Hello June and welcome! Aren’t we glad to see you.

 

Around the country, all sorts of restrictions are being lifted today – it’s the first time in months you and 49 mates can all have a schooey at the same pub! And it’s also the reopening of NSW for regional travel, which means campgrounds are open again! 

Everyone from Woolloomooloo to Broken Hill is itching to get back out there, so to ensure campgrounds don’t become COVID-19 hotbeds, the National Parks and Wildlife Service have changed a few things when it comes to pitching a tent in NSW national parks. 

Not all campgrounds are open

There are still a lot of national park campgrounds that’ve been damaged by fire or floods and remain closed, while several others are receiving facelifts. So before you head out into the bush, check the NPWS website for the full list of closures

Every national park campground that’s open has a strict capacity and must be booked ahead of time

This even goes for free campgrounds or those that used to be first-come-first-serve. You can make a booking either over the phone or online.

Some national park cottages and cabins are open for bookings too!

If you’re feeling a little bougie, treat yourself to four walls and a solid floor. De-luxe! You can book these through the NPWS website as well. 

Wild and backcountry camping is allowed too

Just be sure to fill out a Trip Intention Form before heading out so emergency services can keep track of you (and why not download the What3Words app while you’re at it?). 

 

Besides that, just be sure you follow the standard social distancing measures, keep your hands, belongings and surfaces clean. The NPWS can’t guarantee there’ll be running water or access to sanitation products at all campgrounds, so it’s best to bring your own.

 

Feature photo by @the_endless_honeymoon