Full house sign could soon go up at Blowering

Jessica and Lauren Meyers of Wagga Wagga and Billy, Harrison and Cooper Fallon of Cootamundra on the water at The Pines.

The Pines campground at Blowering Dam is already fully booked for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The National Parks and Wildlife Service is now requiring people to socially distance and pre-register for camping spaces.

As of June 1, 2020, all camping in NSW national parks requires a booking and spaces are limited to NPWS CovidSafe plan.

The Pines is sold out from December 27 through January 1, while the nearby Yachting Point still has room available on December 28, but is otherwise booked out for the same week. 

The Log Bridge Creek Campground still has space available for the entire month of December and January (2021).

NPWS Visitor Experience Director Julie Bishop said she’s anticipating “an enormous economic boost” for regional NSW during the summer holidays, with bookings for camping holidays across NSW National Parks filling up quickly.

Ms Bishop  said many popular parks are already heavily booked, but there are some vacancies in the more hidden gems around the state, particularly outside public holidays.

“These holidays will be unlike any before, with many people holidaying domestically this year and NSW National Parks are the State’s home of nature-based tourism,” she said.

“In 2018, park tourism and management expenditure contributed to $17.85 billion in total economic output and supported 74,280 direct and indirect jobs – so a boom for park visitation is a boom for regional economies.

“There’s strong demand for all forms of accommodation across NSW from the beaches to the mountains and the bush, across the state’s national parks.”

The State Government is asking travellers to plan ahead when holidaying this summer, to maintain CovidSafe precautions.

“It’s essential ahead of the school holidays and Australia Day that visitors to NSW National Parks plan their trip by going to the NPWS website,” said Ms Bishop.

The NPWS is also encouraging holidaymakers to consider visiting lesser-known national parks. 

Physical distancing is still required for all activities in NSW national parks and the state’s current rules on public gatherings also continue to apply.

To get the latest information on campground rules and availability, visit www.nationalparks.