NSW national parks are brimming with natural wonders: from UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites to jade-green rainforest, beautiful beaches, ancient caves and extinct volcanoes. Follow the trails – from forest floors to the top of Australia’s highest mountain – to find unique flora and fauna that attracts trekkers from around the globe.
Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains is one of Australia’s greatest assets. In fact, it’s where the tourism industry in Australia began. This World Heritage wilderness spans a number of national parks that are home to a third of Australia’s bird species and the ancient Wollemi pine, which belongs to a 200 million-year-old plant family discovered in 1994.
in the Blue Mountains belongs to one of the world’s oldest cave systems, with limestone dating back 340 million years. Nature has also sculpted the Three Sisters’ formation, best viewed from the vantage point of in Katoomba. A ride in the cable-car is also a must in the mountains.
Bushwalking & hiking
The cross-country hikes and walks in NSW are some of the best in the country. The summit walk in takes trekkers to Mount Kosciuszko, the so-called ‘rooftop of Australia’. To see the UNESCO Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, take the 2.2km track in the , near Armidale.
NSW’s unspoiled coastal national parks are magnificent, too. Relax on lovely beaches, and enjoy fishing, kayaking and surfing. Whale watching is hugely popular on the South Coast, Central Coast and North Coast during the migration period for humpback whales, between May and November. Great coastal walks include:
Before you set off on any bushwalks, be sure to read these safety tips from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
National parks in Country NSW
Skywalk Lookout, which rises over the rainforest canopy. Mount Wollumbin, formerly called Mount Warning, is also worth a visit: it’s a volcanic plug in a rainforest-covered caldera in World Heritage-listed .in the coastal hinterland of the North Coast is home to the
Some of the best volcanic features in the world can be found within Coonabarabran. Here, the volcanic landforms of spires, domes, plugs and dykes are “unrivalled anywhere else in the country”, according to a national heritage report., Australia’s first Dark Sky Park near the stargazing capital of
Outback national parks
There are also dramatic landscapes rich in Aboriginal heritage to be found in Outback NSW. UNESCO-listedis where the 40,000-year-old remains of a woman were discovered in 1968. You can take a guided tour in to the famous ochre hand stencils, which date back thousands of years.
Planning your trip
Most national parks are free to enter, however 45 parks charge an entry fee for motor vehicles. You can purchase an annual pass, regional passes or day passes. (Note that all annual passes and some day passes are now digital passes linked to your vehicle and can be purchased online.) The NSW National Parks app contains detailed information on more than 200 parks as well as downloadable maps. Please read these safety tips carefully before embarking on your big adventure.
BEST National Park in NSW, Australia? Camping, camp fires, stargazing and hiking EP8
On our biglap we roadtrip to the WarrumbungleNationalPark, arguably Australia’s most epic mountain range to climb mountains and capture astro videography.
If you’re into van life, own a caravan or just want a laugh, on the road we put on a show of how not to tow a caravan. Our caravan DETACHES FROM OUR CAR mid drive!! Thank god we had a high lift jack.
The Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales is Australia’s first dark sky park, meaning it’s one of the best places in Australia for astronomy and stargazing. Dunc literally YouTubed “how do take Astro videos” yesterday and the end result is very cool.
The mountain range was formed over 17 million years from an active volcano and the jagged rock face made for an interesting climb / hike up. We chose the Breadknife and Grand High Tops hike, we can highly recommend.
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