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News and updates

Stay up to date with our snapshot of what's making news in NSW National Parks.

For comprehensive news and media releases, please visit the media newsroom on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website.

  • 01 March 2016

    NSW National Parks protect South Coast Koalas

    Environment Minister Mark Speakman, Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced the establishment of four new Flora Reserves on the NSW Far South Coast, which will provide protection to the last known local koala population.

  • 12 November 2015

    NPWS tree removal to boost endangered species

    Preparations for an ecological burn in the unique Byron Bay Dwarf Graminoid Clay Heath within Arakwal National Park continue as part of the Restoration Management Plan for the threatened endangered ecological community.

  • 23 October 2015

    Warrumbungle snap: citizen post-fire project

    Snapping a few shots while sightseeing in the Warrumbungle National Park just got a whole lot more important, with the Office of Environment and Heritage hoping holidaying citizens can help them out with scientific research.

  • 19 October 2015

    Thredbo valley track ready for summer

    The Thredbo Valley track has re-opened for summer and is now ready for hikers and mountain bikers to enjoy thanks to Jindabyne Trail Stewardship volunteers.

  • 06 October 2015

    From Neilson Park with love

    A 70 year love story is returning to Neilson Park, featuring a handsome young sailor and a shy young lady who met in Sydney Harbour National Park in 1945.

  • 29 September 2015

    Magpies on the move in central west

    NSW National Parks and Wildlife service is reminding the public to keep an eye out for magpies protecting their nests as the breeding season is now here.

  • 28 September 2015

    New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour National Park

    Sydney Harbour National Park is set to go off with a bang this New Year’s Eve as tickets go on sale today for a number of unique harbour-side locations including Clark Island, Shark Island, Bradleys Head and Nielsen Park.

  • 18 September 2015

    Volunteers flock to flowers

    Hidden in Muogamurra Nature Reserve’s secret garden, is a mysterious display of local wildflowers lovingly collated by Berowra based national park volunteers.

  • 10 September 2015

    Shipwreck on coastal walk

    The fourth in the National Parks’ Walk the Coast Series focusing on the rich heritage of the Coffs Coast, will include a visit to the fascinating shipwreck “the Buster” at Woolgoolga.

  • 08 September 2015

    Central FAWNA benefit at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

    Mid-north coast locals have an opportunity to meet the local wildlife carers and learn how their work benefits local wildlife including koalas, birds, marine turtles and even native bees.

  • 07 September 2015

    Community survey drives threatened species survival

    Celebrating National Threatened Species Day 2015, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage today launched an online survey tool making it easier for communities to record sightings of the Superb Parrot, one of the state’s most magnificent, but threatened bird species.

  • 04 September 2015

    Rare koala sighting near Bega

    A rare sighting of a young Koala was recorded last week by a local family near their property on Dr George Mountain Road, between Bega and Tathra. Excited by the unique sighting of a Koala this far south, the family took photos and reported the sighting to the local Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

  • 04 September 2015

    Fathers of all species unite for Father's Day

    Whether they are two-legged, four-legged, furless or feathery, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) would like to pay tribute to fathers of all species this Sunday.

  • 31 August 2015

    Raptor photos will leave audiences rapt

    Visitors to Fitzroy Falls National Parks and Wildlife Centre will be treated to a stunning display of birds of prey photographs and talks by Australian Raptor Care and Conservation Incexternal link. experts throughout September.

  • 13 August 2015

    5-star dining for our native potoroos

    At the height of the exotic truffle season one of our native truffle gourmands, the threatened Long-nosed Potoroo, is also celebrating a bumper crop gorging on truffles in southern NSW forests.

  • 05 August 2015

    Fresh for spring in the Lachlan River

    Native fish in the Lachlan River will benefit from environmental watering this month. A total of 20,000 megalitres of environmental water is being delivered into a 500 kilometre stretch of the river between Booligal and the Great Cumbung Swamp.

  • 28 July 2015

    Rare whale needs whale of space

    A migrating southern right whale delighting Sydney sider’s over the past week has also prompted authorities to remind people to observe distance regulations for their own safety and that of the whale.

  • 24 July 2015

    Unattended campfires burn Blowering Foreshores

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is reminding visitors to properly extinguish campfires after four fires escaped in recent weeks, burning six hectares of grassland at the Blowering Foreshores.

  • 14 July 2015

    Mystery marsupial spotted at Nombinnie Nature Reserve

    National Parks and Wildlife Service staff are excited after a positive sighting of an endangered Kultarr in Nombinnie Nature Reserve in Central Western NSW - the first time the marsupial had been seen in that area for 20 years.

  • 27 June 2015

    NPWS hopeful little penguin colony now safe

    The fox that is believed to be responsible for the deaths of twenty-six little penguins at North Head has been killed overnight as part of an ongoing National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) operation to protect the last remaining little penguin colony on the NSW mainland.

  • 23 June 2015

    Wedding Cake Rock on borrowed time

    Geotechnical investigations into the stability of the popular rock platform known as Wedding Cake Rock have confirmed the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) fears that all, or part of, the unique formation could collapse without warning.

  • 03 June 2015

    Building local government climate change resilience

    Grants of up to $80,000 to support NSW local government organisations adapt to climate change have been made available through the second round of the $1 million Building Resilience to Climate Change scheme.

  • 01 June 2015

    Upgrade of Cape Solander Drive starts

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has today commenced upgrading Cape Solander Drive in Kamay Botany Bay National Park to improve visitor access and safety to this popular destination.

  • 27 May 2015

    Little swiss penguin girls win hearts

    Two Swiss girls aged 9 and 11 have won the hearts of the locals and the gratitude of all Sydney-siders – including some of the city’s smallest, the little penguins. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Area Manager Michael Treanor praised the two girls, Anne-Sophie and Marie-Christine, for their efforts in raising almost $2000 towards little penguin protection during their time living in Manly.

  • 15 May 2015

    Wins for National Parks in annual National Trust Awards

    The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) today received multiple accolades at the annual National Trust Heritage Awards for its Convict Footprints project on the Old Great North Road, interpretation work at Toorale National Park and the reinstatement of the Kitchen Garden at Montague Island.

  • 12 May 2015

    Hunter community asked to help capture flood story

    The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, in conjunction with local Councils, has launched a community survey aimed at collecting information direct from community members relating to their experience of the recent flooding event that affected the Hunter Region.

  • 08 May 2015

    Wedge-tailed eagle being nursed back to health after captivity

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is delighted that a Wedge-tailed eagle, suspected of being illegally kept in captivity and potentially mistreated, has survived the important first month of recuperation after being rescued on 6 April from the Sandy Hill area east of Tenterfield. 

  • 06 May 2015

    Mallee dust storm blankets NSW

    Air quality across much of NSW is currently very poor as a vast dust storm drifts across the state severely limiting visibility in some areas.

  • 13 April 2015

    Nest boxes help natives return to Warrumbungles

    400 pre-fabricated nest boxes have been installed in the Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran, and visitors are needed to help check on wildlife returning to the park.

  • 31 March 2015

    Baby boom in Yanga wetlands

    A new generation of waterbirds will soon take flight from nesting sites at Yanga National Park, near Balranald. Hundreds of egrets, night herons and cormorants have taken up residence in the park, establishing two rookeries where they have built their nests and are now raising their young.

  • 26 March 2015

    Parks Week - day in the bush near Woomargama

    Close to 100 people came together this month to celebrate Parks Week in the Blue Metal Travelling Stock Reserve near Woomargama National Park. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Aboriginal Discovery Rangers Shane Herrington and Talea Bulger offered hands on lessons in local Aboriginal culture.

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Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer