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Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 20 February 2018, 5.29pm

Applies from Sat 20 Jan 2018, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.29pm.

Fires - Not Applicable: Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park

There is a fire in this park called Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park. 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.

Applies from Fri 2 Feb 2018, 7.00pm to Mon 12 Mar 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.42am.

Closed areas: Track closure updates

Some areas of this park are closed due to bushfire. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. The closed areas are:

  • The Coast track (from Wattamolla to Garie)
  • Curra Moors loop track
  • Wallumarra trail
  • Palona Cave track
  • Karani Ridge trail
  • Wises trail

Lady Carrington Drive is open to the public, however, there is no access to Wallumarra trail or Palona Cave track from Lady Carrington Drive.

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 Wed 14 Feb 2018, 2.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.41am.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to Varneys Bridge works

Some areas in this park are closed between Tuesday 20 February and Friday 23 February 2018 due to essential repairs to Varneys Bridge. Please consider the following regarding the affected areas:

  • Wattle Forest is closed
  • Currawong Flat picnic area is closed
  • Uloola Falls track, Engadine track and Robertsons roundabout are not accessible from the Audley area

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 Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10.00am to Sat 24 Feb 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 1.17pm.

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 is 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 Sun 1 Oct 2017, 3.54pm to Mon 30 Apr 2018, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2017, 8.57am.

Other planned events: Weed spraying operation

Senegal tea and luwigia weed spraying with herbicides metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate will be undertaken on the Hacking River in Audley, NSW, the operation will take place upstream of Audley Weir to Jersey Springs. Signs will be displayed during times of herbicide application. For further information on pesticide applications or general information about the program, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Applies from Fri 8 Sep 2017, 11.59am to Thu 31 May 2018, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jan 2018, 1.40pm.

Closed areas: Change in access to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon

NPWS is upgrading the track to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon. The works are part of a broader upgrade of the Royal Coast track from Bundeena to Garie Beach. The track upgrade will be undertaken between September 2017 and May 2018. Access to the beach and lagoon during this time will be via the Providential Point track, as indicated in this map.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648.

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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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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
21 February 2018 Other planned events Wattamolla car park partial closure due to helicopter operations Details

Applies from Wed 21 Feb 2018, 7.00am to Thu 22 Feb 2018, 1.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 2.22pm

The upper two level carparks at Wattamolla will be closed to the public from 8:30pm Wednesday 21 February to 5pm Thursday 22 February 2018. The NPWS will be undertaking essential helicopter operations during this time. Access to the southern end of the coast track between Wattamolla and Garie is currently unavailable. Access to the beach and lagoon is unaffected. 

For more information, please call the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648 or area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Details
21 February 2018 Closed areas Partial track closures due to helicopter operations Details

Applies from Wed 21 Feb 2018, 4.06pm to Thu 22 Feb 2018, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 2.30pm

There are partial closures and delays along the Coast track between 8:30pm Wednesday 21 February and 5pm Thursday 22 February 2018 due to helicopter operations. The areas affected are:

  • Wattamolla Precinct. The upper two level car parks will be closed to pedestrians and traffic 
  • The access south of Wattamolla is currently closed due to fire damage 

 For more information please contact Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648 or the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 20 Jan 2018, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 5.29pm

Fires - Not Applicable: Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park

There is a fire in this park called Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park. 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 2 Feb 2018, 7.00pm to Mon 12 Mar 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.42am

Closed areas: Track closure updates

Some areas of this park are closed due to bushfire. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. The closed areas are:

  • The Coast track (from Wattamolla to Garie)
  • Curra Moors loop track
  • Wallumarra trail
  • Palona Cave track
  • Karani Ridge trail
  • Wises trail

Lady Carrington Drive is open to the public, however, there is no access to Wallumarra trail or Palona Cave track from Lady Carrington Drive.

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 Wed 14 Feb 2018, 2.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.41am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to Varneys Bridge works

Some areas in this park are closed between Tuesday 20 February and Friday 23 February 2018 due to essential repairs to Varneys Bridge. Please consider the following regarding the affected areas:

  • Wattle Forest is closed
  • Currawong Flat picnic area is closed
  • Uloola Falls track, Engadine track and Robertsons roundabout are not accessible from the Audley area

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 Wed 7 Feb 2018, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Feb 2018, 5.40pm

Closed areas: Kamay Botany Bay National park Kurnell temporary trail closures

Some trails near Tabbigai Gap are temporarily closed between 12pm-3pm on Thursday 8 February 2018 due to helicopter operations. The closed areas are: 

  • Cape Solander trail
  • Cape Baily trail
  • Tabbigai trail

Walkers should expect short delays of up to 20 minutes around Tabbigai Gap and should follow any directions of contractors on the ground for their safety. For further information, please phone (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 8.00am to Wed 21 Feb 2018, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10.38am

Closed areas: Pipeline and Mirang Road trails closed in Heathcote National Park

Some areas of this park are closed for 48 hours due to TransGrid maintenance works involving the lowering of power lines. The closed areas are:

  • Pipeline trail
  • Mirang Road trail

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 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 Fri 16 Feb 2018, 8.00am to Sat 24 Feb 2018, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10.42am

Safety alerts: TransGrid power line maintenance works - Pipeline trail and Mirang Road trail

Visitors are advised to take care when accessing Pipeline trail and Mirang Road trail between Friday 16 February and Saturday 24 February 2018. TransGrid power line maintenance works involving the lowering of power lines will be happening in the area.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Nov 2017, 2.25pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway at Towra Point Nature Reserve. 1080 poison can affect non-target species (for example, dogs and cats). The program will finish on Saturday 31 March 2018.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10.00am to Sat 24 Feb 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 1.17pm

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 is 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 28 Sep 2017, 4.21pm to Mon 30 Apr 2018, 4.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2017, 8.57am

Other planned events: Bone seed removal and weed spraying operation

Bone seed removal and luwigia spraying with the herbicides metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate will be undertaken in this park. Signs will be displayed during times of herbicide spraying. For further information on pesticide spraying or general information about the program, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Applies from Sun 1 Oct 2017, 3.54pm to Mon 30 Apr 2018, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2017, 8.57am

Other planned events: Weed spraying operation

Senegal tea and luwigia weed spraying with herbicides metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate will be undertaken on the Hacking River in Audley, NSW, the operation will take place upstream of Audley Weir to Jersey Springs. Signs will be displayed during times of herbicide application. For further information on pesticide applications or general information about the program, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Applies from Fri 8 Sep 2017, 11.59am to Thu 31 May 2018, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jan 2018, 1.40pm

Closed areas: Change in access to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon

NPWS is upgrading the track to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon. The works are part of a broader upgrade of the Royal Coast track from Bundeena to Garie Beach. The track upgrade will be undertaken between September 2017 and May 2018. Access to the beach and lagoon during this time will be via the Providential Point track, as indicated in this map.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 2.49pm

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 eastern section of 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). These closures also apply to Boora Point walking track.

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

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is always closed on Saturdays and every 3rd Sunday of the month. It is also closed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20 February 
  • Wednesday 21 February 
  • Tuesday 27 February 
  • Wednesday 28 February 
  • Tuesday 13 March 2018

These closures do not apply to Western Escarpment walking track.

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, 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 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 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/royal-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      (02) 9542 0648
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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    • Royal National Park area office
      (02) 9542 0632
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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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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Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan