COVID-19 update
Back to previous page

School excursion

Whale secrets

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), Science and Technology, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 8.44am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Feb 2021, 9.47am

Closed areas: Eastern park entrance to Border Ranges National Park closed

Visitors can only access Border Ranges National Park from the western end of the park via Wiangaree. This is due to a landslip between Bar Mountain picnic area and the eastern park entrance at Barkers Vale on Tweed Range Scenic Drive. 

The following areas are closed:

  • Brindle Creek walk
  • Bar Mountain circuit

All other campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and picnic areas remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 25 Jan 2021, 8.00am to Fri 19 Mar 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for infrastructure repairs

Some walking tracks in Nightcap National Park are closed from Monday 22 February to Friday 19 March 2021 to enable infrastructure repairs to rectify damage caused during the 2019/2020 bushfires.

The closed walking tracks are:

  • Mount Matheson loop
  • Protestors Falls track

Historic Nightcap walking track will remain open.

Terania Creek picnic area will be closed from Wednesday 3 March to Friday 19 March 2021.

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

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 6 Oct 2020, 10.30am to Fri 5 Mar 2021, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Nightcap Range Road closed for roadworks

Nightcap Range Road in Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area will be closed for roadworks until Friday 5 March 2021.

Please use Minyon Falls Road via Repentance Creek Road and Coopers Creek Road to access the following areas:

  • Minyon Falls
  • Minyon Grass and Rummery Park and the associated walking tracks.

Signs will be in place and Nightcap Range Road will be closed just north of the Telephone Road trailer carpark.

You can still access the Telephone Road trailer carpark and multi-use trails via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 19 Feb 2021, 2.57pm to Fri 28 May 2021, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Feb 2021, 3.46pm

Closed areas: Boardwalk closure

Western sections of the boardwalk within Tweed Heads Historic Site are partially closed from Friday 19 February 2021 until repair works are complete:

  • All other visitor areas will remain open
  • The eastern section of the boardwalk will remain open
  • Signs will be in place around closed areas

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Tweed Byron office on 02 6670 8600.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Fri 28 May 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Feb 2021, 12.43pm

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park

Wollumbin National Park is closed due to significant safety issues on the Wollumbin Summit track. The closure will be reviewed in May 2021.

Some of the best views of Wollumbin can be found along Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park. You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm to Sat 22 May 2021, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Feb 2021, 11.36am

Other planned events: Loud noise over Bundjalung National Park

There will be F-35A and F/A-18F Super Hornet military training operations over the Evans Head Air Weapons Range on the following dates:

  • Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February 2021
  • Monday 22 March to Friday 2 April 2021 (only 1 or 2 days)
  • Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May 2021

Visitors can expect some loud noise over Bundjalung National Park on the above dates while the aircraft are training.  Days of operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations, so aircraft will not use the range every day of the scheduled operations. For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 5 Feb 2021, 1.00pm to Wed 23 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 2.10pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of of the introduced European fox (Vulpes vulpes). The program will be conducted between Tuesday 16 February and Wednesday 23 June 2021 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river).

All baiting locations will be 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.

For further information please call NPWS Tweed Byron area office on 02 6670 8600.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 4 Feb 2021, 11.21am to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 3.10pm

Closed areas: Brindle Creek walking track closed

Brindle Creek walking track is closed until the end of February 2021 due to storm damage and associated repair works. 

Helmholtzia loop walking track and Antarctic Beech picnic area remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

Affects 1 park and 4 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain circuit and lookout closed

Bar Mountain circuit and lookout are closed for maintenance until further notice. Bar Mountain picnic area remains open.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 18 Sep 2020, 10.19am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 10.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 12.53pm

Closed areas: South Ballina Break Wall Road closed

The South Ballina Break Wall Road entrance is closed at Mobbs Bay until Wednesday 30 June 2021 due to traffic safety risks. Public vehicle access to South Break Wall is now prohibited. Walkers and cyclists can still access the closed section of road to get to the beach and break wall. Vehicles can still drive to the Mobbs Bay area within Richmond River Nature Reserve.

Please follow the directions of all signage and do not park in front of the boom gate as the area needs to be accessible for emergency service vehicles. A review of the closure will be undertaken at 30 June 2021.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office 02 6627 0200.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/early-stage-1-whale-secrets-cape-byron-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

    Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre: $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Coach entry: $26 per coach up to 30 seats; $50 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $83 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
See more visitor info

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.

View all alerts for NSW