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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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Children on a WilderQuest walk in the bush at Yarrangobilly Caves. Photo: Nicola Beckett/DPIE

WilderQuest Little caves for little kids

Test your climbing, crawling and balancing skills on this Kosciuszko WilderQuest adventure! We'll explore some of Yarrangobilly's smaller wild caves, and the creek and forest between them. 

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Saturday 4 January, Sunday 26 January, Saturday 1 February and Saturday 7 March 2020, 2pm to 3.30pm

Where
Yarrangobilly area in Snowy Mountains
Children climbing on a log, helped by a WilderQuest ranger, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Nicola Beckett/OEH

WilderQuest Bug hunt: Yarrangobilly Caves

Come on a fun adventure exploring Kosciuszko's natural world through a magnifying glass. Find out where the bugs are hiding around Yarrangobilly Caves and discover amazing things about them.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Saturday 4 January, Sunday 26 January, Saturday 1 February and Saturday 7 March 2020, 10.30am to 12 noon

Where
Yarrangobilly area in Snowy Mountains
A small campfire containing wood and ash. Photo: Allan McLean/OEH

WilderQuest Billy tea with a bushman

Are you keen to roast a marshmallow over a campfire? Join the WilderQuest fun these school holidays and listen to stories in Blue Mountains National Park.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tour time: 10am to 12pm.

Tour dates: Wednesday 8 January, Wednesday 15 January, Wednesday 15 April, Wednesday 8 July and Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
A NSW National Parks ranger and a boy look at a plant by a creek. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

Junior Rangers: Essential bush skills

Want to know some tips that will help you thrive in the bush? Come to this school holiday event at Blackheath in Blue Mountains National Park. It's one of 5 Junior Ranger activities you can do in 2020.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tour times: 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm.

Tour dates: Thursday 9 January, Thursday 23 January, Thursday 16 April, Friday 17 July and Thursday 8 October 2020.

Where
Blackheath area in Sydney and surrounds
Child holding a compass and reading a map. Photo: Zhukovvvlad/Shutterstock

Junior Rangers: Mapping and orienteering

If you love the outdoors and are 8 to 12 years old, come along to this Junior Rangers activity at Blackheath during the school holidays. Learn mapping and orienteering skills and put them to the test!

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Tour time: 10am to 12.30pm

Tour dates: Friday 10 January, Thursday 16 January, Friday 17 April, Thursday 23 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October 2020.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney and surrounds, Country NSW
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 1.5hr tour.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Friday 10 January, 17 January and 24 January 2020, 7.30pm to 9pm.

Friday 17 April, 24 April, 10 July and 17 July 2020, 5.30pm to 7pm.

Friday 2 October and 9 October 2020, 6.45pm to 8.15pm.

Where
Katoomba area in Sydney and surrounds
A child holding a clay lizard they made on a wilderQuest activity. Photo: Paul Watkins

WilderQuest Leaping lizards

Do you love lizards? Join in the WilderQuest reptile fun in Blue Mountains National Park. You’ll get to explore their habitat and find out how you can help to protect our reptiles.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Wednesday 22 January, Wednesday 22 April and Wednesday 7 October 2020, 10am to 12pm.

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