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5 national parks you have to visit (and where you can find coffee)

23 January, 2018
Australian National Park

Stunning Australian National Parks

If you’re looking to get the most out of the summer sun, then you should strap on some sneakers and get yourself out to one of your nearby national parks. Don’t worry, we know that every great outdoor adventure starts with a strong brew, so we’ve looked at where you can grab a coffee on the way to the beautiful wilds.

Dharawal National Park

Dharawal National Park - Sydney

Location: 2 hours from Sydney

NSW National Parks - Dharawal


Free entry

What to do

Walking trails – there are three walking tracks of varying difficulty, taking between 1-2 hours to complete. If you’re after something simple, try the O’Hare’s Creek lookout walking track and enjoy the birdwatching opportunities. If you’re after a challenge, the Jingga walking track leads to a waterhole where you can rest and reward yourself with a picnic.

Cycling trails – while not the most romantically-named, the 10B cycling trail is an enjoyable and easy ride with places to rest and enjoy a packed lunch. It’s a one-way 3hr ride, so it’s perfect for those who like the long-haul and a challenge for those who want to see how far they can go.

Lookouts – A photographer’s delight, Maddens Falls is a beautiful spot to take pictures that will last a lifetime. The lookout is at the end of a short and easy walk, so you can get a glimpse of the falls without too much effort.

Where to find coffee

Lime Leaf Café - 193 Princes Hwy, Helensburgh NSW 2508

Café De Bloom - 79 Appin Rd, Appin NSW 2560

Gather Coffee House - 1/75 Appin Rd, Appin NSW 2560

Sublime Point Café & Function Centre - 661 Princes Hwy, Maddens Plains NSW 2508

Lerderberg National Park

Lerderderg National Park – Melbourne

Location: 1hr 15mins from Melbourne

Parks Victoria – Lerderderg State Park


Free entry, free camping (no booking, first-in/first-served) paid tours available.

What to do

Tours – choose your own experience! See Lerderderg by bus, coach or limousine, take on a team-building activity, or see what nature looks like at night. 

Walking trails – Lerderderg has a variety of short and medium walks, as well as a 20km 2-3 day bushwalk that’ll require a night’s camping. If you’re after something to do in an afternoon, you can try Mackenzies Flat with a 1hr return, or if you want an all-day affair, you can try the Blackwood to O’Briens Crossing return walk clocking in at 7hrs.

Camping – your chance to get a bit closer to nature. Camping is available at Lerderderg at Amblers Crossing and O’Briens Crossing. Note: bring your own water, and fires permitted only where specified.

Where to find coffee

Café at the Garden of St Erth - 189 Simmons Reef Rd, Blackwood VIC 3458

The Blackwood Merchant Restaurant and Café - 21 Martin St, Blackwood VIC 3458

Blackwood Ridge Café & Larder - 812/2 Greenhills Rd, Blackwood VIC 3458

Helene National Park

Helene National Park – Perth

Location: 1hr 12mins from Perth

Parks and Wildlife Service WA – Helena National Park


Free entry

What to do

Wildlife viewing – On the North side of Mount Dale visitors can find an animal viewing hide, giving clear views of both the park and the Darkin River Valley. Be sure to take your camera to capture some great shots of Australian wildlife!

BBQ – Helena National park has wood barbecues and a shaded picnic area so you can enjoy a snag surrounded by nature. Restrooms are also available onsite.

Bushwalking – You can jump onto the Bibbulmun Track, but be warned – the entire track is over 1000km in length! However, for the adventurers who love to walk and camp, this is a great opportunity to escape for a while and live each day under the sun and stars.

Where to find coffee

The Garden Tearooms & Cottage Nursery – 121 Croyden Rd, Roleystone WA 6111

Affinity Café - 8 Wygonda Rd, Roleystone WA 6111

HopScotch - 1088 Brookton Hwy, Karragullen WA 6111

SoulJahs Café & Wellness Centre - 508 Brookton Hwy, Roleystone WA 6111

Moggill National Park

Moggill Regional Park – Brisbane

Location: 1hr from Brisbane


Free entry

What to do

Wildlife viewing – Moggill is home to some of Australia’s most interesting and threatened bird species, like the black-breasted button-quail, the black-chinned honeyeater, and the melodious eastern whipbird.

Cycling, horse-riding and bushwalking – See nature on wheels, hooves, or powered by your own feet. Moggill has three shared tracks to visit – Ugly Gully Break Loop, Devils Break Loop and Tower Break Loop.

Where to find coffee

MoccaBella Café - Bellbowrie Shopping Plaza, 37 Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie QLD 4070

Piggy Back Café - 86 Curragundi Rd, Jindalee QLD 4074

Plum Café - Kenmore Plaza, 17/841 Moggill Rd, Kenmore QLD 4069

Hartz National Park

Hartz Mountain National Park – Hobart

Location: 1hr 20min from Hobart

Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania – Hartz Mountains National Park


Park passes vary in price depending on how long you’d like access and what activities you’d like to undertake during your stay. Find the full fees list here.

What to do

Camping – Camp where you like (as long as it’s 500m from any road) or give yourself some modern luxuries by spending tent time at Tahune Forest Reserve, a sheltered camping site with toilets, tables, fireplace and fuel for fire.

Picnicking – Take along some snags and steaks and use the free gas barbecue available. Go traditional with blanket seating or use one of the tables to enjoy your lunch off.

Walks – Whether you’re looking to walk for five minutes or five hours, Hartz Mountain National Park has you covered. A simple stroll can take you to Waratah lookout, providing amazing views of Huon Valley and the Wellington Range, or experience the wonder of a glacial lake by taking a 40 minute trek to Lake Osborne. Find the full list of walking tracks here.

Where to find coffee

Banjo’s Bakery Café Huonville - 8 Main St, Huonville TAS 7109

Huon’s Little Treasure Café and Restaurant - 3422 Huon Hwy, Franklin TAS 7113

Geeveston Roadhouse - 50 Arve Rd, Geeveston TAS 7116

Bears Went Over the Mountain - 2 Church St, Geeveston TAS 7116

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