Abercrombie River National Park
Abercrombie River National Park preserves the largest remaining intact patch of low open forest in the south-west central tablelands area. Casuarinas stand beside deep waterholes on the park's three main waterways. Camp on the banks of the Retreat or Abercrombie Rivers and fish for trout, go swimming or canoeing in the waterholes (when not in drought conditions). Abercrombie River and Retreat River are important habitats for platypuses and eastern water rats. Wallaroos, red-necked wallabies, swamp wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos are often seen in the eucalypt forest.
Arakwal National Park
Created in 2001 as the result of an historic agreement with the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community, Arakwal National Park protects important natural and cultural heritage and is co-managed with the traditional owners. Activities: Enjoy 3 km of secluded unpatrolled beach backed by coastal heath, or a tour of Cape Byron Lighthouse at the nearby Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Parking fees are charged at Cosy Corner car park, which is just outside the park in Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Annual pass holders do not need to pay this fee. Access: 2 km south-east of Byron Bay township along Tallow Beach Road.
Bago Bluff National Park
Easiest access is through Wauchope on the Oxley Highway. Forest roads from Kendall to Swans Crossing also allow access. The main feature of the park is a steep and spectacular cliff line. The Rollover trail skirts this cliff and there are a number of places where people can stop and explore.
Bald Rock National Park
The water-streaked dome of Bald Rock is the largest granite rock in Australia. It's 750 metres long, 500 metres wide and 200 metres high. A number of walks make the most of the park's granite landscape - including the track to the summit, which includes canyons, stone arches and panoramic views.
Barrington Tops National Park
This rugged park is full of contrasts. Carved out of an ancient volcano, it rises from near sea level to over 1500m. In the lower valleys, you'll find World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforests. Up on the plateau, there is subalpine woodland which regularly sees snow in winter. Most of the area is declared wilderness, and it's a well-known destination for bushwalkers but the park is accessible even to those with limited mobility. Its excellent track network extends from short, easy walks to steep overnight treks. The park's varied environments are home to a wide range of plants and animals, and it protects more than 50 rare or threatened species. In this area, many northern and southern plants meet the limit of their range.
Basket Swamp National Park
Basket Swamp is an important wetland of heaths and sedges. It cleans, stores and slowly releases water throughout the year into local creeks that run into the coastal Clarence River system. This is a woodland park without facilities that would suit self-reliant bushwalkers. It includes Timbarra Lookout and gives access to nearby Basket Swamp Falls and the Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal Place. Boonoo State Forest, which has a picnic and camping area with tables and toilet, is directly north. 14 km north-east of Tenterfield off the Mt Lindesay (Woodenbong) Road (partly unpaved).
Belford National Park
294 hectares, created 2003, located near Branxton, near the Hunter Valley
Bellinger River National Park
An untouched wilderness of steep slopes and valleys filled with waterfalls, Bellinger River National Park is a place where time seems to stand still. If you're ready for adventure you can explore the unspoiled old-growth forests and rainforests of this unique park. There are no marked walking tracks in the park, but experienced bushwalkers can go exploring, enjoying the unspoiled beauty. Griffiths Lookout, above the northern edge of the park, gives spectacular views of the coast and over the Dorrigo Escarpment.
Ben Boyd National Park
This park is named after Benjamin Boyd, a prominent 19th-century Far South Coast entrepreneur. Its rugged coastline is a colourful display of folded red rocks, standing out against the sapphire blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The park has sandy surf beaches, rugged bays, rock platforms, quiet campgrounds, sheltered inlets and historic lighthouses. Its heathlands and forests are home to a variety of plants and animals, including threatened species such as the ground parrot, eastern bristlebird, hooded plover, yellow-bellied glider and long-nosed potoroo. Park Highlights: Boyds Tower, at the entrance to Twofold Bay, which Ben Boyd built for whale-spotting, The Pinnacles: white sand cliffs topped by red gravel, in the northern section of the park, Green Cape Lightstation: see it on a tour, or stay overnight in the assistant lighthouse keepers' cottages.
Biamanga National Park
20 km north of Bega off the Princes Highway. Unpaved roads. Highlights: Mumbulla Mountain, at the upper reaches of the Murrah River, is sacred to the Yuin people and a number of sites throughout the park have spiritual significance to local Aboriginal groups. The park also conserves an important area of substantially unmodified coastal foothill environments. In May 2006 the park was handed back to its traditional Aboriginal owners in an historic agreement signed by NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus and the Yuin people.
Bindarri National Park
20 km west of Coffs Harbour, via Corfes Road from near Ulong, or Pine Road from Dairyville (both unpaved, dry-weather roads; 4WD access only on Pine, Langleys and Urumbilum Roads). Highlights: The headwaters of the Urumbilum River offer spectacular waterfalls in a remote and rugged setting. Pockets of old-growth forest are scattered across the plateau and rainforest protects the steeper slopes. Activities: Enjoy a picnic or take a swim in the crystal-clear Urumbilum River at Bindarray Picnic Area. A short walk from the Bangalore picnic area, through the rainforest, will bring you to the beautiful Bangalore Falls. Keen walkers are encouraged to walk to Tuckers Knob or explore the more remote waterfalls on the Urumbilum River
Blue Mountains National Park
This park, which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, protects an unusually diverse range of vegetation communities. There are rare and ancient plants and isolated animal populations tucked away in its deep gorges. More than three million people come to the Blue Mountains National Park each year. For many, it's enough just to find a lookout and gaze across the park's chiseled sandstone outcrops and hazy blue forests. Others walk or cycle along the cliff-tops and in the valleys, following paths that were created for Victorian-era honeymooners, or discovered by Aboriginal hunters many thousands of years ago. Over 140 km of walking tracks of all grades (some accessible for people with a disability) in diverse settings make the Blue Mountains a bushwalker's paradise. Park Highlights: The view from Echo Point, with the famous Three Sisters in the foreground and the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary behind, the Grand Canyon Track, where you can experience the thrill of canyoning without even getting your feet wet, the magnificent Blue Gum Forest, which bushwalkers saved from destruction in the 1930s, the historic stone staircases and beautiful forest environments of the Federal Pass track
Bongil Bongil National Park
Unspoilt beaches, sweeping coastal vistas, wetlands, littoral rainforest and pristine estuaries await you in this park. You can go bushwalking, picnicking or boating, and the peaceful estuaries are the perfect place to paddle your own canoe and experience up close the abundant bird life that the park protects. The beautiful beaches are important nesting grounds for a variety of wading birds
Booderee National Park
Located on the southern side of Jervis Bay, it is cloaked in coastal scrub and flowering heath. Featuring crumbling cliffs, pale sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a wealth of Aboriginal archaeological sites. Its fascinating landforms, extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life and its lovely beaches make it a favourite holiday destination for Canberra and Sydney residents. The park boasts some of the highest cliffs along the eastern coast, towering 90 metres or more. When exposed at low tide, the many rock pools are great places to look for sea urchins, crabs, starfish and other marine life.
Look out for dolphins or humpback whales swimming off shore.
Boonoo Boonoo National Park
From a lookout platform you can watch the river plunge 210 m at Boonoo Boonoo Falls (pronounced 'bunna bunoo—a local Aboriginal term for big rocks). In spring, boronia, banksia, grevillea and a profusion of other flowering plants brighten the woodlands of this granite country
Booti Booti National Park
Wallis Lake and beautiful beaches of all shapes and sizes offer excellent opportunities for water activities - Elizabeth beach is patrolled by volunteer lifesavers during the swimming season. The lookout tower on Cape Hawke offers 360° views over the forests of Booti Booti and Wallingat national parks, the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Seal Rocks and Crowdy Bay
Border Ranges National Park
This is a World Heritage rainforest park on the rim of a vast, ancient volcano. Pinnacle Lookout offers views of Mt Warning, the escarpment and all the way to the coast. The park is a haven to native fauna such as Alberts lyrebird and the pouched frog. It is an area of great diversity, and important haven for native flora and fauna, with the border region said to have the highest concentration of marsupial, bird, snake and frog species in Australia. The park contains part of the eroded remnants of the Mount Warning shield volcano, waterfalls and gorges, steep escarpments and rugged ridges. A network of excellent bushwalking tracks cris-cross the park. The park also provides countless opportunities for photography, with majestic waterfalls, craggy ridges, magnificent old-growth rainforest trees and excellent lookouts.
Botany Bay National Park
Straddling the two headlands at the entrance to Botany Bay, this national park features a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage. The park is the site of first contact between the crew of James Cook's Endeavour and the Aboriginal people of Australia in 1770. It's also the place where France's famous explorer Jean François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse, arrived within a week of the British First Fleet in 1788. Beneath the park's gouged sandstone cliffs, there are rich marine environments. Above them, you'll find remnants of the heathland vegetation which Banks and Solander, Cook's botanists, first studied in 1770. Park Highlights: The Banks-Solander Track, with its fascinating insights into the once-widespread vegetation communities that Cook's botanists explored in 1770, Australia's hidden stories of exploration and colonization, told in the Lapérouse Museum and the Discovery Centre, The Cape Baily Coast Walk, with its windswept heaths, historic sites and spectacular coastal views, The historic section of the southern headland is the subject of a master plan aimed at providing visitors with an insight into the history and cultural values of the site.
Bouddi National Park
This park has a series of small, beautiful beaches beneath forests, steep hills and cliffs. In the eastern part of the park, Maitland Bay is at the heart of the 300ha Marine Extension, one of the first in NSW, where all marine life is protected. This park has special significance for its Aboriginal heritage, providing a rich source of "bush tucker" for the Guringai (Kurringgai) people. Around 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded including middens, rocks engravings and rock shelters. Today the park is a mecca for those seeking sun, surf and sand, peaceful camping and a spot of fishing. There are a variety of walking tracks and a panoramic lookout at Gerrin Point.
Bournda National Park
A place of great beauty and conservation significance, with saltwater and freshwater lakes, lagoons, creeks, weather-worn cliffs and beaches. Enjoy walking, fishing, swimming, surfing and canoeing. Many threatened and rare plant species survive here and the wetlands provide nesting grounds for waders and waterfowl. Look for white bellied sea eagle, cormorants, black swans, chestnut teal and grey teal. Kangaroos and swamp wallabies can occasionally be spotted in the park.
Brindabella National Park
30 km west of Canberra along the Brindabella road and can only be reached by 4WD. Brindabella is a mountainous park of stringybark, scribbly gum, box and peppermint forest, as well as subalpine snow gum and mountain gum forest. The park protects several threatened species including the powerful owl and corroboree frog. There are no facilities, but you'll find plenty to do in the park, including bushwalking, orienteering, birdwatching or exploring the excellent system of 4WD trails. From the summit of Mount Coree you'll see excellent views of the surrounding area and the Bag Range Hut lookout is an interesting historical landmark.
Brisbane Water National Park
Bordering the Hawkesbury River, just to the north of Sydney, this is a park of rugged sandstone country. It's a great place to see wildflowers and Aboriginal engravings. Go bushwalking, birdwatching and sightseeing. Park Highlights: The Aboriginal rock engravings at Bulgandry on Woy Woy Road, the sweeping water views from Warrah Trig and Staples Lookout
Broadwater National Park
This tract of heath and wetland rimmed by pristine beaches forms a community comprising some of Australia's most interesting plants. Spring creates a vivid change, with multi-coloured wildflowers carpeting the landscape. This area is also a valuable example of the evolution and dynamics of coastal landforms
Budawang National Park
A rugged wilderness of steep slopes and remote trails, Budawang National Park is a challenging invitation to the experienced bushwalker. For those who can last the distance, the summit of Mt Budawang reveals a magnificent panoramic view of the southern highlands and the distant coast. This is a rugged and remote wilderness area, which makes walking in the park suitable for fit and experienced bushwalkers only. Make sure you're equipped for difficult and isolated conditions and carry sufficient water and survival gear. There are formal and informal walking tracks in the park, including a fire trail to the summit of Mt Budawang.
Budderoo National Park
This park is home to Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, a multi-award-winning tourism destination which allows you to explore the rainforests that once blanketed the Illawarra region. Boardwalks and paved tracks take you along the forest floor and up through a range of rainforest environments, on your way to the magical Minnamurra Falls. Up on the plateau above the rainforest, the park offers excellent walking tracks with views across sandstone heaths and woodlands and towards the Illawarra coast. The lookouts and picnic areas at Carrington Falls, where the Kangaroo River plunges over the escarpment, are well worth a visit.
Bundjalung National Park
50 km south of Ballina, 60 km north of Grafton off the Pacific Highway on Iluka Road. Highlights: Ten Mile Beach forms part of Bundjalung's 38 km of protected coastline. The Esk River, the largest untouched coastal river system on the north coast, runs through the southern half of the park. Other features include the Jerusalem Creek Peninsula, freshwater lagoons, mangrove mudflats and rare rainforests at Woody Head. Activities: The beaches (unpatrolled) suit surfing, fishing, canoeing and swimming. 4WD beach access is available from Shark Bay to the Black Rocks camping area (unpaved roads to camping area but suitable for 2WD). There are five picnic areas near Iluka, including Iluka Bluff which has a great whale-watching lookout and cultural heritage display in the picnic shelter
Bungawalbin National Park
This park was created in January 1999. It covers an area of 3,730 hectares.
Cascade National Park
18 km north of Dorrigo on the Cascade Road (unpaved). Highlights: Beautiful subtropical and warm temperate rainforest, including booyong, crabapple and coachwood trees, surround the village of Cascade. The forest is an important habitat for many upland rainforest amphibians, such as the giant barred frog, stuttering frog and pouched frog. Activities: The Box Ridge walking track (1 km medium grade) takes you through a delightful corner of the park.
Cataract National Park
This park was created in January 2003. It covers an area of 3,406 hectares and part of the Gilgurry State Forest.
Cathedral Rock National Park
60 km west of Dorrigo off the Waterfall Way (unpaved roads). Highlights: Giant boulders, sculpted rock and distinctive granite tors make striking subjects for photography — and keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles on the wing. Explore the rock formations on the Cathedral Rock track, an easy three hour circuit, or the longer Woolpack Rocks walk (medium grade).
Cattai National Park
55 km north-west of Sydney, 13 km north of Windsor off the Cattai-Wisemans Ferry road (unpaved sections). Highlights: The Cattai Farm area, originally a land grant to First Fleet assistant surgeon Thomas Arndell, features Arndell's 1821 cottage, historic grain silos and ruins of a windmill believed to be the oldest industrial building in NSW. In a separate section, nearby Mitchell Park features a variety of plant communities, including rare riverine rainforest. Activities: Cattai Farm has grassy picnic areas, barbecues and shelter sheds beside the Hawkesbury River, and car-based camping is available year round (bookings essential). Mitchell Park has an extensive network of walking tracks, and there are picnic areas with barbecues beside scenic Cattai Creek.
Clyde River National Park
4 km west of Batemans Bay just south of Nelligen; enter via unpaved roads off Kings Hwy or by boat up the Clyde River. Approximately 9 km of river frontage on the peaceful Clyde River supports a range of habitats, including mangrove communities. Holmes Lookout offers glimpses of the river and Batemans Bay. The Clyde River provides great fishing opportunities
Cocoparra National Park
Access is 25km north-east of Griffith. Roads are unsealed and may be difficult in wet weather. Wattles, orchids and blue-tinged cypress pines contrast against rich red rocks in one of the Riverina's rare forest remnants. After very heavy rains the creeks flow, waterfalls leap into life and the land is bright with wildflowers
Conimbla National Park
The main section of the park is 9km west of Cowra off the Mid-Western Hwy. Yambira mountain and its surrounding forested ranges rise nearly 500 m above the plain, forming a 'bush island' amid the central west farm lands. Rock ledges and waterfalls have formed along some of the creek-lines, and wildflowers brighten the landscape in spring. Enjoy magnificent views from Ironbark walking track or go birdwatching along the Wallaby track.
Conjola National Park
This coastal park features extensive forests beside beautiful lakes and estuaries, and large areas of woodland and heath that become a mass of wildflowers in spring. There are picnic areas and walking tracks at Monument Beach and Fishermans Rock, and a picnic area on the shores of Swan Lake at the end of Goonawarra Drive. The park is great for walking, birdwatching, swimming, fishing and canoeing.
Coolah Tops National Park
30 km east of Coolah, along the Coolah Creek Road (unpaved sections). 4WD is necessary on some roads in the park, but The Barracks, The Pines and Coxs Creek are 2WD accessible. Waterfalls plunge from the plateau heights in this spectacular park. Giant grass trees and tall, open forest with stands of huge snow gums shelter abundant wildlife, including gliders, wallabies, eagles and rare owls. The higher altitude offers cool walks throughout the year and amazing views northward towards the Liverpool Plains.
Coorabakh National Park
25 km north of Taree. Follow the signs on Pacific Highway at Moorland. Three prominent volcanic intrusions known as Big Nellie, Flat Nellie and Little Nellie dominate the park. Tall open eucalypt forest gives way to low stunted shrub land on the exposed summits and the Lansdowne escarpment, while warm temperate and subtropical rainforest is found in protected gullies. This unique habitat is home to threatened species such as the spotted-tailed quoll, powerful owl and stuttering frog. Newbys Cave is a short stroll along Newbys Creek from the car park. Newbys Lookout offers picnic facilities and sweeping views of the Manning Valley. Flat Rock Lookout overlooks the upper Lansdowne Valley and Comboyne Plateau escarpment. Starrs Creek Picnic Area includes a rainforest boardwalk and there's another picnic area at Big Nellie.
Cottan-bimbang National Park
Sitting on the eastern escarpment, this park protects extensive old-growth eucalypt forest, rainforest, threatened frog species, yellow-bellied gliders and koalas.The Oxley Highway between Walcha and Wauchope runs through the park and its rainforests, and is ideal for a scenic drive. The park also has unsealed vehicle tracks but no visitor facilities, so it suits the well-prepared bushwalker. While in the park you can go on scenic drives, explore the park by going on a bushwalk or by cycling, enjoy a picnic with friends or participate in adventure sports. There are BBQ facilities and picnic tables.
Crowdy Bay National Park
35 km north-east of Taree off the Pacific Highway at Moorland; 5 km south of Laurieton via the coast road from Port Macquarie or 13 km east of Kew via Laurieton and the coast road. Beautiful beaches north and south of Diamond Head. Australian author Kylie Tennant spent time living and writing here, and her hut has been restored and maintained. At low tide you can explore the rocks and pools below the cliffs. There's good fishing, birdwatching and fascinating headland walks with abundant wildlife. Bring your own drinking water, firewood is sold on site.
Culgoa National Park
100 km north of Brewarrina or 180 km north east of Bourke. Unsealed dry-weather roads only. Sit in the shade of the coolibah trees flanking the floodplain of the Culgoa river, watch the passing bustards, falcons, honeyeaters and cockatoos or the kangaroos and emus on the open grass plains. Walk along the riverbank through coolibah woodlands or over sandhills carpeted in wildflowers following spring rains.
Cunnawarra National Park
70 km south-west of Dorrigo, 70 km east of Armidale. The Styx Forest Way, off the Waterfall Way, loops through the park via Point Lookout Road and the Wollomombi–Kempsey road (unpaved roads). Highlights: From the Cunnawarra Range to the Georges River valley, this park links the snow gum high country of New England National Park with the ranges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.Beech Lookout (on the Styx Forest Way) overlooks ancient Antarctic beech rainforest at the headwaters of the Georges Creek. White gums in the surrounding forests are some of the tallest trees in the state.
Deua National Park
Located inland from Batemans Bay and Moruya, Deua National Park is a wilderness of densely clad mountains, limestone caves, deep valleys and fast flowing rivers. Apart from ample wildlife watching opportunities, Deua offers a great wilderness experience for bushwalkers, four-wheel drivers and adventure sports enthusiasts including canyoning, caving, rock-climbing and abseiling. The public can access Wyanbene Cave, however, a permit is required for more extensive exploration. Fishing, Canoeing and swimming can be enjoyed on the Shoalhaven and Deua Rivers.
Dharug National Park
Steeped in history and abounding in natural wonders, Dharug National Park's multi-coloured sandstone landscape protects vital clear-water tributaries. The historic Old Great North Road is an intact and spectacular example of early 19th century road-building as well as a lesson in planning gone wrong. Abandoned even before it was finished, it took the toil and sweat of convicts to quarry, dress and shift the huge sandstone blocks that form the road's striking retaining walls and bridges. You can also experience the park's natural beauty on one of its many great walking tracks
Dooragan National Park
Local Aboriginal legend tells of the death of three brothers. North Brother Mountain, at the heart of the park, is the resting place of Dooragan, the youngest. The mountain supports a wide range of vegetation communities - including some of the best examples of old growth blackbutt forest in NSW and pockets of sub-tropical rainforest - that provide habitat for gliders, bats and koalas and offer unbeatable views up and down the NSW coast
Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo's renowned boardwalks make its rainforests on the edge of the Great Escarpment one of Australia's most accessible World Heritage areas. Picnic with the brush turkeys at The Glade, visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and Canopy Cafe or try the waterfall tracks.
Dunggir National Park
A place of spectacular extremes, the landscape of Dunggir alternates between sharp ridges of eucalypt forest and deep ravines of rainforest. This harsh geography is a refuge for many threatened animals, including yellow-bellied gliders, powerful owls and the koalas from which the park takes its name. Dunggir means koala in the language of the local Gumbaynggir Aboriginal people. Picnic areas and walking tracks are still being developed in this new park. In the mean time, you can take a scenic drive to the top of Bowra Sugarloaf Mountain and from Kosekai Lookout you'll enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and all the way to the coast
Eurobodalla National Park
Ocean beaches, spotted gum forests, wetlands and estuaries offer a variety of scenery and an important habitat area for waterbirds and threatened native animals such as the white-footed dunnart. The Eurobodalla area also has significant Aboriginal and European cultural sites
Fortis Creek National Park
The extensive old-growth forest of Fortis Creek is a refuge for threatened animals and plants and the landscape of dense forest and ancient trees will delight nature lovers. There are no facilities, but you can enjoy bushwalking, swimming, picnicking or birdwatching. The park has extensive areas of blackbutt, bloodwood, spotted gum, grey gum, needlebark, stringybark and ironbark. Threatened animals living in the park include koalas, common bent-wing bats and great pipistrelles
Gardens of Stone National Park
'Pagoda' rock formations cluster near sandstone escarpments, where erosion has sculpted beehive-shaped domes and other forms. Banksia, dwarf casurinas and other wind-pruned heathland plants give the area its garden-like appearance. This park forms an important part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
Garigal National Park
12 km north of Sydney CBD. Entry to Davidson picnic area is from the south via Warringah Road. The park gates are closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and 6.30pm to 6am at other times of the year. An impressive expanse of bush and sandstone country close to the heart of Sydney, with great water views. Davidson picnic area on Middle Harbour is a popular spot for boating and fishing and has accessible toilet facilities. Bushwalkers can enjoy the scenery from an extensive walking track system
Georges River National Park
This park features steep forested hillsides, plateaus and riverside flats, all of which conserve some of Sydney's best river habitat for native plants and animals. There are several popular riverside picnic areas, large and small, and a network of walking tracks. Stroll around peaceful Yeramba Lagoon, home to more than 100 bird species, or walk along the Ridge Track, which offers spectacular river views
Gibraltar Range National Park
Deep valleys and giant granite boulders protect rainforest of World Heritage importance. Scenic creeks and cascades, swamps, heaths and woodlands can be explored on more than 100 kilometres of walking trails
Goobang National Park
Goobang National Park provides protection for the diverse range of plant and animal communities found in central west NSW, as well as the rich scenic, cultural and natural features of the area. Visitors can go picnicking, walking, and bush camping in the park. If you plan on horse riding in the park, you'll need a permit. The park's main trails are accessible to 2WD vehicles, however they can become very boggy after heavy rain . Caloma Trig lookout offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside
Goulburn River National Park
Goulburn River National Park extends along approximately 90 kilometres of the Goulburn River as it winds between sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves, providing unusually easy access to a variety of recreational opportunities. The wide, sandy riverbanks offer easy walking and spectacular camping sites. You're likely to see wombats, eastern grey kangaroos, emus, and a wide variety of birds. The diversity of plant communities and the number of rare and threatened species highlights the value of this national park
Gulaga National Park
10 km north of Bermagui. From Tilba Tilba or off the Punkalla Road at Central Tilba. Wallaga Lake areas are best accessed by boat. Hire boats from Regatta Point or Beauty Point. Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) and the surrounding landscape have great spiritual significance to local Aboriginal people, particularly Aboriginal women. The park also incorporates the former Wallaga Lake National Park. In May 2006 the park was handed back to its traditional Aboriginal owners in an historic agreement signed by NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus and the Yuin people. Walk up the old mining access roads and enjoy views out over the coastal lakes.
Gundabooka National Park
Mount Gunderbooka rises to 500m among the rust-coloured cliffs, gorges and hills of the Gunderbooka Range. The region is of great significance to the local Ngemba people and the range has a history of ceremonial gatherings and rock art
Guy Fawkes River National Park
Guy Fawkes River National Park is a large and secluded wilderness area of rugged and scenic river systems that provides a habitat for an extensive bird and animal population. It has limited facilities but if you're a well-equipped, experienced bushwalker, there are plenty of excellent opportunities to explore this unspoilt environment
Hat Head National Park
Hat Head National Park has long, sweeping beaches, dramatic headlands, and one of the largest dune systems in New South Wales. You'll discover stunning coastal heaths, pockets of rainforest, extensive wetlands and beautiful wildflower displays here. Head out to Smoky Cape, Hat Head or Kemps Corner for sweeping views of forests, swamps and ocean. Have a picnic, go for a bushwalk, or spend time on some of the state's best beaches. You could also explore Trial Bay Gaol, in Arakoon State Conservation Area.
Heathcote National Park
Heathcote National Park is within easy reach of Sydney and has a great deal to offer as a walker's park. Enjoy the beauty and diversity of the bush in this rocky reserve, and swim in pools hidden along the gorges. In spring, Gymea lilies give a scarlet glow to the gullies
Indwarra National Park
940 hectares, created 1999
Jervis Bay National Park
170 km south of Sydney, 25 km south of Nowra. Highlights: Sections of the park fringe Jervis Bay, St Georges Basin and ocean beaches. The area is rich in Aboriginal heritage, includes important wetlands - including Lake Wollumboola - and preserves a flourishing diversity of plants and animals. The forest, bays and beaches are great for swimming, bushwalking, birdwatching or just enjoying the tranquility. Greenfield Beach has visitor facilities, including electric barbecues, toilets, a shelter shed and wheelchair access to the beach. From Greenfield Beach you can follow information signs on the White Sands Walk along the coast to Hyams Beach and return via the Scribbly Gum Track. Hammerhead Point near Currarong and Red Point near Callala Bay on the northern side of the bay have picnic areas with toilets.
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
180 kilometres west of Sydney near Jenolan Caves. This park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Vast gorges, high lookouts and wild and scenic rivers lend Kanagra-Boyd's wilderness a rugged and dramatic grandeur. Thurat Spires, Kanangra Walls and Mount Cloudmaker provide sandstone scenery on a majestic scale. For experienced bushwalkers there are plenty of opportunities for extended walks. Wildlife abounds at Boyd Crossing. A pleasant 10-minute walk from Kanangra Walls car park takes you to a lookout over the park.
Karuah National Park
Karuah's six separate sections contain stands of spotted gum, ironbarkand bloodwood that protect koalas, wallabies and kangaroos. Mangrove areas along Deep Creek, Limeburners Creek and the Karuah River provide excellent fishing opportunities. Access to the river's edge is by 4WD, in dry weather only. Car-based camping areas with no facilities are provided at Double Wharf, Little Mountain andTattersals. Access 22 km north of Raymond Terrace via BuckettsWay (off the Pacific Highway} and Hobarts Road (unsealed).
Kinchega National Park
111 km south-east of Broken Hill along the (paved) road to Menindee. The park's roads are unpaved, and are closed when wet. Highlights: Meander amongst the massive river red gums that silhouette the Darling River or wander along the lake's dry shores and over red sand dunes all of which have withstood the test of time; enduring droughts, floods and witnessing history unfold. Sit back and relax while watching the birds flit past, kangaroos and emus, where red sand reaches up and touches the clear blue sky.
Activities: Explore the Aboriginal sites and European structures, such as the Kinchega Woolshed.
Kings Plains National Park
Kings Plains Creek, at the heart of this large park, offers still pools, rapids, waterfalls and peaceful walks among the area's rocky ridges. The rugged terrain and permanent water in pools along the creek encourages an abundance of wildlife. This wild and little-known park, one of the few protected areas on the north-western tablelands, is important for both conservation and recreation. The main attraction is bushwalking—the walk along the creek to Kings Plains Falls is an enjoyable trip of about 2.5 hours return. However, be aware that the falls only flow after good rains. You can also stroll along the attractive creek banks.
Kooraban National Park
Located in the Dignams Creek area (15 km south-west of Narooma) this park covers almost 14,000 hectares and protects important habitat for the koala and several endangered frog species
Koreelah National Park
Koreelah National Park, in the north of NSW near the Queensland border, protects one of the state's western-most rainforest areas. Pockets of World Heritage rainforest hug steep slopes below Acacia Plateau and Mount Wilson. You might see the endangered double-eyed fig parrot, eastern bristlebird or black-tailed wallaby.
Kosciuszko National Park
This is one of the world's great national parks, and the largest in New South Wales. Covering almost 675,000 hectares, the park contains the highest mountains in Australia, the famous Snowy River and all NSW ski fields. Its many and varied attractions include walks through alpine herb fields; spectacular caves and limestone gorges; scenic drives; and historic huts and homesteads. One of the Australian Alps National Parks, this park is nationally and internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It contains six wilderness areas, and its alpine and sub-alpine areas contain plant species found nowhere else in the world. The park is also home to the rare mountain pygmy possum and corroboree frog.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea: a tight cluster of secretive, winding creeks, sheltered beaches, hidden coves and wide expanses of deep blue water. You'll find heathlands on the sandstone ridges, dense forests on the slopes, and mangroves on the tidal mudflats. The park's scenic beauty is combined with a rich Aboriginal heritage and a strong sense of history. So it's hardly surprising that millions of walkers, boaters, swimmers and picnickers have visited this icon Sydney park since it opened in 1894. On 12 July 2006 this park was added to the National Heritage List. The rock engravings, hand stencils and other Aboriginal sites along the Resolute Track, Historic Bobbin Head, with its picnic areas, marina and visitor centres, The outstanding water views from West Head Lookout, a day's outing on the ferry to The Basin, for a picnic and a swim around the lagoon or sandy beach
Lane Cove National Park
The picturesque Lane Cove River winds through a peaceful bushland valley within easy reach of the city centre, extending from East Ryde to Wahroonga/Pennant Hills. The river is the focus of most activities — visit the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter, take a stroll along the bank, or hire a row boat. Park Highlights: The Kukundi Wildlife Shelter, where you'll see tawny frogmouths, lizards and flying foxes, the Riverside Walk and Heritage Walk, boating on Lane Cove River, an early section of the Great North Walk
Livingstone National Park
30km south of Wagga Wagga. At just just under 2000 hectares, this park protects the only available example of South-West Slopes tall shrub land forest on public land in NSW. It contains important habitat for numerous woodland bird species, as well as squirrel and sugar gliders.
Macquarie Pass National Park
Macquarie Pass National Park is part of the Illawarra escarpment south of Sydney. It contains a diverse range of habitats and wildlife including several rare and threatened plant and animal species. The steep sandstone ridges and gullies are topped by cliffs, and the park supports heathland, woodland, tall open forest and significant rainforest areas. It is an excellent bushwalking and picnicking area, with spectacular scenery and waterfalls
Mallanganee National Park
1144 hectares, created 1999
Mallee Cliffs National Park
This park protects extensive areas of flat to undulating sandy red plains and linear sand dunes formed during arid periods from 350,000 to 500,000 years ago. The park contains a number of isolated, relict, plant communities that demonstrate shifts in the pattern of vegetation arising from long-term environmental change. Mallee Cliffs National Park is managed to protect the sand plain and sand dune land systems and ecological communities. Emphasis is placed on the value of Mallee Cliffs National Park as a wildlife conservation area. A policy of restricted public access for education purposes is maintained to assist in meeting conservation objectives. The park is used for educational activities by schools and colleges. Research activities which are relevant to the management of the Park and compatible with conservation objectives are encouraged
Maryland National Park
2283 hectares, created 1999
Mebbin National Park
Mebbin shares its western boundary with Border Ranges National Park and forms part of the rim of the Mt Warning volcano. It's made up of dry eucalypt and rain-forest, with a small section of old-growth forest
Meroo National Park
5 km south of Ulladulla, enter via unpaved roads off the Princes Highway. A wide variety of forest types, including spotted gum, adjoin the largely natural Tabourie, Burill, Termeil and Meroo coastal lakes. You can enjoy bushwalking, fishing, swimming and canoeing.
Middle Brother National Park
Middle Brother Road leaves the Pacific Highway at Stewarts River, 11 km south of Kew. Follow the signs to Bird Tree day use area off Grey Gum Ridge Road. This small national park protects Benaroon and the Bird Tree, two of the largest blackbutt trees in NSW. Middle Brother is one of three brother mountains featured in a local Aboriginal legend. The Bird Tree day use area provides a loop walk track through the old growth forest to the two giant blackbutts.
Mimosa Rocks National Park
The 16km coastline is backed by low timbered hills. Natural volcanic sculptures appear everywhere among the rugged coastal headlands, cliffs and rock stacks. The park's most distinctive feature is its rock formations, a mix of slate, granite, basalt and volcanic rock, shaped by weathering over millions of years. Recreational activities are primarily beach based - swimming, surfing, fishing and snorkeling, although there are some short walks and great picnic spots. The headlands are good spots to watch for humpback whales.
Minjary National Park
Minjary National Park is located 10 kilometres north west of Tumut on the South West slopes of New South Wales. It consists of 1,462 hectares of undulating to steep forested country that is surrounded entirely by freehold land. Minjary National Park contains a number of Aboriginal sites and places. It was part of an Aboriginal travelling route between the Western Plains and the Kosciuszko area via the Tumut River. Recreational uses of the park include bushwalking, limited horse riding, camping, bird watching, photography and nature appreciation. There are currently no roads providing public vehicular access to the park boundary. Several informal tracks and trails exist within the park.
Monga National Park
15 km north-west of Batemans Bay, this park conserves a high diversity of pinkwood rainforest, old growth forest and a range of threatened species. It provides a crucial link between Deua National Park and Budawang National Park, helping to establish a 350-km corridor between the Victorian border and the Illawarra Escarpment. The park combines much of the former Buckenbowra and Monga state forests
Mooball National Park
This park has subtropical rainforest covering one third of its 1,130 hectare area, with wet sclerophyll forest comprising the remainder. Although located just off the Pacific Highway some 12 kilometres south of Murwillumbah, Mooball is home to a wide variety of threatened fauna such as the long-nosed potoroo, red-legged pademelon, marbled frogmouth, giant barred frog and Stephen's banded snake. There are no formal walking tracks or picnic facilities, but enjoy a stroll along the roads and fire trails.
Morton National Park
Explore sandstone scenery on a grand scale throughout the park. To the south, George Boyd lookout, Little Forest Plateau and Pigeon House Mountain offer views of the coastline and the Budawang wilderness areas. The recently upgraded Tianjara lookout, on the Nowra–Braidwood road, provides views of Tianjara Falls. To the north, Fitzroy Falls and Belmore Falls plunge off the plateau into rainforest gullies. On the western side at Tallong there are wonderful views of the Shoalhaven Gorge from Badgerys and Longpoint lookouts. Enjoy the spectacular views and award-winning visitor centre at Fitzroy Falls
Mount Kaputar National Park
Mt Kaputar National Park is a rugged island of wilderness, towering high above the surrounding Western Plains. It's the footprint left behind by a series of volcanic eruptions that moved across this area between 17 and 21 million years ago. Millions of years of erosion have carved this volcanic pile into the Nandewar Range, with its dramatic landscape of lava terraces, volcanic plugs and ring dykes. At the peak of the range is Mt Kaputar, which reaches an altitude of 1510m. There are superb views from the summit, as well as from many other lookouts in the park. The park protects a wide variety of plant communities, including semi-arid woodlands, wet eucalypt forests and subalpine heaths. It's home to a host of animal species, and provides a haven for many threatened species - including bats, birds, wallabies, quolls and a unique large pink slug, which often appears after rain
Mount Warning National Park
World Heritage-listed Mount Warning (Wollumbin) is the remnant central plug of an ancient volcano. Wollumbin is a sacred place of great significance to the people of the Bundjalung Nation. It is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education. Under Bundjalung law, only specifically chosen people are allowed to climb Wollumbin. Out of respect for their law and culture, the Bundjalung ask that you consider choosing not to climb
Mummel Gulf National Park
The ancient old-growth forests of this park cling to the edge of the Great Escarpment, which drops from 1450m down to 470m. The park is the site of protests against continued logging in the early 1990s, and it protects a number of threatened plants and animal species. Drive along Mummel Forest Road to experience the beautiful tall wet forests, take a short walk from the New Country Swamp Rest Area for views over the rugged Mummel Gulf, camp overnight at New Country Swamp to experience the song of the forest birds, and possibly hear the resonating call of a powerful owl, walk amongst the snow gums along the Panhandle Fire Trail for great views over the Tia Valley.
Mungo National Park
The Willandra Lakes World Heritage area, with Mungo National Park at its centre, maintains a continuous record of human occupation stretching back well over 40,000 years. Rain and wind has uncovered ancient fireplaces and hearths, as well as calcified plant matter, artifacts, stone tools and animal bones. At the 33 kilometre long crescent of the Walls of China, erosion has sculpted the sand and clay into dramatic formations
Murramarang National Park
This park features beaches, rock platforms, spotted gum forests and rainforest gullies, surrounding the beautiful Durras Lake. Enjoy everything the park has to offer - from walking and picnicking to swimming and fishing. Don't forget to visit Murramarang Aboriginal Area while you're here. Beautiful beaches, with great fishing and swimming, rich forests in the hinterland behind the beaches, including one of the largest examples of spotted gum forest you'll see, abundant wildlife, both on land and offshore islands, easy access to the very popular Pigeon House Mountain. Walkers can follow a self-guided track to see Aboriginal relics and some superb views of the coast and hinterland. Rainforest gullies provide habitat for eastern grey kangaroos (see them grazing on Pebbly Beach). Red necked wallabies, nectar-seeking honeyeaters, parrots and finches are commonly seen.
Mutawintji National Park
The rugged, mulga-clad Byngnano Range is dissected by colourful gorges, rockpools and creek beds lined with red gums. Scattered among the caves and overhangs are galleries of Aboriginal rock art and engravings. The park was returned to its traditional owners in 1998 and is held on their behalf by the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council. Visitors most commonly accompany guides into the areas where Aboriginal rock art can be seen and photographed. Guides also tell stories of Dreamtime legends relating to the creation of the landscapes
Myall Lakes National Park
One of the state's largest coastal lake systems - a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance - and 40 kilometres of beaches and rolling sand dunes make Myall Lakes one of the most visited parks in NSW. The Grandis, a magnificent 76 m high flooded gum, is one of the tallest trees in the state. The lakes and beaches are perfect for water activities, and if you don't have your own craft, you can hire one locally
Nattai National Park
Nattai National Park was reserved to protect landforms, geological features, catchments and biodiversity in the Sydney Basin. It forms an integral part of the Greater Blue Mountains World heritage Area's pristine bushland and wilderness, and protects the Warragamba Dam Catchment Area. Nearly 30 000 hectares of the park has been declared wilderness. There are opportunities for self-reliant recreation, but only outside the three kilometre exclusion zone around Lake Burragorang
New England National Park
85 km east of Armidale on the Waterfall Way along unpaved roads. This park is home to a surprising range of flora and fauna. Walking tracks make some of the remarkable landscape accessible, but most of the Heritage Listed park is wilderness. The park embraces two major river valleys (the Bellinger and the Macleay) and many of the lesser streams drain into the rivers via small waterfalls, bubbling cascades and flowing rapids. Much of the lush rainforest is overgrown and more than 1000 plant species have been identified within the park. Thirty species of native animals have been spotted including eastern grey kangaroo, wallaroo, red necked wallaby, gliders, possums, bush turkey, lyrebirds, fruit doves, pale grey wonga pigeons, crimson rosellas, a dozen different frog species and even the elusive platypus. Here you can enjoy bushwalking, picnicking and panoramic lookouts, but be prepared for cold wet weather at any time.
Nightcap National Park
The lush World Heritage-listed rainforest of Nightcap National Park was preserved by a determined group of conservationists. The Mt Nardi and Minyon Falls areas are easily available by car and offer breathtaking views
Oolambeyan National Park
30km south of Carrathool and the Sturt Highway, off the Conargo-Carrathool Road through private property. This road is unsealed and impassable after rain. Oolambeyan was once famous for its merino stud, and these days it offers an insight into the pastoral history of the region. The homestead is surrounded by gardens and overlooks the surrounding woodlands and open grassland plains. The grasslands are home to threatened birds such as the bush stone curlew, superb parrot and plains-wanderer, as well as many other interesting animals and plants. Wander around the homestead and gardens, shearing shed, ram sheds and other historic buildings, and watch the woodland birds and kangaroos.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
This is a World Heritage park with dramatic gorges and waterfalls, extensive wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, dry rainforest and rare plants and animals. Wollomombi is the highest waterfall in NSW and the Bicentennial National Trail passes through the park
Paroo-Darling National Park
One of the newest National Parks in Western NSW, Paroo-Darling National Park is fast becoming known for its mound springs and continually changing Peery Lake, cycling as it does through flood and drought and back again. The outstanding conservation values of this park are centered on the Paroo River wetland system, one of the most regular flooded systems of the arid catchment zones. Peery and Poloko lakes and their associated wetlands form part of the Paroo River overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin. This free-flowing river can still sustain its rich and diverse ecosystem.
Popran National Park
Popran National Park conserves spectacular sandstone cliffs and gullies and many Aboriginal sites. It includes four kilometres of Hawkesbury River foreshore to the east and north of Milson Island and contains a number of undisturbed small creek catchments. These completely natural fresh running water tributaries to the Hawkesbury River are becoming scarce and so the park is important for their conservation and the protection of the animals and plants that depend on them. The park provides remote walking routes, secluded rock pools and exceptional displays of spring wildflowers
Richmond Range National Park
This park is renowned for its gum species, extensive old-growth forest and the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Cambridge Plateau. These internationally significant rainforests have an outstanding diversity of native plants and animals including many rare and threatened species. One local spotted gum, related to the more common form spotted gum of the New South Wales east coast, is found only in a small area on the range.
Royal National Park
Established in 1879, Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park - after Yellowstone in the USA. Only 32 km from Sydney CBD, the Royal packs incredible natural diversity into a relatively small area. It offers riverside picnics, great surf beaches, clifftop heathland walks, rainforest cycle tracks, and much more. In July 2006, this park was added to the National Heritage List. The rich forests along Lady Carrington Drive, a historic walking and cycling trail beside the Hacking River, swimming at Wattamolla, on the beach or in the lagoon, the sense of Victorian park life you get at Audley, with its causeway, picnic lawns and rowboats
Saltwater National Park
15km east of Taree, along the Old Bar Road. This small coastal reserve east of Taree has been a popular recreational spot for over a century. Before that, it was an Aboriginal seasonal camp for thousands of years. The park conserves rare coastal rainforest and wetlands. It has two swimming beaches and a spectacular headland. Walking tracks lead through the reserve and into adjoining Khappinghat Nature Reserve.
Scheyville National Park
This park north-west of Sydney near Windsor is rich in the history of European occupation. Today, evidence of Scheyville's many phases of European occupation can still be seen in the farm relics and remnants of the past that were used for agriculture, military training and immigration. The park was created in 1996 and helps conserve the endangered ecological communities and species of the Cumberland Plain and Hawkesbury River catchment. Although it once covered much of western Sydney, the woodland ecosystems of this area is now threatened, mainly by urban expansion
Seven Mile Beach National Park
The sweep of Seven Mile Beach is rimmed with sand dunes and a variety of coastal sand forests, some of which are listed as endangered ecological communities. At Beach Road the new wooden walkway to the beach and viewing platform and the nearby carpark provide easy beach access to all, including the disabled. Close by there is a large picnic area with barbecues in a pleasant forest setting. A smaller picnic area is set among tea trees and banksias with easy beach access. There are loop walking tracks through the forest and along the beach. Camping is not permitted in the park
Sturt National Park
335 km north of Broken Hill along the partly paved Silver City highway and 400 km west of Bourke (unpaved). Check the conditions after rain as roads may be closed. The park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude. The rolling red-sand dunes of the Strzelecki desert ripple through the western section, graduating past surprising wetlands surrounded by white sands. Flat-topped mesas and fantastic views characterise the central Jump-Up country. Remnant gidgee woodland, the catchment system of the ephemeral Twelve-Mile Creek and gibber and grass-covered plains dominate the east, while 450 million year old granite tors surrounding Tibooburra form part of the southern boundary of the park. Enjoy the self-guided loop drives accessible by 2WD or go 4WD trekking along the Middle Road, passing through uniquely diverse landscape with lookouts along the way providing magnificent views. Explore the walks at Fort Grey, Olive Downs, Dead Horse Gully and to the Mt Wood summit — most are easy to moderate and allow for a short loop walk of 1 to 3 hours. Bring your own drinking water and please respect the 'no wood-fire' policy. The best time to visit is between April and October. The temperature sizzles to well above 40° C in summer, but winter nights can drop to below zero!
Sydney Harbour National Park
Sydney Harbour National Park protects various islands and foreshore areas around one of the world's most famous harbours. It contains rare pockets of the bushland which was once common around Sydney, and in these remnants you'll find a surprising range of native animals living in the park. But beyond the scenery, there's a lot of history, mystery and cultural heritage waiting to be discovered. You'll find buildings constructed with convict labour; historic maritime and military installations; and the Quarantine Station which used to protect Sydney-siders from infectious diseases. You'll also find many Aboriginal sites - signposts of an ancient cultural heritage that still lives on, despite the devastating impact of colonization. Fort Denison and the other harbour islands, with their intriguing stories and great views, Experience the contrasting landscapes of Sydney on one of the many harbour walks, including the Manly Scenic Walkway, which takes you past exclusive waterfront suburbs, native coastal heath and subtropical rainforest remnants, The many guided tours in the park, from bush food tours around Bradleys Head to night-time ghost walks in the Quarantine Station, swim and a picnic at historic Nielsen Park, which has been an important part of harbourside life since the early 20th century
Tallaganda National Park
50 km south-east of Canberra, off the Captains Flat–Braidwood and Hoskinstown– Braidwood roads (4WD only). Two sections of the Great Dividing Range south-east of Canberra support a range of forest habitats, including stringybark, scribbly gum, brown barrel and peppermint forest, as well as subalpine snow gum and mountain gum forest. The area provides habitats for threatened species such as the spotted-tailed quoll, powerful owl and yellow-bellied glider. The park has no facilities but there are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, orienteering, 4WD touring and birdwatching
Tapin Tops National Park
44 km west of Wingham along the Dingo Tops Forest Road. High on the Great Escarpment, Tapin Tops National Park protects old growth forests and rainforests, and provides a unique habitat for threatened species such as the parma wallaby, squirrel glider and sphagnum frog. Rowleys Lookout (1018 metres, strenuous 45-minute walk from car park) offers a sweeping view of Head and Shoulders Cliff. Dingo Tops forest park, in the middle of the rainforest, has picnic facilities, forestry machinery relics and two walking trails. There's another picnic area at Potoroo, and car-based camping at the intersection of Knodingbul Road and Dingo Tops Road (short walk from car park).
Tarlo River National Park
8074 hectares, created 1982. Located 30km north-east of Goulburn, access is limited as it is surrounded by private property. The park is a refuge for platypus, long-necked tortoises, waterbirds, wallabies and wombats.
Thirlmere Lakes National Park
95 km south-west of Sydney, 35 km south-west of Camden off Remembrance Drive (unpaved). Open only during daylight hours. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this park's five reed-fringed freshwater lakes, abundant with waterbirds and surrounded by quiet patches of forest are among the last undisturbed lake systems near Sydney and have enormous scientific value. Only low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, canoeing and picnicking, are encouraged.
Tomaree National Park
Tomaree National Park conserves coastal bushland, sand dunes, heathland, forest areas and over 20 kilometres of rocky coastline and beaches. It is 50 kilometres north of Newcastle, fringing the towns and villages of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Boat Harbour and Anna Bay. There are excellent opportunities for bushwalking, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing and picnicking
Tooloom National Park
The Tooloom Scrub rainforest is World Heritage-listed, including important areas of red and flooded gum. There are 10 species of kangaroos and wallabies in the park, including the threatened long-nosed potoroo. You can enjoy a quiet picnic or go on a bushwalk. With a choice of tracks from short and easy to something more challenging, you're sure to find one to suit your needs
Toonumbar National Park
Extensive subtropical rainforests protect threatened plants and animals, including the sooty owl, red-legged pademelon and yellow-bellied glider. The rainforests of Dome Mountain and the Murray Scrub are part of the World Heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia. The rainforests are only one facet of this wild and intricate natural environment and you will be inspired by its rugged landscape
Towarri National Park
25 km north-west of Scone via Middlebrook Road (unpaved). Sandstone outcrops and scenic outlooks feature in a rugged landscape harboring rainforests, snow gums and large grass tree stands. The Washpools picnic and camping area has wheelchair access and is a great place to bring the family. There are no defined paths in the park at this stage, but steep hills and spectacular summit views offer a rewarding challenge for experienced bushwalkers.
Turon National Park
150 km north-west of Sydney, via Capertee on the Lochaber Road. Roads are unpaved, and you'll need a 4WD vehicle. The open eucalypt forest and river oaks of historic Turon Valley were once the site of one of the state's major goldfields, and the area is rich in colonial and Aboriginal heritage. The river offers excellent trout fishing (fishing licence required). There are opportunities for remote bushwalking (no formal tracks). The river offers swimming and canoeing when the water is high.
Ulidarra National Park
5 km north of Coffs Harbour via Swans Road off Bruxner Park Road, or Convincing Ground Road off Coramba Road (unpaved roads; 4WD needed when wet). Near Coffs Harbour and adjoining Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Ulidarra's old-growth coastal eucalypt forest provides habitats for a diverse range of fauna, including koalas, masked owls, wompoo pigeons and little bent-wing bats. The drive through the park from Bruxner Park to Karangi offers lovely views, and you're sure to find a cool spot for a picnic beside Bucca Bucca Creek on Shelter Road.
Wadbilliga National Park
Steep gorges contrast with wide undulating plateaus in this rugged and wild place that forms a haven for marsupials and birds and contains the remote Brogo Wilderness Area. A park that will suit experienced bushwalkers, Wadbilliga has been deliberately left in a pristine state for the sake of the animals that take refuge here. Don't miss the striking Tuross Falls and Tuross River Gorge
Wallarah National Park
Wallarah National Park conserves coastal land south of Caves Beach, just east of Lake Macquarie. The park is in three sections, on the east and west of the Pacific Highway. It's about 30 kilometres south of Newcastle and 120 kilometres north of Sydney. There are plenty of things to do in the park, including walking, fishing, swimming, surfing. The coastal views are spectacular, and this is a good whale watching spot.
Wallingat National Park
30 km south-east of Forster along the Lakes Way and Sugar Creek Road. All roads within the park are unsealed. Whoota Lookout, one of the best natural viewing platforms on the mid-north coast, provides magnificent views of the park's eucalypt forests and along the Forster coastline. Walking tracks lead from Sugar Creek through cabbage palm and flooded gum forests. There are picnic facilities at Sugar Creek, Gur-um-bee ('white gum tree') and Wallingat River.
Warrabah National Park
In Warrabah, one of the few inland river parks in NSW, you'll enjoy the languid atmosphere and scenery of the Namoi River. Huge granite boulders perch high above the valley's tranquil pools. The climate and rocky environment is ideal for reptiles and numerous species of dragons, geckos and skinks live here. The altitude and rocky terrain also attracts wedge-tail eagles. The rapids make an enjoyable challenge for experienced canoeists, swimming and fishing are also popular. Rock climbers will find some good climbing terrain above the river. A 4WD track leaving from the camping area give access to a number of secluded spots along the river.
Warrumbungle National Park
Rocky spires emerge from the forested valleys and gorges slice deep into the landscape. This is one of the state's most popular parks with its volcanic terrain, fresh mountain air and excellent camping. There are more than 17 peaks exceeding 1000 metres. The park is a refuge for 180 bird, 52 reptile and 23 mammal species. Bushwalking and rock climbing are the most popular activities. You can also cycle on the park's many roads and trails (but not on the walking tracks). There are steep fire trails for the more experienced mountain bikers.
Washpool National Park
This World Heritage listed park is a tranquil retreat of remote wilderness and undisturbed rainforest. Its isolation and dense growth make it an important refuge for native wildlife, mainly the koala, spotted tail quoll, long-nosed potoroo, possums and gliders. From the southern perimeter you can enjoy shorter walks to lookouts and waterfalls. Experienced hikers can trek into the park's interior.
Watagans National Park
150 km north of Sydney, 30 km south-west of Newcastle. Enter via Martinsville Road (unpaved) from Cooranbong, Mt Faulk Road (unpaved) from Freemans Waterhole, or Watagan Road (unpaved) from Cessnock. All roads are 2WD accessible in dry weather only. This park protects the headwaters of the Congewai and Quorrobolong creeks, which flow into the Hunter River, and the Gap and Dora creeks, which feed Lake Macquarie. Magnificent red cedar and Illawarra flame trees line the walk to Gap Creek Falls, where the lookout provides marvelous views of rainforest gullies, while Monkey Face Lookout sits above the Martinsville Valley. Boarding House Dam picnic area, set among large blackbutt and blue gum trees, offers rainforest walks along the creek, or a paddle on a hot summer's day.
Weddin Mountains National Park
Holy camp is 19 km south-west of Grenfell. Seatons Farm is 32km west of Grenfell. There are clear signs off the Mid Western Highway. This striking crescent of cliffs and ridged gullies is reputed to be a bushrangers' haunt — Ben Hall cave is named for one of the area's most infamous rogues. Take in the panoramic views from Eualdrie and Peregrine lookouts at Holy Camp. Take a short walk up to Ben Halls Cave or visit historic Seatons Farm. Picnic facilities and toilets are provided at Holy Camp and Ben Halls picnic area.
Werakata National Park
6 km north of Cessnock, enter along Lomas Lane off Allandale Road (Wine Country Drive). Highlights: The park has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and more recently forestry operation. Today it conserves a diversity of plants and animals including a number of threatened species and endangered ecological communities. Enjoy a picnic at Astills Picnic Area and explore the Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland. A great way to see the park is by bicycle. One of the best routes is to depart from the picnic area, cycle north along Deadmans Trail and then return to the picnic area via Gibsons Road. The Forestry Hut off Old Maitland Road is one of the few remaining huts of this type and function and shows how forestry work was undertaken when transport was not as efficient as it is now.
Werrikimbe National Park
A World Heritage-listed place of wild magnificence, with rainforests, heaths, rushing rivers and spring wildflowers. This is a place with high conservation and landscape values, an outstanding array of biodiversity and magnificent scenery. Most of the park is declared wilderness and is an ideal escape from the crowds, offering solitude and self-reliant bush walking. There are five visitor areas with basic facilities - three on the eastern side near the edge of the escarpment, and two on the west, on the plateau. The park reflects the landscape, flora and fauna of both the Great Escarpment and the Northern Tablelands. There are several walking trails that explore the wilderness, or you can drive a 4WD through some parts of the park.
Willandra National Park
Willandra Station was once famous for its wool, and these days it offers an insight into the pastoral history of the region. The homestead, surrounded by gardens and overlooking peaceful Willandra Creek, has been restored to its former glory and is now available for accommodation. The grasslands and coolibah-lined creek beds to the west of the homestead are home to kangaroos, emus and ground-nesting birds
Willi Willi National Park
Wilson River is 52 kilometres from Wauchope along the Hastings Forest Way. From the west, access is via the Oxley Highway and Cockerwombeeba Road, or Racecourse Trail if driving a 4WD vehicle. This rainforest mountain park lies along a section of the Great Escarpment to the east of Oxley Wild Rivers and Werrikimbe national parks. The park is between the Macleay and Hastings River valleys and includes Kemps Pinnacle and Mount Banda Banda, both over 1100 metres above sea level. The main visitor area is located on the picturesque Wilson River, with picnic shelters, barbecues and toilets. There is a choice of three delightful rainforest walking tracks a long the river to a sparkling waterfall.
Woko National Park
This steep and rugged landscape features large areas of rainforest, moist eucalypt forest and impressive rock outcrops. The tranquil Manning River is a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Two walking tracks begin at the camping area, and after a short but steep walk you can explore soaring rock faces that harbour many species of native orchids, staghorns and elkhorns. You can also enjoy birdwatching, swimming or floating on an air mattress.
Wollemi National Park
100-250 km north-west of Sydney. Dunns Swamp is 20 km from Rylstone along Narrango Road; Newnes is 47 km north of Lithgow along Wolgan Road; and Bob Turners Track starts off Putty Road 15 km north-west of Colo. All roads are unpaved. This is the largest wilderness area in NSW and forms part of the recently declared Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area — a maze of canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest. Descend to the Colo River on Bob Turners Track (4 km, 200 m descent, some steep sections) and enjoy the beaches in one of the state's longest and most scenic gorges. There are historic ruins at Newnes, across the Wolgan River from the camping area. The Glow Worm Tunnel is part of the old railway that serviced the area; access is from Clarence on the Bells Line of Road. Dunns Swamp has easy walks and plenty of opportunities for canoeing.
Wollumbin National Park
30 km from Murwillumbah via Tyalgum Road. Turn off at Swifts Road just before the township of Tyalgum. Birds are abundant in this new park, including threatened species such as the rufous scrub-bird, wompoo pigeon, marbled frogmouth and Albert's lyrebird.
Explore the subtropical rainforest on the 1km Amaroo Track.
Woomargama National Park
25 km south-east of Holbrook, 40 km west of Tumbarumba. 4WD access when dry, no access at all when wet. This park near the Murray River is the largest protected area west of the Great Dividing Range in south-eastern NSW and contains the largest remnant of box woodlands on the South-West Slopes. It's an important haven for a large number of threatened and endangered species, such as the regent honeyeater, swift parrot, powerful owl, brown toadlet and carpet python. It's also home to the very rare Acacia phasmoides wattle. Parts of the reserve are close to 1000m above sea level, giving stunning views over the Murray River and areas west of the park. Norths Lookout on the Tin Mine Trail provides extensive views over the Riverina.
Wyrrabalong National Park
Divided into two sections, Wyrrabalong National Park conserves the last significant coastal (littoral) rainforest on the Central Coast. Rocky cliffs pounded by the sea alternate with sandy beaches and you can enjoy dramatic coastal vistas from several lookouts. A network of walking tracks will help you explore the varied landscape of the park, while the picnic areas are a place to rest and enjoy your surroundings.
Yabbra National Park
This park was created in January 1999. It covers an area of 8,890 hectares. Yabbra National Park is a dry rainforest dominated by hoop pines in the Focal Peaks area near the border to Queensland.
Yarriabini National Park
50km north of Kempsey, 10km south of Macksville. Take Way Way Forest Drive off Scotts Head Road, or Grassy Head Road from the Pacific Highway. Unpaved roads. The park's steep coastal foothills sustain old-growth forests providing a haven for a range of threatened species. Enjoy stunning views from the prominent Mount Yarrahapinni (498m), which is significant to the local Gumbayngirr and Thungutti Aboriginal peoples. Picnic at The Pines picnic area, set among hoop pine and flooded gum, or enjoy a short rainforest walk. Drive to the towers for panoramic coastal views
Yengo National Park
Stretching over 70 km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, Yengo National Park is a wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges, forming part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Mt Yengo is of cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities and the historic Old Great North Road, an intact example of early 19th century convict road-building, follows the south-east boundary of the park
Yuraygir National Park
Protects the longest stretch (60km) of undeveloped coastline in NSW. Pale sandy beaches are punctuated by rocky headlands, sand ridges and cliffs. Inland from the beaches are lakes, bogs and swamps, created by the changes to sea levels over millions of years. During the day watch out for eastern grey kangaroos, red necked wallabies, New Holland mouse or bush rat. At night spot swamp wallabies, possums, gliders and bats. Enjoy the surf and sand with some of the state's best surf breaks. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming, boating and picnicking along secluded beaches. The lake system provides some excellent canoeing and attracts many varieties of birds.