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Past in the present at Jibbon Beach

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Royal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 19 June 2024, 12.09pm

Applies from Wed 12 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.07pm.

Other planned events: Ironbark Flat picnic area partial closure

Some sections of Ironbark Flat picnic area, particularly near the river foreshore, will be closed from Wednesday 12 June 2024. The closure is due to post-flood turf repairs and to allow the new turf to establish.

Please take note of signage and barriers in place protecting the work area. The picnic area is expected to be fully open for use by the end of August 2024, depending on conditions.

For further information, please contact Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 1.27pm to Sat 6 Jul 2024, 8.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.03pm.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting an aerial baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will occur from Wednesday 5 June to Saturday 8 June 2024 in Royal National Park.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Please don’t touch baits.

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 this reserve is aimed at improving the eco-health of the reserve by reducing predation of ground dwelling mammals and small birds, and specifically targeting fox control along the Hacking River to assist the successful re-introduction of platypus into Royal National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Audley office on 02 9542 0632 (business hours) or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sun 2 Jun 2024, 11.13am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.01pm.

Closed areas: Carpark and picnic area closures - Audley

Wattle Forest, Figtree and Willow Tree picnic areas and carparks in Audley are closed due to flooding impacts. These areas will re-open as soon as it is considered safe.

Other areas within Audley are open, however surfaces are waterlogged. Please use caution, particularly in carparks, due to the wet and muddy conditions.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Tue 28 May 2024, 9.31am to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jun 2024, 11.43am.

Closed areas: Lady Carrington Drive closed to vehicles

Lady Carrington Drive is closed to vehicles until further notice. One section of the trail has slumped due to recent flooding, causing the trail surface to become uneven and unstable.

This area has been highlighted by traffic cones and danger tape. Please navigate this area on Lady Carrington Drive with caution.

For more information, contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Mon 13 May 2024, 4.58pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 4.58pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.09pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed for deer control program

Some areas in Royal National Park are closed to the public between sunset and sunrise from Wednesday 30 May to Friday 29 December 2024 to enable a deer control operation to be carried out.

The affected areas include:

  • All picnic areas in the Audley precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote.
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground and coastal areas between Garie Beach and Figure 8 Pools
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive
  • Bonnie Vale campground and picnic area.

These closures will be signposted at entry points to the closed areas. If you have approved bookings to camp you can still access campsites during these times.

Ground shooting will not take place during school holidays or on weekends or public holidays.

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

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Applies from Tue 24 Oct 2023, 10.56am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 1.02pm.

Closed areas: The Coast track partial closure

Walking the full length of The Coast track from Otford to Bundeena or Bundeena to Otford is not currently possible. This is due to several track closures along its length. These closures are necessary due to erosion and rockfall risk, and to allow ongoing track upgrade works.

Please note the following closures:

  • Palm Jungle Loop track between Burning Palms and Werrong lookout is closed from Tuesday 16 January to Sunday 30 June 2024 for track upgrades.
  • The Garie to Little Garie section of The Coast track is closed due to hazardous rockfalls and erosion.
  • North Era campground is closed until further notice
  • Garie Road, Garie Beach and the Garie precinct is closed until further notice. This is due to damage and subsidence to the road surface. Walkers approaching from the north (e.g. from Wattamolla or Bundeena) should exit the track via Curra Moors track.

Bushwalker access is available for the following sections of The Coast track:

  • South bound access - Bundeena to Curra Moors track via Wattamolla and return only. No access to Garie Beach.
  • North bound access - Available via North Era and return only. Access is via Garawarra Farm Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track during track upgrades.
  • Figure 8 Pools access - Available via Garawarra Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track via Garawarra Farm only.  

For further information please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 4 Mar 2024, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2024, 8.52am.

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track

Werrong Beach track in Royal National Park is closed until further notice due to landslides. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

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

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Applies from Fri 14 Jul 2023, 3.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.14am.

Closed areas: North Era campground closed

North Era campground is closed until further notice due to operational activities. For more information please contact the local area office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 2.52pm.

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track in poor condition

Sections of Curra Moors loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please use caution and be aware of unstable edges.

Planning for repairs is in progress. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 2.52pm.

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage

Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.

This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
24 June 2024 Closed areas Areas closed for aerial pest shooting operation Details

Applies from Mon 24 Jun 2024, 8.00pm to Thu 27 Jun 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 2.20pm

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial deer shooting program in Royal National Park from Tuesday 25 June to Thursday 27 June 2024.

The following Tracks, Trails and Bushland Areas are closed for the duration of the program:

  • All Walking Tracks, Fire Trails and Bushland Areas bounded by East Heathcote, Waterfall, McKell Avenue, The Hacking River, Audley, Kangaroo Creek and the Illawarra Rail Line. This includes the Forest Path and the Karloo, Couranga, Engadine and Uloola walking Tracks as well as the Uloola, Bottle Forest, Parklands Loop, Goarra Ridge, and Engadine Lakes Fire Trails.
  • Wattle Forest and Currawong picnic area At Audley west of Varneys Bridge
  • All bushland areas around Artillery Hill, South West Arm and Cabbage Tree Basin bounded by The Hacking River, South West Arm, Maianbar Road, Bundeena Drive and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. This includes Anice Falls, Winifred Falls and Flat Rock Crossing walking tracks and Yenabilly, Red Jacks, Costens Points, Mt Bass, The Meadows and Gundamaian Fire Trails

 

The Basin Walking Track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale will remain open to local residents however short delays may be encountered. Visitors are required to follow directions of NPWS staff who will be on the track during the program. Bushland areas immediately adjoining the track are closed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 9542 0648.

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Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Jun 2024, 12.36pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on the following dates/times due to ANZAC Rifle Range operations:

  • Every Saturday, 8am to 5pm.
  • The 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, 8am to 5pm.
  • ANZAC Rifle Range special events: 
    • NSWRA Champions Weekend - Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2024 (8am to 5pm both days)
    • All Schools training and competition - Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 July 2024 (8am to 5pm each day)
    • Service Rifle Championships - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2024 (8am to 5pm both days)

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

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • The 'rifle range in use' warning signs are displayed at the park entry (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark).
  • Park entry gates are closed.

The western section of the national park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open when the rifle range is in use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS local office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Tue 11 Jun 2024, 11.02am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 11.07am

Closed areas: Fireroad 10C in Dharawal National Park is closed due to landslip

Fireroad 10C (Darkes Forest - O'Hares Creek) is closed to the public due to a landslip (June 2024) following heavy rain.  This will remain closed until the trail is repaired and is safe and accessible.  

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Applies from Fri 31 May 2024, 2.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jun 2024, 9.11am

Closed areas: Wodi Wodi Track closed due track damage

Wodi Wodi walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

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Applies from Mon 27 May 2024, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jun 2024, 9.10am

Closed areas: Lookout Track closed for track works

Lookout Track from Panorama House to Sublime Point is closed for ongoing track works. For further information please contact the local office on (02) 4224 4188.  

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Applies from Thu 15 Feb 2024, 5.04pm to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 4.40pm

Closed areas: Artillery track closed

Artillery track is currently closed until repairs are completed to nearby historic structures. Boora Point walking track remains open.

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

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2023, 9.07am to Fri 29 Nov 2024, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 8.59am

Closed areas: Kurnell foreshore partial closure

Transport for NSW is constructing ferry wharves at Kurnell and La Perouse. Closures will be in place until late 2024. There will be no public access to the foreshore area between Prince Charles Parade and the wharf along Monument walking track. Alternative pedestrian pathways will be in place to allow public access into Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

For more information visit the Kamay Ferry Wharves project webpage.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.09pm

Safety alerts: Pipeline fire trail flood damage

Pipeline fire trail has suffered some damage from the April 2024 flood event, resulting in deep rutting to the trail surface in some locations.

Pedestrians and Cyclists should use caution when tracking over these surfaces.

Care should be taken after heavy rain at all creek crossing and causeway points along this trail as water flows very fast and deep.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.10pm

Safety alerts: Lower Pipeline fire trail

Lower Pipeline fire trail has suffered some damage from the April 2024 flood event, resulting in a minor landslide, taking out part of the fire trail itself.

Authorised Vehicles should avoid the area.

Pedestrians and Cyclists are not permitted to pass the landslip, they should avoid using the trail until a geotechnical assessment is undertaken.

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Applies from Mon 4 Mar 2024, 11.34am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Mar 2024, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Commemoration Flat amenities block closed

From March to June 2024, contractors will be demolishing and replacing the amenities block at Commemoration Flat and upgrading the associated services. During these construction works, the northern part of Commemoration Flat carpark and the amenities block will be fenced off and occupied, and work crews will be on site.

Toilets will remain available at the visitors centre and cricket pitch area. The surrounding picnic areas and barbecue facilities will continue to be accessible during construction.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, email or call the NPWS Sydney South office on 02 9668 2010.

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Applies from Tue 6 Feb 2024, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2024, 9.23am

Closed areas: Woodward track

Woodward track (accessed via Sublime Point) is closed due to damage from heavy rainfall events.

For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jul 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Mirang Campground Closed

Mirang Campground is now closed. The site has become a day-use ONLY picnic spot. No overnight stays permitted.

For further information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Sat 25 May 2024, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

Sublime Point walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Jun 2024, 5.02pm

Closed areas: Lower Escarpment Fire Trail partial closure

The Lower Escarpment Fire Trail is open to walkers, bicycles and light 4WD vehicles only. No access with heavy vehicles larger than cat 9 due to hazardous track conditions. As soon as the remainder of the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated.

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Feb 2024, 11.22am

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or email the local area office.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2024, 8.18am

Closed areas: Partial Closure to Forest Walk

The Forest Walk is affected by the closure of Sublime Point walking track until further notice. There is no access between Sublime Point and Austinmer. Sublime Point walking track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely reopened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 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/education/stage-1-history-past-present-jibbon-beach/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. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    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).

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Emergency services

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