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Kids’ and family activities

Did you know? NSW National Parks runs 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 Guide 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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Humpback whale breaching, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: OEH

Wild About Whales: Tomaree

Do you love whales? These school holidays, visit Tomaree National Park, near Port Stephens, to spot these amazing creatures, play games and get creative with arts and crafts. For kids 5 to 12 years.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Wednesday 17 July 2019, 9.30am to 11.30am

Where
Tomaree National Park in North Coast
A ranger and teenagers at a NPWS activity, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Tanja Bruckner/OEH

Campfire circle for teens

Join this campfire circle for teens if you’d like to understand more about Aboriginal culture in Blue Mountains National Park. You’ll get to see and learn about traditional tools and weapons.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Thursday 18 July 2019, 10am to 12.30pm

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
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 12 July and Friday 19 July 2019, 5pm to 7pm. Friday 4 October 2019, 6pm to 8pm.
Where
Katoomba area in Sydney and surrounds
Blue tongue lizard. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

Blue Mountains reptile day

Come along to commemorate National Threatened Species Day at our annual reptile day at Blue Mountains National Park. You'll get up close to live reptiles at this fun family event near Blackheath.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am to 2pm.

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
A damselfy waterbug. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

WilderQuest Wondrous waterbugs

Did you know that waterbugs are very important to our waterways? Find out more about these wondrous critters these school holidays. Come on a WilderQuest adventure in Blue Mountains National Park.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Monday 30 September 2019, 10am to 12.30pm

Where
Katoomba area in Sydney and surrounds
An Aboriginal Discovery ranger paints a snake in ochre on a boy's arm. Photo: Paul Watkins/OEH

Cultural art day for teens

If you're a creative teen interested in Aboriginal culture, book for this art activity at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath. Led by an Aboriginal Discovery ranger, get ready to be inspired!

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 4 October 2019, 10am to 1pm

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
Two young boys an a nature play activity. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

Kids Gondwana nature play

Looking for something for the kids to do? This fun activity promises to re-engage kids with nature. Be part of the Gondwana Rainforests 25th anniversary celebration at Dorrigo National Park.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October 2019, 10am to 11.30am

Where
Dorrigo National Park in North Coast
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 to 12pm

Friday 11 October 2019. Friday 3 January, Friday 17 January and Friday 24 April 2020.

Where
La Perouse area in Sydney and surrounds
Minnamaurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan