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The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service  (NPWS) allow the placing of geocaches on some controlled land provided the placement has been authorised in writing by an NPWS officer

Physical caches will not be allowed in:
* Aboriginal areas
* declared wilderness areas
* nature reserves, or
* caves
due to the specific conservation requirements of these areas.

From that document:

This policy sets out the conditions under which geocaching can take place in parks.

  • Caches must not be located:
    • in areas which may create a risk to the safety of a person visiting the cache or other park visitors
    • within 50 metres of Aboriginal objects, or
    • in, or within 50 metres of, Aboriginal Places, dams, lakes or watercourses
    • Geocachers are strongly encouraged to liaise with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to assess the suitability of a proposed cache location and to seek guidance on the information to be provided in cache listings.
  • In accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, geocachers must obtain written consent from the Park Authority to place a physical cache in a park.
  • To apply for consent, the cache owner needs to fill out the application form which is attached to the policy and deliver it to the relevant NPWS office. After it has been signed by the NPWS officer a scan of the form is to be emailed, preferably as a PDF, to ozreview at gmail dot com.
  • To assist cache owners in providing current and relevant information, it is recommended that cache listings include links to the department's:

Estate Dataset

The Estate dataset is updated every 3 months, the last revision was created on 30 September 2013. A Google Earth KMZ file is available for download from my skydrive by visiting here.

The latest changes:

New Gazettals:

  • Ukerbarley SCA
  • Warrambool SCA


  • Additions have been added to the following parks
    • Avondale SCA
    • Brisbane Water NP
    • Paroo-Darling NP


  • Minor corrections were made to:
    • Berowra Valley NP
    • Budderoo NP
    • Cobbora CCAZ3 SCA
    • Gulguer NR
    • Hattons Bluff NR
    • Mount Nullum NR
    • Nombinnie NR
    • Paroo-Darling NP
    • Wollumbin NP
    • Yatteyattah NR

Sydney Olympic Park

The Sydney Olympic Park Authority require that permission be obtained before placing geocaches
in most of Sydney Olympic Park.
Currently there is no written policy, however SOPA want to know about all geocaches within their boundary. Please contact a reviewer for guidance before placing a geocache within the park area.

The SOPA boundary kml file for Google Earth is available here and the protected area kml file here .

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