Drive or ride scenic Murphys fire trail – Woodford to Murphys Glen campground, for bush camping, picnicking, fishing and bushwalking in Blue Mountains National Park.
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4WD touring routes
Take the challenge of the Barrington Trail, a 4WD trail in Barrington Tops National Park. Open between October and May every year, plan your 4WD camping holiday now.
Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
Adventure sports experiences
For self-reliant walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, Newnes Plateau is a wonderland of challenging experiences and awe-inspiring views.
The Towers is a 100m stretch of the north-east face of The Rock, open to rock sports and also popular with photographers and birdwatchers who want to view peregrine falcons.
Challenge yourself on a high ropes course in the forest canopy at TreeTop Advenure Park. A great day out for adults and kids with 96 challenges to choose from.
Birdwatching and wildlife facilities
All the family will enjoy spectacular birdwatching and scenic views at Yanga Lake Red Gum bird hide in Yanga National Park near Balranald.
Stuck for things to do with kids? Enjoy scenic views and a picnic while birdwatching at Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve at Guyra, near Armidale in NSW’s northern tablelands.
See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.
d’Albora Marinas at Akuna Bay in the Cowan/Hawkesbury River system, offers wet berths, boat hire, hardstand, public boat ramp, café, function centre, fishing and picturesque barbecue spots.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head, just north of Sydney, offers berths and boat hire, fishing and on-site dining options catering to every visitor in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Popular with families, Berrara Creek becomes a beautiful lagoon that leads to the beach. Put your canoe in and paddle upstream, go swimming or fishing.
Try this paddle route along the Evans River in Bundjalung National Park on the north coast for fabulous wildlife and birdwatching.
Cudgen Lake, near the coastal villages of Cabarita Beach and Bogangar on the Tweed Coast, is perfect for birdwatching, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and picnicking.
Try the awesome Bouddi Ridge Explorer mountain biking trail in Bouddi National Park near Gosford. Looping several smaller track the 10km trail offers great variety and scenery.
Take the easy route to peaceful cycling on Boyd River loop, a 21km journey that follows fire trails and roads in Kanangra-Boyd National Park.
Spend the day riding your mountain bike on the trails in Glenrock State Conservation Area near Newcastle. There are rides to suit all levels, and even the kids can ride.
Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes in the iconic scenery of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Explore Glenbrook, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba and beyond.
Snowy Mountains Highway is a scenic driving route between Tumut and Adaminaby, taking in caves, campgrounds, ski fields, trails for hiking, biking and horse riding in northern Kosciuszko National Park.
Big River drive leads to Big River campground in Goulburn River National Park. Get in your car for fishing, swimming and camping.
Tabourie Lake is a beautiful coastal lake ideal for fishing, paddling, windsurfing, swimming, walking and birdwatching.
Head south from Arrawarra to discover beautiful Mullaway Headland and Beach, near Coffs Harbour. Make the most of its picnic area and barbecues, go fishing or swimming.
Horse riding trails
Saddle up and explore 21km of horse riding trails in Basket Swamp National Park, near Tenterfield. You'll find rides suitable for all ages and experience levels on our network of fire trails.
For horseriding or mountain-biking, take the Crown Creek fire trail. This iconic part of the east coast trail reveals staggering scenic views and a feeling of complete freedom.
The horse riding trails in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park offer short and long rides for endurance riders, casual riders and trail riding clubs alike.
Snow sports facilities
Perisher is the perfect snow holiday for families, first-timers and experts, with over 3,000 acres of skiing and snow sports across Perisher Valley, Guthega, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes.
Selwyn Snow Resort in central Kosciusko National Park is a great place for families and beginners looking for an affordable snow holiday.
Winter or summer, Thredbo Alpine Village is the ideal base for your Kosciuszko National Park adventure. This year-round resort serves up skiing, hiking, biking, festivals and fishing galore.
1080 Beach in Eurobodalla National Park near Mystery Bay on the far south coast of NSW is a great spot for surfing, fishing and picnicking with a view.
Located opposite the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, Diggers Beach is excellent for surfing and learning to surf, plus fishing, swimming, birdwatching and beach walking.
Wallabi Beach near Taree offers swimming and surfing and provides a great day out at Saltwater National Park.
Front Beach offers family friendly options including swimming, paddling, liloing and picnicking in Arakoon National Park on the mid North Coast of NSW.
A short and easy walking track descends steeply to the secluded beach at Moon Bay in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the sand and explore the historic heritage of the area.
Soak up views of Solitary Islands Marine Park from Arrawarra Headland and Beach near Coffs Harbour. Fishing, surfing, swimming – it’s all here waiting for you to enjoy.
Take the fascinating Aboriginal Heritage walk highlighting rock art and engravings of the Guringai people of West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Located near Gosford, Bouddi coastal walk is known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife. Go whale watching, picnic or swim at Maitland Bay, or simply absorb the ocean views.
Take the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk for beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. This easy walk takes you from Taronga Zoo to the beach and cafes at Chowder Bay, and there is a guided tour to download.
Basin Aboriginal art site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers picnicking and walking with some fascinating rock engravings by the Garrigal of the Guringai Nation.
Dark Point Aboriginal Place, in southern Myall Lakes National Park, is a culturally significant site for the Worimi people with scenic coastal views across to Broughton Island.
Brisbane Water National Park, near Kariong, is home to the amazing Bulgandry Aboriginal art site. Visit this sacred Indigenous site to see incredible Aboriginal rock art.
Cafes and kiosks
Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls is a great spot for a bite to eat. Enjoy a view of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park from the café’s balcony.
Canopy Cafe in Dorrigo National Park is a great place to eat near Coffs Harbour, offering fresh contemporary cuisine in a stunning forest setting, with all day breakfast and lunch, and great coffee.
Located right in the heart of Warrumbungle National Park, Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre offers a range of education-based activities for school groups and teachers.
Explore Aboriginal history and hear Dreamtime stories of Giidany Miirlarl, also known as Muttonbird Island on a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger.
Join NPWS and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre for some land-based whale watching at Eden's Rotary Lookout. Have fun spotting whales as they migrate along the east coast.
- Free. Free park entry.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday in September 2017 and October 2017, 10am–12pm
- Eden Rotary Park Lookout
Do you want to learn about orienteering? Take part in this fantastic event over 2 weekends in the country around Hill End Historic Site. It's open to beginners and experienced orienteers alike.
- Fees apply. Free park entry.
Sunday 24 September 2017: Middle distance event. Saturday 30 September 2017: Long distance event. Sunday 1 October 2017: Relay event for experienced orienteers. Solo (non-relay) courses available for beginners who enter on the day.
All courses start any time between 9.30am to 11.30am, and finish 20 to 60 minutes later depending on course chosen.
Beginners' briefings 9.30am onwards on Sunday 24 September and Saturday 30 September 2017.
- Hill End Historic Site in Country NSW
Visit the Blak markets at La Perouse, to discover the best of Aboriginal culture. There'll be traditional dance performances, arts and craft stalls, weaving and bush tucker.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse stands at Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach on Sydney's northern beaches. Built in 1881, this heritage lighthouse is an iconic Sydney attraction.
Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point, a shining light over Byron Bay. Take a guided tour, find out about shipwrecks and enjoy spectacular views.
Point Stephens Lighthouse on Fingal Island is one of a kind. Kayak or take a boat to the island to explore the lighthouse and historic ruins.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an exceptionally popular place within Sydney Harbour National Park. A fabulous lookout, it's also a great picnic area and fishing spot.
Head to one of Sydney's best whale watching spots. Cape Solander, located in the Kurnell section of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is an unbeatable lookout during whale watching season.
A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.
Visit Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and enjoy a barbecue or a spot of fishing. Go canoeing or hire a paddle boat for a great daytrip from Sydney.
Be wowed by Carrington Falls from one of three lookouts with great views. You’ll find picnic and barbecue facilities close by along with some short walking tracks.
If you're looking for something to do in Sydney, Davidson Park is a pretty harbourside park with boating and canoeing access, just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.
Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave, and absorb the wonders of the largest cave in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
Take the easy walk from Borenore picnic area to Verandah Cave, where you can explore its limestone outcrops and pools of water in Borenore Karst Reserve.
Are you keen to learn all about bugs these school holidays? Join in the WilderQuest fun in the Blue Mountains area and explore the many types of bugs living right under your feet!
Do you enjoy looking after our special places, plants and animals? These school holidays join in the WilderQuest fun to experience what it's like to become an NPWS ranger.
Join our quest for the hidden jewels in the rockpools at Seven Mile Beach in Seven Mile Beach National Park.
The award-winning Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre offers information on the region’s local Aboriginal culture, wildlife and birdwatching, in the Southern Highlands.
Cape Byron Information Centre is the place to find visitor information for Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Marine Park and surrounding national parks in the Byron Bay area.