20+ Non-National Parks Worth a Visit

Nature is so pretty Down Under that even the places without the “national park” label are gorgeous.

1. Auckland Domain (North, NZ)

Photo by Erica, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

At the Auckland Domain — both Auckland’s oldest and largest park — visitors can wander through the various walking trails to see some of New Zealand’s native flora.

 2. Bay of Fires (TAS, AUS)

Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

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3. Bondi to Coogee Walk (NSW, AUS)

Photo by Brad, University of New South Wales (home university: Syracuse University)

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 4. Cape Regina (North, NZ)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

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5. Cathedral Cove (North, NZ)

Te Hoho Rock at Cathedral Cove. Photo by Sydney, University of Auckland (home university: George Washington University)

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6. Centre of New Zealand (South, NZ)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

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7. Huka Falls (North, NZ)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

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8. Mangapohue Natural Bridge (North, NZ)

Waitomo’s Mangapohue Natural Bridge. Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Purdue University)

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9. Millaa Millaa Falls (QLD, AUS)

Photo by Takuma, Viva College Brisbane (home university: Komazawa University)

Somehow not part of a national park, the heritage-listed Millaa Millaa Falls is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in all of Australia. The water is also a popular swimming hole, and while you’re here, see if you can spot any platypuses or bright blue Ulysses butterflies.

 10. Mount Coot-tha (QLD, AUS)

Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (home university: Purdue University)

Brisbane’s largest mountain provides an excellent panoramic view of the city. On a clear day, you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay. You can drive to the summit or hike to the top via several of the park’s walking trails.

11. Mount Eden Domain (North, NZ)

Photo by Sydney, University of Auckland (home university: George Washington University)

Also known by its Maori name Maungawhau, Mount Eden Domain features a steep, conical hill formed by a dormant volcano. The top of the hill is the highest natural elevation not only in the city of Auckland, but in the entire Auckland isthmus. Driving to the summit is prohibited, meaning you have to hike to the top, but the 360 degree views are worth it.

 12. Mount Wellington (TAS, AUS)

Photo by Cara, University of Queensland (home university: State University of New York at Geneseo)

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13. Nelson Falls (TAS, AUS)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

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14. The Nut (TAS, AUS)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (home university: Syracuse University)

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15. Piercy Island (North, NZ)

Photo by Jared, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Syracuse University)

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 16. The Redwoods (North, NZ)

Photo by Becky, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Northeastern University)

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17. Te Puia (North, NZ)

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia. Photo by Kristin, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Purdue University)

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 18. Wai-O-Tapu (North, NZ)

The Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu. Photo by Becky, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Northeastern University)

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19. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre (QLD, AUS)

Enoggera Reservoir at Walkabout Creek. Photo by Laura, University of Queensland (home university: University College Maastricht)

At Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, a short 20-minute drive from Brisbane CBD, learn about Aussie wildlife, go hiking on the various trails throughout the park, and go swimming or paddling in the Enoggera Reservoir.

 

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