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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 25 July 2017, 1.40pm

Applies from Thu 25 May 2017, 1.51pm to Thu 31 Aug 2017, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Jul 2017, 1.40pm.

Closed areas: Mount Pleasant track closure

Mount Pleasant track is closed due to asset maintenance being undertaken. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.29am.

Closed areas: Areas closed due to rock falls

Some areas of this park are closed to public access due to rock fall hazards. Closed areas are: 

  • The northern section of the Mt Keira Ring track that extends west from the Mt Pleasant track to the stairs leading up to Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • All areas above Mt Keira Ring track to Mt Keira summit, except for the Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mt Keira.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188.

View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB).

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 17 Aug 2017, 7.00am to Wed 27 Sep 2017, 5.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Aug 2017, 11.05am

Other planned events: 1080 ground baiting program - Greens Road fire trail

NPWS will be conducting a 1080 ground baiting program for wild dogs along the Greens Road fire trail precinct, Warrimoo, from Sunday 27 August to Wednesday 27 September 2017.

It's essential that local residents restrain their domestic pets and ensure that they are not permitted to roam in the area. 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. There will be signs advising of the baiting program at entrances to the national park where the baits are located.

For further information call the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 3100.

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Applies from Thu 17 Aug 2017, 8.54am to Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Aug 2017, 10.41am

Safety alerts: Figure Eight Pools - high risk

  • It's too dangerous to visit Figure Eight Pools now
  • You can't access the rock platform because it's covered in water and breaking waves
  • You won't be able to see the pools or take a photo

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Applies from Wed 16 Aug 2017, 9.34am to Thu 30 Nov 2017, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Aug 2017, 11.23am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid as buried baits in various locations on the fore-dunes and tracks within Seven Mile Beach National Park and Comerong Island Nature Reserve in a continuous and ongoing manner from Wednesday 16 August to Thursday 30 November 2017. Its advised to not touch the baits. Please note that domestic pets may be affected as 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves. For further information during business hours please contact the NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4423 2170. 

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Applies from Mon 14 Aug 2017, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9.45am

Hazard reduction burns: Bola Heights HR

There is a fire in this park called Bola Heights HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10.14am

Hazard reduction burns: Bolins Rd HR

There is a fire in this park called Bolins Rd HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 13 Aug 2017, 9.30am. Last reviewed: Sat 12 Aug 2017, 3.45pm

Hazard reduction burns: Ripple Creek

There is a fire in this park called Ripple Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 11 Aug 2017, 3.58pm to Tue 31 Oct 2017, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Aug 2017, 4.34pm

Closed areas: Garie Road closed for roadworks

Garie Road will be closed from Monday 14 August to Tuesday 31 October 2017, 7am–6pm. NSW Roads and Maritime services will be conducting essential slope stabilisation and drainage upgrade works during this time. The road will not be closed on Weekends or Public Holidays.  The closed areas are:

  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Little Garie Beach
  • Governor Game lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 14 Aug 2017, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Aug 2017, 9.00am

Hazard reduction burns: Sackville St HR

There is a fire in this park called Sackville St HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 10 Aug 2017, 3.14pm to Sun 20 Aug 2017, 6.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Aug 2017, 3.24pm

Closed parks: Bargo State Conservation Area closed - hazard reduction burn

This area is closed from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 20 August 2017 because of a hazard reduction burn (Bolins Rd SFAZ). The burn is planned to begin on Sunday 13 August, and the area will be closed for the following week to ensure visitor safety. The closure may be extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Nattai area office on (02) 4632 4500 or the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Aug 2017, 9.08am

Hazard reduction burns: Ripple Creek HR

There is a fire in this park called Ripple Creek HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 10 Aug 2017, 9.08am to Fri 8 Sep 2017, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Aug 2017, 12.12pm

Closed areas: Little Forest walking track

Little Forest walking track is closed due to maintenance and will remain closed unless otherwise extended or removed. Alternative access will be provided to Florence and Rusden Head walks, see signage in park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Ulladulla area office on (02) 4454 9500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 4 Aug 2017, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Aug 2017, 3.23pm

Closed areas: Ingar campground

Ingar campground and Ingar Road will be closed from 12pm on Saturday 5  August 2017 due to private property building works. This closure is indefinite and date of reopening is to be advised. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS  Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 4.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Aug 2017, 4.10pm

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change

Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 27 Jul 2017, 10.23am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Aug 2017, 10.44am

Closed areas: Murphys Glen campground closed

Murphys Glen campground is closed for essential trail maintenance works. Murphys fire trail is also closed, and entry is prohibited.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Richmond office on (02) 4588 2400 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jul 2017, 8.09am to Mon 11 Sep 2017, 8.10am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jul 2017, 10.23am

Closed areas: Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre toilets closed

Work has begun on a substantial upgrade of the toilet facilities at Fitzroy Falls. This work will address longstanding issues relating to the sustainability and ambience of the current facilities. It will also include new arrangements such as squat toilets to better cater for the needs of our rapidly growing international visitor market.

The work will be undertaken from Monday 17 July 2017 for approximately 8 weeks. During this time, limited temporary facilities will be available via portable toilets. However, because of the significant complexities involved in the siting of the temporary facilities, there will be no wheelchair-accessible toilets available on site during the works.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this necessary work may cause. Visit the national public toilet map to find the nearest wheelchair-accessible toilets to Fitzroy Falls.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on (02) 4887 7270 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Aug 2017, 9.50am

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

The access is closed from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area down to the base of the Belmore falls due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Highlands area office on (02) 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2017, 2.26pm to Sun 31 Dec 2017, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Jul 2017, 7.36am

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program underway

NSW National Parks are conducting a 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas for the protection of the Endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. The baiting is conducted on various private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land. All properties with 1080 baiting under this program are permanently baited throughout the year. These properties will have poison on them from today through to 31 December 2017. The baiting will be conducted using both 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations. Do not touch any bait or ejector devices. All properties being baited are sign posted with the baiting dates and an indication of which baiting methods are being used on each property. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander as dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. A map indicating the approximate location of each bait station is being hosted on the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website. For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the OEH Highlands area office, Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2017, 2.36pm to Sun 31 Dec 2017, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jul 2017, 2.50pm

Other planned events: 1080 Fox Baiting

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (within the Office of Environment and Heritage) are conducting a 1080 fox baiting program in these reserves for the protection of  numerous threatened species. 


All baited areas within these reserves are permanently baited throughout the year. Thus these reserves will have poison on them from today right through to 31 December 2017. This baiting will be conducting using both 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations. Do not touch any bait or ejector devices. All baited areas are sign posted with the baiting dates and an indication of which baiting methods are being used. Dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning and dog owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted on National Park estates at any time. 


For further information: please contact Melinda Norton at the OEH Highlands Area Office, Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Aug 2017, 3.50pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland rifle range operation schedule

To ensure public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed to the public during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice. Check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service alerts for Malabar Headland National Park before you enter.

Do not enter the park when red flags are flying above the range or if there are warning signs at the park entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark).

Range scheduling information is provided by the NSW Rifle Association (the range authority).

Malabar Headland National Park is closed on the following dates: These closures apply to the Boora Point Walking Track as well.

  • The park is always closed on Saturdays and every 3rd Sunday of the month.

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To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, email them or call (02) 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call (02) 9337 5511.

Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2017, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Jun 2017, 11.42am

Other planned events: 1080 wild pig baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a 1080 wild pig baiting program in Blue Mountains National Park. The program will commence from Friday 9 June 2017 and finish Thursday 31 August 2017. The 1080 poison will be laid within Blue Mountains National Park. The areas include:

  • Jamison Valley
  • Kedumba Valley
  • Cedar Creek
  • Breakfast Creek
  • Wild Dog ranges.

A reminder that 1080 is lethal to domestic dogs and pet owners must ensure their pets do not enter baited reserves. Domestic animals should be restrained for the duration of the program. 1080 baiting signs will be placed at entrances in and out of the reserves where bating are being placed. Pets are prohibited at all times in National Parks under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and regulations. For further information contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 29 May 2017, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Jun 2017, 5.22pm

Hazard reduction burns: NPWS HR - Talaterang relight

There is a fire in this park called NPWS HR - Talaterang relight. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 May 2017, 1.51pm to Thu 31 Aug 2017, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Jul 2017, 1.40pm

Closed areas: Mount Pleasant track closure

Mount Pleasant track is closed due to asset maintenance being undertaken. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 19 May 2017, 2.12pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 May 2017, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walk - section closed

A section of Prince Henry Cliff Walk will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 23 May 2017 for walking track upgrade works. The details are as follows:

  • 300m of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk track between Katoomba Cascades and Reid Plateau will be closed
  • There will be detours via Cliff Drive. These will be clearly signposted.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 May 2017, 9.03am to Fri 22 Sep 2017, 9.03am. Last reviewed: Sat 29 Jul 2017, 3.24pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NPWS will be conducting 1080 baiting program from Tuesday 23 May 2017 to Friday 22 September 2017 for wild dogs. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits and laid in various locations across Conjola National Park and Morton National Park. We advise not to touch the baits. Please be aware that domestic pets could be affected as the 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners must ensure their pets do not enter baited reserves.

For further information during business hours contact the NPWS Ulladulla area office on (02) 4454 9500.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2016, 8.39am to Fri 1 Dec 2017, 8.39am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Jun 2017, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Carrington Falls and Carrington Falls picnic area is closed

Parts of Carrington Falls precinct in Budderoo National Park are closed for remedial work due to bush fire damage. The following areas of Carrington Falls will be closed until 1 December 2017:

  • Carrington Falls
  • Carrington Falls loop track
  • Izzards lookout track
  • Thomas Place
  • Stevos track

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre (02) 4887 7270 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 25 Nov 2016, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Feb 2017, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Weeping Rock circuit closed

Weeping Rock circuit is currently closed due to stairway damage. Detours are in place. To access Weeping Rock base, please use Wentworth Falls track. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.28am to Mon 1 Jan 2018, 1.37pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jul 2017, 8.19am

Closed areas: Upper Falls viewing platform (Minnamurra Rainforest)

The Upper Falls viewing platform is closed for maintenance and upgrades, however the Falls walk is still open. Visitors can still access the Slot Canyon viewing platform of Lower Falls, which is located at the end of the Falls walk. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre on (02) 4236 0469 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.29am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to rock falls

Some areas of this park are closed to public access due to rock fall hazards. Closed areas are: 

  • The northern section of the Mt Keira Ring track that extends west from the Mt Pleasant track to the stairs leading up to Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • All areas above Mt Keira Ring track to Mt Keira summit, except for the Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mt Keira.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188.

View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB).

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access to areas located within the Sydney Catchment Area

Some areas of this park are closed as they are located within a Water Catchment Special Area.  These areas are closed to the public except with the consent of the Sydney Catchment Authority. Closed areas include the South Eastern section of the park, between the Southern Freeway and the Princes Highway. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra Area Office on (02) 4223 3000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access permitted. Reserve located entirely within Sydney Catchment Area

This park is entirely located within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area Zone. There is no public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office for further information on (02) 4223 3000.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2015, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.02am

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track

The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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Local Alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/illawarra-escarpment-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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  • in the South Coast region
  • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

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Emergency services

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Escarpment, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer