Camping in NSW National Parks

Setting out with family to find a secluded campsite is a fantastic way to experience the Australian bush. Camping in NSW national parks allows you to explore some of our natural wonders. To ensure you have a great time there a few things to remember.

  • Avoid ant nests, swamps and slopes. Camp in designated national parks campgrounds where you’ll find more facilities and helpful National Park information on the area you are in.
  • Always be careful with open fires, and make sure your fire is completely out before you leave or go to bed.
  • Find out where and when relevant fire bans are in place. A solid fuel fire ban may be in place in some locations from 31 October and 31 March each year. Park management may vary this if conditions change. Visit for more information.
  • Don’t forget to check if firewood and potable water are available before you arrive, making sure you bring enough for your trip.
  • Consider using a fuel stove instead of lighting your own fire, it’s easier to manage and it will ensure you can cook your dinner and heat water.
  • Don’t feed the animals - aside from it being bad for their health and habits, you might just lose a finer if you get too close.
  • Use the rubbish bins provided, or if you are in a remote area, take all your rubbish away with you so other people can continue to enjoy camping in national parks.
  • Try to leave the environment as you found it. Please do not disturb animal habitats, Aboriginal sites or native plants.
  • Don’t forget to zip up your tent so you don’t have any unwelcomed visitors.

NSW National Parks App

Heading to a NSW national park? Be prepared with the NSW National Parks app.

With information on over 225 national parks and hundreds of things to see, do and places to stay, it’s the ultimate NSW parks guide for your phone.

The NSW National Parks app is free to download on iOS and Android and offers an alternative to the traditional park brochure or map. Download information on selected parks when you’re at home, then you can access park maps, guides and important info when you’re in a national park and may not have internet access or mobile reception.