Australian National Parks

There’s more Australian national parks than just Ayers Rock!

Outback Australia has over 50 national parks, conservation reserves and other protected areas.

Many Australian national parks are little known, spectacular, and unique.

Places rich with Aboriginal Dreaming stories and rock art, secluded waterholes and pristine camping spots where you can relax, unwind and explore.

Take a tour of the Outback’s national parks with a Park Ranger who’s lived and worked at many of these special places.

In fact, visit this page and we’ll talk about what it’s like to live on a remote outback park.

We really hope you take the time to visit some of the Outback’s national parks and reserves. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Outback National Parks: The Big Attractions

We’ve summarized the big, well-known Australian National Parks in this section. If you click on the links, you’ll find pages that will tell you everything you need to know about each of these outback attractions.

Ayers Rock/Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Kings Canyon/Watarrka National Park

West MacDonnell National Park

Only 15 minutes from Alice Springs. Visit a diverse and massive park that stretches over 200km from beginning to end!

Find out about the world famous Larapinta Trail and explore gorgeous free campsites next to tree-lined creeks and waterholes.

Australian national parks, Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell National Park

Witjira National Park

Home to Dalhousie Springs and gateway to the Simpson Desert. Full of history, Aboriginal culture and geological wonders.

Finke Gorge/ Palm Valley National Park

Located only 130km from Alice Springs, Palm Valley can be seen as a day trip or why not stay at its beautiful camping area �for only $7 per night?

The Devils Marbles

Bring your dog! No, seriously. The Devils Marbles is one of the few national parks where you can bring the dog (we should point out that dogs are allowed in the carpark only).

Read about its Aboriginal culture here

Australian National Parks: Secrets

Shhh! These are our favourite places! You won’t find these Australian National Parks written up on every other website or tourist guide.

Outback National parks are full of secret, special places where you can really see things that other people just don’t get to see.

You’ll find places like:

  • A secluded permanent waterhole with one of Central Australia’s best camping areas
  • A grassy, dog friendly campsite only 5 km from the Stuart Hwy
  • A reserve with amazing rock art galleries
  • A birdwatcher’s delight
  • Old goldmines you can actually explore
  • Secluded bush camping in a massive natural ampitheatre, less than 50km from Alice Springs

Travel the Remote Northern Territory, South Australia and More!

By visiting the parks we’ve listed in these sections!

If you’re after more information on tips for driving in the outback, advice on camping or information about the plants, animals and birds of the outback, click on any of the links highlighted here.