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Hilltop Cottage

Royal National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 24 June 2020, 2.41pm

Applies from Sat 13 Jun 2020, 1.31pm to Thu 19 Nov 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 2.41pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley precinct and Lady Carrington Drive
  • Artillery Hill and Warumbul Road
  • Bonnie Vale campground and picnic area.
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 18 Sep 2020, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Sep 2020, 2.58pm

Hazard reduction burns: Quarantine Central HR

There is a fire in this park called Quarantine Central 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 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Sep 2020, 9.57am

Other planned events: Middle Head office closed to public – still taking phone calls and emails

Middle Head office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Fri 4 Sep 2020, 6.00am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Sep 2020, 10.38am

Closed areas: Part of Sir Bertram Stevens Drive closed

The section of Sir Bertram Stevens Drive between Wises track and Bundeena Drive will be closed from Friday 4 September 2020. It is expected to reopen by late October 2020, weather permitting. Transport for NSW will be working to replace the bridge over Flat Rock Creek, and there will be no through access until this is complete.

Visitors can still access the Audley precinct, including the cafe, dance hall and boatshed, via Farnell Avenue. 

Detour maps are available on the Roads and Maritime Services project webpage.

For the latest traffic updates, call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

For more information or to sign up for email updates on the project, please contact Ventia Boral Amey on 1800 677 700 or send an email.

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.45am

Safety alerts: Clark Island wharf

The decking between the main wharf and the island has a maximum capacity of 2 people at any time. Heavy loads and groups larger than 2 people are not permitted on the decking until further notice. Take care when disembarking from a boat on Clark Island.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Aug 2020, 11.03am

Closed areas: Malabar Headland Anzac Rifle Range

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month commencing Sunday 6 September 2020

3. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Thursday 27 August 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Mon 17 Aug 2020, 12.02pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Aug 2020, 1.33pm

Closed areas: Wattamolla access trail closed

Upgrade works to the access trail from the fourth carpark at Wattamolla to The Coast track are underway. The works will take place from Tuesday 4 August 2020 to late October 2020.

Whilst the existing trail from the top carpark to The Coast track will be closed during this period, The Coast track will remain open. Visitor access to and from Wattamolla to the Coast track will be via Providential Point. Please follow the signage advising the alternate route.

Local traffic through the top carpark will be maintained although with a reduced width due to construction works. For further information, please contact the NPWS Royal Area Office on 02 9542 0632 or send an email.

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jul 2020, 8.03am to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 8.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 12.07pm

Closed areas: Access to Figure 8 Pools – Burgh Ridge track closed Mondays to Thursdays

Burgh Ridge track between Garawarra Farm and the Royal Coast track is closed during the week for major upgrade works from Saturday 1 August to Tuesday 1 December 2020:

  • The track is closed Monday to Thursday
  • The track is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

This closure will impact people visiting Figure 8 Pools. Visitors can access Figure 8 Pools from Garie Beach and Otford lookout along the Royal coast.

For more information call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 27 Jul 2020, 12.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Aug 2020, 2.28pm

Other incidents: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell - Possible closure at short notice

The Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park may close to vehicles at short notice when visitation levels exceed safe capacity. This is particularly likely over weekends and public holidays.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.55am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021 in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The affected areas are:

  • Chowder Bay
  • Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands (North Head includes adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station)

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are signposted.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sat 13 Jun 2020, 1.31pm to Thu 19 Nov 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 2.41pm

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley precinct and Lady Carrington Drive
  • Artillery Hill and Warumbul Road
  • Bonnie Vale campground and picnic area.
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 2.53pm to Wed 30 Sep 2020, 2.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 9.42am

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground closed

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed until further notice. All other campgrounds in the park are open. Please call 02 9542 0648 for further information.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 4.29pm

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening and closing times

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, the gate is open from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September each year, the gate is open from 6am to 6pm

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Applies from Mon 12 Aug 2019, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.21am

Safety alerts: Lower steps on Shark Island Wharf closed

The lower 4 steps of Shark Island Wharf are closed due to a safety hazard. Using these steps for berthing, drop-off and pick-up is prohibited. Access is only possible using the upper stairs.

Small vessels and boats may not be able to berth, particularly at low tide.

For more information, call 02 9337 5511.

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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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/hilltop-cottage/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park 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 Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy annual pass
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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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Hilltop Cottage, Royal National Park. Photo: John Spencer