Park visitors may wish to use generators to provide power for overnight stays. Some parks have signposted areas where generators are allowed. Some park visitors may also need generators for medical or disability purposes.
1. How will I know if a generator is allowed?
- Signs will show the areas where generators are allowed and the conditions under which they can be operated. If there is no sign, you cannot use a generator without first obtaining consent from the park manager (see paragraph 5 of this policy for information on generator use for medical or disability purposes).
Even where generator use is permitted, it can be restricted for park management reasons or because of unsuitable weather (for instance, high fire risk).
You should contact the relevant NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) local office before you come for more information and guidance.
2. What conditions apply to using a generator?
- If you use a generator in an area where they are allowed, you must:
- take reasonable measures to minimise the generator's noise and its impact on neighbouring campers
- use no more than one generator for your group
- position the generator closer to your camp than to any neighbouring camps
- obey any noise curfews in place at the campsite.
- locate the generator in an area clear of fuels, dry grass or other combustible material
- ensure that extension cords do not cross access tracks and are rated for external use
- ensure that you follow the manufacturer's guidelines to safely operate your generator
- be present whenever your generator is running – never leave it unattended
- never use the generator on days of local fire bans.