National Parks in NSW


Mount Kaputar National Park

Discover Country NSW on a scenic family drive around Mount Kaputar in Narrabri and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views over the valley from the summit lookout. It's an easy 20-minute walk through rainforest to the Sawn Rocks lookout, a fascinating columnar basalt cliff face. Older kids will enjoy mountain biking or horseriding through the area. Pack a picnic and stay overnight in a picturesque campground or cabin accommodation.

  • Skyway Scenic World, Blue Mountains
  • Mount Warning, Northern Rivers

Family-friendly national parks activities

Mount Warning National Park

The mountainous terrain of NSW offers great opportunities to get your family outdoors.

Discover a wide variety of activities on offer within the Blue Mountains National Park. Visit Scenic World for spectacular views of this World Heritage area, head underground at the Jenolan Caves and explore the fascinating Glow Worm Tunnel in the  Newnes Plateau.

Barrington Tops National Park in the Hunter region has many campsites, lookouts, and easy walks that are suitable for kids. Checkout the Polblue campground, set high up in subalpine woodland. Riverwood Downs Resort located in the foothills of Barrington Tops also has lots of activities for children. Bring your own bikes, or go horseriding, canoeing, and bushwalking.

Snow play

Family make snowman at Selwyn Snowfields. Image: Hugh Hartshorne; Destination NSW

The NSW snow resorts within Kosciuszko National Park are an ideal destination for a school holiday getaway with the snow season running until early October.

If you've never skied before, the whole family can take lessons! Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields are good family-friendly peaks to begin your journey. Thredbo and Perisher are also great resorts where you can sign up for lessons. Book ahead as the resorts are popular during the winter holiday season.

Each resort offers a snow play area to build snowmen, throw snowballs, and go tobogganing and snow tubing.

Try night skiing or take a snowshoe tour. Experienced skiiers and snowboarders can enjoy the challenges on offer at the various terrain parks.

  • Jenolan caves Oberon

    Jenolan Caves

    Located in the Blue Mountains, the Jenolan Caves are Australia's most impressive limestones caves dating back some 340 million years. Whether a first timer or skilled adventurer, your experienced guide will take you through winding ancient passageways.

  • Horseriding in Glenworth Valley. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.


    Explore the mountainous terrain of NSW on horseback. There are riding ranches, jackaroo schools, horseback safaris, trail rides, and school holiday camps for kids. Whether you're an experienced rider or a beginner, find a horse-riding adventure to suit your family.

  • Scenic World Blue Mountains. Image courtesy of Hugh Hartshorne.

    Scenic World Blue Mountains

    Take in the magnificent views of the Blue Mountains at Scenic World. Enjoy 360 views travelling above the forest on the Scenic Skyway, and descend into the valleys on the Scenic Cableway. Ride the Scenic Railway, the worlds steepest incline railway.