Australia and holds the top position of the Northern Territory’s Top End. Although it has a long and rich Aboriginal history and culture, it is mostly uninhabited today. As you can see from the map, the Cobourg Peninsula is very indented with coves, bays, inlets and waterways. Most of everything to do with the peninsula has to do with the sea and surrounding waterways. Tourism is the main attraction to Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. The remoteness is part of the appeal, but so is the beautiful, tropical turquoise waters and warm climate. You will need a permit  to travel through the national park as it is Arnhem Land. You will also need a permit  if you plan to camp in the park. Permits are easy to obtain, you just have to get them ahead of time. The access to the park is via 4WD only and only during the dry season from May through October, but the best time to place a trip here is between May and August. During the wet season, as with most of the Top End of the Northern Territory, roads may be impassable and flooding is likely. Visitors to Garig Gunak Barlu National Park should be completely self-sustainable. Since this area is so remote, you should carry emergency supplies and extra petrol with you. Fuel is available at Jabiru but you will not be able to buy any fuel within the park. Continue reading

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We have been exploring the National Parks of Western Australia. First, we featured a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Then we headed south to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. We first featured four national parks near Albany: Mountain Hiking in Stirling Range National Park, the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park, and Walking Among the Giants in Walpole – Nornalup National Park. Next, we headed a little further east to highlight the national parks near Esperance: Scenic Views and Secluded Bays in Cape Le Grand National Park, Experience Coastal Wilderness of Cape Arid National Park, and two blogs about Fitzgerald River National Park Part One, and Fitzgerald River National Park, A Botanical Wonderland Part Two. This is a recap of the 6 remote national parks we featured that are located in the southern section of Western Australia near Albany and Esperance. Continue reading

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Fitzgerald River National Park  is on the southern coast of Western Australia in between Albany and Esperance. There is so much biodiversity and so much to see and do in this remote wilderness, we have split it up into two blog posts. We just told you about the flora, fauna and camping options in the park. Today, we are featuring the scenic drives and picturesque walking trails in Fitzgerald River National Park. It is one of the sparkling gems in the south of Western Australia. We recently featured a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Then we headed south to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. There is Cape Le Grand National Park  which we just featured last month, and Cape Arid National Park, which we just wrote about last week are on the east side near Esperance. The other remote southern national parks of Western Australia we featured are closer to Albany. We highlighted the southwest corner of the state and the beautiful national parks there including Mountain Hiking in Stirling Range National Park, the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park, and Walking Among the Giants in Walpole – Nornalup National Park. Continue reading

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Fitzgerald River National Park  is on the southern coast of Western Australia in between Albany and Esperance. Cape Le Grand National Park  which we just featured in last week’s blog, and Cape Arid National Park, which we just wrote about are on the east side near Esperance. The other remote southern national parks of Western Australia we featured are closer to Albany. We highlighted the southwest corner of the state and the beautiful national parks there including Mountain Hiking in Stirling Range National Park, the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park, and Walking Among the Giants in Walpole – Nornalup National Park.  We recently featured a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Then we headed south to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. Now, we are featuring Fitzgerald River National Park. Continue reading

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