The continent of Australia may have
been composed of arid or semi-arid lands but it does not
fall short of beauty and abundance when it comes to national
parks and wildlife. Australia is blessed with a lot of rich
and luscious national parks.
Australia has more than 24 million
hectares of land dedicated to national parks, ranging from
desiccated deserts to verdant rainforests.
national park, being the Royal National Park, which is also
ranks as the second national park in the world. Royal
National Park, which is located in New South Wales, was
created in 1879.
The federal government and all state
governments take care of their designated national parks of
responsibility, and together they make up a very efficient
working national park system that is beyond compare to any
national park system in the world.
The Australian Constitution gave the responsibility
of management and creation of national parks to each
state will be fully responsibility for every
national park that is within their jurisdiction.
However, the federal government also took its share
of responsibility by handling 15 of the official
national parks in Australia.
There are about 516 national parks in Australia,
stretching over 25.7 million of hectares of
These national parks include reserves and protected
areas, which covers over 38 million hectares. And
that is 7.55% of the continent’s total land area.
Water parks are also very abundant in Australia,
covering around 38 million hectares. To date, there are around 145 marine
protected areas, which include the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park and the Commonwealth Marine Parks. The federal
government takes care of around 19 out of the total 145
Aside from the national parks in
Australia’s mainland, there are more still in the
continent’s external territories.
There’s the Australian
Antarctic Territories, covering 1,153 hectares, Christmas
Island, with 8,952 hectares; Heard and McDonald; Norfolk
Island, which has 650 hectares; and Pulu Keeling, stretching
through 2,602 hectares. Including these areas, Australia
would have a total of 60.4 hectares of land that is
These national parks are Australia’s way of letting the
whole world learn of its Aboriginal origins—their way, the
natural blessings that they shared, which may also be the
reason that attracted the British colony back then.
And also one of the reasons why many
people from around the world comes to Australia for
vacation, tourism, and even immigration.