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Dolphin Dreaming

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Applies from Tue 29 Nov 2022, 5.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 5.49pm

Closed areas: Part Tweed Range Scenic Drive closed

Some parts of this park are closed from today 29/11/22 as a result of overnight storm damage.

This affects the access from the Sheepstation end of the Tweed Range Scenic Drive.

Access between the Barkers Vale entrance and the Pinnacle Lookout is unaffected and remains open.

The closed areas are:

  • Forest Tops camping area
  • Brindle Creek loop road
  • Brindle Creek walking track
  • Helmholtzia Loop
  • Red Cedar Loop
  • Antarctic Beech picnic area

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

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Applies from Sat 30 Jul 2022, 1.38pm to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 4.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 1.29pm

Closed areas: Walking track closed and areas open

The following areas are closed from Saturday 30 July 2022 due to recent severe flooding causing multiple treefalls and landslips:

  • Booyong track
  • Rosewood track
  • Palm Valley track
  • Brushbox Falls lookout

These areas will open as soon as repairs are carried out and they are deemed safe for public access.

The following areas are open:

  • Red Cedar loop walking track
  • Helmholtzia loop walking track
  • Brindle Creek walking track
  • Pinnacle lookout and walking track
  • Blackbutts lookout and picnic area
  • Bar Mountain picnic area
  • Beech Glade
  • Falcorostrum loop
  • Bar Mountain Circuit including Bar Mountain lookout

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 Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.19pm to Mon 1 May 2023, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 9.19am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Bundjalung National Park from Tuesday 1 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes, and is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Clarence area office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Wed 19 Oct 2022, 8.57am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.32am

Safety alerts: North Rocks Road closed

North Rocks Road is closed until Friday 30 June 2023. The road is currently unsafe to traffic. This closure maybe extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200. 

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 10.22am

Closed areas: Closed tracks due to flood damage

The following walking tracks and areas are closed until Friday 30 June 2023 due to flood damage:

  • Minyon falls walking track
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track

Whian Whian mountain bike trails will remain closed until Saturday 15 December 2022.

The Minyon Drive access road is open.

These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop accessible from Newton Drive.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 17 Nov 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 10.20am

Closed areas: Mebbin National Park Campground Open with closed access to some trails

Mebbin National Park and Cutters Campground  open 

Some of the walking tracks and trails remain closed due to landslips and erosion caused by the severe rainfall causing dangerous conditions during February/March 2022.

Areas that remain CLOSED until they are made safe:

  • Original section of Byrrill Creek Walking Track (closed due to severe landslip) alternative walking track now available.
  • Lemon Tree Road Fire Trail
  • Walters Road Fire Trail
  • O'Connors Road Fire Trail
  • North Boundary Road Fire Trail
  • Bog Onion Road Fire Trail

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on (02) 66 708 600.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 9.16am

Closed parks: Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve closed

Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is closed until February 2023 due damaged sustained in recent floods.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.58am

Other planned events: Notice of noise from RAAF training operations

If you plan to visit Bundjalung National Park, you may experience loud aircraft noise due to RAAF training operations from the nearby Evans Head air weapons range in the park.

Aircraft activities may be heard and seen over Black Rocks campground and from Jerusalem Creek paddle route and walking track.

Please note:

  • The RAAF schedule of planned air operations is available on the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage. Operations are scheduled for  7-10 November 2022 Up to 10pm at night. 16-18 November - 10am to 6pm.
  • RAAF schedules for the Air Weapons Range in Bundjalung National Park can change at short notice due to weather or other operational considerations.
  • Aircraft may not utilise the range every day of scheduled operations.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200, or visit the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 12.06pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Nov 2022, 2.39pm

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track will remain closed pending the development of a Memorandum of Understanding and further joint management arrangements, with future management of the park to be guided by Aboriginal custodians.

The remainder of Wollumbin National Park, including Lyrebird Track, is also closed until further notice. This is due to visitor infrastructure being significantly impacted by recent flooding events.

For further information visit this web page.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 9.38am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.53am

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of this park has been extended until Tuesday 28 February 2023, due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events.

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended, pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.52pm to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Nov 2022, 8.31am

Other planned events: Fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be laying 1080 ground baits between Tuesday 25 October and Saturday 19 December 2022 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river) to control the introduced European red fox.

The fox control program is part of the NSW Saving our Species Program for the conservation of priority threatened species such as beach stone curlew and pied oystercatcher.

1080 warning signs will be placed at all authorised access points to the baiting location.

1080 is lethal to domestic dogs. Please restrain pets and working dogs and ensure they do not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning please seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic dogs are prohibited in all NSW National Parks, penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information contact the NPWS Tweed Byron Area office in Tweed on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 10.15am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Bundjalung National Park and Richmond River Nature Reserve from Monday 8 August 2022 to Friday 23 December 2022.

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

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened shorebird species.

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 NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 9 Sep 2022, 10.43am to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 12.05pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for repair

Some parts of this park are closed from Friday 9 September to Wednesday 30 November 2022 while walking trails and bridges are repaired from flood damage. The closed areas are:

  • Hells Hole
  • Unicorn Falls
  • Sand Ridge trail
  • Clay Pot trail
  • Gilwah road
  • Rockface road
  • Middle ridge trail
  • Whiskey Creek trail
  • North Chowan road
  • Baratta road
  • Wallace road
  • South Chowan road (beyond locked gate)

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

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Applies from Sun 15 May 2022, 9.09am to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 8.29am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage and repairs.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Byron Bay area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.39am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Nov 2022, 10.04am

Closed areas: Walk on Water walking track boardwalk closed

The majority of the timber boardwalk on the Walk on Water walking track is closed until further notice. A small section of the timber boardwalk provides access to Ukerebagh Nature Reserve via Ukerebagh track.

For your safety, please don't enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Wed 20 Jul 2022, 2.49pm to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 3.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 9.14am

Closed areas: Closed walking tracks

Wilson Nature Reserve North and South walking tracks are closed indefinitely due to widespread damage from recent weather events.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 9.04am

Closed areas: O'Connors fire trail closed for maintenance

O'Connors fire trail is closed from Monday 10 January 2022 for maintenance and upgrades. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS 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-hsie-dolphin-dreaming-cape-byron-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse lawn is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

    Cape Byron Lighthouse lawn and Information Centre: $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Coach entry: $30 per coach up to 30 seats; $57 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $94 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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