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Kids’ and family activities

Did you know? NSW National Parks runs guided tours for kids and families to discover the hidden mysteries of our national parks. Explore our wonderful coastline on a sea creatures treasure hunt, become a waterbug detective, or join an Aboriginal Guide on a bush tucker workshop. Our WilderQuest events and tours are specially designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years, but there are heaps of exciting adventures for the whole family. Keep an eye on this page to see fun tours and activities in your region.

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

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Sydney and Surrounds

Country NSW

North Coast NSW

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 Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo National Park
Operated by
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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
Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park
Operated by
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Central Coast

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 6 October 2022, 10am to 12pm.

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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Blue Mountains

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. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 29 September and 6 October 2022, 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

Wednesday 28 September and 5 October 2022, 1pm to 3pm

Where
Hobart Beach campground
Operated by
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Aerial view of Green Cape Lighthouse, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © the photographer

Green Cape historical lighthouse tour

Uncover the history of Green Cape Lighthouse on this guided tour in Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden. Hear stories of disaster and survival and enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged coastline.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 22 September, 29 September and 6 October 2022, 10.30am to 12pm

Where
Green Cape Lighthouse, Green Cape area
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. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 29 September and 6 October 2022, 2pm to 4pm

Where
Aragunnu 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. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 29 September and 6 October 2022, 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

Thursday 22 September, 30 September and 7 October 2022, 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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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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Aerial view of Green Cape Lighthouse, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © the photographer

Green Cape historical lighthouse tour

Uncover the history of Green Cape Lighthouse on this guided tour in Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden. Hear stories of disaster and survival and enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged coastline.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 22 September, 29 September and 6 October 2022, 10.30am to 12pm

Where
Green Cape Lighthouse, Green Cape area
Operated by
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