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Safety in NSW national parks

It's great to explore and experience NSW national parks. Naturally, we encourage you to see and do as much as possible. We also want you and your companions to stay safe. Remember that parks are natural environments and can be unpredictable. You may not have mobile phone reception if you need help. You should plan your journey for all weather conditions.

Read more about Safety in NSW national parks

Check park alerts

Always check the NSW National Parks alerts page for up to date information on closed parks and safety alerts.

Park closures

There will be times when national parks and reserves will need to be closed or have access restricted. Read more about park closures.

Fire safety

It's essential that if you're planning hiking, camping or 4WD touring in a national park that you check with the local NPWS office first to get the latest fire safety information.

No smoking in parks

NSW national parks are no smoking areas. Cigarette butts put lives and property at risk, ruining beaches, spoiling the beauty of our parks, and endangering wildlife. Read more about no smoking in national parks.

Bushwalking safety

If you're heading out on a walk, hike or a backpack camp—always be prepared. Find out about the Think Before You TREK bush safety initiative and how to stay safe when bushwalking.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching a tent by the coast, up on the mountains or in our great outback, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Read more about camping safety.

Water safety

Our national parks offer lots of opportunities for fun by the water. We want you to enjoy your day out safely and help your family and friends to stay safe. Read more about water safety.

Horse riding safety

Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your horse riding group safe.

Alpine safety

Kosciuszko National Park is outstandingly beautiful. An ideal place to be active, adventurous or stop to breathe the fresh mountain air. If you're planning a visit to alpine areas, see these alpine safety tips.

Mountain biking and cycling safety

Over the warmer months, hundreds of cyclists head to NSW national parks for fun and adventure. Going bike riding? See these cycling safety tips.

Wildlife encounters

Keep yourself and our wildlife safe by understanding the risks of wildlife encounters and how to avoid them.

Outback safety

Safety is a high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Adventure sports safety

Adventure sports like canyoning, climbing, caving and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique national parks. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Stay COVID-safe in parks

Please see the latest advice from NSW Health on COVID-19 guidelines. We recommend that you bring hand wipes, hand soap, face masks and toilet paper with you as access to running water and sanitation products cannot be guaranteed in all locations.