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Watagans National Park

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Last reviewed: Wed 20 September 2017, 12.33pm

Applies from Wed 13 Sep 2017, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 12.33pm.

Fires - Advice: Hickory Road Fire

There is a fire in this park called Hickory Road Fire. 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 15 Sep 2017, 9.42am to Fri 22 Sep 2017, 9.35am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 3.19pm.

Closed parks: Watagans National Park closed

This park is closed due to a bushfire in an adjacent State Forest. the closure will remain in place unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines. The closure of Watagans National Park is due to bushfires in the adjacent Heaton State Forest. Alternative picnic locations are available around Lake Macquarie, Cooranbong and Newcastle.

 

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.08am.

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8.38am.

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Wed 13 Sep 2017, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 12.33pm

Fires - Advice: Hickory Road Fire

There is a fire in this park called Hickory Road Fire. 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 3 Sep 2017, 7.56pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 12.06pm

Fires - Advice: HEATONS LOOKOUT- Freemans Waterhole

There is a fire in this park called HEATONS LOOKOUT- Freemans Waterhole. 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 Sat 16 Sep 2017, 6.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 10.44am

Fires - Advice: Bicentenary Rd, Webbs Creek

There is a fire in this park called Bicentenary Rd, Webbs 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 15 Sep 2017, 9.42am to Fri 22 Sep 2017, 9.35am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 3.19pm

Closed parks: Watagans National Park closed

This park is closed due to a bushfire in an adjacent State Forest. the closure will remain in place unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines. The closure of Watagans National Park is due to bushfires in the adjacent Heaton State Forest. Alternative picnic locations are available around Lake Macquarie, Cooranbong and Newcastle.

 

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Applies from Tue 12 Sep 2017, 9.08am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Sep 2017, 6.35pm

Fires - Advice: Tomalpin Link Firetrail, Richmond Vale

There is a fire in this park called Tomalpin Link Firetrail, Richmond Vale. 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 27 Aug 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 27 Aug 2017, 9.25am

Hazard reduction burns: Mc Mahon HR

There is a fire in this park called Mc Mahon 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 Wed 23 Aug 2017, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Aug 2017, 8.25am

Hazard reduction burns: NPWS HR Bala Range - Broad Arm

There is a fire in this park called NPWS HR Bala Range - Broad Arm. 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 Tue 15 Aug 2017, 11.22am to Fri 22 Sep 2017, 9.05am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Sep 2017, 10.10am

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog program

1080 wild dog and fox baiting begins in the central and northern sections of Jilliby State Conservation Area on Monday 21 August 2017 and finishes on Friday 22 September 2017. The baiting will be along Watagan Forest Road from Duffys Point fire trail in the south, up to Prickly Ridge Road in the north. Baiting will also occur on the side trails off Watagan Forest Road. Visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in Jilliby State Conservation Area. 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jul 2017, 3.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Aug 2017, 6.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted at Tomago and Hexham within Hunter Wetlands National Park. 1080 poison can affect non-target species including cats and dogs. The pubic are advised not to allow their pets to stray into these sections of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Domestic pets are not allowed in Hunter Wetlands National Park, either on a leash or off-leash. The baiting program will finish on 11 September 2017.

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Applies from Fri 16 Jun 2017, 11.56am to Fri 29 Sep 2017, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Jul 2017, 1.39pm

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

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services will conclude its 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program in Wollemi National Park on Friday 14 July 2017 and will remove all baits. Signage will stay up in the baiting area after this removal for a 4 week period. 

 

The 1080 wild dog and fox ejector program in Manobalai Nature Reserve will continue until Thursday 31 August 2017.

 

The program is part of a regional management strategy to control wild dogs and foxes using baits containing 1080 poison. The areas covered in the plan include:

  • Wollemi National Park (Martindale, Kings Creek, Hungerford, Baerami and Widden areas)
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve.

 

1080 can be lethal to domestic pets if ingested and domestic pets are not permitted in national parks and nature reserves. We suggest neighbouring properties should tie their dogs up or muzzle them while mustering for the duration of the programs and a 4 week period afterwards. For more information please call the NPWS Upper Hunter area office on (02) 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 19 Jun 2017, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Jun 2017, 10.08am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program underway

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is undertaking a 1080 wild dog baiting program in Columbey National Park, Black Bulga State Conservation Area and Monkerai Nature Reserve from Monday 19 June 2017 as part of a wider cooperative program with Local Land Services and adjoining landholders.

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Applies from Tue 6 Jun 2017, 1.40pm to Sun 31 Dec 2017, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2017, 3.51pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be laid in Wollemi National Park as buried baits or ejector capsule from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 31 December 2017 in an ongoing manner.

The 1080 poison will be laid in the vicinity of Wolgan River, Capertee River, Old Coach Road, Canobla Gap trails and the access road to Coorongooba campground.

This baiting program aims to reduce the threat posed by foxes to brush-tailed rock wallabies and other native animals.

Do not touch baits or ejector devices. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Domestic pets may be affected. Pet owners need to ensure that their pets do not enter reserves.

For further information please contact the NPWS Blackheath office on (02) 4787 8877 during business hours.

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Applies from Sat 29 Apr 2017, 6.00am to Tue 31 Oct 2017, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 May 2017, 11.25am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) as buried baits or ejector capsules will be laid in various locations across the following national parks:

  • Dharug National Park
  • Popran National Park
  • Yengo National Park
  • Brisbane Water National Park
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Palm Grove Nature Reserve

This will occur in a continuous and ongoing manner from 29 April 2017 to 31 October 2017. Do not touch baits or ejector devices. 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Domestic pets may be affected. Pet owners must ensure that their pets do not enter baited reserves. For further information please contact the NPWS Gosford area office on (02) 43204200 during business hours.

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Applies from Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 May 2017, 3.03pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road, Jilliby State Conservation Area section

Watagan Forest Road within Jilliby State Conservation Area is now not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and 4WD damage. Drivers of 2WD vehicles are advised not to drive south along Watagan Forest Road from the Martinsville Hill Road intersection.

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Sat 10 Jun 2017, 8.49am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

The fire trail from the Null Road intersection downhill to the private property boundary is steep and eroded. There is no road access across the grazing paddocks to Ravensdale Road in the Ravensdale Valley. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.22pm

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area has been affected by recent vehicle and storm damage. It is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Aug 2016, 12.24pm

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 9.40am

Closed areas: Crangan Bay

The Crangan Bay section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed pending rehabilitation of the former coal chitter fire site. For safety reasons there is no public access to this area until further notice. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.08am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Safety alerts: Road access within Jilliby SCA

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road

Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby SCA is closed to vehicles until further notice, due to severe erosion. This closure will remain in place indefinitely. Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 2.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Aug 2016, 11.59am

Closed areas: Hominy Creek walking track temporary closure

Hominy Creek walking track is temporarily closed to visitors due to erosion and poor condition following extreme weather. The walking track will remain closed until maintenance work can be completed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail

There is no public access available through private property to Old Wagstaffe trail. Signs indicate where public access is not permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.03am

Closed areas: Pipeline track

The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety because they are subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

The Great North Walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Closed areas: Camping at Stockton Beach closed

Camping at Stockton Beach remains closed until further notice - Stockton Bight Camping remains closed while the area continues to recover, following severe winter storms.The beach is still open for people to visit, and there are a large variety of commercial tours available daily. For more information visit www.worimiconservationlands.com or call NPWS at Nelson Bay on (02) 4984 8200. For information on alternative accommodation options call the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800 808 900.

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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/watagans-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.

    • Lake Munmorah
      (02) 4972 9000
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday
    • Blue Wren Drive, Munmorah State Conservation Area
    • Fax: (02) 4972 9055
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Emergency services

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