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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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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
Cottage 3 at Woody Head, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

WilderQuest Woody Head rockpool ramble

Attention all kids visiting and camping at Woody Head campground, near Iluka! Take off on a WilderQuest adventure these school holidays, exploring rockpools and the shoreline.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Monday 17 December 2018 and Tuesday 15 January 2019, 10am to 11.30am

Thursday 3 January 2019, 2pm to 3.30pm

Tuesday 8 January and Tuesday 22 January 2019, 4pm to 5.30pm

Meet the ranger 10 mins before we start. 

Where
Bundjalung National Park in North Coast
Children on a WilderQuest adventure. Photo: K Robinson/OEH

WilderQuest Junior ranger on patrol

Explore, engage, play and create at Royal National Park over summer! Join a WilderQuest adventure led by an NPWS guide. Hunt for bugs, spot birds, create art from nature ... do 1, 2, or 3 activities.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Dates: Thursday 3 January, Tuesday 8 January, Thursday 10 January, Tuesday 15 January, Thursday 17 January, Tuesday 22 January and Thursday 24 January 2019

Times and sessions:

  • 10am to 11am: We're going on a bug hunt
  • 11.15am to 12.15pm: Art in nature
  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm: Bird Spotto
Where
Royal National Park in Sydney and surrounds, South 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
Children and NPWS rangers enjoy a WilderQuest activity in a NSW national park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

WilderQuest Junior ranger activity day

Do you enjoy caring for the environment and animals? These school holidays, experience the WilderQuest fun and find out what it's like to be an NPWS ranger.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Saturday 5 January, 12 January, 19 January and 26 January 2019, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Where
Fitzroy Falls
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