National Parks in NSW
NSW is spoilt for choice when it comes to its beautiful national parks. These natural resources offer more than just opportunities to explore bushland and go bushwalking. In fact, you’ll be able to do a range of activities, from water sports such as surfing and kayaking to wildlife watching. Don't know where to start? Read on and be inspired to immerse yourself in the location.
There’s a high chance you’ll see kangaroos and parrots at Euroka campground, which rests lightly on the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains as the area near Glenbrook is teeming with local wildlife. While there, follow the Red Hands Cave walk to see ancient Aboriginal stencil art, marvel at the Three Sisters and visit the thrilling Scenic World in Katoomba for breathtaking views and a fascinating history lesson.
Head to the picturesque South Coast and pitch a tent at Pebbly Beach campground where you can pat friendly kangaroos in the wild. The campground is in Murramarang National Park and has toilets, showers and barbecues. The kids can learn to surf with Broulee Surf School, which is just a 30min drive away.
Central Coast & North Coast
Savour your family time building sandcastles at Little Beach in Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast. The beach is set in a pretty, protected cove and is an ideal spot for surfing and bushwalking, too. Little Beach campground has toilets and barbecues and is conveniently located near Australian Reptile Park, home to Elvis the saltwater crocodile.
Crowdy Bay National Park, near Port Macquarie on the stunning North Coast, boasts extensive wetlands, rainforest pockets and more than 8,000 hectares of coastal plains. Stay at the beachside Diamond Head campground, which has toilets, showers and barbecues and is close to Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park. Nearby, the boardwalk through Sea Acres Rainforest will immerse you in the canopy.
Country & Outback
Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri in north-west Country NSW, is a wilderness escape on a scenic mountain range that offers a glimpse at the state’s natural beauty. 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 less than an hour’s drive from the park.
For more stargazing, head to the Warrumbungle National Park, which has been recognised as the state’s only official Dark Sky Park. Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Mungo National Park in the far west of the state. You can learn about the culture of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for more than 45,000 years.
Where to stay
Accommodation options are varied and range from well-equipped campgrounds with public amenities such as toilets and barbecues to well-appointed glamping tents that are carefully oriented and offer amazing views. Sleep in a former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, bunker down in rustic heritage-style stays in the Outback and luxury eco-villas on the outskirts of towns.