The first ever joint National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Destination NSW tourism campaign has been launched, showcasing the State’s magnificent national parks, including parks across the Central Coast region.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the campaign features some of the best ‘hidden gems’ of regional national parks, encouraging people to holiday in NSW.
“With more than 890 diverse national parks are reserves, we know that NSW is the national parks capital of Australia,” Mr Crouch said.
“National parks such as Bouddi National Park, Brisbane Water National Park and Wyrrabalong National Park have long been enjoyed by our community, and it’s fantastic to see them showcased in this major new campaign to the rest Australia.
“Tourism is vital to many regional and rural economies, including ours, and our national parks are perfectly positioned to support local businesses that have endured drought, bushfires, flooding and a pandemic.”
Minister for Environment James Griffin said the advertising campaign showcases some of the most incredibly diverse national parks on the planet.
“Our national parks aren’t just brimming with natural wonders, they also support 74,000 jobs and contribute $18 billion in visitor expenditure to our economy annually, with 75 per cent of the economic benefits delivered in rural and regional NSW,” Mr Griffin said.
“From the crystal clear waters of Tomaree National Park, to other-worldly rock formations in the Warrumbungles, Australia’s best snow at Kosciuszko, and ancient cultural landscapes of Mungo and Mutawintji, we are so lucky to have an incredibly diverse range of landscapes right here in our backyard.
“If you don’t know, you won’t go, so in collaboration with Destination NSW, NPWS has created a campaign to showcase our magnificent national parks to Australia and the world – from our icons to our hidden treasures.
“Our aim is for visitors to fall in love with our spectacular regions, arriving at our national parks as tourists and leaving as conservationists.”
The campaign will reach millions of people as it rolls out across television, digital media, billboards and outdoor media in Victoria, Queensland, the ACT, Sydney and regional NSW from 4 November.
Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the first major National Parks and Wildlife Service and Destination NSW campaign aligns with the NSW Government’s ‘Feel New’ brand.
“Our ‘Feel New’ material creates an emotional connection to our State unlike any previous campaign,” Mr Franklin said.
“Visitors to our national parks can bask on sunlit coastlines, walk among World Heritage-listed rainforests, make snow angels atop Australia’s highest mountain, and connect with Country on stunning desert landscapes.”
NSW is one of the best places in the world to hike, and the NSW Government is determined to make it even better, with 755 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and mountain-biking tracks, 61 new or improved picnic and visitor areas, and 36 campground upgrades.
To make sure the experience in NSW national parks is as spectacular as the parks themselves, the NSW Government is delivering the largest investment in national parks history, with $450 million dollars for more than 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the State by 2024.