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

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 25 September 2023, 9.42am

Applies from Wed 13 Sep 2023, 3.24pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2023, 11.21am.

Safety alerts: Werrong Beach access track damaged

The Werrong Beach access track has been severely eroded at the beach access point. There are steep and uneven surfaces.

The track is recommended only for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

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Applies from Mon 29 May 2023, 4.34pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Sep 2023, 10.41am.

Closed areas: Areas closed for deer control program

Some areas in Royal National Park are closed to the public between sunset and sunrise 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 the entry points to the closed areas. If you have approved bookings to camp you can still access campsites during these times.

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 Thu 31 Aug 2023, 8.16pm to Fri 13 Oct 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 9.42am.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

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 take place from Thursday 14 September to Friday 13 October 2023 in Royal National Park. Don’t 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). 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.

For more information, call the local park office (Audley) on 02 9542 0632 (business hours) or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (outside business hours).

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 9.42am.

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 local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 24 Jul 2023, 12.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Jul 2023, 11.57am.

Closed areas: Palm Jungle track closure - Eastern section

Palm Jungle loop track between Burning Palms and Werrong lookout is closed for major upgrade works from Monday 24 July 2023 to Sunday 30 June 2024.

This affects the eastern section of the loop track. You can still access Royal Coast track via Ridge trail.

The affected areas include:

  • Royal Coast track
  • Figure 8 Pools
  • Palm Jungle loop track

For more information, call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 14 Jul 2023, 3.13pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Sep 2023, 9.37am.

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 0632.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Aug 2023, 12.15pm.

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
4 October 2023 Closed areas Walking track closure and delays Details

Applies from Wed 4 Oct 2023, 12.01am to Wed 4 Oct 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2023, 2.56pm

Helicopter operations will take place from 7am to 12pm on Wednesday 4 October 2023 in Royal National Park. The following areas will be affected:

  • Wattamolla picnic area will be closed from 6am to 12pm
  • The Coast track at Wattamolla will remain open, however walkers should expect short delays.

Please follow directions of NPWS staff in all affected areas.

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

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Details
6 October 2023 Closed areas Walking track closure and delays Details

Applies from Fri 6 Oct 2023, 12.00am to Fri 6 Oct 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Sep 2023, 3.13pm

Helicopter operations will take place from 7am to 5pm on Friday 6 October 2023 in Royal National Park. The following areas will be affected by closures:

  • Southern entry to Royal Coast track (Otford).
  • Werrong Beach track. 
  • Garawarra Ridge trail.
  • Garawarra Farm will remain open for access to Figure Eight Pools, however walkers should expect short delays.

Please follow directions of NPWS staff in all affected areas.

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

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Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 29 Sep 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 2.09pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

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

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

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. 

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

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Sep 2023, 11.57am

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 rifle range operations:

  • Every Saturday, 8am to 5pm
  • Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, 8am to 5pm
  • Women on Target Try Shoot event, Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 October 2023

Please note: In October there will be no shooting on Sunday 15 October 2023 (the 3rd Sunday of the month).

Do not enter the eastern section of the 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 park (Western Escarpment walking track) is open when the rifle range is in use.

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

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Applies from Wed 30 Aug 2023, 12.10pm to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 10.32am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Aug 2023, 12.11pm

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 will take place between Wednesday 30 August 2023 and Sunday 31 March 2024 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. 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). 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Thu 10 Aug 2023, 2.10pm to Wed 1 Nov 2023, 2.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Sep 2023, 7.16am

Closed areas: Partial Forest Walk Closure at Northern Extent

The Forest Walk will be closed at the northern extent from the area of Mt Mitchell Lookout down to the Wodi Wodi Track. This closure is in place until the 1st November, 2023. The walk is closed due to construction works as part of the Great Southern Walk.

Closure signs will be in place in affected areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Wollongong Office on 02 4224 4188.

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Applies from Thu 10 Aug 2023, 5.00pm to Wed 1 Nov 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Sep 2023, 9.37am

Closed areas: Wodi Wodi Track Closure for Construction Works

The Wodi Wodi Walking Track will be closed until 1st November, 2023 for construction works as part of the Great Southern Walk. 

Closure signs will be in place in affected areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Wollongong Office on 02 4224 4188.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2023, 9.07am to Fri 29 Nov 2024, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Aug 2023, 3.57pm

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 Wed 22 Mar 2023, 2.18pm to Tue 31 Oct 2023, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 7.47am

Other planned events: Toilet blocks closed for upgrade works

Three toilet blocks in Georges River National Park will be closed for upgrades from Monday 14 August to Tuesday 31 October 2023. Temporary toilets will be available during the construction period.

Picnic areas will remain open during the works.  

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Aug 2023, 6.27pm

Closed areas: Happy Valley pedestrian bridge closed

Happy Valley pedestrian bridge will be closed to the public from Thursday 8 June to the end of October 2023 due to construction works. Access to the national park and the Congwong walking track during this time will be via Henry Head Lane. For further information call the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Sep 2023, 9.37am

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 Mon 3 Jul 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jul 2023, 2.09pm

Closed areas: Mirang Campground Closed

Mirang Campground is closed for the foreseeable future due to facilities maintenance and upgrades. Please check the website for updates on re-opening.

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

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Applies from Tue 28 Mar 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Sep 2023, 9.37am

Closed areas: Lake Toolooma Fire Trail Closed due to sink hole

Lake Toolooma Fire Trail is closed to Pedestrians and Vehicles North of Tooloma Dam due to a large sink hole.

Visitors are reminded not to continue walking past Tooloma dam. 

The section of the track will reopen when it is safe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jun 2023, 10.44am

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: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 7.29am

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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Applies from Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Sep 2023, 9.40am

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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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-places-similar-different-royal-national-park/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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