National Parks in NSW
NSW is spoilt for choice when it comes to its beautiful national parks. These natural resources offer more than just bushland and bushwalking, you’ll be able to do a range of activities, from watersports including surfing and kayaking and wildlife watching.
Accommodation options include well-equipped campgrounds that have public amenities, including toilets and barbecues or even something fancier. Sleep in a former lighthouse keepers cottage, outback heritage style stays and luxury eco-villas.
There’s a high chance you’ll see kangaroos and parrots at Euroka campground in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Located near the Nepean River and Glenbrook, the area is popular with local wildlife. While you’re there, go on the Red Hands Cave walk to see Aboriginal stencil art and visit the thrilling Scenic World in Katoomba for breathtaking views and fascinating history.
Head to the picturesque South Coast and pitch a tent at Pebbly Beach campground where you can pat kangaroos in the wild. The campground is in Murramarang National Park and has toilets, showers and barbecues. The kids can learn to surf with Soulrider, a Batemans Bay based surf school which is just a short drive away.
Little Beach, near Gosford on the charming Central Coast, is in Bouddi National Park. It’s set in a pretty, protected cove and is an ideal spot for surfing and bushwalking. Little Beach campground has toilets and barbecues. It’s a great base for a short road trip to meet Elvis, the huge saltwater crocodile at the Australian Reptile Park.
Crowdy Bay National Park, near Port Macquarie on the splendid North Coast boasts extenstive wetlands, rainforest pockets and over 8,000 hectares of coastal plains. Stay at Diamond Head campground, it has toilets, showers, barbecues and it’s just a 40 minuted rive to Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park.
Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri in north-west Country NSW is a wilderness escape on a scenic mountain range. Go cycling, walking, horse riding and bird watching while staying at Dawson Spring campground. If you fancy a tour of the universe, the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array is 50 minutes' drive from the park.