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Sturt National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Sturt 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:

Understanding landscapes and geology

NPWS is dedicated to conserving the special natural assets of all its parks. The service works to ensure the expansive outback landscapes and granite tors of Sturt National Park are protected and preserved. Management and maintenance programs are in operation in this park, all of which are informed by sustainability considerations.

Preserving biodiversity

Sturt National Park upholds its biodiversity by protecting vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. Conservation activities are frequently carried out, and include monitoring and data collection. NPWS consults on issues potentially affecting biodiversity within the area, and implements programs in relation to this.

Conservation program

Reintroduction of locally extinct mammals

The Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals project aims to restore the ecological health of national parks by reintroducing at least 10 native mammal species believed to be extinct in NSW.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Sturt National Park. NPWS carries out risk assessments for new and emerging weeds as well as fox and wild dog control to protect biodiversity in this park.

Conservation program

Fox threat abatement plan

Since the fox was introduced to Australia in the 1870s, its impact on the environment has been negative. Foxes have contributed to the decline and extinction of a large range of native Australian animals.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

Sturt National Park is home to a wealth of historic heritage, and NPWS is committed to its protection. Raising public awareness of the park’s history and cultural significance is a key priority, and interpretive and educational events are ongoing. Historic structure maintenance is carried out in this park, along with conservation assessments and the surveying and recording of heritage assets.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Sturt National Park is home to a number of significant but fragile Aboriginal sites. NPWS liaises regularly with local land councils and involves the Aboriginal community in site management. Conservation assessments and impact surveys are regularly carried out, along with concerted efforts to protect and preserve these sites. NPWS promotes research into park heritage, and interpretive displays are maintained to promote greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture.

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.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

Contact

  • in the Outback NSW region
  • Sturt National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

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Desert shrubs and red earth in Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE