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Source: New South Wales Environment and Heritage

NPWS Visitor Experience Director, Julie Bishop, said that booking ahead during COVID remained essential and while many popular parks were already heavily booked, there are still vacancies in the more hidden gems around the State, particularly outside public holidays.

“These holidays will be unlike any before, with many people holidaying domestically this year and NSW National Parks are the State’s home of nature-based tourism.

“In 2018, park tourism and management expenditure contributed to $17.85 billion in total economic output and supported 74,280 direct and indirect jobs – so a boom for park visitation is a boom for regional economies.

“There’s strong demand for all forms of accommodation across NSW from the beaches to the mountains and the bush, across the State’s national parks.

“The NSW Government advises all travellers that planning is key to any holiday this summer.

“It’s essential ahead of the school holidays and Australia Day that visitors to NSW National Parks plan their trip by going to the NPWS website to get the latest information, check availability and book a campsite at: Find places to stay.”

With strong interest for bookings in popular campgrounds throughout summer, we encourage you to consider visiting lesser-known national parks. The booking rules or maximum capacity may also have changed for preferred destinations to address COVID safety requirements, so it’s important to check the webpage for chosen campgrounds while planning any visit.

Physical distancing is still required for all activities in NSW national parks. Current rules on public gatherings also continue to apply.

All camping in NSW national parks now requires a booking to ensure compliance with COVID requirements.

To make it as easy as possible, NPWS has introduced web pages for all campsites to help visitors check availability and book.

Booking ahead is essential to ensure physical distancing, good hygiene to keep all visitors COVID safe and for contact tracing. COVID-19 restrictions are still in place and the NPWS is required to operate its parks and campsites in line with NSW Public Health orders especially taking steps to manage visitor numbers within each campground or precinct.

These restrictions can be checked at: COVID-19 update.