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Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Hunter Wetlands National Park

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Last reviewed: Thu 9 March 2023, 3.57pm

Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.57pm.

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 23 Mar 2023, 4.26pm to Thu 31 Aug 2023, 4.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 4.40pm

Closed areas: Grass Tree walking track section of the Coast Walk closed

Grass Tree walking track will be closed for construction works from 18 April to 31 August 2023. Works will repair erosion damage throughout this section of walking track.

To continue on the Coast walking track a detour will be in place.  Walkers will detour from Frazer Beach around National Park roads which include; Frazer Beach Road, Campbell Drive and Wybung Road, this will allow walkers to re-join the Coast walking track at Geebung walking track section.

Walkers are advised to be mindful of traffic and to keep off the roads and try to walk to the side if choosing to take these detours. Note that these are rough and not easy to traverse.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 16 Mar 2023, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 4.13pm

Fires - Advice: Craigs Rd, Curraweela

There is a fire in this park called Craigs Rd, Curraweela. 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.

Applies from Sat 4 Feb 2023, 5.20am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 9.06am

Closed areas: Seismic temporary closure

Seismic mountain bike track will be temporarily closed from Monday 27 February 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023 for track upgrade works.

These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of tracks and adhering to signs. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 9.01am

Closed areas: Wangi Circuit Link Walking Track is closed

Wangi Circuit Link walking track will be intermittently closed for track maintenance from Friday 3 February 2023 to Monday 1 May 2023. 

You can still access Wangi Circuit walking track from Reserve Road.

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

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 8.28am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Mon 20 Mar 2023, 10.22am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2023, 10.53am

Closed areas: Tomaree Head Summit walking track repairs

Tomaree Head Summit walking track is closed for walking track repairs from Monday 20 March 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023. Barrier signs and NSW National Parks staff will be on-site to ensure visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200. 

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Applies from Wed 22 Mar 2023, 9.48am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2023, 10.33am

Closed areas: Sugarloaf North Management Trail

The Sugarloaf North Management Trail in Sugarloaf State Conservation Area is closed due to Mine Subsidence from Wednesday 22 March 2023 until further notice

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 49464100.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Mar 2023, 2.33pm

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is currently closed to vehicles whilst essential maintenance work is undertaken.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. 

The road is expected to re-open on Saturday 1st April 2023.

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

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 1.47pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon Point lookout is closed due to upgrade works.
  • Lila Falls track, between Fern Bower/Amphitheatre junction and Lindeman Pass junction is closed from Wednesday 15 March 2023 due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Tallawalla lookout is closed for upgrade works.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Conservation Hut is closed for renovations due to open late 2023. 
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January 2023 until further notice, for upgrade works.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting Rocket Point loop to Chester and Little Switzerland trails will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.  
  • The trail connecting Jamison Creek to Chester Road will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.
  • Kedumba Valley Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 27 March until Friday 31 March 2023 to allow for rock and tree removal.  Pedestrian access to Kedumba Valley is available via the lower end of Federal Pass walking track.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening April 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is closed from Cripps lookout to Pulpit Rock lookout. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Horse track and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rock falls and landslides. Entry is not permitted due to serious risk of injury or death. Entry is not permitted into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap, Evans lookout, Grand Canyon track, or South of Acacia Flat.
  • The Mount Banks area including the picnic area and Summit walking track will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 20 March 2023 until Friday 21 April 2023 to allow for road repairs.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.  

Canyons and rock climbing

Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 12.11pm to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.39am

Safety alerts: Watagans National Park and Heaton State Forest - Changed access

Watagan Forest Road remains the only vehicle access road into and out of Watagans National Park and the adjacent Heaton State Forest for the remainder of 2022 and up to the end of June 2023. This is due to major landslips on both Mount Faulk Road and Watagan / Heaton Road.

Access to both Watagan Forest Road and Heaton Sate Forest is either via Martinsville Hill Road, Martinsville or Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty from Friday 23 September 2022.

The following visitor areas will be accessible via Watagan Forest Road:

  • Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Gap Creek and Monkey Face lookouts
  • Georges Road lookouts
  • Heaton lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Watagan Forest Headquarters campground
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Please note:

  • Bangalow Road and Gap Creek campgrounds remain closed to repair a major landslip near the entry gate.  
  • If rain persists it may again be necessary to close Watagan Forest Road for driver safety and to minimise damage to the newly repaired road.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 20 Feb 2023, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Temp Closure for Road works - Carrolls Road and Ingles Road Watagans NP

Carrolls Road and Ingles Road are closed temporarily to all vehicles for road reconstruction due to severe erosion and 4WD damage. This closure will commence from Monday 20th February and be completed toward the end of March 2023.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 Sun 5 Feb 2023, 10.05am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.34am

Safety alerts: Pest Animal Control Work Underway in Watagans NP.

Feral animal control work is currently underway in Watagans NP and on some adjoining private properties in the Congewai Valley with the consent of landowners. The control work will target wild-dogs, foxes, feral cats and goats up until  the 30th of June 2023. Control methods will include trapping and euthanasia and also limited shooting programs within defined precincts and  subject to an endorsed shoot plan . Control areas targeted  will have signs displayed indicating temporary access restrictions. The work is aimed at reducing the predation of protected native fauna including the endangered Brush-tailed rock wallaby. 

1080 poison baiting may also be deployed during this time and will be subject to specific notification protocols before commencing. ( 1080 poison is toxic to domestic cats and dogs. Visitors are reminded not to touch, handle or disturb any baits). Visitors are also reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in the national park at any time. For more information contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.32am

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road closed due to major landslip

Mount Fault Road is closed until further notice due to a major landslip below Bangalow Road.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access into Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park due to the landslip, which has removed a larger section of the access road . Please avoid the area due to the high safety risk. Repair work is schedule to begin mid February 20223

Road barriers are in place on Mount Faulk Road below Bangalow Road  and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Monkey Face Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Forestry Corporation of NSW website.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.31am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock City Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the Georges Road intersection in the Watagans NP.

This access road to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

Work is currently underway way but will be complex, involve major earthworks and road realignment.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.25am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide.

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mount Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored prior to Easter. A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 has also affected access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslip.. However work is scheduled to start on the Mt Faulk Road landslip on the 20th Feb and on the Bangalow Road landslip on 6 March 2023

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.22am

Closed areas: Click Creek Fire Trail - Watagans NP

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.20am

Closed areas: Morisset Picnic Area Closed

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 the NPWS 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 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.15am

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 Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.57am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.14am

Closed areas: Roads and Trails Closed due to 4WD Damage

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 Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.12am

Closed areas: Great North Walk - partial closure

The section of Great North Walk between the Cherry Lane track-head and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.10am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 8.49am

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 Mon 20 Mar 2023, 6.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 6.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Mar 2023, 6.51pm

Other planned events: Roadworks in Karuah National Park

Roadworks may be underway on Hobarts Forest Road and Witts Road from Monday 20 to Friday 31 March 2023, when weather permits.

Expect short delays while roadworks are underway. Drive safely and follow the directions of roadwork signs and NPWS staff.

Visitors can still access Tattersalls campground and picnic area and Double Wharf picnic area during this time.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 16 Mar 2023, 8.39am to Fri 24 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Mar 2023, 8.58am

Closed areas: Some tracks are closed in Werakata NP

Some parts of Werakata National Park are closed from Monday 12 March to Friday 24 March 2023 while tracks are being upgraded. The closed areas are: 

  • Miners Trail
  • Old Northern Heritage Track

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

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Mar 2023, 9.24am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. 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 local park office.

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Mar 2023, 9.24am

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.

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Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 8.56am

Closed areas: Kariong Brook Waterhole and Waterfall Closed

The waterhole and waterfall at Kariong Brook is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

The adjacent Great North Walk will remain open.

Signs are in place around the closed area.

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

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Applies from Sun 19 Mar 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 24 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 11.10am

Closed parks: Closed Park - Aerial pest control operations

The following parks are closed from 5pm Sunday 19th March 2023 to 5:30pm Friday 24th March 2023 for an aerial pest control operation.

- Kanangra-Boyd National Park (excluding the Six Foot Track)

- Jenolan Karst Conservation Area (Jenolan Caves Visitor Precinct remains open)

- Abercrombie River NP/SCA (excluding Bummaroo Ford)

- Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

- Yerranderie State Conservation Area 

- Mares Forest NP

- Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information , contact the Oberon NPWS office (02) 6336 6200.

Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Tue 2 May 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Mar 2023, 1.35pm

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Mon 13 Mar 2023, 7.00am to Fri 12 May 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 8.27am

Closed areas: Tomaree Coastal Walk Southern Gateway Construction

The concrete footpath between Pacific Avenue carpark (old cemetery) and the Tomaree National Park boundary at Birubi beach is closed.

The closure is to facilitate construction of the Tomaree Coastal Walk Southern Gateway. Pedestrians are encouraged to use alternative access between Pacific Ave Carpark and the Tomaree NP boundary via Ocean Ave.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office. 02 4984 8200

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 8.39am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Thu 2 Mar 2023, 7.00am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 8.27am

Safety alerts: Big Rocky access restricted

Port Stephens Council roadworks are closing Gan Gan Road from Nelson Bay Road to Anna Bay Boreline from Tuesday 28 February until Thursday 6 April 2023. 

During this time, visitors can still access the Big Rocky visitor area. You will need to enter from the direction of One Mile (via Anna Bay or Frost Road). There is a ‘Road Closed’ sign at Frost Road, but visitors to Big Rocky can drive past this sign to access Big Rocky. Do NOT proceed further past Big Rocky.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 49848200, for any enquiries in regards to roadworks contact Port Stephens Council 02 4988 0255

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Mar 2023, 9.52am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Abercrombie River National Park and State Conservation Area are closed until Thursday 6 April 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds.

Bummaroo Ford campground remains open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.

Applies from Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Mar 2023, 12.08pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to landslip and severe erosion

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents.

Planning is in progress to undertake maintenance and reopening in coming months

 

 

For more information, contact the Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 8 Feb 2023, 10.00am to Mon 15 May 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 8.28am

Safety alerts: Tomaree Coastal Walk construction - caution

Works associated with the Tomaree Coastal Walk are continuing in 2023 with works generally including; new track construction, precinct construction and upgrades, bridge and boardwalk construction, installation of signage and interpretation, materials handling and movements and helicopter operations.

New trails are now open, however directional signage will progressively be installed between March 2023 and June 2023. Visitors are requested to proceed with caution along new trails which may not be adequately signposted and to please respect warning and closure signage and the advice of contractors and NPWS staff. Isolated closures may be enforced during times of construction and helicopter operations, visitors are encouraged to continue to monitor alerts for details of closures.

 Locations which may be impacted during 2023 include:

  • Birubi Point
  • Pacific Ave carpark
  • Iris Moore Reserve
  • Fishermans Bay to Little Kingsley Beach
  • Kingsley Beach carpark
  • Samurai Beach
  • Big Rocky Day Use Area
  • Walking Trails around Boulder Bay
  • Box Beach and northern Fingal Bay Beach

 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office in Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200. 

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Applies from Sun 26 Feb 2023, 8.44am to Fri 12 May 2023, 3.30pm. Last reviewed: Sun 26 Feb 2023, 8.50am

Closed areas: Mill Creek Precinct closed for road works

Mill Creek Precinct will be closed from 7:00am Monday 1 May 2023 to 3:00pm Friday 12 May for road works. The closed areas are:

  • Mill Creek Campground
  • Mill Creek Picnic Area
  • Grass Tree Circuit
  • 11km Walking Track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 8.22am

Closed areas: Partial closure on Lone Pine Road

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. Other parts of Lone Pine Road may be closed for short periods as repair work takes place.

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

 

Signs and barricades are in place around the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 7 Feb 2023, 3.58pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 4.30pm

Safety alerts: Closed Areas: Areas temporarily closed for pest control operations

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting various scheduled pest control operations between the hours of 9pm to 5:30am from Tuesday 7th February 2023 through until Friday 30th June 2023.

This program will target rabbits and foxes. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals, including threatened species and recreational areas.

Warning closure signs will be placed at visitor entry points to areas of the park that will be closed during these operations. Please do not enter closed areas during this time, this includes beaches and rock platforms.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information phone the National Parks local area office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 11.12am

Closed areas: Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). The Coast walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works. This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 2.11pm

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 9 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails as well as maintaining vegetation clearances.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Mar 2023, 9.23am

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.

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 Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Jan 2023, 3.44pm

Closed areas: The Mungo Track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

You will need to follow the detour on The Mungo Track at Mungo Bush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km.

Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join The Mungo Track route. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes Area Office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 8.47am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Mar 2023, 4.03pm

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track closed

Wreck Beach walking track is closed due to heavy rain undermining the walking track causing significant damage to steps and landings. The closure will be in place for an extended period until repairs are undertaken.

Barriers and signage are in place for visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 8.48am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Mar 2023, 10.37am

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 8.40am

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Mar 2023, 10.07am

Closed areas: Road closures due to severe weather event

Some roads within Myall Lakes National Park are temporarily closed due to the impacts of recent severe weather. The closed roads are:

  • Nerong Road (southern section)
  • Masons Bend Trail
  • Goochs Road and Sugarloaf trail.

NPWS are working on repairs and will reopen the roads once completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Mar 2023, 10.07am

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 9.03am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Mar 2023, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Box Beach carpark night closure

Box Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 10pm to 5am daily. The gate will be locked during these times.

Box Beach Access Road is also closed to vehicles during this period.

A fee will be charged for vehicles exiting after 10pm. Please call Certis Security on 1300 370 145 for assistance.

For more information, please contact the local Nelson Bay office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Mar 2023, 2.10pm

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

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to 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 have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Mar 2023, 9.01am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Mar 2023, 8.30pm

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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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-hunter-wetlands-national-park/local-alerts

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