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Kids’ and family activities

Did you know? NSW National Parks runs ranger-guided tours for kids and families to discover the hidden mysteries of our national parks. Explore our wonderful coastline on a sea creatures treasure hunt, become a waterbug detective, or join an Aboriginal ranger on a bush tucker workshop. Our WilderQuest events and tours are specially designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years, but there are heaps of exciting adventures for the whole family. Keep an eye on this page to see fun tours and activities in your region.

A group of children with an NPWS ranger on the Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: OEH

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The bridge to Bare Island and Bare Island fort, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

WilderQuest Bound for Botany Bay

Join the WilderQuest gang at Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You'll go back in time to London in 1820, where you'll be sentenced to life as a convict and transported to Botany Bay.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tours run 10.30am–12pm

Friday 12 October 2018. Friday 4 January, Friday 18 January and Friday 26 April 2019.

Where
La Perouse area in Sydney and surrounds
Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Hat Head National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

WilderQuest Smoky Cape Lighthouse: Reach the top

On this WilderQuest adventure we'll explore the tallest lighthouse in NSW in Hat Head National Park near South West Rocks. Will you make it all the way? Climb the steep spiral stairs to the top!

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Thursday 20 December and Thursday 27 December, 2018, 3pm to 4pm. Thursday 3 January, Thursday 10 January and Thursday 17 January 2019, 3pm to 4pm.

Where
Hat Head National Park in North Coast
Boy with magnifying glass on WilderQuest activity. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

WilderQuest Tumut wetland bug detectives

Ever wondered about the importance of ecosystems? Want to try something different this school holidays? Join the WilderQuest gang to examine Kosciuszko National Park's natural landscape, near Tumut.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Monday 31 December 2018, Wednesday 2 January and Friday 11 January 2019, 9am to 10.30am

Where
Tumut area in Snowy Mountains
Two young boys an a nature play activity. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

Kids Gondwana nature play

Looking for something for the kids to do, away from the screens? This fun activity in Dorrigo National Park promises to re-engage kids with the natural environment, and be a highlight of the holidays.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Wednesday 2 January and Friday 4 January 2019, 11am to 12.30pm

Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast
Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

WilderQuest History mysteries

Are you interested in solving mysteries? Come along and hear about some mysteries of the past at this historic gaol in Arakoon National Park.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 4 January, Tuesday 8 January, Tuesday 15 January and Tuesday 22 January 2019, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Where
Arakoon National Park in North Coast
Sooty ostercatcher. Photo: Michael Jarman/OEH

Wilderquest The wing thing

Join the WilderQuest gang to meet some of the funniest shorebirds along the NSW South Coast. Don't miss this chance as they won't stay at Bournda National Park for long.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Monday 7 January and Monday 21 January, 12pm to 1pm

Where
Bournda National Park in South Coast
Eastern dwarf tree frog. Photo: Kelly Nowak/OEH

WilderQuest Froggy on the hop

Calling all frog lovers! Are you staying in (or near) Megalong Valley these school holidays? If you are, join us on this great WilderQuest adventure. We'll explore the toad-ally cool world of frogs.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 11 January 2019, 6pm to 8pm. Friday 19 April 2019, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Where
Old Ford Reserve - Megalong Valley
Possum resting on branch, WilderQuest Spotlight tour. Photo: Jeff Betteridge/OEH

WilderQuest Spotlight tour

Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join our national parks ranger, for an exciting expedition under the stars. We'll discover the amazing creatures of the night on this easy 2hr tour.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When
Friday 18 January 2019, 6pm to 8pm. Friday 26 April 2019, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Friday 12 July and Friday 19 July 2019, 5pm to 7pm. Friday 4 October 2019, 6pm to 8pm.
Where
Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney and surrounds, Country NSW
Minnamaurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan