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Illegal activities

Illegal activities on NSW national parks premises are not tolerated. If you see anyone doing anything suspicious when you’re visiting a park or reserve, it's important to let the right people know.

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If you see anyone doing anything suspicious when you’re visiting a park or reserve, please report it. Illegal activities include:

  • Lighting bushfires
  • Hunting of any kind
  • Trapping or collecting birds, birds' eggs, reptiles or other animals.
  • Picking flowers or collecting plants
  • Driving or riding vehicles, bikes and horses on unauthorised tracks.
  • Dumping rubbish or refuse

Contact the nearest NSW National Parks office or NSW Police Force, as soon as possible, to report an incident. Provide as much information as possible of what you've seen and if possible, include details such as vehicle registration, date, time and location, as well as a description of the incident and people involved.

If you see any smoke or bushfire, please immediately report it to NSW National Parks or NSW Rural Fire Service.

NPWS sometimes uses surveillance cameras in parks to gather information and evidence of alleged offences against the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 and other environmental legislation. Those offences include: the removal or destruction of plants, poaching wildlife, removal of bushrock, dumping rubbish, hunting and shooting native animals, arson, vandalism, and unauthorised use of trails, for example, trail bike riding or horse riding.

Our use of surveillance cameras must comply with the NSW Surveillance Devices Act 2007, which prescribes how surveillance cameras can be used to gather information and how images recorded by cameras can be used. Only images related to illegal activities are retained by NPWS and images of other activities that are not illegal must be deleted.

Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer