National parks full as a goog for Easter school holidays

NSW national parks are set to be busier than the Easter bunny this weekend and people planning a camping trip over the Easter school holiday break are being reminded camping areas are only open to those with a booking.

Kayak on Nelson Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park

The effects of the recent rain and flooding across the State are also still being felt with many national park areas closed due to being waterlogged or damaged, particularly those in the Hunter and on the mid and north coasts.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) crews are working to open to the hundreds of affected visitor sites, picnic areas, campgrounds, lookouts and walking tracks are safe to use.

People planning to visit a park are urged to check the NPWS website prior to travelling as the situation can change quickly.

Check and observe closures. Check the NPWS and live traffic websites frequently, particularly close to travelling. Do not enter closed areas.

Do not cross floodwaters. Conditions are currently treacherous. Do not cross flooded creeks and flood waters as the recent rains have likely altered conditions of causeways.

Impassable access roads. Some park roads as well as access roads may not be passible and may close at short notice. Check websites or call ahead in remote areas. Access to some parks has changed due to road closures.

Be mindful of trees. Soggy ground and sustained rains increase the risk of tree falls and failures. Do not shelter or camp under trees.

Notify someone. Using the NPWS trip intention form to notify someone about your trip is a great way to increase your safety.

If in doubt, leave it out. If you have doubts about your planned visit, we encourage you to postpone your stay to a drier, safer time.

Check NPWS Alerts and NSW Live Traffic for up-to-date information before visiting a national park and note it is never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.

Contact the NPWS on 1300 072 757 or via email on parks.info@environment.nsw.gov.au.