Free national park campsites in NSW now require booking 

Campers holiday-making in NSW’s national parks are now required to book in advance to improve campground safety.

“Only visitors who have booked may stay in NPWS campgrounds … even our free sites now require a booking,” says Julie Bishop, Visitor Experience Director for NPWS explains.

Parks NSW put the measures in place in keeping with COVID-19 requirements. In fact, some campgrounds will operate at reduced capacity to aid social distancing.

“[But] it is also your responsibility to maintain social distancing at these sites and make yourself familiar with our COVID-19 safe camping guidelines,” Julie explains.



NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Northern Inland Director, Robert Smith, urges visitors to research their options these school holidays. 

“Popular parks such as Oxley Wild Rivers, Bald Rock, Cathedral Rock, Warrumbungle, Mount Kaputar, Gundabooka and Toorale National Parks are already at camping capacity.

“[But] with over 100 parks and reserves in the Northern Inland region alone, there are plenty of places and lesser known spots for everyone to get out and explore,” Mr Smith says.

In any case, travellers are urged to arrange ahead.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Walcha

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Walcha. Pic: Destinations NSW