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Wooden footbridge linking Bare Island Fort to the mainland, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: K.McGrath/OEH

Visiting a NSW national park is always an enjoyable experience. And it can be made even more enjoyable, as well as educational, if you take part in the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Programs on offer in Sydney over the coming months.

Led by specialist rangers, the programs feature an amazing variety of entertaining and informative tours and activities so you can get even more out of your park visit. And better still, tours are for everyone whether you're five or 95. See the park from a ranger's point of view with Discovery walks, talks and tours around Sydney which give you a fantastic insight into the unexpected delights of our national parks.

Wild about Whales Discovery Tours

If you're wild about whales you can join National Parks Discovery volunteers at Fairfax Lookout at North Head for some whale watching. You'll have access to powerful binoculars to get a great view of the majestic mammals with equally impressive views of Sydney Harbour. And volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays until 14 July.

Kids will also love WilderQuest - Humpback Heroes where they have the chance to ask a WilderQuest ranger all about the whales, play games and spot whale tails on the whale trail. Perfect for activities in the school holidays!

Still at Kurnell, you can head to Cape Solander for the Wild About Whales whale watching tours. An expert Discovery ranger will take you along the Yena track which leads to Cape Solander for whale watching from the specially built platform. As well as the whales you'll see plants of historical importance as this is the place where botanists Banks and Solander made their first collections during the Cook expeditions in 1770. The tour includes a coffee, tea, hot chocolate or soup to warm you up! Tours are available every Sunday from 12.30pm-2pm.

For those who love walks, head out on the Manly coastal whale walk for a relaxed stroll with your expert park's guide to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean while searching for whales and learning more about their incredible annual migration. The guided walks are available daily from 10am-2pm and your guide will share knowledge of the local environment as you go.

Discovery Tours

Join a Discovery Guide on a fascinating Goat Island Heritage Tour in Sydney Harbour National Park to learn what life as a convict would have been like on the island. At this iconic Sydney landmark you can explore the 1836 Queens powder magazine and the convict quarry, as well as the cramped sleeping quarters used by the convicts. Group bookings are available for 20 or more people.

Visit nearby Shark Island with the relaxing daily ferry trip and spend a few hours, or the whole day on the island.

Further south you can join the Bare Island Tour on Sundays to explore the Bare Island Fort built in 1885.

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