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Gap Creek campground

Watagans National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 3 April 2020, 3.16pm

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 5.32pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 5.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.16pm.

Closed areas: Campgrounds and picnic areas closed

All campgrounds and associated picnic areas are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Applies from Sat 28 Mar 2020, 3.20pm to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 3.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.35am.

Closed areas: Gap Creek Falls and Forest walk closed

Due to current closures of Gap Creek and Bangalow campgrounds in Watagans National Park, there is no vehicle access along Bangalow Road from Mt Faulk Road to the track-head for the start of the following walking tracks:

  • Gap Creek Forest walk 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking track

For more information contact NPWS Central Coast Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11.13am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10.01am.

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road

Mount Faulk Road north of Jenkins Road is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to recent storm damage. The road is rough and rutted in sections due to erosion caused by torrential rain in February 2020. Roadworks are being scheduled to repair the road in the coming months. Visitors should take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 6 Apr 2020, 3.56pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Apr 2020, 4.02pm

Closed areas: Access roads, car parks and picnic areas temporarily closed to vehicles

All access roads, car parks and picnic areas in Munmorah State Conservation Area are temporarily closed to vehicles until further notice.

This includes vehicle (including motor bike) access to Birdie and Frazer beaches, Freemans and Frazer camping areas, Snapper Point, Wybung Head and all picnic areas in the reserve.

All amenities blocks and picnic facilities within day use areas will also be unavailable.

The closures are to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. Patrols in the area will continue and further closures may be required.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 5.32pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 5.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.16pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds and picnic areas closed

All campgrounds and associated picnic areas are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Sat 28 Mar 2020, 3.20pm to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 3.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.35am

Closed areas: Gap Creek Falls and Forest walk closed

Due to current closures of Gap Creek and Bangalow campgrounds in Watagans National Park, there is no vehicle access along Bangalow Road from Mt Faulk Road to the track-head for the start of the following walking tracks:

  • Gap Creek Forest walk 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking track

For more information contact NPWS Central Coast Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 3.11pm to Fri 17 Apr 2020, 3.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 9.50am

Safety alerts: Fox and wild dog baiting program

A fox and wild dog baiting program will take place in Watagans National Park from Monday 30 March 2020 until Friday 17 April 2020, on the northern side of Watagan Forest Road. The program is to reduce feral predator threats to native animal populations such as brush-tailed rock wallabies.

Please remember that domestic dogs are prohibited in NSW national park. For more information, contact the NPWS Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 9.41am

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road - 4WD only

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north, and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

Current roadworks and recent rainfall has made the road slippery in some sections. Please take care and avoid driving on this road if possible. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 4.10pm to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 4.10pm

Closed areas: Great North Walk campgrounds closed

These campgrounds are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 12.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Apr 2020, 1.28pm

Closed areas: Playground and barbeque facilities closed

Playground and barbeque facilities are closed. Public access to these facilities will not be permitted from Friday 27 March 2020, until further notice.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 11.39am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the intersection of Watagan Forest Road is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Roadworks to repair the road will be scheduled when resources become available. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10.01am

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 consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and potential vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah 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 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 2.18pm

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, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11.13am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10.01am

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road

Mount Faulk Road north of Jenkins Road is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to recent storm damage. The road is rough and rutted in sections due to erosion caused by torrential rain in February 2020. Roadworks are being scheduled to repair the road in the coming months. Visitors should take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 25 Jan 2020, 9.46am. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Mar 2020, 9.44am

Closed areas: Circuit walking track

Circuit walking track from Boarding House Dam picnic area is closed from Saturday 25 January 2020. The closure is due to a major tree fall across the track head. To prevent injury from falling tree limbs, there is no unauthorised access to the walking track or The Moss Wall until the area can be made safe.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 4972 9000 during office hours.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Feb 2020, 1.39pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

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're 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.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're 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, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.00am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road

Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area and the southern section of Wyong State Forest is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage.  4WD access is available from the Jilliby Road access in the south, north to the Middle Ridge Road Intersection. 

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not accessible by 2WD vehicles.  4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.00am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/campgrounds/gap-creek-campground/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park 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.

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Emergency services

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