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Morton National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 12 February 2018, 9.28am

Applies from Fri 22 Dec 2017, 11.32am to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 11.06am.

Safety alerts: 1080 disposal NPWS Fitzroy Falls Depot

NSW National Parks conduct numerous 1080 fox and wild dog baiting programs across various local national parks within the Illawarra Highlands area. Any untaken baits from these programs are collected and buried at a nominated burial pit within the Fitzroy Falls depot in Morton National Park. All bait material buried in the disposal pit are buried under at least 50cm of soil. This burial pit will continue to have 1080 bait material in it from today through to Saturday 30 June 2018.

Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not enter the Fitzroy Falls depot. 1080 is lethal to domestic dogs and cats.

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

Applies from Thu 14 Dec 2017, 5.09pm to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 5.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 11.06am.

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

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is 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 happening 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 Friday 15 December 2017 through to Saturday 30 June 2018. 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 information about the baiting methods being used on each property. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander, because dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to see a map of the approximate location of each bait station.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

Applies from Fri 15 Dec 2017, 2.22pm to Thu 21 Jun 2018, 2.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Jan 2018, 12.47pm.

Closed areas: Upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track temporarily closed

The upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track, between Fairy Bower walking track and Tooths lookout walking track is temporarily closed due to potential land slip concerns. Visitors can access Bundanoon Creek via Tooths lookout walking track and lower Bundanoon Creek walking track.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on (02) 4887 8244 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: Mon 12 Feb 2018, 9.28am.

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access is closed permanently 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 Fitzroy Falls office on (02) 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 9.19am.

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail is closed

The Tianjara fire trail is closed due to environmental damage. The trail is currently impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Ulladulla on (02) 4454 9500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Wed 11 Oct 2017, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Nov 2017, 3.32pm.

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control program

NPWS will be conducting a wild dog control program from October 2017 to October 2018 for wild dogs. The program will include trapping and the use of 1080  (sodium fluoroacetate) poison baits. The program will be undertaken in the Sassafras-Tolwong-Touga area of Morton National Park. Visitors are advised not to touch traps or baits. Please be aware that domestic pets could be affected as 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners and landowners must ensure their pets and working dogs do not enter baited reserves. For further information contact the NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4428 6300 during business hours.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
12 March 2018 Closed areas Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Details

Applies from Mon 12 Mar 2018, 8.00am to Mon 9 Apr 2018, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 1.01pm

Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track, car park and access road will be temporarily closed between Monday 12 March to Monday 9 April 2018. The works will focus on repairs to elevated platform walkways located near the summit of the mountain.

Unfortunately, the closure includes the Easter long weekend. However, the mountain is planning to open for the school holidays during mid to late April. If the track re-opens earlier, the alert will be updated. This closure is weather dependent and may be extended, and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2018, 3.00pm to Fri 30 Mar 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Feb 2018, 10.29am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2018, 3.09pm

Closed areas: Burrill Lake culture heritage walk changes

Some areas around Burrill Lake in Meroo National Park will be closed in 2018. The closures are due to construction and works to improve visitor facilities and recreational opportunities. A new Aboriginal walking trail will be constructed which will use some sections of Burrill Lake Drive. To ensure public safety, these sections of the trail will be closed to public vehicles in 2018 and will be for use by walkers only.

The closed areas include:

  • Picnic areas around Burrill Lake
  • Sections of Burrill Lake Road
  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Interpretive walking trail that follows the Burrill Lake foreshore

The closed roads will be retained for management and emergency vehicle access. There will be further changes to public vehicle access in the future. For more information, please contact the NPWS Ulladulla area office on (02) 4454 9500 or see the Meroo National Park plan of management.

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Applies from Fri 26 Jan 2018, 5.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.30am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Hawkesbury and Upper Mountains

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until further notice. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Sat 27 Jan 2018, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.17am

Fire bans: Yengo National Park - park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 11 Jan 2018, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Feb 2018, 11.23am

Other planned events: No drinking water at Bungonia campground

Bungonia National Park campground is experiencing water treatment issues and is currently not able to provide treated drinking water for visitors. The campground is open, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinking water.

Please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on (02) 4887 8244 for further information.

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Applies from Fri 22 Dec 2017, 11.32am to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 11.06am

Safety alerts: 1080 disposal NPWS Fitzroy Falls Depot

NSW National Parks conduct numerous 1080 fox and wild dog baiting programs across various local national parks within the Illawarra Highlands area. Any untaken baits from these programs are collected and buried at a nominated burial pit within the Fitzroy Falls depot in Morton National Park. All bait material buried in the disposal pit are buried under at least 50cm of soil. This burial pit will continue to have 1080 bait material in it from today through to Saturday 30 June 2018.

Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not enter the Fitzroy Falls depot. 1080 is lethal to domestic dogs and cats.

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 Thu 14 Dec 2017, 5.09pm to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 5.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 11.06am

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

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is 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 happening 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 Friday 15 December 2017 through to Saturday 30 June 2018. 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 information about the baiting methods being used on each property. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander, because dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to see a map of the approximate location of each bait station.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 13 Oct 2017, 4.33pm to Sat 31 Mar 2018, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 12.39pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban – NPWS Mudgee area reserves

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page. Contact the NPWS Mudgee area office on (02) 6370 9000 for further information.

Applies from Fri 15 Dec 2017, 2.22pm to Thu 21 Jun 2018, 2.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Jan 2018, 12.47pm

Closed areas: Upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track temporarily closed

The upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track, between Fairy Bower walking track and Tooths lookout walking track is temporarily closed due to potential land slip concerns. Visitors can access Bundanoon Creek via Tooths lookout walking track and lower Bundanoon Creek walking track.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on (02) 4887 8244 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 Sat 31 Mar 2018, 8.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jan 2018, 1.44pm

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 31 March 2018:

  • 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 Mon 25 Sep 2017, 3.50pm to Wed 28 Feb 2018, 3.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.25pm

Fire bans: Fire Ban - Wollemi National Park

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Wednesday 28 February 2018.

The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Colo Meroo, Coorongooba, Dunns Swamp, Newnes and Wheeny Creek picnic and campgrounds.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • they're under direct control of an adult
  • the ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • there's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Wed 1 Nov 2017, 10.03am to Sun 1 Apr 2018, 10.03am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Nov 2017, 3.36pm

Other planned events: Drum Cave

Drum Cave is closed each year from 1 November to 1 April. Seasonal cave closures protect breeding and roosting populations of the vulnerable large bent-wing bat. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Please don't enter caves when they are closed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bungonia area office on (02) 4827 4700 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: Mon 12 Feb 2018, 9.28am

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access is closed permanently 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 Fitzroy Falls office on (02) 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 28 Feb 2017, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Sat 1 Apr 2017, 5.05pm

Closed areas: Road closures due to erosion

Some areas of this park are closed to vehicles due to erosion. Closed areas are:

  • Saltwater trail
  • Honeysuckle trail
  • Link trail (The trail that links the Christmas Bush trail and the Honeysuckle trail)

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4428 6300 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 Sat 30 Jun 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jan 2018, 2.20pm

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 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 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 9.40am

Safety alerts: Some fire trails not suitable for trailer access

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place for some time to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in Deua National Park. However, due to ongoing damage to trails as a result of continued inappropriate use of 4WDs towing trailers on these signposted trails, NPWS is now prohibiting the use of trailers on the following trails in Deua National Park:

  • Dampier Mountain trail
  • Oulla Creek trail
  • Minuma Range trail
  • Merricumbene trail
  • Mongamula trail
  • Dry Creek trail

It is now an offence to tow trailers on these trails. The penalty for towing trailers on these trails is a $300 penalty infringement notice, or higher if the matter is taken to court. By keeping trailers away from these identified trails, you reduce the safety risk to yourself and others, reduce damage to the park environment and your assets and reduce park maintenance costs, a benefit to everyone. Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Road and Bendethera trail. From Braidwood, this increases travel time by about 30 minutes to 1 hour. For more information, please contact NPWS Narooma on (02) 4476 0800.

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Applies from Wed 11 Oct 2017, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Nov 2017, 3.32pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control program

NPWS will be conducting a wild dog control program from October 2017 to October 2018 for wild dogs. The program will include trapping and the use of 1080  (sodium fluoroacetate) poison baits. The program will be undertaken in the Sassafras-Tolwong-Touga area of Morton National Park. Visitors are advised not to touch traps or baits. Please be aware that domestic pets could be affected as 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners and landowners must ensure their pets and working dogs do not enter baited reserves. For further information contact the NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4428 6300 during business hours.

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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/morton-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    Parts of the south-eastern area of this park were once used for military training and may contain unexploded artillery shells. These areas have restrictions in place for your safety.

  • Park entry fees: 

    Fitzroy Falls: $4 per vehicle per day. Bundanoon area: $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre
      (02) 4887 7270
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Morton National Park, Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls NSW 2577
    • Fax: (02) 4887 7203
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Fitzroy Falls view from above. Photo: John Yurasek