In the past, we featured many of the National Parks of NSW near Sydney. One of the national parks there with the most to see and do is Yengo National Park. First, we featured the campgrounds and accommodations in Yengo National Park. Then, we focused on the walking trails and lookouts in Yengo National Park. We previously told you all about Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, Brisbane Water National Park, and Dharug National Park. We also just did a feature on the Nature in Nattai National Park. Yengo National Park is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. Yengo National Park is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park is vast, covering 154,328 hectares of land. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Yengo National Park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is part three of our blog series on Yengo National Park. In part one, we highlighted the places to stay in Yengo National Park: The Big Yango House and the four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. In part two, we explored the walking trails and picturesque lookouts available inside Yengo National Park. Today, we will be exploring the bike trails and scenic four wheel drives in the park. 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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The Scenic Rim mountains are located in the Great Dividing Range of Queensland. It is 69 km south of Brisbane and inland from Gold Coast. The Hidden Peaks Trail is a four day, guided bicycle tour through the beautiful landscape of the Scenic Rim. The cycling tour covers 110 km over the various trails, tracks, roads, and terrains. By day, your tour guides will show you a wilderness adventure, at night you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the three different eco-luxury accommodations, and freshly prepared gourmet meals in this all inclusive package. When you book the Hidden Peaks Trail package, you also get: 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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We just wrapped up a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Now we are heading away from Perth but still staying in Western Australia to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. We are in the southwest corner of the state and we have covered some of 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. Now, we are featuring the Scenic Views and Secluded Bays of Cape Le Grand National Park. Continue reading

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We just wrapped up our 7 part series on National Parks and Nature Parks near Perth. Now, we have ventured away from the Perth region. Our last post featured the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Today, we are taking a trip to Walpole – Nornalup National Park, which is right next to it on the east side. The park is a coastal park that is filled with Tingle trees and Karri trees. It is located in the Denmark region in the southwest of Australia along the strip of coastline called the Rainbow Coast. The most popular attraction in Walpole – Nornalup National Park is the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants; but that is not all there is to see and do in this beautifully forested park. Visitors here can enjoy walks, boating, fishing, beaches, coastal views, and camping. Continue reading

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D’Entrecasteaux National Park is named after the French Admiral who was the first to sight this beautiful section of Australia’s southwest coast, called the Rainbow Coast. He named it Point D’Entrecasteaux in 1792. The national park covers the narrow strip of land along 130 km of coastline between Augusta and Walpole. At the widest points, the park is about 20 km wide. Packed in this small park is an area of extreme biodiversity and picture perfect beaches, Karri forest, coastal heath, and several rivers flow through the park with outlets into the sea. The protected lands of the entire park include different State forests, timber reserves, Crown land, Shire of Manjimup reserves, conservation reserves, pastoral leases and freehold purchases. Continue reading

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We just wrapped up a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Now we are heading away from Perth but still staying in Western Australia to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. First up on our list is Stirling Range National Park in the southwest corner of Western Australia. Continue reading

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Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. However the city’s surrounds is filled with 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. Today, we will be taking a closer look at five of the national parks near Perth including Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Come with us as we explore the Perth Hills, caves, forests, and walking trails in Perth’s surrounds. Continue reading

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