Tis the season for long weekends! With Easter down we’ve got another just around the corner. But before you make any plans, stop and check out what’s going on at GoGet for this holiday season! We are blessed with National Parks close to our city centres, but without a car they can be difficult to get to. This holiday season, we’re inviting our members to get out of the city and enjoy our beautiful natural assets. For people who don’t own their own car, they may be able to get around the city ok, but what about weekends like these where it’d be great to get out of the hustle and bustle and breathe the fresh air? GoGet can get you out on an adventure. Camping is a tradition for many Aussie families and groups of friends and our national parks make popular destinations for thousands of us every holiday. Take your pick of wonderful national parks on your doorstep. Here are a few to inspire your weekend travels!
The Royal National Park:
The Royal National Park was the second national park ever declared in the world. Walk the coast for magnificent views, or experience rainforests, open woodlands and estuarine systems. This park is situated only 45mins south of the Sydney CBD, the perfect long weekend getaway.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park lies at the place where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea. It is a melding pot of winding creeks, sheltered beaches, hidden coves and wide expanses of deep blue water. Here you’ll see everything from wildflowers, sandstone ridges, dense forests and mangroves. The scenery has a rich Aboriginal heritage and a strong sense of history. The park is located only 30mins north of Sydney CBD.
Lane Cove National Park is 20 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD and provides a great day out for picnicking, bushwalking and canoeing along the peaceful Lane Cove River. The Lane Cove River Tourist Park offers camping, well-set-up cabins or tent sites, and there are barbecues and camp kitchens to make this an enjoyable experience, giving you time to soak up the atmosphere.
The Blue Mountains:
90 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD is one of Australia’s most famous national parks. There are walks suited to every fitness level, as well as places to hike, cycle, canoe and sleep under the stars at camping grounds. The Blue Mountains get their characteristic blue haze from the mixing of sunlight with drops of oil released by the eucalypts that blanket the region’s vast tablelands and valleys, just to inspire you further!
What better opportunity is there to pack up the car, your mates, or the kids and head down the coast along the Great Ocean Road or to Wilson’s Promontory. If the coast isn’t your thing, a picnic at Hanging Rock could be just the thing!
Cape Otway National Park:
The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and rock platforms. There are excellent camping opportunities throughout the Park. Whether you are looking for a family friendly place to park your share car, or a solitary night under the stars there’s something to cater to every need. The Park is a 3.5 hour drive west of Melbourne CBD.
Port Campbell National Park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles. Loch Ard Gorge, site of a 19th century shipwreck ‘Loch Ard’, as well as the (now collapsed) Island Archway and London Bridge are other highlights. This park is arguably the most famous of all on the Great Ocean Road and is located 3 hours west of Melbourne CBD.
At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, Wilson’s Promontory offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines. Great bushwalks range from under an hour to over three days. Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges. The park is located 3 hours east of Melbourne CBD.
Rising 105 metres, Hanging Rock is actually a small steep-sided volcano. Rainwater has gradually created unusual rock formations, including the Black Hole of Calcutta and the Cathedral. For the ultimate Hanging Rock experience, camp overnight and scare yourself silly with tall tales at Camp Out At The Rock. The Rock is an hour’s drive north of Melbourne CBD.
Blue Lake National Park:
On North Stradbroke Island, Blue Lake National Park has two stunning walks through the island and by the lake. Visitors must be self-sufficient, because there are no facilities. Unfortunately, camping is not allowed in the park, although private accommodation and campgrounds are available at Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout. The Park is located 2 hours from Brisbane CBD. Get your GoGet on the car ferry and over to Stradbroke!
Lamington National Park
Declared in 1915, World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park covers 20,590ha and boasts extensive walking tracks to forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, other parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. There is one camping area in the Green Mountains section, and a privately-managed campground adjacent to the Binna Burra section of the park. The park is about 110km or a two-hour drive south of Brisbane.
Tamborine National Park
Enjoy a picnic at sunset or a brisk morning walk in one of the many hidden pockets of rainforest on Tamborine Mountain. Awe-inspiring views of the Scenic Rim mountains and the Gold Coast provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation. Tamborine Mountain is about 80km, or an hour south of Brisbane via Beenleigh and Tamborine Village
D’Aguilar National Park
D’Aguilar National Park offers a number of beautiful picnic destinations, less than 15 minutes drive from Brisbane city, and within 35 minutes drive from the airport. Begin your journey at the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre at The Gap, where kangaroos, spotted quolls and platypus will welcome you to the amazing wildlife of south-east Queensland.
Adelaide is blessed with conservation parks dotted through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valleys, and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Though if you want to go a little further afield, get yourself to the Yorke Peninsula.
Innes National Park
The spectacular coastal landscapes with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches at Innes National Park allow visitors to enjoy camping, bushwalking, fishing and surfing. If scuba diving is your thing, gorgeous shipwrecks lay nearby off the coast of the park. The park is located 3.5 hours drive from Adelaide CBD.
Kangaroo Island is the another amazing SA destination, internationally renowned for its spectacular landscapes and amazing diversity of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s most recognised attractions are situated within the national parks on the island. Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, and Cape Borda and Cape Willoughby lightstations. Kangaroo Island is a 3.5 hour drive south east of Adelaide CBD, and requires you to GoGet on a ferry for some island adventures.
With GoGet, these places are all within reach, all within a weekend. So why not this weekend? See what natural wonders lie just outside the city. Just because you don’t own your own car doesn’t mean you can’t experience the very best Australia has to offer.