Visitors will be granted free vehicle entry to all fee-collecting national parks in NSW on October 8.
The date marks 50 years since of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, responsible for the conservation of over 870 reserves that cover more than seven million hectares.
Vehicle entry fees will be waived for the 45 fee collecting parks across the state, including Kosciuszko National Park, which usually charges $29 entry during snow season and $17 throughout the rest of the year.
Other national parks with free entry include Bournda National Park and the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park, both costing $8 usually entry.
To celebrate the occasion, Kosciuszko National Park is one of eight parks across the state that is holding a day of free events.
The day includes ranger talks, Aboriginal cultural demonstrations, guided cave tours, live music, a photographic exhibition, commemorative and educational displays and a morning tea and free sausage sizzle at the iconic Yarrangobilly Caves.
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the anniversary is an opportunity to thank the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers.
“National parks aren’t just incredibly beautiful, they are also home to many of our native plants and animals, including many threatened species,” Ms Upton said.
“You don’t have to be a professional bushwalker to enjoy the state’s national parks. People can swim, whale watch or picnic, there is something for everyone.”
Visit the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service website to see the full list of fee waiving parks and events.