During this time of social distancing and coronavirus restrictions, the chance to escape the indoors for exercise outside is a welcome relief.
The question that has been on some people's minds is whether or not they can still go for walks or hikes in the state's national parks during this COVID-19 emergency.
The short answer is yes, but it depends if the park has been closed due to another factor, for example bushfire damage.
In March, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced in a media release that the National Parks and Wildlife Service had closed its campgrounds, visitor centres, high-visitation areas and historic sites in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
The closures remain in place until further notice, but national parks will "remain open to the community", the media release states.
Importantly for hikers and wildlife-lovers, most walking tracks and trails will remain open.
But the DPIE states "visitors should observe necessary social distancing with others while using pathways and other facilities to maximise their safety".
"Parks that are already closed due to fire impacts remain closed," the DPIE said.
"Please check our NPWS Alerts page for details.
"As this is a rapidly changing situation, we ask visitors to check our website regularly for COVID-19 updates."
Also, all roads through national parks remain open.
The Bega Valley contains some of the most beautiful forests and national parks in the country and while some parks and trails have been closed due to the devastating Black Summer bushfire season others are still open for the community to enjoy.
But ensure social distancing advice is observed, despite being on forest trails, and take the usual safety precautions for walking in nature before heading out.
Bournda National Park
In this park the campgrounds and on-park accommodation are closed, as is the Scotts Bay picnic area.
Gulaga National Park
The walking track up Mount Gulaga that leaves from Tilba Tilba is still accessible to the public.
Mimosa Rocks National Park
This park's four campgrounds are closed: Aragunnu, Middle Beach, Picnic Point and Gillards.
Myer House is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff.
Ben Boyd National Park
The southern section of this park, the Green Cape area, is closed until further notice due to bushfire damage and hazardous conditions.
The Light to Light walk is closed due to hazardous conditions and bushfire damage.
Also, the campgrounds and on-park accommodation are closed: Bittangabee, Green Cape lightstation keepers' cottages, Saltwater Creek and Telegraph Station bunkhouse.
The Bega Valley's national parks and nature reserves closed completely due to bushfire damage, and their current estimated closure dates, are:
- Bermaguee Nature Reserve, closed to June 30;
- Kooraban National Park, closed to June 30;
- Biamanga National Park, closed to June 30;
- Mount Imlay National Park, closed to August 31;
- Murrah Flora Reserves, closed to June 30;
- Nadgee Nature Reserve, closed to August 31;
- South East Forests National Park, closed to August 31