Roam rainforest paths in search of waterfalls. Marvel as a wall of glow worms lights up a tucked-away cave. Hear legends of ancient Aboriginal culture in the rugged outback. Dip your toes in an endless string of deserted beaches. New South Wales is home to a plethora of national parks… all ready for you to hike, swim, paddle or simply find a perch of your own to breathe it all in. Gain a new perspective by immersing yourself in the endless landscapes our state has to offer.
From the world-famous Three Sisters to the ancient, stalactite-lined Jenolan Caves, visitors are spoilt for choice among the World Heritage-listed landscapes of Blue Mountains National Park, an easy day trip from Sydney.
Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall-fed swimming hole, bushwalk through lush rainforest or enjoy a scenic drive – with stops at the many spectacular lookouts – in the impressive Border Ranges National Park.
The ruggedly alluring Mutawintji National Park, northeast of Broken Hill, is rich in Aboriginal history and spectacular scenery. Discover ancient rock art and glorious gorges, and camp under the outback night sky.
Located in the Northern Rivers, feel the world melt away at Gibraltar National Park, home to some of the oldest rainforest on Earth, as well as abundant wildlife, waterfalls and wildflowers in the springtime.
Neighbouring Port Stephens, Tomaree National Park is a nature lover’s paradise – go whale watching, swim with dolphins, spot koalas, tackle the impressive summit walk or simply relax on your own stretch of sand.
Home to Australia’s first Dark Sky Park – an honour bestowed on only 13 places in the world – and jagged volcanic scenery that needs to be seen to be believed, Warrumbungle National Park is Mother Nature at her finest.
Barrington Tops National Park offers something for everyone. Meditate by a running river, bushwalk through verdant rainforest, or indulge your adventurous side with a spot of kayaking, abseiling and mountain biking.
Found in a remote part southwestern NSW, uncover a starkly beautiful, almost alien-like landscape of ancient dry lake basins and sand formations in Mungo National Park, including the picturesque Walls of China.
Whether you want to find a hidden gem waiting to be discovered on your doorstep or start planning for a visit to a bucket-list destination beyond, use our interactive map to find your next national park adventure. Create an itinerary, bookmark all the experiences you’d like to try (including nearby accommodation, restaurants and more), and then save and share with your travelling companions.
Safety in parks
Parks and reserves are natural environments and can be unpredictable. Plan your trip for all weather conditions, follow directions from park rangers, keep a safe distance from cliff edges and take plenty of water.
Plan ahead by checking the NPWS website for alerts and closures before visiting a park.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.