Score: 8.33

Everyone’s got a personal favourite, but what we all have in common is this: that magic national park nearby, where you can head to for a day, a weekend, or a week and just relax. A little known fact: several national parks offer cottages or cabins, usually at reasonable rates – it’s just a matter of making the enquiries. All the more reason to head there more often, no?

Crowd (free) favourites: National parks to visit this weekend

“Freycinet” – Andrew Bain. “Murramarang” – Brent Wallace. “Lamington” – Christine Salins. “Wilsons Prom – the best” – Craig Tansley. “Crowdy Bay” – Daniel Scott. “Two in the same vicinity: Beedelup and Gloucester” – Fiona Harper. “The Great Otway for its trees, koalas and proximity to stunning coastline” – Fleur Bainger. “Too many to mention, but Jervis Bay” – Inger Vandyke. “Litchfield!” – Jen Pinkerton. “Noosa – great walking, swimming, views and wildlife” – Kerry Heaney. “Barrington Tops: sub-alpine wilderness just a few hours from Sydney. It even snows here in winter!” – Lee Atkinson. “The Royal, so little time is wasted stressing out in traffic.” – Louise Goldsbury. “Blue Mountains” – Max Anderson. “Ku-ring-gai Chase – Australia’s second-oldest NP, and totally underrated” Georgia Rickard. “Eungella, next to Mackay” – Peter Everett. “Mornington Peninsula” – Suzanne Medway AM. “I love all our national parks, but Tassie really is leading the world on how to respectfully combine eco-tourism into a park envionment. I applaud their forward thinking.” – Catriona Rowntree.

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