After months in lockdown, residents of NSW are permitted to travel throughout the state as of today. National parks in NSW have reopened too – including 255 camp sites, ranging from remote spots in the rugged wilderness to family-friendly locations with amenities.

“We are also reopening many of our cottages and cabins for those who might prefer some swankier digs,” said Environment Minister Matt Kean in a media release.

One silver lining of contact-tracing requirements is that for the first time ever, all open campgrounds in the state will be bookable online or over the phone. Rules and capacity may have changed at your preferred destination, so making a reservation in advance is essential.

The news has clearly been welcomed by campers – the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) website crashed this morning. “The traffic to our site has experienced a pretty big surge as a result of the floodgates opening for camping bookings,” a NPWS spokesperson told Broadsheet.

Kean reminded campers to practise good hygiene and observe social distancing requirements. He also pointed out that travel to parks and camp sites would benefit regional communities in NSW, especially those that have been impacted by floods and fires.

“[The NPWS] has uploaded plenty of information on their website to help visitors get ready for camping Covid style, so please take the time to check it out,” Kean said.

And, as always, if you’re planning a bushwalk or a remote adventure (especially if you’re going somewhere prone to extreme weather), notify an emergency contact of your plans and fill out a Trip Intention Form.

nationalparks.nsw.gov.au