Destination Management Planning

21 February 2013

The Government has identified that a key year one deliverable, under the Industry Action Plan for the Visitor Economy, is the implementation of a new Destination Management Planning (DMP) system for NSW.

Both the State and Federal Government have identified a key requirement for accessing future investment is a well-developed Destination Management Plan.

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism have published ‘The guide to best practice Destination Management‘ which is available at The guide provides an introduction to destination management and the process.

Destination NSW has developed a Destination Management Planning factsheet which provides information regarding destination management in NSW and what key information is required in a destination management plan.

Destination NSW encourages anyone involved in a destination management planning process to use the best practice guidelines and to read the Destination Management Planning fact sheet.

A Destination Management Plan template has been developed to outline the minimum level of information and analysis Destination NSW expects to be provided. A destination management plan does not need to use the Destination NSW template, however the information requested in the template will need to be supplied within the DMP developed.

Current Regional Destination Management Plans

Please click on the map below to find out what DMPs have been developed in each region.

Tourism regions of New South Wales

NSW Region Map

Blue Mountains

Local Government Areas

  • Blue Mountains
  • City of Lithgow
  • Oberon

Central Coast

Local Government Areas

  • Gosford
  • Wyong

The Hunter

Local Government Areas

  • Cessnock
  • Dungog
  • Gloucester
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland
  • Muswellbrook
  • Newcastle
  • Singleton
  • Upper Hunter

South Coast

Local Government Areas

  • Bega Valley
  • Eurobodalla
  • Kiama
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Wollongong

North Coast

Local Government Areas

  • Ballina
  • Bellingen
  • Byron
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Great Lakes
  • Greater Taree
  • Hastings
  • Kempsey
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore
  • Nambucca
  • Port Stephens
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tweed

Capital Country

Local Government Areas

  • Boorowa
  • Goulburn Mulwaree
  • Harden
  • Palerang
  • Queanbeyan
  • Upper Lachlan
  • Wingecarribee
  • Yass Valley
  • Young

New England North West

Local Government Areas

  • Armidale Dumaresq
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Gunnedah
  • Guyra
  • Gwydir
  • Inverell
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Moree Plains
  • Narrabri
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Tenterfield
  • Uralla
  • Walcha

Central NSW

Local Government Areas

  • Bathurst Regional
  • Blayney
  • Cabonne
  • Coonamble
  • Cowra
  • Dubbo
  • Forbes
  • Gilgandra
  • Lachlan
  • Mid Western Regional
  • Narromine
  • Orange
  • Parkes
  • Warren
  • Warrumbungle
  • Weddin
  • Wellington

Snowy Mountains

Local Government Areas

  • Bombala
  • Cooma-Monaro
  • Snowy River
  • Tumbarumba
  • Tumut


Local Government Areas

  • Bland
  • Carrothool
  • Conargo
  • Coolamon
  • Cootamundra
  • Deniliquin (also in Murray)
  • Griffith
  • Gundagai
  • Hay (also in Outback)
  • Jerilderie
  • Junee
  • Leeton
  • Lockhart
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Narrandera
  • Temora
  • Urana
  • Wagga Wagga


Local Government Areas

  • Albury
  • Balranald (also in Outback)
  • Berrigan
  • Corowa
  • Deniliquin (also in Riverina)
  • Greater Hume
  • Murray
  • Wakool
  • Wentworth

Outback NSW

Local Government Areas

  • Balranald (also in Murray)
  • Bogan
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill
  • Central Darling
  • Cobar
  • Hay (also in Riverina)
  • Unincorporated
  • Walgett

Sydney and Surrounds

  • No DMPs available for Sydney and surrounds

Unsure of your local government area (LGA)? Find out which LGA you are situated in.


Destination Management Planning factsheet (PDF 235kb)

Destination Management Plan template (Doc 580kb)

Related information

Regional Tourism Fund (RTF)