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Our parks

NPWS manages more than 850 national parks and reserves – that’s more than 7 million hectares – comprising a range of habitats, from rainforests and rugged bush to coastal landscapes and outback deserts. Whatever you’re looking for and wherever you are in NSW, you can find national parks which are rich in natural beauty, plant and animal species, geological features and landforms, and natural and cultural heritage sites.

Coastal walk, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

What's special about NSW national parks

A couple of hikers looking over the valley in Gilbraltar Range National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Why national parks matter

NSW national parks not only provide areas for social and recreational use, they also preserve biodiversity, heritage sites and Aboriginal culture.

Views over Barrenjoey headland, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Care for parks

NSW national parks offer a variety of historic, cultural and leisure activities for you to enjoy. Find out about how you can care for our parks during your visit.

Cathedral Rock track boulders, Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo: A Ingarfield.

Inspiring landscapes and geology

NSW national parks' karst environments are among the oldest and most complex in the world. The exposed rock, geological features, and decorative caves of NSW's extensive karst systems make up some of the most inspiring landscapes in NSW national parks.

Rangers, fire management planning. Photo: John Spencer

Park management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manages protected areas which play a critical role in protecting biodiversity, as well as natural and cultural heritage in parks.

Raspberry Lookout, Gibraltar Range National Park. Photo: