Ahead of the school holidays visitors are reminded to plan their trip to the Blue Mountains, Wollemi and Kanangra Boyd National Parks and Hill End as local parks staff prepare for a busy Spring season.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director David Crust said that with high visitation expected across the region day trippers and campers are reminded that COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.
“Our absolute priority is to keep park visitors and our staff safe, but that’s only possible if we all look out for each other,” said Mr Crust.
“With good Spring weather forecast we are expecting some of our most popular precincts to quickly fill up quickly and we urge people to plan ahead by visiting our website.
“When coming to the Mountains and surrounding parks, even if it’s for a short walk or family picnic, you need to check the NPWS website for information on closures, park alerts and COVID-19 updates. Many fire impacted areas remain closed and recent heavy rainfall has also impacted access to some areas
“If you arrive at an area and you can’t safely maintain social distancing, then please move to another location or time your visit outside peak periods.
“Visitor areas tend to fill up between 10am and 2pm so come early in the morning or try later in the day so you can avoid the crowds and have a safe, nature-based experience.
“Those hiking or camping in more remote areas are still required to adhere to social distancing and our COVID 19 safe camping guidelines.
“We are relying on people to take responsibility for their own safety and to be COVID safe to protect other park users.
“Campers are advised that all campgrounds in NSW National Parks now require a booking – even the free sites.”
“Some of our most popular sites at Hill End, Ganguddy-Dunns, Coorongooba, Burralow, Wheeny Creek and Euroka camping areas are already booked out. There are a few spots left at Newnes campground.
“Those without a booking are unable to stay and we ask people to be upfront in declaring the number of people in their group so we can keep an eye on numbers to make sure everyone has an enjoyable but also a safe trip,” said Mr Crust.
The easiest way to check camping availability and to book a site is at the NPWS website. This is where you’ll also find alerts and information on park closures. Up to date information on road closures can be found at Live Traffic NSW