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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 activities across the region, and NPWS events and tours specially designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years, you're bound to find something fun near you.

Keep an eye on this page to see the latest nearby tours and events. Book an activity near you.

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

North Coast

Sunset above the Trial Bay Gaol walls, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Carolyn McPhee © DPIE

Trial Bay Gaol twilight tour

Explore Trial Bay Gaol by twilight with an NPWS guide by your side. Discover what life was like for prisoners and hear their stories as you watch the sun set in beautiful Arakoon National Park.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 8 and 15 July 2022, 4.15pm to 5.45pm.

Friday 1 July, 5 August and 2 September 2022, 4.30pm to 6pm.

Friday 4 November and 2 December 2022, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Friday 30 September 2022, 5.30pm to 7pm.

Where
Arakoon National Park in North Coast
Operated by
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Children in the forest with an NPWS ranger guide, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Louise Walpole © NPWS

Kids' Gondwana nature play: 5 to 8 years

Looking for something for the kids to do these school holidays? Join us for a fun hour in Dorrigo National Park, where kids (aged 5-8 years) can reconnect with nature through play and discovery.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tuesday 5 July and Tuesday 12 July, 2022. 10am to 11am; 11.30am to 12.30pm

Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast
Operated by
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An NPWS ranger and a young woman and man look at the Gondwana circle map on the ground, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: 'And the trees’ Photography © NPWS

Discovering Gondwana guided tour

Experience the rainforest like never before, on a 2km ranger-guided walk through World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park. It's only 1hr from Coffs Harbour, but you'll feel worlds away.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Tour dates:

Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2022. Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2022.

Tour times:

10am to 10.30am, 11am to 11.30am, 12pm to 12.30pm, 2pm to 2.30pm.

Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast
Operated by
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Visitors and ranger examine strangler vine, along Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Saving our species ranger-guided tour

If you’re in Port Macquarie these school holidays, join this ranger-guided walk in Sea Acres National Park. Hear about the species in this park, and how you can help protect them. Great for all ages.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Wednesday 6 July, Thursday 7 July, Wednesday 13 July and Thursday 14 July 2022.

Times: 10am to 10.40am; 11am to 11.40am; 12pm to 12.40pm.

Where
Sea Acres National Park in North Coast
Operated by
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South Solitary Island Historic Site. Photo: Shane Perkins © Precision Helicopters

South Solitary Island tour

Join an NPWS ranger on a rare 2-hour guided tour of remote South Solitary Island, in Solitary Islands Marine Park, off the NSW Coffs Coast.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

First weekend of the month from May to August 2022:

Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May 2022. Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June 2022. Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July 2022. Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August 2022.

Tours depart at 8am, 8.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 12pm and 12.30pm. Your visit to the island will be for 2 hours, with an 8 min (approx.) helicopter flight each way.

 
Where
South Solitary Island Historic Site in North Coast
Two people looking out from a footbridge in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo credit: S. Milgate. © DPIE

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

1 April, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December 2022, 7pm to 9pm.

Friday 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August and 2 September 2022, 6pm to 8pm.

Where
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area in North Coast
Operated by
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Central Coast

South Coast

Blue Mountains

Possum resting on branch, WilderQuest Spotlight tour. Photo: Jeff Betteridge/OEH

WilderQuest Spotlight tour

Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join our National Parks Discovery Ranger, for an exciting expedition under the stars. We'll discover the amazing creatures of the night on this easy 1.5hr tour.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 8 July and Monday 11 July 2022, 5pm to 7pm. Meet at 4.45pm.

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
Operated by
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Outback NSW

People walking along rockholes on Homestead Gorge walking track in Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Mutawintji cultural festival

Book your tickets for the Mutawintji cultural festival at Mutawintji National Park, near Broken Hill. This family friendly 2-day celebration of Aboriginal culture includes dance, music and guided tours.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 8 July to Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am to 9pm each day.

Where
Mutawintji National Park in Outback NSW
Operated by
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