14 Jul 2013

More people visiting NSW national parks

1:10 pm on 14 July 2013

More people are visiting national parks in New South Wales.

in a statement on Sunday, state environment minister Robyn Parker said a survey by the National Parks and Wildlife Service showed there were 35.5 million visits in 2012.

She said this was 1.7 million more than recorded in previous years.

Ms Parker put it down to more and better walking tracks, lookouts and accommodation.

"We have seen the number of visits to parks in western NSW increase to their highest levels ever recorded," she said.

Meanwhile, AAP reports the state government is preparing to allow hunting in national parks. A trial in 12 parks will begin in October under the direction of the NPWS.