Culture and heritage

Heritage of NSW

Picnics, pleasure & parks

National parks are part of our national identity for many Australians. The 'bush' is part of 'who we are', and outdoor activities like bushwalking, camping, swimming and barbecues are all long-established traditions. We even have the world's second oldest national park - Sydney's Royal National Park.

When you follow a walking track, or stay in a hut in a national park, or spread out a blanket in a picnic area, you're not alone. Other people were probably doing much the same thing thousands of years ago. And others, from a variety of different cultures, will follow your example in years to come. The activities will be similar, but their cultural significance may be very different.

Cabins & huts
From convict huts to breezy surfer cabins, find out about the history of cabins and huts in national parks.

Multicultural landscapes
The same scenery means different things to different communities. Download or buy studies on the experiences of Macedonian and Vietnamese people in national parks.

Walking tracks
Most walking tracks weren't created by park rangers, but by many generations of feet. Find out more.

Pleasure grounds
With names like 'Fairyland' and 'Windybanks' paradise', pleasure grounds were fashionable in the late 19th century. They're still great spots to get away from it all - without leaving civilisation.

Holidaying in national parks
There's a long tradition of holidaying in spectacular natural areas in NSW. Find out the places that were popular in the 19th century - and remain so today.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011