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Kids’ and family activities

Looking for something to do with the kids? NSW national parks have plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions on offer.

You can explore our wonderful coastline, become a waterbug detective, or join an Aboriginal Guide on a bush tucker workshop. With guided tours and events across the region, you’re bound to find something fun near you.

Keep an eye on this page to see the latest nearby tours and activities.

Children explore a national park with Discovery rangers. Photo credit: Rosie Nicolai © DPIE

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North Coast NSW

Arial shot of The Ruins campground in Booti Booti National Park, between Wallis Lake and Seven Mile Beach. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE

Junior ranger: Booti Booti

Join us for a Junior ranger adventure, as we traverse the shores of Seven Mile Beach. Walk alongside a Discovery Ranger to find out what plants and animals live here, and how they survive in this magical environment.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 12 January, 13 April and 13 July 2023, 10am to 12pm.

Where
The Ruins campground and picnic area
Operated by
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse tour, Hat Head National Park. Photo: And the tress photography © DPE

Smoky Cape Lighthouse tour

Your NPWS guide invites you on an intimate and memorable tour of Smoky Cape lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in NSW. Book as a couple or family group.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Saturday 10 December 2022.

Every Wednesday from Wednesday 21 December 2022 until Wednesday 25 January 2023, excluding Wednesday 28 December 2022.

The second Saturday of every month from Saturday 11 March to Saturday 9 December 2023.

Tour times: 8.30am, 9am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 11am and 11.30am.

Each tour runs for 30 minutes.

Where
Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Hat Head National Park
Operated by
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Central Coast and Hunter region

Family walking over a footbridge in the forest on a tour of Copeland Tops with a ranger. Photo credit and copyright: Destination NSW

Copeland Tops twilight tour

Experience the magic of Copeland Tops at twilight. Explore Hidden Treasure track and the historic buildings of Mountain Maid gold mine on this evening tour near Gloucester.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tours run on the first Friday of the month.

Tour times:

  • 7pm to 9pm (January to March 2023)
  • 6pm to 8pm (April to September 2023)
  • 7pm to 9pm (October to December 2023)
Where
Mountain Maid gold mine, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
Operated by
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Blue Mountains

A Moment in Time exhibition. Photo: The National Library

A Moment in Time exhibition

Augustus Earle's (1793-1838) painting, 'A Moment in Time', courtesy of the National Library, is one of several images incorporated in the exhibition being shown at Corney's Garage in Hartley Historic Site. 

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Daily from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 28 May 2023, 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays.

Official exhibition opening event on Saturday 1 April 2023, and will include guest speakers and a special performance.

Where
Hartley Historic Site in Sydney and surrounds
Operated by
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South Coast NSW

Soldier crabs. Photo: Anthony Belton © DPE

Neptune's necklace and soldier crabs

Do you like muddy places where interesting creatures thrive? If you do, don't miss this adventure at the Merimbula Lake boardwalk these school holidays.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Where
Merimbula
Operated by
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The base of a small woven basket, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © DPIE

Traditional weaving workshop: Mimosa Rocks

Get creative on a traditional weaving workshop in Mimosa Rocks National Park, near Bermagui. Learn Aboriginal weaving techniques and see how these ancient skills carry a strong connection to Aboriginal culture.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Dates: Friday 6 January, Wednesday 11 January, 18 January and 25 January 2023.

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Where
Aragunnu campground
Operated by
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A woven coaster in progress, made during a traditional weaving workshop at Bournda National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © the photographer

Traditional weaving workshop: Bournda

Get creative on a traditional weaving workshop in Bournda National Park, near Bega. Learn Aboriginal weaving techniques and see how these ancient skills carry a strong connection to Aboriginal culture.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Dates: Thursday 5 January, Tuesdays 10 January, 17 January and 24 January 2023.

Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Where
Hobart Beach campground
Operated by
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Mimosa Rocks bush tucker tour. Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo: blacdove © DPIE

Mimosa Rocks bush tucker tour

Come along on this easy stroll through Mimosa National Park. Led by an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger, we'll search for traditional bush tucker and medicine plants on this cultural tour, not far from Bega.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Dates: Friday 6 January, Wednesdays 11 January, 18 January and 25 January 2023.

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where
Gillards campground
Operated by
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2 people canoeing along Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park. Photo: © Daniel Tran

Canoe Bournda Lagoon

Paddle along pristine Bournda Lagoon on a guided canoeing adventure in Bournda National Park. Find out about the park's waterways and see the park from a unique perspective on this family-friendly tour.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Dates: Wednesday 28 December 2022 and 4 January 2023. Tuesday 10 January, 17 January and 24 January 2023.

Time: All tours 10am to 12pm, meet at 9.45am

Where
Bournda Lagoon, Bournda National Park
Guide and children at Merimbula tour. Photo: Barbara Allgaier. ©DPE

Explore the paddle weed

Explore the pristine coastline at Spencer Park, Merimbula Lake these school holidays. Walk among the paddle weed and keep your eyes peeled for hidden creatures.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Where
Merimbula
Operated by
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A local NPWS Aboriginal guide on a bushtucker tour, Bournda National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © DPE

Bournda bush tucker tour

Walk alongside an NPWS Aboriginal guide on this easy stroll through Bournda National Park. Join the search for traditional bush tucker and medicine plants on this cultural tour near Bega.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Dates: Thursday 5 January, Tuesdays 10 January, 17 January and 24 January 2023.

Time: 10am to 12pm

Where
Hobart Beach campground
Operated by
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Snowy Mountains

Greater Sydney