Outdoors NSW has been evolving for over 30 years. 

Established in 1984 as The Outdoor Professionals and later becoming the Outdoor Recreation Industry Council of NSW (ORIC) the organisation has long been recognised as the peak industry body representing the interests of outdoor recreation practitioners and employers in NSW. 

The outdoor community has seen huge growth and diversification in the last 10 years. Due to diversification and interconnection of the outdoors industry, in 2015 ORIC undertook a series of consultations as part of an Evolution of ORIC initiative. This defined our DELIVERY FOCUS, our VALUES, and in 2016 culminated in the renaming and rebranding of the organisation to Outdoors NSW to better reflect who we are today, who we represent and who we serve. 

This was reinforced with our new tagline: Advancing Outdoor Experiences 

We are actively involved in “Advancing Outdoor Experiences”  

  • Through improving standards and quality 
  • Through greater collaboration 
  • Through innovation of outdoor experiences, and 
  • Through promoting outdoor experiences as a pursuit.

Today our membership base – and community – are much broader than recreation and much more inclusive than a council. More than being a vehicle to promote and safeguard our interests we are a conduit to an industry that is maturing, multi-faceted and inclusive. 

We are paving the way for more people to make a livelihood in the outdoors in NSW, through identifying hurdles and solutions, and upskilling and capacity building of the sector to raise its professional standing. 


53 Million – Number of times NSW residents aged 15+ participated in nature based outdoor recreation in NSW in 2018.

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