National Parks and State Forests are closed to visitors to limit the spread of Covid-19.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has closed all camping and campgrounds and has restricted access to some high-use visitor areas in NSW national parks. People are reminded to check alerts for NPWS closures and changes to access – things are changing regularly.
Likewise, NSW Forestry Corporation has announced the closure of all camping areas and high-use day use areas in State Forests, see full details at their website.
For a full list of impacted high visitation areas please visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws-covid-19.
NPWS closures: In response to the current limits on public gatherings and restrictions on non-essential travel, the following changes are now in place to protect visitors and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the community:
- No camping is permitted in national parks from 26 March 2020, including wild and backcountry camping.
- All NPWS managed cabins, cottages and accommodation are closed to the public.
- Most visitor centres and historic sites are closed (exceptions are in place for permanent residents living within historic sites).
- All playgrounds, barbecue facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, and rotundas as well as some toilets and viewing platforms are closed.
- Some high-visitation areas including beaches, beach access areas and carparks are closed. This will continue to change following assessments on a case-by-case basis.
- All NPWS-led tours and events are cancelled.