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Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Brisbane Water National Park

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Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 10.50am

Applies from Tue 13 Jun 2023, 6.00am to Fri 5 Jul 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 10.50am.

Closed areas: Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track closed

Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track, including access to the waterfalls will be closed until 5 July 2024 while the picnic area is being upgraded.

The proposed upgrade will improve visitor safety, accessibility and protect sensitive cultural heritage.

Consider visiting the nearby Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well established picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Area Office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 9.17am.

Other planned events: Track works affecting users of the Great North Walk north of Karool Road

Crown Lands is undertaking maintenance work on the Great North Walk north of Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek.

Users of the Great North Walk may experience temporary delays between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, while works are undertaken.

Take care when entering this area and follow the directions of work signage and onsite contractors.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 12.33pm.

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until further notice due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 11.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 11.44am.

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles due to a recent increase in illegal activities throughout the area.

The road will remain closed until investigations are completed and further recommendations are made.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists.

 

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

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 12 Jun 2024, 8.42am to Fri 12 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jun 2024, 8.47am

Closed areas: Track work at Mt Ku-ring-gai

There will be flood damage repair works on the Mt Ku-ring-gai to Berowra track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park starting Monday 17 June, running for 4 weeks, weather permitting:

Please be cautious around machinery and crews and wait for instructions before passing.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 27 May 2024, 4.34pm to Thu 4 Jul 2024, 8.39pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 11.39am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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 on Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June 2024 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, West Head. Do not touch baits. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are 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). 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.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

Forestville 8977 7000 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Thu 6 Jun 2024, 1.47pm to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jun 2024, 1.50pm

Closed areas: Simon trail vegetation works

There will be scheduled vegetation works on Simon trail, Hornsby Heights in Berowra Valley National Park, starting Tuesday 11 May 2024 through to Friday 14 May 2024, weather permitting:

Please be cautious around machinery and crews and wait for instructions before passing.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 4 Jun 2024, 10.51am to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2024, 11.07am

Other planned events: Roadworks on Liberator General San Martin Drive

Roadworks will be underway on Liberator General San Martin Drive, east of Akuna Bay, between Thursday 6 June to Friday 28 June 2024, 8pm to 5am, weather permitting.

This work will involve minor de-vegetation and descaling of the slope, as well as the installation of rock bolts and shotcreting of the slope surface. One lane will remain open under traffic control. Drive safely and follow the directions of roadwork signs and traffic controllers.

For more information contact Connect Sydney on 1800 735 563 or info.harbour@ConnectSydney.com.au

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Applies from Mon 27 May 2024, 11.51am to Mon 17 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jun 2024, 8.41am

Closed areas: Quarry trail closure

National Parks will be undertaking refurbishment works on Steele Bridge from Monday 17 June 2024. This work will run for seven days, weather permitting. During this work, the bridge will be impassable. Walkers using the Great North Walk will be required to detour via Simon trail, Sydney Rd, Ulolo Ave, Montview Pde, McKay Rd or McKay trail. Walkers planning to use Tunks Ridge campsite can only access this from the north vis the Galston Rd Great North walk entrance and the Tunks Ridge trail. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Tue 30 Jul 2024, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2024, 11.52am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program from Monday 10 June 2024 to Tuesday 30 July 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program will take place in Palm Grove Nature Reserve.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the Girrakool NPWS area office for more information on (02) 43204200.

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Applies from Fri 1 Mar 2024, 8.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2024, 11.34am

Safety alerts: Wyrrabalong National Park part closure for pest control shoot operation

Parts of Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed between 1700 (5pm) Friday 17 March 2024 to 0500 (5am) 30 June 2024 for fox control ground shoot operations. These operations aim to protect threatened species, such as the Little Tern or New Holland Mouse. 

When active, the shoot operation area will be delineated by signage advising visitors "do not enter" during the night-time operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the Central Coast Area office on (02) 4972 9000 or email conservation.hccb@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 2.31pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 2.31pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Dharug National Park (NP), Koolewong Flora Reserve (FR), Manobalai Nature Reserve (NR), Parr State Conservation Area (SCA), Wollemi FR, Wollemi SCA, Yengo NP.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Bulga NPWS area office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2024, 2.09pm to Sun 6 Oct 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 8 Jun 2024, 8.48pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Sunday 6th October 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Dharug National Park (NP), Koolewong Flora Reserve (FR), Manobalai Nature Reserve (NR), Parr State Conservation Area (SCA), Wollemi FR, Wollemi NP, Wollemi SCA, Yengo NP.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the Wollemi Yengo NPWS area office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Fri 26 Apr 2024, 8.09am. Last reviewed: Sat 1 Jun 2024, 9.16am

Other planned events: Watagan Forest Road traffic delays due to road maintenance works

Drivers / vehicles on Watagan Forest Road are advised to expect temporary delays due to road maintenance works being carried out.

Works include vegetation maintenance and surface grading on the road. Traffic control will maintain contraflow through out the works but delays may be incurred.

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Applies from Fri 1 Mar 2024, 7.48am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 7.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 7.30am

Other planned events: Brooklyn Dam fire trail maintenance works

There will be surface maintenance works on the Brooklyn Dam fire trail between William St, Brooklyn and the end of the Jerusalem Bay trail, including Brooklyn Dam campsite, from the 2 April 2024. Expect delays and be follow instructions of NPWS staff and contractors. Jerusalem Bay trail will remain open during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2024, 9.57am to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jun 2024, 8.41am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Apple Tree Bay to the Mt-Ku-ring-gai access track. There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

The Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai is open for use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 14 Dec 2023, 3.34pm to Mon 1 Jul 2024, 1.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2024, 2.59pm

Safety alerts: Major Roadworks in Jilliby State Conservation Area - Commencing 27 December 2023

Major roadworks are scheduled to commence from Wednesday 27th December 2023 in Jilliby State Conservation Area (Southern Precinct) and part of Ourimbah State Forest.

Partial and intermittent road closures should be expected. The roads that will be affected are:

  • Red Hill Road
  • Prestons Ridge Road
  • Bradleys Point Road
  • Campbells Point Road and 
  • Tooheys Road.

 

Visitors are asked to avoid the area (if possible). Otherwise, please be aware of trucks and machinery using and working on the above roads and to drive to the conditions. Warning signs and traffic control will be in place. Work is expected to be completed by June 2024. The work is funded as part of the Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) program aimed at providing safe and strategic fire trails for fire response and access.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 4.47pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please be aware of the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 6 Feb 2024, 3.44pm to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 7.45am

Other planned events: Sphinx Memorial repair works

Repair works are underway at the Sphinx Memorial from Monday 12 February to June 2024. There will be changed access to the memorial for the duration of these works. The carpark and the Sphinx track remain open. Please follow directions of signs and contractors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.14pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.33pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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 these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 9451 3479 or Lane Cove area office on 8448 0400 during business hours. For after-hours enquiries, contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.07pm to Tue 4 Feb 2025, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Jun 2024, 9.14am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 8.00am to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 9.37am

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m of Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only.

This section is not suitable for conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road.

Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will need to walk the last 850 metres to access the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 12.43pm

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 28 Oct 2023, 3.54pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.06am

Closed areas: Daniels Pt Road and Maculata Fire Trail Closed -Jilliby SCA

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations.

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 Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 9.59am

Closed areas: Muirs Lookout Picnic Area - Closed

Muirs Lookout Picnic Area on Prickly Ridge Road has been closed due to ageing infrastructure, obstructed lookout views to the coast and very low public visitation. Alternative picnic facilities are located nearby in Olney State Forest and Watagans National Park. Further information on other places to visit can be obtained via the NPWS or Forestry Corporation websites. 

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 9.17am

Closed areas: No access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 21 Aug 2023, 9.43am to Fri 21 Aug 2026, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 May 2024, 4.42pm

Other planned events: Construction Works Adjacent to Wyrrabalong National Park

Construction of the Magenta Shared Walkway on behalf of Central Coast Council is being undertaken adjacent to Wilfred Barret Drive, Magenta. These works are not within Wyrrabalong National Park and no clearing of Park Estate is planned to occur as part of these works. National Parks and Wildlife would encourage park visitors to follow any safety signage installed as part of these works. Further information regarding this project can be found at here at Magenta Shared Path Construction (continuation) | Central Coast Council (nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Sun 17 Sep 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 9 Aug 2024, 8.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 11.49am

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve closed

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about the reserve, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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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-2-geography-aboriginal-culture-brisbane-water-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas in Brisbane Water National Park close in the evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 7am to 6pm at other times
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

     

     

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay machines that accept both card and coins, or you can pay via the Park'nPay app.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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