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Sustainable tourism and visitation

Our national parks are important places for conservation and the community. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is committed to providing park experiences that support local communities, and conserve our cultural and natural heritage. Many of our tour providers are ECO-certified by Ecotourism Australia and can be found on the Green Travel Guide. Look for the NSW National Parks logo on this website.

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Whether it’s a horse riding trek through the Australian Alps, a rainforest bus tour or a spot of bird watching, ECO-certification guarantees these products and experiences are:

  • Backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices.
  • Provide high quality nature or culture-based tourism experiences
  • Give back to the environment in which they are operating

Blue Mountains National Park and Murray Valley National Park have received ECO-certification for eco-tourism products in these parks.

Kosciuszko National Park has been awarded Australia's first Ecotourism Destination Certification, through Ecotourism Australia, which recognises best practice sustainable tourism in protected areas. This important certification specifically recognises Kosciuszko National Park as one of Australia's iconic protected areas that offer significant opportunities for nature-based tourism and visitor experiences.

Partnering with Aboriginal Joint Management Committees, commercial tour operator partnerships, new low-impact visitor experiences, and high quality visitor information are just some of the ways NPWS is promoting sustainable tourism and visitation in our parks, now and for the future.

Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer