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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

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 runs Monday to Saturday from Tuesday 3 January until Saturday 21 January 2023. 

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

Where
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo National Park
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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
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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

Tuesday 3 January, Thursday 5 January, Tuesday 10 January, Thursday 12 January, Tuesday 17 January and Thursday 19 January 2023.

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

Where
Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, Sea Acres National Park
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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
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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

Every Friday from Friday 16 December 2023 to Friday 20 January 2023.

And Tuesday 20 December 2023, Tuesday 3 January, 10 January and 24 January 2023.

Tour time:

6.30pm to 8pm.

Where
Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park
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View through bars at Trial Bay Goal. Photo: Kim Payne Photography © DPE

Trial Bay Gaol: Life behind bars kids tour

Come along and find out what life behind bars was really like for the prisoners at Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Explore the gaol and discover its secrets on this action-packed family tour.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Monday 19 December and Wednesday 21 December 2022. Wednesday 4 January, Monday 9 January, Wednesday 11 January, Monday 16 January, Wednesday 18 January and Monday 23 January 2023. 4.30pm to 6pm.

Where
Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park
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Central Coast and Hunter region

Burning Mountain walk, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve. Photo: Brent Mail/NSW Government

Burning Mountain adventure

Join this adventurous family-friendly guided walk at Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, near Scone, these school holidays. Discover Australia’s only naturally burning coal seam in this ancient and surprising landscape.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 13 January 2023, 9.30am to 11.30am

Where
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve in Country NSW
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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

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
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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains water skink, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Geoff Swan © DPIE

Leaping lizards: Blackheath

Do you love lizards? Join in the reptile fun at Blackheath in Blue Mountains National Park. You’ll get to explore their habitat and find out how you can help to protect our reptiles.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 6 January, Thursday 12 January and Monday 16 January 2023, 10am to 12pm. Meet at 9.45am.

Where
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath area
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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
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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
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Aerial view of Green Cape Lighthouse, Beowa National Park. Photo: Jessica Bray © the photographer

Green Cape historical lighthouse tour

Uncover the history of Green Cape Lighthouse on this guided tour in Beowa 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

Dates: Thursday 29 December 2022. Friday 6 January and Mondays 9 January, 16 January and 23 January 2023.

Time: 10.30am to 12pm.

Where
Green Cape Lighthouse, Green Cape area
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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
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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
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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
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Snowy Mountains

Walkers on the Porcupine walk, which has wildflowers in bloom, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold © DPE

Porcupine Rocks walk

These school holidays, bring the kids on this 5.7km, family-friendly guided walk in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. See how many alpine wildflowers you can spot and photograph.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 29 December 2022, Thursdays 5 January and 12 January 2023, 2pm to 3.30pm.

Where
Porcupine walk, Thredbo-Perisher area
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Country NSW

Greater Sydney

Girl traces squiggly gum with finger in Royal National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards © DPE

Colours and textures in nature: 3 to 5 years

Discover the colours and sensory delights of the Royal National Park with a specially designed nature play program for children 5 years and younger.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 5 January, Tuesday 17 January, Tuesday 24 January and Friday 27 January 2023, 9.30am to 10.15am and 10.30am to 11.15am.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts.

Where
Royal National Park in Sydney and surrounds, South Coast
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A bridge over the Hacking River at Currawong Flat picnic area in Royal National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin © OEH

Flora adventure at Currawong Flat

Join a NPWS Discovery Guide these school holidays for a guided bushwalk in Royal National Park. Discover fascinating facts about the native plants around Currawong Flat.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Thursday 5, Tuesday 10, Thursday 19 and Tuesday 24 January 2023, 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Arrive 10 mins prior to start time.

Where
Currawong Flat picnic area, Royal National Park
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Family of four stands on river bank with NPWS ranger. Photo: Simone Cottrell © DPE

Save our species: 3 to 5 years

Learn about habitats and biodiversity in the Royal National Park at this nature play workshop designed for explorers 5 years and under.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Tuesday 3 January, Tuesday 10 January, Thursday 12 January and Thursday 19 January 2023, 9.30am to 10.15am and 10.30am to 11.15am.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts.

Where
Ironbark Flat picnic area, Royal National Park
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