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First contacts at Kurnell

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 6 Sep 2019, 10.25am to Sun 27 Oct 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 4.39pm

Safety alerts: Weed control work underway

Weed control work will be underway in isolated areas of this park between Monday 9 September and Friday 27 September 2019. An authorised herbicide may be used and signs will be in place where work is underway.

For further information please call Ranger David Croft on 02 9542 0669.

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Applies from Fri 20 Sep 2019, 1.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 1.57pm

Other planned events: Senegal tea aquatic weed spraying

NPWS will be treating an aquatic weed called senegal tea at sites along the Hacking River on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September 2019. We will be using a herbicide called metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate. Signs will be displayed at each site during times of application.

For further information about the program, please contact the Royal National Park area office on 02 9542 0632 or email npws.royal@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Tue 27 Aug 2019, 10.48am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10.01am

Other planned events: 1080 fox program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway in Towra Point Nature Reserve, finishing on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The program is part of the NPWS FoxTap program, and is designed to control foxes to assist in recovery of little terns and pied oystercatchers.

1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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Applies from Fri 14 Jun 2019, 1.08pm to Wed 30 Oct 2019, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2019, 10.48am

Other planned events: Construction work at Wattamolla

A new amenities building is being built at Wattamolla, starting from Tuesday 11 June 2019 and continuing through winter. Temporary amenities will be available during this construction period. Picnic areas and the surrounding area will remain open. Please take care around the construction area. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The new amenities will be open before summer starts. These works are part of the Wattamolla Master Plan, which addresses the challenges of managing visitation and protecting the natural and cultural values of this area.

For more information, please email the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre or call 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Oct 2019, 11.41am

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

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

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • 3rd Sunday of the month

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 10 Dec 2018, 2.35pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jan 2019, 1.18pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 ground baiting and ejector program targeting foxes is underway in Eurobodalla National Park, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Bournda National Park and nature reserve, Gulaga National Park, Ben Boyd National Park and South East Forest National Park. The program is ongoing throughout the entire year. Visitors are reminded that 1080 is harmful to domestic animals. There are 1080 warning signs at entrances and exits throughout the reserve areas. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Mar 2019, 11.11am

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

Access to walking tracks between Cape Banks and Henry Head is affected due to track upgrades:

  • The link to Cape Banks walking track and Henry Head walking track is closed
  • Cape Banks walking track to Cape banks Headland is open
  • Henry Head walking track to Cruwee Cove Beach is open

These upgrades are almost complete, however not officially open.

NSW National Parks apologises for any inconvenience this might cause. For more information please call the NPWS Greycliffe House office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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-history-first-contacts-kurnell/local-alerts

Park info

  • in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–7.30pm August to May. 7am–5.30pm June to July.

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Henry Head track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer