What is a national park?

National parks are large areas of public land set aside for native plants, animals and the places in which they live.

National parks protect places of natural beauty. They also protect places important to Aboriginal people, and places that show how people lived in the past.


People work in national parks to look after and study the park's plants, animals, landforms and sites. People visit national parks to enjoy the scenery and stay healthy by walking, camping, having a picnic or exploring.

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What is a national park? activity sheet (PDF 374KB)
Lots of things happen in a national park. See how many of them you can spot in this activity sheet.

Discover other types of parks
National parks aren't the only type of protected area. There are also nature reserves, historic sites, marine parks and much more.

Page last updated: 01 October 2015