Australia’s national parks have some of the most breath-taking sceneries, enriched history, and unique natural beauties. Taking a day trip with your children will surely entertain them, as well give you a chance to pry them away from the allure of iPads, iPhones and all things digital. Here are three of our favourite national parks to visit with the kids.
Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba NSW
Do you know who Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo are? Just a one and half hours’ drive from Sydney, you can be in Katoomba and take the kids on a Blue Mountains Eco Tour to see some of the famous sites and views of the area, and meet these Three Sisters. Take a cable car for a 545 metre journey over and into Jamison Valley, being the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere. If the kids love horse-riding, young beginners are well catered for at Megalong Valley where you can take a guided ride on a trail along the mountain ridges.
Naracoorte Caves National Park, SA
Located in South Australia in the Limestone Coast region, Naracoorte Caves will take your kids on a journey 50,000 years into the past as they come face-to-face with the fossils of Australia’s extinct megafauna. There’s a fantastic school holiday program for the kids during July: the Fossil Hunters Holiday Program allows kids aged 7-12 to become a fossil detective by introducing them to the world of palaeontology. (It’s a combo of the study of rocks and life.)
Walpole–Nornalup National Park, Denmark WA
Otherwise known as The Valley of Giants, this enchanted national park is home to the tingle trees and Australia’s tallest Eucalyptus stretching as high as 75 metres and 20 metres round. Weaving between these looming giants is an incredible experience while on the ground, but experiencing it from 40 metres up along steel bridges above the canopy is even better. This perfectly safe way of viewing the forest is the best way to get around and view the wildlife.