National Parks in Australia

 

National parks tips

Australia has a lot of national parks and every national park offers more new adventures. Look at the following (saving) tips below.

Camping

Australia counts a lot of national parks. In most cases, you can (wild) camp there for free or for very little money. (wild) Camping is in most cases free or you’re asked to pay a little money (honesty system) and put a donation in the mailbox.

 

 

Crocodiles

In some of the national parks, there are some unique swimming opportunities. You can slide off rocks (natural slides) or get close to waterfalls (stand underneath them). There’s just one problem. Especially in Northern Territory and Queensland, there could be crocodiles in the water. In most cases, there’s a sign that says ‘no swimming’ or ‘beware of crocodiles’. Unfortunately, tourists like to bring those signs home as souvenirs. Which means that in some parks there might not be a sign. This means you can’t go swimming without any danger.

 

A tip is to talk with the locals there (or in the neighborhood) or with people who are also in the park. The Australian government is usually really strict in getting rivers and lakes checked. Especially after the rainy season the rivers and lakes are in contact with the sea. This way (saltwater) crocodiles can (unintentionally) get to the sweet waters and swim.

Always keep in mind there could be crocodiles in the water!

 

(Camp)Fire

In lots of national parks, you’re allowed to make a fire on assigned campfire spots. Keep to these spots, when you don’t, the fire could jump to a dry grass area, which will have terrible consequences!

Campfires are free to make so that’s also an opportunity to cook your food without having to use those expensive gas bottles! A nice way to save money!

When there isn’t an opportunity to make a little campfire, this will be mentioned in the park (somewhere near the camp spots).

 

Food

Don’t leave any food (and garbage) around on the grounds where you’ve been (camping, resting, walking etc.) animals can find this food/garbage and eat it, which obviously isn’t good for them.

The animals are wild and so their behavior is uncontrollable. When you think it’s cute to feed these animals, they could see you as a threat and come at you because you’re on their ground. It’s also a fact that if everybody were to feed the animals, they’d become totally dependent on getting their food that way. If they become dependent and haven’t been fed in a while, they can die or become really dangerous because they’re willing to do anything for food.

 

Rainy season

Traveling through the rainy season has its charms. Keep in mind your options will be limited because the roads will be flooded (the ‘highways’), National parks could also be poorly accessible because there’s a chance there are crocodiles in domestic waters, which makes swimming prohibited.

 

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