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Cattai National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Cattai National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Cattai National Park encourages the retention of adjoining natural bushland to enhance the biodiversity values of the park. This will be encouraged through liaison with neighbours and local councils. Regeneration of the native vegetation will be delivered in accordance with revegetation initiatives except where clearings or exotic plantings are part of the historic landscape.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Cattai National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Cattai.

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Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

Cattai Park and Hope Farm remained in the hands of the same family for some 180 years until their acquisition by the NSW Government in 1981 and 1990 respectively. The historic character and landscape of Cattai Park will be maintained. A review of environmental factors will be prepared and incorporated into any development proposals. The management of the cultural heritage of Cattai National Park will be done in accordance with the Cattai Conservation Plan and the Burra Charter prepared by the Australia International Committee on Monuments and Sites.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

The Darug Local Aboriginal Land Council will be consulted on the management of Aboriginal sites within Cattai National Park and the appropriate interpretation of Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal sites are assessed and monitored before and during park works to ensure that no damage takes place to culturally sensitive areas, and are not impacted upon by vegetation or soil erosion.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Cattai National Park is open 7.30am to 6.30pm during daylight savings (7.30am - 5pm at other times), but may have to close at other times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day (including motorbikes). The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring credit card or correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Cattai River lookout, Cattai National Park. Photo: John Yurasek