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Smoky Cape campground

Hat Head National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 6 December 2019, 3.11pm

Applies from Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4.05pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 3.11pm.

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Hastings Macleay area

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 17 Oct 2019, 12.50pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Dec 2019, 9.27am

Fires - Advice: Carrai East

There is a fire in this park called Carrai East. 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 25 Oct 2019, 5.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 8.34am

Fires - Advice: Stockyard East

There is a fire in this park called Stockyard East. 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 19 Nov 2019, 4.05pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 3.11pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Hastings Macleay area

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Thu 5 Sep 2019, 11.59pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.18am

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Coffs Coast area

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Sun 10 Nov 2019, 3.01pm to Fri 13 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 3.42pm

Closed parks: Park closed - Emergency bushfire conditions

This park and all national parks in the Hastings Macleay area are closed due to emergency bushfire conditions. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555 or 02 6566 6168. Or, visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 29 Jul 2019, 3.40pm to Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Aug 2019, 4.10pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program - Gaagal Wanggaan National Park

Visitors and residents in the Scotts Head, Gumma Reserve and Nambucca areas should be aware that a 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. This program will run from Tuesday 6 August 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020.

Dogs are not permitted in NSW national parks. Non-target animals may be affected by 1080 baits. Please ensure that dogs are not exposed to the risk of poison baits.

This program is vitally important to the long-term survival of threatened and endangered shorebirds, such as the little tern.

For more information, call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2015, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 May 2017, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Potential rock falls - Little Bay and Trial Bay

The granite cliffs surrounding Trial Bay and Little Bay are prone to rock fall. Do not climb cliffs or walk close to cliff edges. For further information please call Trial Bay Gaol on (02) 6566 6168.

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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/smoky-cape-campground/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    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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People standing on the sand dunes looking out to sea. Photo:Debby McGerty