Recreational use

COVID-19 Public Health Order rules and restrictions apply to NSW Crown reserves. This includes parks and reserves, tracks and trails and caravan and camping areas. Before visiting Crown reserves check out the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19.

NOTE: For campground registration please go to Tracks and Trails below.

NSW is home to some of the most iconic and diverse spaces in Australia that are reserved for recreational activities such as camping, surfing, hiking and sport.

We manage the state’s parks and reserves, a number of caravan and camping sites and surfing and dive sites and more with other government agencies and local committees.

Parks and reserves

Our parks and reserves protect unique landscapes around the state. These range from rocky bushland and the natural wonders of the World Heritage Blue Mountains to vast recreational parklands on the foreshore and marine wonderlands such as Long Reef and Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserves off our coastline.

State parks

Mostly located around coastal or inland water and surrounded by bushland, there are 18 state parks in NSW.

From basic to deluxe accommodation options, a diverse range of recreation and family-friendly facilities and activities, state parks provide unique visitor experiences and a chance to reconnect with nature.

Bellinger Heads

North Coast

With a superb year-round climate and marvellous beaches, the towns of Urunga and Mylestom are one of the regions lesser known jewels, unpretentious, with a laidback and relaxed atmosphere.

For more information, visit:

Belmont Wetlands

Hunter Region

Belmont Wetlands State Park comprises seven coastal wetlands, some of which drain into Lake Macquarie. It features the largest single open water wetland in Lake Macquarie and is fed by an extensive wetland system from the north and north east.

Burrinjuck Waters

South West

Burrinjuck Holiday and Recreation Park is situated in 75 hectares of bushland nestled on the southern escarpment of Mt. Barren Jack in NSW. Located right on the shores of Burrinjuck Dam, with boat ramps and ample parking, the park is a great place to bring the family, relax and experience a unique holiday. The famous Hume and Hovell Track passes through the park.

Coffs Coast

North Coast

The Coffs Coast State Park is surrounded by beautiful beaches, foreshores, estuaries and wetlands which are perfect for surfing, swimming, diving, fishing and boating. The surrounding area has much to offer, from world heritage rainforests to a marine national park.

Copeton Waters

North Coast

Copeton Holiday and Recreation Park offers a fantastic opportunity to use and enjoy Lake Copeton, an inland water catchment three times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. Set on 900 ha of rural bushland on the western slopes of the New England Ranges this park offers a unique day trip or holiday experience.

Grabine Lakeside

Central West

Grabine Holiday and Recreation Park is located on the banks of Wyangala Dam in Central NSW which is fed by the Lachlan and Abercrombie Rivers. Two and a half times the volume of Sydney Harbour, the dam offers 42 km of waterways with boat ramps and access points.

Harrington Beach

North Coast

The Harrington Beach State Park 431 ha site stretches from Harrington to the picturesque fishing village of Crowdy Head and features a caravan park, lighthouse and boat harbour. The foreshores of the coastal beaches and estuary provide an array of year round recreation and tourism opportunities while the protected tracts of rainforests and other significant native vegetation provide habitat for many species of native fauna and flora.


South West

Killalea State Park is approximately 265 ha of pristine coastal reserve with some of the best beaches on the NSW South Coast. With coastlines, rainforest areas, extensive wetlands and seabird breeding areas, Killalea is popular for day trips, educational groups, boating, surfing and fishing.

Lake Burrendong

Central West

Lake Burrendong offers year-round attractions for fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. Located only an hour between Dubbo and Orange, on the western shore of Burrendong Dam, the park is a fantastic base to stay awhile and explore the local area.

Lake Glenbawn

Central West

Set on the banks of Glenbawn Dam in a rural backdrop, the Lake Glenbawn Holiday and Recreation Park offers a wonderful diversity of bushland, wildlife and adventure.

Lake Keepit

Central West

Lake Keepit Holiday and Recreation Park is located about 40 minutes from Tamworth and around 25 minutes from Gunnedah. Situated on the banks of Keepit Dam which at maximum capacity holds around 425,510 megalitres of water.

Living Desert

Far West

Living Desert displays all the breath-taking beauty that the NSW outback has to offer. Taking three hours to complete, the park’s paths wind through the stunning sculpture symposium and the flora and fauna sanctuary, while the cultural walk trail educates visitors on the local Aboriginal heritage and importance of the preservation.

Manning Entrance

North Coast

The Manning Entrance State Park is situated on the NSW Mid North Coast and comprises lands surrounding and including the Manning River's southern entrance at Old Bar. The 487 ha site runs from Old Bar to the southern side of the Manning River's northern entrance at Manning Point and features a caravan park, primitive camping ground, sporting fields and historic airstrip.

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park

Northern Beaches

The creation of the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park reflects the significance of the lagoon and surrounding public lands to the people of NSW. It encompasses the largest of four coastal lagoons in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area and the majority of Crown land within the catchment.

Wyangala Waters

South West

Wyangala Waters Holiday and Recreation Park is located in Central Western NSW only 30 minutes from Cowra. Set on the banks of scenic Wyangala Dam, which has a catchment area of 8,300 km2.

Crown reserves

Crown reserves are land set aside on behalf of the community for a wide range of public purposes including environmental and heritage protection, recreation and sport, open space, community halls, special events and government services.

Tracks and trails

The Six Foot Track is currently closed between Jenolan Caves Cottages and Jenolan Caves as a result of works currently underway at Jenolan Caves.

Jenolan Caves are planning for a revitalisation across the precinct which will see infrastructure renewed and upgraded. Project information can be found at the Jenolan Caves website.

Jenolan Caves Road, south of Jenolan Caves Cottages, is also closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Access to Jenolan Caves is only available by means of the ‘Two Mile’ via Edith Road. For road access information and the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App and visit or call 132 701.

Vehicular access to Jenolan Caves Cottages, where the closure of the Six Foot Track commences, is still available. Please see National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Visitors are required to register to Camp on Crown Land

Please fill out the Camp Registration Form below if you will be camping on NSW Crown Land recreational trails. Trails include the Six Foot Track, Bridle Track, Hume and Hovell Track, Great North Walk and Clarence Canoe and Kayak Trail.

Camp Registration Form

As part of the NSW Government’s efforts to track COVID-19 cases, we are seeking your contact details when you camp on Crown Land sites .

This information will be used to help track any COVID-19 cases connected to our campgrounds and for no other purpose. This information will only be provided to government as part of a COVID related request, and will be kept in accordance our privacy policy for a minimum of 28 days. You are also encouraged to download the COVIDSAFE app from the Australian Government website.

This is NOT a booking form. Camping on these sites is free and we do not take bookings

Emergency Warning: If Extreme or Catastrophic fire weather is forecast, or there are existing bushfires in the vicinity - Trails will be closed to walkers in these areas. For more information visit the Rural Fire Service website ( or National Parks and Wildlife Service website ( or  NSW Forestry Corporation (

There are countless kilometres of walking, riding and paddling tracks and trails and accompanying picnic areas and more to explore in NSW.

You can purchase map kits for tracks and trails by contacting the We will be establishing a new system to allow online orderong of map kits over the next six months.

Maps are also available to buy at local Visitor Information Centres including the Blue Mountains, Yass, Tumut, Wagga Wagga.

Abrahams Bosom Tracks

  • Currarong
  • Distance/time – 8 km/1 day | grade – easy
  • Activities: snorkelling, fishing, surfing, walking, running, cycling, dog walking, swimming

Abrahams Bosom Tracks include around eight kilometres of walking tracks winding around Beecroft Peninsula near Currarong on the NSW South Coast. The tracks pass through coastal heath vegetation and along sandstone cliffs with magnificent views up and down the coastline. Only a 35 minute drive from Nowra, the track is accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels, dog owners and bicycle riders, with several spots being ideal for fishing, surfing, picnicking and snorkelling.

The Six Foot Track

  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Distance/time – 46 km/2–3 days | grade – hard

The iconic Six Foot Track is a 46 km route following the original horse track from the Explorers Tree, Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. The track winds through the Blue Mountains National Park and taking in various landscape and heritage features within the Blue Mountains World Heritage area such as Mount York, Nellies Glen, Megalong Valley and more.

The Hume and Hovell Track

  • Yass to Albury
  • Distance/time – 416 km/24 days, shorter walks and various day walks available | grade – hard
  • Activities: running, hiking, trekking, walking, camping, fishing, swimming, sailing, boating, water-skiing, cycling

The Hume and Hovell Track stretches over 416 km between Cooma Cottage, Yass and the Hovell Tree on the banks of the Murray River in Albury, passing through the town of Wee Jasper and near the towns of Tumut, Talbingo and Tumbarumba.

There are three tracks which are approximately 100 km apart and suitable for car-based camping:

  • James Fitzpatrick at Wee Jasper
  • Thomas Boyd on the Goobarragandra River 23 km from Tumut
  • Henry Angel on Burra Creek near Tumbarumba

The Great North Walk

  • Sydney to Newcastle
  • Distance/time – 250 km/14 days, shorter walks and various day walks available | grade – hard
  • Activities: hiking, running, trekking, walking, camping, cycling, fishing, surfing, dog-walking, swimming

Initially constructed as a celebration of Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988 The Great North Walk provides many different entry points and approximately 100 km of linked tracks connecting the walk to the Pokolbin vineyards and the Sydney-Newcastle bus and railway lines.

The Wiradjuri Walking Track

  • Wagga Wagga
  • Distance/time – 42 km/1–2 days | grade – easy–moderate
  • Activities: walking, cycling, fishing, dog walking, swimming

The Wiradjuri Walking Track follows a 42 km trail around the city of Wagga Wagga. It starts from the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre, along the Murrumbidgee River to the Railway Viaduct, through town looping around Lake Albert, Murrambidya Wetlands and back along the river to return to the centre.

The Bicentennial National Trail

  • Cooktown QLD to Healesville VIC
  • Distance/time – 5,330 km/ 6–7 months minimum | grade – challenging
  • Activities: walking, trekking, cycling, horse riding

The Bicentennial National Trail follows the designated Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) in NSW, passing through some of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and various Crown reserves, state forests and national parks.

Fivebough Wetlands Loop

  • Leeton
  • Distance/time – 5 km/2 hours | grade – easy
  • Activities: Walking, bird watching

The Fivebough Wetlands Loop takes in the internationally listed Ramsar Fivebough Wetlands, two kilometres from Leeton NSW. The walk begins and ends at the Badyaan Baamira Information Centre and winds around the main basin of the wetlands with benches and bird viewing shelters along the way.

Bridle Track

  • Bathurst to Hill End
  • Distance/time – 70 km/ 1 day | grade – moderate
  • Activities: walking, horse riding, cycling, 4WDing, fishing, camping, swimming, dog walking

The Bridle Track is a 70 km, 4WD trail from Bathurst to Hill End, following the course of the Macquarie and Turon Rivers. It is currently blocked at Monahan’s Bluff.

Silverton Cycleway

  • Silverton
  • Distance/time – 8 km/half a day | grade – easy
  • Activities: walking, cycling

The Silverton Cycleway first stage is an 8 km section within the Silverton Common. Eventually the cycleway will be a 23 km elevated recreational cycleway following the former Silverton Tramway from Silverton to Broken Hill.

Nail Can Hill Trail

  • Albury
  • Distance/time – 11.3 km/1 day | grade – moderate–hard
  • Activities: walking, cycling, running, hiking

The Nail Can Hill Trail Complex comprises a series of mountain bike trails that are looked after by Albury Wodonga Mountain Bikers.

Bundian Way

  • Targangal (Mt Kosciuszko) to Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach)
  • Distance/time – 265 km | grade – moderate–hard

Bundian Way is an ancient Aboriginal pathway from Mt Kosciuszko to the coast has reopened as an Aboriginal-managed cultural tourism experience. For maps, reports and background visit the Bundian Way website.

Caravan and camping sites

There are over 260 caravan parks, camping areas and tourist accommodation sites located on some of the most beautiful Crown land.

The caravan and camping NSW website has been redesigned with a range of Crown Land caravan and camping sites on Crown Land at your fingertips on a modern, accessible and mobile friendly website.

The website showcases accommodation facilities available on Crown Land and includes and interactive map for tourists to search for parks across NSW.

These sites give you the opportunity to stay in a wide range of diverse and unique environments, from the beach, the mountains, to the outback.

Check out the new Caravan & Camping NSW website today!

Dive sites

The Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive site is located approximately 1.8 kilometres off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast. It is an ideal place for experienced divers.

Scuttled in 2011, it's now a 32 metres deep dive site which supports local tourism and attracts divers from around the world.

Before diving on the site you will need to apply for an entry permit and book a mooring.

Make a booking

To book a mooring or to obtain an entry permit (dive permit), email booking forms.

After receiving the completed form, you will receive a response within two business days.

Find out more about the Ex-HMAS Adelaide at VisitNSW

About the Ex-HMAS Adelaide

The Ex-HMAS Adelaide sits in 32 metres of water, approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the Central Coast, making it ideal for experienced divers.

Since its scuttling in April 2011, the ship has become a successful dive site helping local tourism and attracting divers from around the world.

The ship measures 138.1 metres from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4,100 tonnes.

Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore the key features of the wreck.

Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities.

The ship was scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd.

Along with encrusting ’first settlers’, the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is now home to giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bait fish to name a few.


The HMAS Adelaide II, now known as the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, was a long-range escort frigate (Adelaide Class) with roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance, and interdiction.

The ship was built in the United States of America and was the first of six Adelaide class guided-missile frigates to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The ship was launched in 1978, commissioned on 15 November 1980 and decommissioned on 19 January 2008.

While in service, the ship’s company was 221 and she accommodated up to two S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters and was fitted with two sets of Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes to provide a counter to submarines.  The ship was propelled by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines driving a single controllable pitch propeller, achieving a speed of 30 knots.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. How can I dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?
  2. How do I book?
  3. When can I dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?
  4. What qualification level do I need to dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?
  5. How many moorings are available?
  6. How much are entry permits?
  7. How much is a mooring booking?
  8. How much would an entire dive cost, including permit and mooring?
  9. Why does it cost to enter this dive site?
  10. What are the dive conditions like?
  11. Are there any special hazards on the dive site?

1. How can I dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?

There are a number of ways that you can experience the Ex-HMAS Adelaide however each diver will require an entry permit prior to diving and must access the site from aboard a boat with a prior mooring booking.

A number of commercial operators offer dive tours to the Ex-HMAS Adelaide. You can also dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide from a private boat by obtaining an entry permit and booking a mooring with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands (the department) via

2. How do I book?

Dive tours can be booked through commercial operators servicing this dive site location. Alternatively, dive club and independent, experienced divers, may choose to book a mooring.

To book a mooring or to obtain an entry permit, email request booking forms.

After the department receives your completed form, you will receive a response within two business days.

3. When can I dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?

The Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve is currently open daily between 6.00am and 6.00pm.  Night diving is prohibited.

Occasionally after significant weather events such as severe storms or unusually high swell, access to the reserve will be suspended so that marine engineers can inspect the wreck and confirm it is still safe to use as a dive site.

People who have made a booking for moorings or been issued an entry permit will be advised by email if and when this happens. Local dive tour operators will also be advised.

4. What qualification level do I need to dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide?

If diving, you must comply with Australian Standard AS4005.1 or International Standard ISO 24801-02 (Diver Level 2 - Autonomous Diver) as a minimum level of certification. The site is not suitable for inexperienced divers unless accompanied by a qualified guide.

You must be able to produce evidence of your diving qualifications (eg, Certification Card or ‘C’ card) to the dive operator if you have booked a commercial dive tour, or to the skipper of your vessel if you are participating in a private or club dive, or if requested by the department or the department’s authorised agent.

Occupational divers are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all relevant SafeWork NSW requirements, including but not limited to complying with Australian Standards AS2299 and AS2815, and that they have the appropriate qualifications for occupational diving.

Penetrative diving of the wreck is not permitted at a depth beneath 30 metres.

5. How many moorings are available?

Currently there are 4 operational moorings. The existing moorings are shown in the diagram below. Two moorings have been removed from the original six.

Ex-HMAS Adelaide

6. How much are entry permits?

There is currently no charge for an entry permit. This is likely to change into the future and a fee will be charged.

7. How much is a mooring booking?

There is currently no charge for a mooring booking. This is likely to change into the future and a fee will be charged.

Mooring bookings are for 2 hour timeslots. Timeslots have been set to allow a safe and comfortable diving experience.

To avoid congestion in the water, there is a maximum of 14 divers allowed per mooringat any one time.

8. How much would an entire dive cost, including permit and mooring?

There is currently no charge for any entry permit or mooring booking. This is likely to change into the future and a fee will be charged.

Prices for entire dive experiences will vary depending on whether you arrange your dive through a commercial dive operator. Extra costs may apply depending on whether you have your own diving equipment or are hiring equipment.

Divers will need to contact commercial dive operators for quotations on diving packages to suit their specific needs.

9. Why does it cost to enter this dive site?

Currently no fees are charged to access the dive site. However, this is likely to change into the future.

The reserve is regularly inspected to ensure both diver safety and to record any environmental changes. The moorings and marker buoys also need to be maintained and occasionally replaced.

A Crown reserve (known as the HMAS Adelaide Reserve) has been declared over the final resting place of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide.

Revenue generated from entry permits and mooring bookings will contribute to offsetting these expenses so that the artificial reef remains a safe diving experience and becomes a world class dive attraction.

10. What are the dive conditions like?

Like any dive site, it is advisable to talk to experienced local dive operators to understand the surrounding oceanic conditions to make appropriate decisions about whether a dive should proceed. The site can be both wave and current affected, and water temperatures average between 18°C in winter to 24°C in summer.

11. Are there any special hazards on the dive site?


Divers are prohibited from accessing the interior of the wreck at depths greater than 30 metres. This restriction is imposed due to the high risks associated with entry to an enclosed space at these depths.


About “Artificial Reefs”

The Ex-HMAS Adelaide was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef.

An artificial reef is a structure placed on the sea bottom to attract new marine life to an area. Artificial structures have been purposely placed in marine environments across the world to enhance fishing opportunities, to serve as dive sites, to assist in coastal protection, deter trawling activity and to reverse habitat loss.

The reef develops over time and experiences different stages of marine growth and occupation, to eventually become the kind of dive site with marine life which make sites like the SS Yongala in Townsville, Truk Lagoon in Micronesia and the S.S. President Coolidge in Vanuatu world renowned.

When a 'new' structure is introduced to the marine environment, tiny organisms like microscopic algae present in ocean waters land on the structure’s surface creating a first layer of “slime”. Layer upon layer of more micro-organisms slowly settle on these surfaces, creating a food source for many more permanent and visiting organisms and eventually a more prominent community develops on the surface of the structure. The layer upon layer of marine organisms is what is called a “reef” and provides the structure for marine organisms to create a true habitat in and around. There is nothing “artificial” about the marine community that develops, this term simply refers to providing the new structure for organisms to settle upon.

The many fish located at any reef, natural or artificial, each start out as eggs drifting in the ocean’s waters. The eggs hatch into either drifting or actively swimming “larvae” before further development leads to transformation into a juvenile fish, and later an adult fish. A combination of different factors determine what fish we see in any marine habitat. Factors such as natural predators and competition for space and food will determine whether a young larval fish will take up residence at any new site. The location of both near and far away habitats which are home to a fish’s parent population will also influence what fish species make up a developing marine community. Providing a new space to settle, in addition to meeting the other biological and environmental requirements of the organisms making up the marine community, leads to the development of a new marine community at an artificial reef site.

See the technical environmental monitoring reports that detail the development of the reef community below.

Environmental Monitoring and Reporting

Australian law regulates the creation of artificial reefs under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 (Commonwealth).

A Sea Dumping Permit ensures that appropriate sites are selected, materials are suitable and appropriately prepared, that there are no significant adverse impacts on the marine environment and that the reef does not pose a danger to marine users. A permit was issued following the compilation of a comprehensive environmental assessment. Download the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Review of Environmental Factors report.

Download a copy of the updated Sea Dumping Permit.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal also considered the comprehensive range of environmental issues in reviewing the Permit issued by the Commonwealth, and allowed the scuttling to proceed. You may download the decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision, or alternatively go to the plain English summary of the decision.

An on-going condition of the Sea Dumping Permit is that the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, must carry out a Long Term Monitoring and Management Plan (LTMMP) to monitor the condition of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide. An updated version of the plan was completed in 2018.

In 2016 a review of the ecological monitoring of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve was conducted to coincide with five years since the scuttling. The report summarised the data of studies up until this date.

All monitoring reports are available below.

Environmental & Structural Monitoring

Environmental and structural integrity monitoring has been carried out for the Ex-HMAS Adelaide in accordance with the requirements of the Long Term Monitoring and Management Plan- a condition of the Commonwealth Sea Dumping Permit.

Post Scuttling Report April 2011

This report confirms the date and time of placement, position, water depth, inspection dives and position of navigation markers.

Reef Community and Sediment Movement

The developing Ex-HMAS Adelaide reef community is being monitored to document the types of flora and fauna assemblages appearing over time, to understand the rate of development of fouling assemblages with respect to season, time and different surfaces of the vessel, and to identify whether any introduced species are present.

Each Reef Community monitoring report is available to download below.

Sediment Sampling

Sediment quality and movement have been measured via sampling the seabed to examine how metal corrosion and degradation of protective paint layers could potentially influence the surrounding environment, and to understand sediment movement patterns around the vessel, accumulation rates and scour depths.

Each monitoring report is available to download below.

Bioaccumulation Studies

Bioaccumulation monitoring is required as a condition of the permit, to determine whether resident marine species are likely to be affected by zinc chromate paint, which may have been used originally on the aluminium alloy of the vessel as an anti-corrosive application.

Each monitoring report is available to download below.

Structural Reports

A condition of the Long Term Monitoring and Management Plan is for regular structural inspections and assessments be conducted. The Ex-HMAS Adelaide has settled on the ocean floor in an upright position. Download a diagram showing the depth measurement and ship schematics.

Diver’s Inspection Reports

Qualified commercial divers regularly inspect the Ex-HMAS Adelaide and report on the condition of the wreck.

Recent Diver’s Reports are available below.

Engineers Reports

Marine engineers review the divers reports and assess the condition of the wreck and identify any factors that may require ongoing monitoring.

Recent Engineer Reports are available below.

Surfing reserves

Surfing reserves are areas protected for use by the general public and surfing community. These sites have an environmental, cultural or historical significance in Australian surf culture. This recognition also helps raise awareness about the importance of protecting our precious coastal environment.

We've partnered with the National Surfing Reserves (NSR) Organisation to make sure the sites are protected for generations to come.

There are 24 protected sites along Australia's 37,000 kilometres coastline. Some of the most popular sites in NSW include:

  • Angourie National Surfing Reserve on the north coast near Yamba, was the first legally protected National Surfing Reserve in NSW. Angourie is legendary amongst the surfing community for its breaks and natural beauty.
  • Crescent Head National Surfing Reserve stretches 3.5 kilometres of spectacular coastline north of Port Macquarie. Crescent Head became a well-worn trail for surfers following World War II and is known as a breeding ground for longboard surfing in Australia.
  • Lennox National Surfing Reserve is just north of Ballina on the north coast and includes the world-famous Lennox Point. The breaks at Lennox have been surfed by thousands of men, women and children since the late 1950s when surfing gained popularity throughout NSW.
  • Cronulla Beaches National Surfing Reserve is one of southern Sydney’s premier surf spots. It’s home to a number of former world champion surfers as well as other influential figures in Australian surfing.
  • Merewether Beaches National Surfing Reserve is one of Newcastle's iconic surfing beaches. The two kilometres of spectacular coastline stretch from Dixon Park in the north to Burwood Beach in the south.
  • Killalea National Surfing Reserve covers The Farm and Mystics beaches within the Killalea State Park, near Shellharbour on the south coast. The state park is 250 hectares and includes some of the best surfing beaches on this coast.
  • North Narrabeen National Surfing Reserve is a popular surfing beach on Sydney's northern coastline. The one kilometre shoreline includes part of the Narrabeen Lagoon which plays a role in the natural process of the unique breaks.


For over 180 years lighthouses have served an important purpose in providing safe maritime navigation along the NSW coastline, warning ships of headlands, bars and reefs.

During the 19th Century, trade via shipping was an essential part of the establishment of early European settlers in Australia. Shipwrecks became a frequent occurrence in some dangerous coastal locations, to address this, colonial authority commenced construction of lighthouses along the coastline. Many of these lighthouses remain functional and continue to provide safe navigation to ships, despite significant advancements in technology.

Due to the historical significance, location and architectural values, the lighthouses are also tourist attractions. Our role is to maintain the land and building, and the NSW Roads & Maritime Services retain the light to ensure the safety of our boating community.

We manage 14 lighthouses across the state:

  1. Burrewarra Point Lighthouse
  2. Warden Head Lighthouse
  3. Crookhaven Head Lighthouse
  4. Kiama Lighthouse
  5. Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse
  6. Wollongong Head Lighthouse
  7. Norah Head Lighthouse
  8. Nobbys Head Lighthouse
  9. Crowdy Head Lighthouse
  10. Tacking Point Lighthouse
  11. Clarence River Lighthouse
  12. Evans Head Beacon
  13. Richmond River Lighthouse
  14. Fingal Head Lighthouse

For more information on lighthouses in NSW, visit Roads and Maritime Services


Across the state, water is held in many hundreds of dams for a variety of purposes including major irrigation,  agriculture, domestic supply and public recreation. Storages can also provide a valuable resource during flood times by holding back water, delaying and reducing flood peaks downstream.

We are responsible for a number of small dams across NSW. These include Bethungra, Bargo and DeBurgh in the south of the state, West Gosford on the Central Coast, Burraga, Gallymont and Junction Reefs in the central west and Moore Creek and Sheba dams in the north west.