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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.


To apply for consent, geocachers should complete the application form that is attached to the policy and deliver it to the relevant NPWS office. The contact details of all NPWS offices and visitor centres can be found at


It is recommended that geocache listings include the following links on the department's website:

A guide to applying for approval can be found on the Geocaching NSW website, as well as a detailed FAQ.

Geocachers should also refer to the following documents to answer a question they have regarding the use of NSW National Parks:

Once approval has been received from NPWS, geocachers can then submit their listing to a geocaching listing website.

In the event that the application is rejected, geocachers are encouraged to seek feedback. While a particular size, type or style of geocache may be permitted in one location, it may not be approved in another.


After entering your geocache listing, a scanned copy of the signed consent form should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A reviewer note should also be added to the geocache listing to alert the reviewers that the consent form has been emailed.

Geocaching Australia 

For caches listed on Geocaching Australia, you should confim permission has been granted or an exemption is warranted prior to your cache listing being available to be published by uploading a scanned or photographed copy of the permission form provided by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. More information is listed on the Geocaching Australia website.

Geocachers requiring assistance with geocache placement are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .