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New South Wales National Parks Reopening

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published May 31st 2020
Which NSW National Park have you been waiting to visit?
New South Wales National Parks have announced that from Monday 1 June 2020 many of their national parks and accommodation will be reopening in line with the easing of holiday travel restrictions that was announced by the New South Wales Government.

Platypus Flats campsite in Dorrigo National Park
Platypus Flats campsite in Dorrigo National Park


Although most national parks in New South Wales are reopening, a few will remain closed. People who are thinking of visiting a New South Wales national park can check individual national park alerts here.

Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains
Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains


A few changes have been made to some of the national parks that are reopening. For now, all campgrounds and campsites in New South Wales will require bookings, including those which have usually operated on a first-in basis and didn't require bookings in the past. Additionally, the maximum capacity may have changed for some campsites, so visitors are advised to look up their intended destination here before travelling.

A grey fantail in New South Wales' Gondwana Rainforest
A grey fantail in New South Wales' Gondwana Rainforest near Armidale


Although national parks are opening, visitors are asked to continue following New South Wales' physical distancing guidelines that aim to slow the spread of COVID19.

These include

Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Stay home if you are unwell to avoid exposing others
Keep a physical distance of at least 1.5m between yourself and others

The sun rising during a storm over the desert at Mungo National Park
The sun rising during a storm over the desert at Mungo National Park


Although many national parks and their campsites are opening, tours run through the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service remain suspended until further notice. However, some tours run by commercial tour operators will be permitted to resume with groups of up to 10 people. Similarly, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted in New South Wales National Parks from 1 June 2020.

Tours such as those run by rangers at Jillabenan Cave will not be opening yet
Tours such as those run by rangers at Jillabenan Cave will not be opening yet, although an announcement on their reopening is expected before the end of June


Finally, most New South Wales National Parks visitor centres will reopen from 1 June 2020, although many historic sites will remain closed until further notice.

Sunrise from the visitor centre in Dorrigo National Park
Sunrise from the visitor centre in Dorrigo National Park. Most visitor centres will be reopening from 1 June


New South Wales has more than 870 national parks and conservation reserves, ranging from marine parks to caves to Outback deserts. In addition to protecting Australia's natural heritage, many also protect Aboriginal areas and historic sites. The reopening of many of them on 1 June 2020 means that residents and visitors to New South Wales will be able to enjoy these special places during the winter school holidays. For more information, travellers can phone the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 072 757.

New South Wales National Parks protect Australia's precious wildlife and heritage, such as this pademelon joey
New South Wales National Parks protect Australia's precious wildlife and heritage, such as this pademelon joey
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Why? New South Wales' national parks protect some of the state's most fragile natural and cultural heritage
When: From 1 June 2020
Phone: 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS)
Where: New South Wales, Australia
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