Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and staff is the highest priority for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
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Please check the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates on a regular basis and stay aware of the current rules and restrictions that apply to your area and your destination before leaving home.
Bookings are essential for all tours, campgrounds and accommodation in national parks. However, if you’re not fully vaccinated, you can only travel for holidays and recreation within your Local Government Area (LGA) and you can only join tours with other members of your household.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, do not visit a national park if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, if you are a close contact or if you live in an area declared a stay-at-home area. Stay home and get tested.
You must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask to access our visitor centres and other indoor facilities.
Popular national parks are busiest between 11am and 2pm. You're more likely to enjoy your visit if you plan to arrive outside of this peak time and avoid overcrowding.
Some of our popular areas and facilities, including campgrounds, accommodation, and visitor centres, may need to remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community, or if they are located in an area declared a stay-at-home area.
Please check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.
Physical distancing is required for all activities and pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. If a national park or other public space is too crowded to practice physical distancing then it's your responsibility to leave the area. Please do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or Police.
Last updated: 5:00pm, 5 November 2021.
Frequently asked questions
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Campground and accommodation bookings
Are campgrounds and accommodation in national parks open?
Most campgrounds and accommodations are open for bookings.
Some campgrounds and accommodations may need to remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community. This will be the case if located in an area declared a stay-at-home area.
- Check the webpage for each of our campgrounds or accommodation to see what dates are available for booking, or if there are any restrictions.
- Check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you can only travel for holidays within your Local Government Area (LGA).
Do I need to be vaccinated to stay in a cabin or cottage?
Unless you’re from the same household, you must be fully vaccinated to stay in a self-contained cabin or cottage.
If you’re staying in a room with shared facilities, you must wear a face mask when in a common area.
Unvaccinated people must not travel outside their LGA or share accommodation with people outside their household.
Can I get a refund if I have to cancel my booking due to the COVID-19 restrictions?
Yes. If you're impacted by COVID travel restrictions, health orders, or border closures, you can get a full refund for online for bookings arriving before 1 December 2021 (excluding the booking fee). You can find a link to manage your booking on your original confirmation email, or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 between 7am and 7pm.
I do not have a permanent address, can I self-isolate in a national park?
No. Campgrounds and accommodation within national parks are not suitable for self-isolation. Residing in a national park is not allowed.
How can I book an NPWS campground or accommodation?
Yes, booking is required for all campgrounds and campsites in national parks.
Before planning your visit, you should:
Is wild or back country camping permitted?
Yes, backcountry camping is permitted, unless you're planning to visit an area that has been declared a stay-at-home area.
Please consult the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates to ensure you're aware of the current rules and travel restrictions that apply to your area and your destination before leaving home.
You don't require a formal booking for backcountry camping, but you must complete a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.
The Trip Intention Form is used to register your plans to assist emergency services in the event you become lost or injured. It is not a booking and is not used to actively monitor the number of visitors in a given location.
As health and emergency services are currently under significant demand due to the pandemic, completing a Trip Intention Form for backcountry camping is mandatory to reduce pressure on any emergency response that may be required.
Backcountry camping (or wild camping) refers to overnight stays in remote areas where walk in camping is permitted.
Please check Think Before You TREK before leaving home.
Staying safe in national parks
How do I protect myself and the community from COVID-19?
Please consult the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates and rules and restrictions that apply on a regular basis to ensure you're aware of the current rules and travel restrictions before leaving home.
Our Visitor Centres and other indoor facilities can only be accessed by people who are fully vaccinated.
We also ask that you please comply with the following directives and health measures when visiting a national park:
- comply with current COVID-19 rules
- continue to check in using the QR code
- wear a face mask when entering indoor areas
- practice physical distancing
- maintain good hygiene
Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes, face masks, and toilet paper with you.
If a national park or other public space is too crowded to practice physical distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Please do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or Police.
NPWS officers and NSW Police are patrolling national parks to ensure visitors are complying with physical distancing measures and other public health orders. It is an offence under the law to disobey temporary closure signage or the direction of national parks officers.
Some sites and attractions will be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity and ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules.
Due to the recent bushfires and floods, some of our national parks or some sites also remain closed, including some walking tracks in the Blue Mountains National Park.
Please check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.
What's the group size limit for picnics and small outdoor gatherings?
If you're fully vaccinated, outdoor gatherings are permitted. COVID safety plans are required for organised gatherings of more than 1000 people.
In areas declared stay-at-home areas, you can meet in groups of up to 5 people.
Whether you're in a stay-at-home area or not, a 2-person limit applies for people who are not fully vaccinated.
What safety issues should I be aware of in national parks?
If you don't visit NSW national parks very often there are some really important safety tips you need to be aware of before you go. Remember that parks are natural environments and can be unpredictable.
- Always check NSW National Parks alerts page for up to date information on closed parks and safety alerts.
- Read our bushwalking safety tips before your hike.
- It's important to be safe around rivers, waterholes and beaches, which all have different risks.
- Remember that smoking is not allowed in NSW national parks.
Will facilities in national parks be sanitised more regularly?
We have established protocols to ensure our cabins and cottages will be sanitised after the departure of each guest.
We cannot guarantee that visitor facilities in national parks (e.g. picnic tables, barbecues, playgrounds, toilets and other common touchpoints) are disinfected. It is your responsibility to wash your hands regularly and maintain good hygiene when using shared facilities.
Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing your own sanitation products and additional drinking water.
Please make sure to bring your own face masks. They are required to access our visitor centres and other indoor facilities.
Can I pay park entry fees with cash?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic many locations are no longer accepting cash when it is paid directly to a staff member, such as at an entry station.
Cash will continue to be accepted at pay and display machines. It is recommended that you bring a card as this may be the only payment option available at the park you are visiting.
If you visit NSW national parks regularly you can save on motor vehicle entry fees by buying an annual pass and get park visits for 12 or 24 months.
Commercial tours and events
Are commercial tours allowed in national parks?
Commercial tours that comply with the COVID-19 rules are allowed in NSW national parks.
If you have any questions you can contact (02) 9585 6082 or email@example.com
For enquiries about tours managed by commercial tour operators, please contact the tour operator directly.
Are school tours and activities allowed in national parks?
All school activities must adhere to COVID-19 rules and NSW Department of Education guidelines.
Please contact your local NSW National Parks office for more information, bookings, cancellations, and changes.
Can I hold an event in a national park?
Organised events that comply with the COVID-19 rules are permitted in NSW national parks. No other events can proceed until further notice.
For postponements or cancellations of events and venue bookings, please get in touch with your NPWS event contact, the relevant local park office or email the events team.