NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is committed to providing activities, attractions, facilities and tours in its parks and reserves for visitors to enjoy and learn from. These are often operated by NPWS, but sometimes they can be managed more effectively, efficiently or flexibly by the private sector. It is important that NPWS and the private-sector work together to run professional operations and deliver these quality and innovative services to the public. We know that commercial operators who are fully invested in our parks will help us protect these valuable places for future generations to enjoy.
Any individual, company or organisation proposing a commercial activity within a national park requires an agreement. An agreement maintains the quality of activities provided in parks and prevents harm to the natural areas. Private-sector operation also provides NPWS with additional income that can be used to protect and conserve natural and cultural heritage.
Any commercial activity in a park or reserve must be permissible under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and compatible with the park's plan of management.
How can I apply to run a commercial activity?
You will need to apply for a licence or consent if you would like to use a national park or reserve for:
Department of Planning and Environment commercial opportunities (for example, to run existing accommodation, food services or Parks Eco Pass selective licence opportunities) are advertised on the NSW Government tenders website. You can also approach the Department for permission to operate a new business or commercial activity.
If you’d like to run a business in a park, first check the park’s plan of management to see if it’s allowed. If no plan currently exists, discuss your proposal with local NPWS staff (call us on 131 555 to be directed to the most appropriate person). Either way, speak to NPWS staff before you put time and effort into preparing a proposal.