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Escape close to home

Crown reserves

Escape close to home at a magnificent Crown reserve. They may be closer than you think. Do you know there are about 35,000 Crown reserves with an area of 2.9 million hectares across New South Wales?

Crown reserves are used for recreation, playgrounds, sport, tourism, open space, community events, cemeteries and special purposes.

Crown reserves are diverse from state parks, beaches and national surfing reserves, caravan and camping grounds, showgrounds, community halls, sporting fields and parks, walking tracks, canoe and kayak trails, smaller ports and harbours to wharves.

Underwater areas such as river beds, lakes, ports and up to three nautical miles out to sea are also Crown reserves.

Many popular recreation areas are Crown reserves. Sydney's Hyde Park and Bondi Beach are two famous iconic examples of our Crown reserves at work.

The Crown reserve system aims to optimise the social, recreation, environmental and economic benefits to the people of New South Wales by working in partnership with other government agencies, local government, local trust boards, private enterprise, industry and community groups.

NSW Crown land (the Department) aims to identify and draw on the potential of Crown reserves to ensure that they make a difference to people's lives through responsible management that also supports regional communities and economies now and in the future.

So, when you wish escape close to home, do so at a Crown reserve.


State parks

Escape to a state park. There are now 18 state parks across New South Wales from the north coast to the south coast and in the central west. These environmentally sensitive lands are protected and retained for current and future generations to enjoy. Most state parks have accommodation, camping, BBQ and picnic facilities. Many state parks have water activities, walking tracks and other recreation facilities and feature native bushland, wetlands and beautiful beaches.

Coffs Coast State Park boasts beautiful beaches, foreshores, estuaries and wetlands that are perfect for surfing, swimming, diving, fishing and boating. Goolawah State Park includes the Crescent Head Surfing Reserve and is great for surfing and swimming. Burrinjuck Waters State Park is ideal for bushwalks and fishing.

For details on all of our state parks visit

National surfing reserves

Escape to one of our national surfing reserves that recognise surfing's contribution to the Australian lifestyle and the iconic significance of the surf culture.

The status of a national surfing reserve signifies the cultural and historical importance to Australian surfing and helps raise awareness about the importance of surfing culture in Australia. The declaration also helps to protect important coastal Crown reserves and at the same time ensuring future generations will have the privilege of catching a wave at some of the world's best surf breaks.

To find out more visit National Surfing Reserves.

Caravan and camping

There are over 270 caravan parks or camping grounds on Crown reserves across New South Wales offering a suitable range of accommodation types from tent sites, on-site cabins, and areas for self-contained caravans.

The Department, in partnership with local government and industry, offers quality tourist accommodation to the public and encourages you to see for yourself what this State has to offer.

To find out more about our caravan parks and camping grounds visit

Walking tracks

Escape to enjoy walking and the outdoors at one of the three Crown reserve walking tracks or on two smaller trails. If you are planning a weekend outing or a longer holiday, Crown reserves provides you with the perfect outdoor playground.

Great North Walk The Great North Walk, between Sydney and Newcastle, has many entry and exits points meaning you can enjoy the idyllic scenery for an hour, a day or even a week. With campsites and changing scenery throughout, the 250km walk is a must do.
Six Foot Track The Six Foot Track, linking Katoomba with Jenolan Caves, winds through some of the most stunning native bushland in NSW. Following the 45km route of the original horse track in 1884, this walk is steeped in history and usually takes three days to walk. However, shorter walks can also be taken on selected sections of the track.
Wiradjuri The Wiradjuri Walking Track, suitable for people of all ages follows a 42km trail around the city of Wagga Wagga.
Abrahams Bosom Tracks The Abrahams Bosom Walking Track, a 9 km track popular with locals and visitors alike, is only a 35 minute drive from Nowra.
Bicentennial National Trail The Bicentennial National Trail traverses NSW on its passage between Cooktown in northern Queensland and Healesville near Melbourne in Victoria. The trail is a multi use (non-motorised) trail down the Great Dividing Range.
Walking Safely Essential information about staying safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors for anyone thinking about embarking on a walk along Crown Land Walking Tracks.
Walking Tracks FAQs Check out our comprehensive list of responses to frequently asked questions about our walking tracks.
History Crown Land walking tracks are steeped in history. Read on to discover interesting facts about the origins of our three main tracks the Hume and Hovell Walking Track, Great North Walk and Six Foot Track.
Events and Commercial Operators Are you looking to hold an event on a Crown Land Walking Track? Or would you like to run tours or a commercial operation on Crown Land walking tracks? Find out more information and contact details
Walking tips Links to tips on walking safety

To find out more about Walking tracks visit Walking Tracks

Canoe and kayak trails

Escape and enjoy the states magnificent rivers with innovative canoe and kayak trails at Wellington in the central west and in the Murrumbidgee River region. The trails link a number of public riverside reserves so you can enjoy some of the most attractive parts of our inland waterways.

The canoe and kayak trail on the Macquarie River covers 150 kilometres of the river from Wellington, passing through Dubbo and ending at Narromine.

The Murrumbidgee River canoe and kayak trail takes in 230 kilometres of the river from Burrinjuck Dam passing through Jugiong and Gundagai before finishing at Wagga Wagga.

Both canoe and kayak trails could take about six to eight days to fully complete but trips of a shorter duration of a day or two could also be taken.

To find out more about canoe and kayak trails visit Canoe and Kayak Trails.


Crown reserves are used for a wide variety of community purposes including community halls, youth clubs, sporting fields, local parks and playgrounds, showgrounds, tennis courts, preschools, racecourses, and environmental protection.

Over 840 Crown reserves across the state are managed by community volunteers who devote many unpaid hours in the service of their communities. They can also be managed by your local council or other people appointed by the government.

These people look after the Crown reserve on behalf of the community, protect reserves for future generations, and cater for the community's future needs.

When you escape to a local park, use the local community hall or play sport at the local grounds you could be utilising a Crown reserve.


Crown reserves play a key part in the maritime, industrial, residential and tourist development arena, promoting projects that help local communities grow and prosper. These projects are largely funded by the private sector with the Crown reserves remaining in public ownership.

The Department works with state and local government, local trust boards, and industry to provide development and commercial opportunities, including sales, leasing, tenders or partnerships.