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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 should plan your journey for all weather conditions.

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Check park alerts

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

General safety tips

You're welcome to contact individual park offices for information on park safety. Generally, a bit of planning and foresight makes all the difference. Check out these general safety tips.

Park closures

There will be times when, in the interests of visitor safety and environmental sustainability, 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 backcountry 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 now 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 or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Find out about the Think Before You TREK bush safety initiative and learn 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 staying safe when camping.

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 riding group safe.

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.

Mountain biking and cycling safety

Over the warmer months, hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're planning a bike ride, see these cycling safety tips.

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.

Alpine safety

Kosciuszko National Park is outstandingly beautiful - an ideal place to be active and adventurous or stop to breathe the fresh mountain air. If you're planning on visiting Kosciuszko, read more about alpine safety.

Volunteering safety

Volunteering with NPWS gives you the opportunity to do your part to help protect our national parks and wildlife. We can all work together to ensure a safe working environment for volunteers.

Man walking on the 11km walking track. Photo: John Yurasek