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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 8 November 2016, 9.29am

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.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 24 Mar 2017, 1.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2.29pm

Closed areas: Braeside fire trail and car park closed

Braeside fire trail and car park is closed due to roadwork. This closure has been extended due to wet weather conditions and will be reassessed on Thursday 30 March 2017. Any further 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 Fri 24 Mar 2017, 11.07am to Sat 25 Mar 2017, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2017, 11.31am

Safety alerts: Figure 8 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 Thu 23 Mar 2017, 9.58am to Tue 28 Mar 2017, 9.53am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2017, 9.58am

Closed parks: Bents Basin State Conservation Area Park closed

This park is closed due to flooding and will remain closed unless otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Nattai area office on (02) 4632 4500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 22 Mar 2017, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2017, 12.03pm

Closed areas: Pigeon House/Didthul walking track is closed

Pigeon House Mountain/Didthul walking track is closed until further notice due to a rock slide. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the 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 Mon 13 Mar 2017, 1.44pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2.53pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to wet weather - Blue Mountains National Park

Due to heavy rain and flooding, the following areas are closed:

  • Murphys Glen campground
  • Burralow campground and Patterson Range fire trail
  • Euroka campground
  • Vehicle access to Red Hands Cave and Nepean lookout
  • Mount Portal lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area 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 Fri 17 Mar 2017, 9.25am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2017, 12.22pm

Safety alerts: Wet weather safety

Walkers, cyclists and canyoners are advised to be cautious and to plan their activities and routes carefully. Significant rain has affected the entire park since Monday 13 March. Rivers and creeks could become impassable at short notice. Please note some closures are in place within this park.

For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, Monday to Sunday, 9am – 4.30pm.

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Applies from Thu 16 Mar 2017, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Mar 2017, 6.16pm

Closed areas: Woodford Oaks fire trail (Woodford to Glenbrook)

Woodford Oaks fire trail (Woodford to Glenbrook) is closed due to heavy rainfall and flooding at the Causeway at Glenbrook Creek, Glenbrook Precinct. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877. Alternatively visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Mar 2017, 3.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2017, 5.05pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is often closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations for public safety reasons. These closures may occur with little or no notice. Please do not enter if red flags are flying above the range, or if the gated entry points at Fishermans Road or South Maroubra Beach are closed.

The current range operation schedule provided by the NSW Rifle Association as at 15 March 2017 indicates that the park will be closed during these times:

  • Every Saturday until 6pm
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month until 6pm
  • 28 March 2017
  • 4 April 2017
  • 5 April 2017
  • 18 April 2017
  • 19 April 2017
  • 20 April 2017
  • 21 April 2017
  • 22 April 2017
  • 23 April 2017
  • 25 April 2017

For more information, please contact the NPWS Vaucluse area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 14 Mar 2017, 6.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2017, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2017, 10.06am

Closed areas: Burragorang lookout closed

Burragorang lookout will be closed for 5 days from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March 2017 due to a planned pest management program. It will reopen on Saturday 1 April 2017. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nattai area office on (02) 4632 4500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 14 Mar 2017, 3.06pm to Fri 31 Mar 2017, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2017, 10.06am

Other planned events: Reserves closed - pest management program

The following national park reserves will be closed from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March 2017 because NPWS will be conducting a pest management program:

  • Nattai National Park
  • Nattai State Conservation Area
  • Burragorang State Conservation Area
  • Joadja Nature Reserve
  • Wollondilly River Nature Reserve
  • Yerranderie State Conservation Area
  • Bluegum trail access through Thirlmere Lakes National Park.

For further information please contact the NPWS Nattai area office on (02) 4632 4500 or the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (02) 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2017, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Mar 2017, 9.56am

Safety alerts: Victoria Falls Road access

Due to roadworks on the Great Western Highway at Mt Victoria, vehicle access into Victoria Falls Road may not always be possible. For further information, contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 20 Feb 2017, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2017, 2.24pm

Safety alerts: Rodriguez Pass

Due to recent high winds, there are a number of large trees across Rodriguez Pass, between Govetts Leap and Junction Rock. NPWS staff will be working from today to clear the track. This work may take several days to complete. Walkers are advised to avoid this area until work is completed.

For further information, please phone Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 from Monday to Sunday, 9am–4.30pm.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2017, 12.00am to Mon 3 Apr 2017, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Feb 2017, 11.41am

Safety alerts: Essential maintenance on Lady Carrington Drive

Maintenance works are currently underway on Lady Carrington Drive in Royal National Park. Access to the walking track by pedestrians and cyclists is unaffected, although visitors should take note of onsite safety signage. For further information please contact the Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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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 Fri 11 Nov 2016, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Dec 2016, 12.20pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura

Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 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 8 Nov 2016, 9.28am to Tue 30 May 2017, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Mar 2017, 8.12am

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 Mon 23 May 2016, 8.39am to Mon 1 May 2017, 8.39am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Dec 2016, 11.18am

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 May 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 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 12 Aug 2016, 3.17pm to Fri 28 Apr 2017, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Sep 2016, 2.11pm

Other planned events: Grand Canyon track - under construction (Evans section)

Grand Canyon track immediately below Evans lookout will be under construction Monday to Friday each week. The track is open to visitors, however be aware of the following:

  • Expect delays
  • Minor detours will be in place
  • Be careful of uneven surfaces and trips
  • Construction materials will be on the track.

Evans lookout and carpark, Loop carpark and Neates Glen carpark are unaffected. Access to the Grand Canyon and Rodriguez Pass is unaffected. For further information, please call the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877.

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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 Wed 14 Oct 2015, 12.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2015, 12.34pm

Closed areas: Twelve Mile Road is closed

Due to recent heavy rains resulting in severe erosion, Twelve Mile Road is closed. This road is closed from the George Boyd lookout turn-off through to Main Road 92. Access to George Boyd lookout from the Princes Highway is still available. For more information please contact the NPWS Ulladulla office on (02) 4454 9500.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.02am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed parks: No public access permitted

Upper Nepean State Conservation Area is entirely within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area (Water Catchment). 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 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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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 4.42pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.02am

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 Moauntains 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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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

Contact

  • 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