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COVID-19 update

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. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild symptoms, do not visit a park. Stay home and get tested.

People in Local Government Areas (LGAs) under stay-at-home restrictions are advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

In areas where stay-at-home orders have been lifted, most campgrounds, accommodations and visitor centres managed by NPWS will reopen for bookings after 11 September. Some campgrounds, accommodation and visitor centres will remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community.

Please do not visit a park or park facility if you have been in a COVID-19 case location and check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.

We're committed to keeping parks and reserves open for the community to exercise, however there may be unforeseen closures or delays.

Popular areas in NSW national parks may be closed at short notice to ensure public visitation does not exceed safe capacity, and to ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules. This includes areas like beaches, caves, carparks, playgrounds, barbecue facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic areas, rotundas, toilets, viewing platforms and visitor centres. 

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: 4:30pm, 10 September 2021.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs will be updated regularly. Please check this page soon for more information.

Kosciuszko snow season 2021

What do I need to know before coming to the ski fields?

Please consult the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates on a regular basis before leaving home to ensure you're aware of the current stay-at-home restrictions that apply. Check with resorts and commercial venues for updates.

  • Some NSW snow resorts have recommenced ski lift operations after the closures resulting from the recent stay-at-home restrictions. Check resort webpages for current advice. 
  • All campgrounds in Local Government Areas (LGAs) under stay-at-home restrictions are closed.
  • Campgrounds in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted may need to remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community.
  • Check the webpage for each of our campgrounds to see what dates are available for booking, or if there are any restrictions.

If you intend to do any backcountry activities, such as hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing or boarding please check Think Before You TREK before leaving home. We highly recommend you lodge a Trip Intention Form with NPWS and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Trip intention forms are mandatory for overnight trips that include backcountry camping.

To stay on top of the latest information and advice you also check:

Where can I get more information?

For more information, contact your resort and local Kosciuszko National Park Visitor Centres:

Campground and accommodation bookings

Are campgrounds and accommodation in national parks open?

NPWS campgrounds and accommodations in Local Government Areas (LGAs) under stay-at-home restrictions remain closed until further notice.

Most campgrounds and accommodations in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted will reopen for bookings from 11 September. Please do not visit a park or campground if you have been in a COVID-19 case location.

Some campgrounds in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where stay-at-home orders have been lifted may need to remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community. Check the webpage for each of our campgrounds to see what dates are available for booking, or if there are any restrictions.

In addition, some national parks and sites around NSW remain closed as a result of bushfire and flood damage.

Please check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.

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 November 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?

Booking is required for all campgrounds and campsites in national parks. This is necessary to protect our visitors and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Before planning your visit, you should:

Is wild or back country camping permitted?

Camping is not permitted in NSW national parks or reserves that are located in Local Government Areas (LGAs) which remain under stay-at-home restrictions. Please consult the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates and rules and restrictions that apply to ensure you're aware of the current stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions before leaving home.

If visiting a national park in an area where stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted 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 stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions before leaving home.

We also ask that you please comply with the following directives and health measures when visiting a national park:

Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes 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 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.

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.

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 park.businesses@environment.nsw.gov.au

For enquiries about tours managed by commercial tour operators, please contact the tour operator directly.

Are school tours and activities allowed in national parks?

School excursions are not operating in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where stay-at-home restrictions remain in place

In Local Government Areas (LGAs) where stay-at-home restrictions have been lifted, 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.

Is commercial filming and photography allowed in national parks?

Commercial filming and photography that complies with the current Public Health Orders and COVID-19 rules are allowed in NSW national parks. If you have any questions you can contact (02) 9585 6082 or park.businesses@environment.nsw.gov.au