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National
Parks in
Australia

If there is something that call my attention every time we travel Australia is the number and great diversity of National Parks in Australia. All National Parks without exception are very well cared for and also very easy to get around with plenty of signs and instructions about features, natures and trails. Depending on the state you are, the characteristics of each park will be completely different such as a park made mostly of Rocks such as the Girraween National Park (Photo above), on the border of New South Wales and Queensland. Even the Great Barrier Reef is a National Park and in some Islands you can camp for a few days paying for a permit which cost between A$ 4 and A$ 7 depending on the state it is located and the park itself.

National Parks in Australia have severe regulations to protect species and the environment. In no circumstances one can take home even a dried flower, a rock, a plant or Coral from a National Park. Fines are heavy for those not observing the rules. In some National Parks and depending on the season, you can make a fire in the places reserved for this activity but you will need to bring to the Park all the wood you thinking to burn, and when finished, you must take the ashes out of the park. In some other Parks, fires are not allowed, and in this case you must cook with a gas or fuel stoves. The garbage you will produce must also be brought back, and the simple Theory behind all this is to let the place in the exactly same way you've found it. rangers in every Park will be keen to explain and reinforce all rules for the Park.

Most of Australian National Parks are full of native animals. From Kangaroos, Wallabies, reptiles, croustatians and fishes in creeks and plenty of birds. Be aware that poisonous snakes inhabit these regions, and the best thing to do is let them go. In no circumstance try to catch or kill a snake, because most cases of snake bites in Australia happens this way. To bring an inset repellent is a good Idea as well as sun block to protect from the sun, but remember that if you go for a swim in a river or creek, these chemicals are going to contribute to pollute the water. Also, all National Parks in Australia have a policy of NO domestic animals in the Park.

Most national Parks have a very good infra structure regarding overnight and facilities such as toilets. In case you are visiting a Park without toilets, remember to do you necessities at least 100 metres for any water course or creek and cover it with earth about 15 centimetres deep. Some Parks that offer overnight camping may have power and showers in the bathroom, but this power point can be used only to recharge camera batteries and not illuminate a Christmas tree. Almost all National Parks in Australia don't charge for a day visit, but all charge for camping. If you want to camp in one of these parks, the best way to do is to enter the website of the state where the National Park is (see list below) and make the payment online. Than print you receipt to show to the ranger at the spot. Some parks do not accept overnight campers if a booking was not made in advance. Credit Card is the way to pay on the Internet, and at the park usually there is no phone connection for the ranger to receive a payment, so the best is to book in advance and take some cash in case you need a extension of time in the Park.

Check below the links to every Australian State controlling local National parks. From there, you can check all Parks available as well as location, how to get there, how to book, and how to pay in case you want to overnight. At the park, if a ranger station is nearby, you must present the receipt to the Ranger which will give back a number to be placed at your tent. Dorrigo National Park (photo) is another great example of the care taken for the National Parks in Australia. There, a "Sky Walk" bridge was made for you to walk over it and do not disturb the soil.  See more in our pages about incredible places, National parks that we had visit with photos and description. The links to the official Australian National Parks authorities is below:.

Now I understand why they call this park Rolling Stones. Quick, quick, someone help me here!!!!

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