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Geocaching in NSW National Parks

NSW National Parks geocaching policy

three sisters 300x200Geocaching NSW is pleased to announce that the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has released its new Geocaching Policy. This policy reverses the ban on geocaching that has been in place since 2002.

To place a geocache in an area managed by NPWS geocachers must apply for consent before posting it on the internet.

The NPWS Geocaching policy 2010 provides a detailed summary of where geocaches can and cannot be placed.


Read more: NSW National Parks geocaching policy

Guide to NPWS Consent Form

The following is a guide to filling in the NPWS Geocaching Consent Form. Before completing the form we recommend you contact the relevant Park Authority and discuss your geocache. They will highlight any areas considered off-limits for geocaches, as well as provide information that might assist you in completing this form.

Read more: Guide to NPWS Consent Form

NSW National Parks FAQ

The following list of questions and answers relate to the new NPWS Geocaching Policy (2010). If you have any further questions relating to the policy and hiding geocaches in NSW National Parks post a note on the Geocaching NSW forum or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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NSW National Parks Google Earth Data

googleearthlayerLocal volunteer reviewer, i,riblit,  has converted recent Estate Data from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage, which cover land controlled by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, into a handy Google Earth .kmz file. The file is a valuable resource for geocachers wanting to check whether a location is on NSW National Park managed land.
The layers are colour-coded based on the estate type, such as National Parks, Reserves, Aboriginal Sites, etc. Each type is further broken down into folders, so, with a single click in Google Earth, you can turn an entire estate type on or off.

You can download the August 2017 version as a zipped KML file (approx 16 MB).