Dharawal National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Dharawal 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:
NPWS aims to protect the biodiversity of all parks, and Dharawal National Park is no exception. Surveying and monitoring programs in place to protect the park's threatened, endangered, vulnerable and special-interest plants and animals. These programs assist research into the distribution, habitat requirements and threats to species, populations and ecological communities within the park.
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 Dharawal 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 the area.
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.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Dharawal National Park works to keep its visitors safe and informed, and this extends to issues of access and signage. Displaying up to date, easily understandable signage is an ongoing priority in this park. Maintenance of and enhancements to facilities and infrastructure such as roads, walking tracks and viewing platforms are also carried out in this national park.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Dharawal National Park boasts a proud legacy of Aboriginal culture. Ongoing NPWS projects are in place to audit, monitor and maintain the condition of the park's Aboriginal sites and assets. NPWS works in conjunction with the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council and other relevant Aboriginal representatives to facilitate this, and works to ensure sites are appropriately recognised, supported and conserved.
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.
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.
- in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Dharawal National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
- Wollongong office
02 4224 4188
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Unit G Ground Floor, 84 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
- Email: NPWSIllawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au
- Wollongong office
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.