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Hilltop Cottage

Royal National Park

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 Mon 15 Jun 2020, 7.00am to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jul 2020, 10.43am

Closed areas: Lady Carrington Drive - affected by recent works

Due to recent essential maintenance, the road surface of Lady Carrington Drive is wet and boggy in sections. Walkers and bicycle riders are permitted, however please take care.

For further information, contact the NPWS Royal area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 10.26am

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
  • All day Wednesday 15 July, Thursday 16 July and Friday 17 July 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, email the Environment line or call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 1.54pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Fig Tree carpark at Audley - Closed for essential maintenance

Fig Tree Flat carpark at Audley in Royal National Park is closed until further notice for maintenance. Alternate parking is available at Willow Tree Flat, Ironbark Flat, Currawong Flat or Wattle Forest.

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

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Applies from Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12.13pm to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12.31pm

Other planned events: Vegetation maintenance - Little Marley fire trail

Vegetation maintenance is currently being carried out on Little Marley fire trail involving the use of heavy plant machinery. Visitors will be allowed access to the area, however please be mindful of machinery and follow directions from staff on-site.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jun 2020, 1.36pm to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Jun 2020, 4.55pm

Other planned events: Bundeena Drive roadworks

Sutherland Shire Council is undertaking roadworks on Bundeena Drive. This work is happening between 7am and 5pm, from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 10 July 2020. There will be traffic control in place while this work takes place providing access to Bundeena.

Access to Little Marley trail, Mount Bass trail, Marley car park and Big Marley trail may not be possible at times during during these works.

For more information, call the Sutherland Shire Council on 02 9710 0333.

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Applies from Wed 24 Jun 2020, 5.58pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 6.04pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9.58am

Closed areas: Bluefish Drive closed

The section of Bluefish Drive past the Gunner Road car park is closed to the public for safety reasons from Wednesday 24 June 2020 until further notice.

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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 12 Jun 2020, 7.00am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jun 2020, 3.21pm

Safety alerts: Pest management program - North Head

A pest fox control operation is in progress across North Head from Friday 12 June 2020 until further notice. Areas where trapping is underway will be signposted. Please keep to the centre of formed tracks.

Some areas may be closed temporarily. Signs will be in place around any closed areas.

For further information call the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 during weekdays or 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) on weekends.

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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 Fri 29 May 2020, 3.14pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 3.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jun 2020, 4.29pm

Closed areas: Bridge on Bonnievale to Maianbar walking track damaged

As a result of recent storms, the footbridge on the walking track between Bonnie Vale and Maianbar has been damaged. The bridge will remain open however visitors are asked not to stop or linger while crossing the bridge. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 29 May 2020, 9.19am to Fri 28 Aug 2020, 9.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 29 May 2020, 9.47am

Closed areas: Bluefish track closed for track upgrades Monday to Friday

Bluefish track is closed Monday to Friday from Monday 1 June to Friday 28 August 2020 for track maintenance. The track will be open on weekends.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9960 6266 (open Tuesday to Thursday).

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2020, 5.21pm to Wed 30 Sep 2020, 5.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 May 2020, 12.12pm

Other incidents: Track upgrade works - Blue Fish walking track, North Head

Track upgrade works are taking place on Blue Fish walking track, North Head from Friday 15 May 2020 until further notice. For more information, call the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 May 2020, 3.24pm

Closed areas: Section of Mount Kembla Ring track closed due to rockfall

Part of Mount Kembla Ring track - from Mount Kembla lookout to the junction of the fire trail - is closed from Tuesday 12 May 2020 until further notice. This area is closed due to rockfall. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.06pm to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 May 2020, 8.10pm

Closed areas: Middle Head Officers Quarters closed

Middle Head Officers Quarters will be closed for bookings from Thursday 2 March 2020 until further notice for the health and safety of staff and visitors. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Apr 2020, 4.21pm

Other planned events: Middle Head office closed until further notice

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 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 Sat 1 Feb 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.36am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Sydney Harbour National Park. This includes Chowder Bay and 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.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office:

  • Middle Head on 02 9960 6266 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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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