Removing firewood from national parks is illegal

Fines apply for removing firewood from national parks, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be enforcing our firewood policy over winter.

Turquoise parrots (Neophema pulchella), nesting in tree hollow

Collecting firewood, including fallen trees and dead wood, for use outside of a park boundary is prohibited. Most parks also prohibit the collection of firewood for use within parks.

The removal of dead wood and dead trees, including hollow-bearing trees, contributes to the decline of our native forests and loss of habitat for many native animals.

Habitat loss is a major threat to biodiversity and threatened species. Hollow-bearing trees provide homes for a range of threatened species including turquoise parrots, masked owls, skinks, antechinus and spotted-tail quolls. That’s why collecting firewood from national parks is usually not allowed. There are some exceptions to this rule:

  • sometimes trees that have been cut down during park operations can be used for firewood
  • some parks have areas where collecting firewood is allowed
  • firewood is provided at some camping areas - check with the nearest NPWS office about firewood supplies at camping areas
  • if you’re camping in a backcountry area (more remote area) in a park, collection of timber is allowed to make a campfire.

Contact the nearest NPWS office to find out what rules apply for collecting firewood in national parks and reserves.

For more information visit the Firewood policy web page.