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Our parks

NPWS manages more than 895 national parks and reserves – that’s over 7.6 million hectares. This land area is comprised of 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.

A person paddling down Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

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.

Ranger surveying animal footprints, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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.

Boulders along Cathedral Rock track in Cathedral Rock National Park. Photo credit: A Ingarfield © DPIE

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.

A starry night view across the Grand High Tops rock formation in Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Robert Mulally/OEH

Dark Sky Parks

Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran in central western NSW, is Australia's first Dark Sky Park and the first in the southern hemisphere. 

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.