Geocaching policy

This policy sets out the conditions under which geocaching can take place in parks.

  • Geocachers are strongly encouraged to liaise with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to assess the suitability of a proposed cache location and to seek guidance on the information to be provided in cache listings.
  • In accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, geocachers must obtain written consent from the park authority to place a physical cache in a park.
  • To apply for consent, the cache owner needs to fill out the application form which is attached to the policy and deliver it to the relevant NPWS office.
  • To assist cache owners in providing current and relevant information, it is recommended that cache listings include links to the department's:

MOU between NPWS and Geocaching Association of NSW

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Geocaching Association of NSW has been developed to promote sustainable and culturally sensitive visitor use of parks. The MOU also seeks to encourage:

  • Improved understanding and awareness of the natural and cultural values of parks in NSW and their conservation
  • Improved understanding and awareness of geocaching
  • Mechanisms for regular communication and issue resolution
  • Improved compliance with government policy and guidelines.

Document to download:

Memorandum of Understanding between National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW) and Geocaching Association of NSW (1108MouNPWSGeocachingNSW.pdf, 216KB)

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Page last updated: 05 August 2015