National parks holiday fun

THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is urging everyone to take advantage of the amazing line-up of activities and attractions in NSW's national parks and reserves this summer.

Head of National Parks Ann King said the selection of holiday activities was extensive and included everything from the kids becoming a convict for a day to first time camping.

"Parks belong to the people so we really wanted to make sure there was something for everyone in our beautiful national park system this summer," Ms King said.

"NSW's national parks are rich in natural beauty, and there are a thousand ways to discover and enjoy our parks.

"Whether you are on holiday in another part of the state or looking for something in your local area, I encourage people to visit the NSW National Parks website and look at the What's On page to plan your next adventure.

"Many people enjoy our parks purely for their beauty but others like to explore them in different ways, so there are opportunities to suit everyone.

"From rainforest walks and scenic lookouts to picturesque coastal campgrounds, you'll never run out of things to do in NSW's national parks, and the summer holidays are the perfect time to enjoy them.

"Joining a ranger-guided Discovery Tour is easy and you can choose from a range of walks and talks or something a little more unique, like exploring a special part of the world from the tranquil perspective of a kayak.

"There are also many places to stay whether you are looking for a beachside campground ideal for your caravan or campervan holiday or luxurious accommodation to enjoy a long weekend."

Ms King said there was also a whole new range of WilderQuest activities for the January school holiday period on offer to inspire children to connect with nature.

"The award-winning children's program WilderQuest is fun, educational and brings nature to life through the use of both digital and real-life experiences," Ms King said.

"Some of these experiences are back by popular demand but there are also some new activities like the WilderQuest Smoky Cape Lighthouse Tour, a very special activity designed especially for 5 to 12 year olds.

For information on all the other exciting events happening in national parks this summer visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Whats-On

Get your children started on the adventure these school holidays at www.wilderquest.nsw.gov.au.

Download the WilderQuest app for free from the App Store on iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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