Take the kids on a WilderQuest adventure in nature this summer!

Over fifty National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) WilderQuest ranger-guided tours await adventurous children in national parks across the state during the summer school holidays.

Biscuit sea star (Tosia australis), Batemans Marine Park

From experiencing the spellbinding forest of Kosciuszko National Park to discovering the fascinating world under the waves in Merimbula Lake near Bournda National Park – there is something for every kind of explorer.

NPWS Community Education Coordinator, Shani Milgate said the WilderQuest activities are designed to nurture a curiosity and appreciation of nature.

“These guided tours are designed to engage children aged five to 12 years and provide a fun and interactive way to experience and appreciate our national parks,” said Shani.

“Children can discover the amazing world of rock pools, become a Junior ranger, or join an Aboriginal ranger on a search for bush-tucker in the forest,” said Shani.

The tours are scheduled at various times during December and January and a full list of WilderQuest tours and more information is available below or at WilderQuest school holiday tours.

Bookings must be made in advance in order to secure a spot on the day and take part in discovering the hidden mysteries of NSW national parks.

For those who can’t make it to a NSW national park during the school holidays, children can still learn about nature by visiting the WilderQuest website or playing the award-winning educational WilderQuest app.

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WilderQuest tour

WilderQuest tour summary

Dates and times

Kosciuszko National Park

An enchanting forest walk

Fun and wonder-filled experience exploring the forest.

28-31 December: 9am-4pm.

3-11 January: 9am-4pm.

Who pooed in the park?

Follow the tracks of some amazing animals.

30 December & 6 January: 10am-12pm.

Merimbula area

Wet, wild & wacky kids’ snorkel

What wonderful sea creatures can you spot beneath the surface?

28 December: 10am-11.30am & 11.30am-1pm

4 January: 2.30pm-4pm & 4pm-5.30pm

12 January: 10.30am-12pm & 12pm-1.30pm

Most wanted: shorebirds

You'll discover an enchanting flock of shorebirds and have heaps of fun as well.


28 December & 13 January: 3.30pm-4.30pm

4 January & 18 January: 11am-12pm

Neptune’s necklace and soldier crabs

Do you like muddy places where interesting creatures thrive?

29 December: 5pm-6.30pm

19 January: 11am-12.30pm

Arakoon National Park

Trial Bay Goal campground recycling relay

Run in the recycling relay and find out lots of interesting things too.

3 January: 3pm-4pm

9, 16 & 23 January: 5pm-6pm

History mysteries

Hear about some mysteries of the past at this historic gaol.

3, 10, 17 & 24 January: 4.30pm-6.30pm

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Cultural adventure

Learn about Aboriginal culture on this adventure through Glenrock State Conservation Area.

5 January: 9.30am-11.30am

Rock pool discovery

Uncover the mysterious world beneath the rocks at Merewether Baths.

12 January: 4pm-6pm

Dharawal National Park

Bug detectives: Dharawal

Explore the bugs of Maddens Falls in Dharawal National Park and find out where they’re hiding.

4 & 11 January: 10.30am - 12pm

Hat Head National Park

Smoky Cape lighthouse: Reach the top

Explore the tallest lighthouse in NSW. Will you make it all the way?

5, 12 & 19 January: 10am-11.15am & 11.15am-12.30pm

Budderoo National Park

Wild at art

Get creative and make a work of art to all your own in the magical rainforest of Budderoo National Park.

5, 12 & 19 January: 10.30am - 12pm

Booti Booti National Park

Junior ranger: Booti Booti

Do you have heaps of questions about what it's like to be a national parks ranger?

6 January: 9.30am-11.30am

Sydney Harbour National Park

Convict kids on Fort Denison

Find out what it was like to be a convict transported to NSW.

6 & 20 January: 10.15am-1.30pm

Star wars in rocky beaches

You’ll explore rockpools and rock platforms, finding starfish and other wonderful creatures.

7 January: 9.30am-12.30pm

Convict kids on Goat Island

Do you love stories about long ago? Take a trip to Goat Island and into Sydney's past.

10 & 25 January: 10.15am-1pm

Morton National Park

RAD day: Woodland

Join in the WilderQuest fun to experience what it's like to become an NPWS ranger.

7, 14 & 21 January: 10am-11am, 10.30am-11.30am, 11am-12pm, 11.30am-12.30pm, 12pm-1pm, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Seven Mile Beach National Park

Rock pool treasures: Seven Mile Beach

Join the quest for hidden jewels in the rock pools at Seven Mile Beach.

10 January: 1pm - 2.30pm

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

The boardwalk in summer

Get up close to your favourite estuary creatures at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

10 January: 10am-12pm

Amazing insects

Do you like all kinds of insects? Join this fun and safe insect-discovery adventure.

17 January: 10am-12pm

Munmorah State Conservation Area

Aboriginal bush detective

Help look for bush food and animal tracks with an Aboriginal WilderQuest ranger!

11 January: 11am-1pm

13 January: 12pm-2pm

Woko National Park

Junior ranger: Woko

Would you like to be a national parks ranger when you grow up?

11 January: 9.30am-11.30am

Tathra area

Junior Palaeontologist: Tathra

Help search for aquatic mini-beasts in Tathra. Some of these critters are even older than dinosaurs!

12 January: 3.30pm-5.30pm

Murramarang National Park

Rockpool treasures: Depot Beach

Join the quest for hidden jewels in the rockpools at Depot Beach.

13 January: 3.30pm - 5pm

RAD day: Coastal

Experience the WilderQuest fun and find out what it's like to be an NPWS ranger

6 & 20 January: 3.30pm - 4.30pm & 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Bound for Botany Bay

Go back in time to London in 1820, where you'll be sentenced to life as a convict and transported to Botany Bay.

17 January: 10.30am-12pm