10 spectacular Australian national parks that dodge the spotlight

Australian National Parks

Park / December 18, 2015

Eagle Rock, Royal National Park. Photo: D Finnegan/OEH.

Royal National Park

Take a day trip to Australia's oldest national park in Sydney's south. Royal National Park has everything from beaches and rainforest, to beautiful walking tracks.

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Blue Mountains National Park

World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park is a must-see when in Sydney. Visit the iconic Three Sisters and explore its magnificent waterfalls, wilderness walks, and adventure sports.

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Dorrigo National Park

At Dorrigo National Park you'll discover World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests, secret waterfalls, walking tracks and Australian wildlife. And it's just an hour from Coffs Harbour.

Visit Dorrigo Giant Staircase, National Pass walking track in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: D Finnegan/OEH

Lane Cove National Park

Close to Sydney's CBD, Lane Cove National Park is a beautiful pocket of bushland nestled on Lane Cover River - a great spot for bushwalking, kayaking, boating and camping.

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Get a taste of nature without leaving Sydney. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park protects many of northern Sydney's creeks and coves. Check out its breathtaking lookouts, Aboriginal sites, and stop for a waterfront picnic.

Find out more Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: R Cleary Seen Australia/OEH.

Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney's harbour jewels are on show in Sydney Harbour National Park. Explore the park's twisting inlets and islands on a foreshore walk, or have a picnic with some of the best views in town.

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Myall Lakes National Park

Myall Lakes features one of the largest coastal lake systems in NSW. Cast your line for a spot of fishing, and go whale watching along the park's 40km stretch of beaches.

Find out more Lane Cove River, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: K McGrath/OEH.

Kosciuszko National Park

If you're an adventure sports thrill seeker, the Snowy Mountains has it all. Hit the ski slopes in winter, climb Mount Kosciuszko, or go bushwalking and cycling in spring.

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Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir National Park is a top spot for surfing, fishing and beach camping. Keep an eye out for Australia’s coastal emus on the Yuraygir coastal walk.

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Bouddi National Park

Located near Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, explore Bouddi National Park's secluded beaches, coastal walking tracks and Aboriginal cultural sites.

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Views from West Head lookout in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH Hornby Lighthouse at South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: D Finnegan/OEH. Fishing at Mungo Brush campground, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH Family walking along Sandon River at low tide, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: OEH

Source: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au