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WilderQuest school holiday tours

Have you explored WilderQuest? Come and meet Ranger Sam, Pug, Spot and the rest of the gang in a national park near you. During the school holidays, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) run WilderQuest ranger-guided tours for kids to discover the hidden mysteries of our national parks. You can discover our wonderful coastline on a sea creatures treasure hunt, become a waterbug detective, or join an Aboriginal ranger on a bush tucker workshop. There's heaps of exciting adventures for the whole family. Keep an eye on this page to find out about WilderQuest tours in your region.

Children identifying animal bones with NPWS ranger. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH

Find a WilderQuest activity near you

Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Hat Head National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

WilderQuest Smoky Cape Lighthouse: Reach the top

On this WilderQuest adventure we'll explore the tallest lighthouse in NSW in Hat Head National Park near South West Rocks. Will you make it all the way? Climb the steep spiral stairs to the top!

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Thursday 14 December, Thursday 21 December, Thursday 28 December 2017, 3:30pm–4:30pm

Thursday 4 January, Thursday 11 January, Thursday 18 January, Thursday 25 January 2018, 10am–11.15am and 11.30am–12.45pm

Where
Hat Head National Park in North Coast
Children snorkelling at a NSW national park. Photo: D Finnegan

WilderQuest Wet, wild and wacky kids' snorkel

Pop on goggles and flippers, and let's go snorkelling! Join in the WilderQuest fun at Merimbula Lake. What wonderful sea creatures can you spot beneath the surface?

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Wednesday 3 January 2018, 1pm–2:30pm. Thursday 4 January 2018, 2pm–3:30pm. Wednesday 10 January and Thursday 11 January 2018, 9am–10:30am. Wednesday 17 January 2018, 12:30pm–2pm.

Where
Merimbula
Children and NPWS rangers enjoy a WilderQuest activity in a NSW national park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

WilderQuest RAD day: Rainforest

Are you curious about how we look after the environment? These school holidays come along to the WilderQuest fun at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. You’ll find out what it's like to be an NPWS ranger!

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 4 January, Thursday 11 January and Thursday 18 January 2018, 9:30am–10:30am, 10:45am–11:45am, 12pm–1pm

Where
Budderoo National Park in South Coast, Country NSW
WilderQuest ranger showing children the skills required to be a ranger. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

WilderQuest RAD day: Woodland

Do you enjoy looking after our special places, plants and animals? These school holidays join in the WilderQuest fun to experience what it's like to become an NPWS ranger.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Saturday 6 January, Saturday 13 January, Saturday 20 January 2018, 9.30am–10.30am, 10.45am–11.45am and 12pm–1pm

Where
Morton National Park in South Coast, Country NSW
Cottage 3 at Woody Head, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

WilderQuest Woody Head rockpool ramble

Attention all kids visiting and camping at Woody Head campground! Take off on a WilderQuest adventure these school holidays, exploring rockpools and the shoreline.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Morning tour 9am–10.30am: Tuesday 9 January and Tuesday 23 January 2018

Afternoon tour 3.30pm–5pm: Tuesday 19 December 2017, Tuesday 2 January and Tuesday 16 January 2018

Meet the ranger 10 minutes before we start.

Where
Bundjalung National Park in North Coast
Looking out to Bare Island Fort, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards

WilderQuest Bound for Botany Bay

Join the WilderQuest gang at Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You'll go back in time to London in 1820, where you'll be sentenced to life as a convict and transported to Botany Bay.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When
Friday 12 January, Thursday 25 January and Friday 27 April 2018, 10.30am–12pm
Where
La Perouse area in Sydney and surrounds
Bournda National Park. Photo: A Brown/NSW Government

WilderQuest Junior paleontologist: Tathra

Want to have some WilderQuest fun? Help search for aquatic mini-beasts in Tathra, on the NSW south coast. Some of these critters are even older than dinosaurs!

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 18 January 2018, 3.30pm–5.30pm

Where
Tathra
Minnamaurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan