There will be no charge to drive your car into the Blue Mountains National Park this Sunday October 8

Free this Sunday: MP Stuart Ayres welcomes the free entry to mark 50 years of national parks.
Free this Sunday: MP Stuart Ayres welcomes the free entry to mark 50 years of national parks.

There will be no charge to drive your car into the Blue Mountains National Park this Sunday October 8.

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres welcomed the announcement that vehicle entry costs will be waived for the state’s 45 fee paying national parks on Sunday October 8 as part of National Parks and Wildlife Service’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“With the NSW School holidays coming to an end why not cap them off with a visit to our magnificent Blue Mountains National Park,” Mr Ayres said

“The mercury is set to soar this weekend providing the perfect opportunity for a picnic at Euroka clearing or a swim at the famous Jellybean Pool.”

The 50th anniversary celebrates five decades of conservation and is an opportunity to thank the staff and volunteers who protect and conserve more than 870 reserves, covering more than seven million hectares.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, seven public events will be held around the state on Sunday 8 October 2017, including a flagship event at Royal National Park, the oldest national park in the state.

The Royal National Park event at Ironbark Flats will include free Discovery Ranger tours and opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.

People can picnic or enjoy the free sausage-sizzle and the event’s music and dance performances. A free bus shuttle will run from Sutherland, Engadine and Loftus Train Stations and Bundeena to Ironbark Flats.

National Park events on Sunday 8 October: 

Roto House, Macquarie Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, Morton National Park

Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park

Hill End Historic Site, Hill End

The Kinchega Woolshed and Shearers Quarters Complex, Kinchega National Park

For more information and to register for the Royal National Park event, visit: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/free-park-entry-8-october-2017 and https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nsw-national-parks-wildlife-service-50th-anniversary-event-tickets-36739772649.