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Venture to the falls

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Dorrigo National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 7 February 2023, 9.24am

Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.50pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 9.24am.

Closed areas: Never Never picnic area shelter shed closed

The Never Never picnic area shelter is closed due to damage sustained during extended wet weather. The closure will remain in place until the shelter is assessed by an engineer.

Walking tracks and Never Never picnic area remain open.  

For further information call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 7.19pm

Other planned events: Scheduled road maintenance works will be occurring on Black Mountain and Junction Roads in Nymboi-Bineray National Park.

Scheduled road maintenance works will be occurring on Black Mountain and Junction Roads in Nymboi-Bineray National Park, from Monday 23 January 2023, finishing Friday 17 February 2023.

Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local Grafton NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 2.48pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground-based pest program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat and manufactured bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs. The program will be conducted from Friday 1 July until Thursday 30 June 2023.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Clarence area office in Grafton on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 7 Feb 2023, 10.10am to Sat 11 Feb 2023, 10.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 10.13am

Closed areas: Swans road closed

Swans road will be closed for culvert replacement from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 Feb 2023. There will be no access through Swans road during works.

End Peak trail is accessible for walkers from Sealy Lookout.

Contact Coffs Coast Area on 66520900 for information.

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Applies from Thu 3 Mar 2022, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 12.07pm

Other incidents: Bald Knob Tick Gate Road Closed

The Bald Knob Tick Gate Road is closed to all traffic. The road formation has been damaged in the Pidgeon Gully area by heavy rainfall.

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 11.34am to Fri 17 Feb 2023, 11.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Feb 2023, 11.37am

Closed areas: The Junction Campground

The Junction Campground is closed as NPWS is undertaking road works on The Junction Road. The Campground will reopen on 18 February 2023

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 4.15pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 4.00pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due road maintenance works and flood damage.

This park is closed from Monday 2 May 2022 until Friday 30 June 2023, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall/ flooding event.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Grafton area office.

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Applies from Wed 12 Apr 2017, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9.56am

Other planned events: Yuraygir coastal walk - River crossing contacts

The Yuraygir coastal walk river crossing contact details have changed. The current details are:

  • Wooli river crossing - call 0439 409 909 
  • Sandon river crossing - call 0407 362 118
  • Corindi/Red Rock river crossing - No commercial service available

For further information please call the NPWS Grafton area office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9.43am

Safety alerts: Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campground access

Access to Station Creek and Pebbly Beach campgrounds is currently via Bacoongerie Road and McPhillips Road.

Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds are only accessible by high clearance 4WD vehicles. This includes water crossings which can change quickly depending on local rainfall and tidal conditions.

Access to Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds is dependent on Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and Forestry Corporation road infrastructure.

Information on the trafficability of these roads can be found here:

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

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.04pm to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.41pm

Closed parks: Chaelundi NP, SCA & FR closed for pest operation

Chaelundi National Park, State Conservation Area and Flora Reserve, will be closed to all park users for pest control operations from midnight Friday 17 February to midnight Sunday night 19 February 2023. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact NPWS Coffs Coast Area office on (02) 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.57pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 8.56am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park from Wednesday 10 August 2022 to Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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

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

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting area. 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), should 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, please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 20 Jan 2023, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 12.00pm

Closed areas: Slees road closed

The bridge on Slees road on the boundary of Viewmont State Forest and Bollanolla Nature Reserve has been severely impacted by the 2022 floods and is not currently trafficable.

It is not safe to cross. Road closure signs have been put in place.

For further information contact Coffs Coast on 66520900. 

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Applies from Wed 28 Sep 2022, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 10.25am

Closed areas: Doon Goonge campground closed

Doon Goonge campground is closed for public safety and is expected to re-open in mid-March 2023.

Alternate nearby campgrounds include Dalmorton, Thungutti, Cod Hole and Platypus Flat, that can be booked on the NPWS website.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Wed 27 Jul 2022, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 10.02am

Closed parks: Waihou Road closed

Waihou Road is closed to all vehicles. This closure is a result of significant damage sustained during flooding events, causing the road to collapse. 

Please travel via an alternative route. The failure is located on the eastern end of Waihou Road. 

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 11.17am

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to ongoing unpredictable flooding

The Guy Fawkes River catchment area is at risk of unpredictable flooding, which can occur without warning.

This includes Bicentennial National trail, the overnight wilderness walk, and any other travel along the river corridors.

It is strongly advisable to delay visiting until conditions are more favourable, unless well prepared.

Flooding can leave walkers and horse riders stranded for extended periods. This is a remote location with no roads or mobile phone reception. Ensure you are well prepared for unforeseen extended isolation. Carry extra food and have a communication plan in place with friends or family. Helicopter evacuation is the only safe retrieval method in most of the reserve.

In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Thu 12 Jan 2023, 12.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Jan 2023, 12.29pm

Closed areas: Woolgoolga Lake Walking Track - partial closure for track maintenance

Please be advised of track safety maintenance and upgrading works on the Woolgoolga Lake nature walk.

 

Works are to commence on the 16th of January 2023, estimated to be complete on the 16th February 2023, weather permitting.

 

Area affected by the works will be from the Woolgoolga Cemetery at Centenary Drive, Woolgoolga to the eastern reserve adjacent to Killawarra Close to Ocean Drive, Safety Beach.

 

During this time there will be temporary closures of sections of the nature walk, with alternative routes unavailable at some locations. Please follow the signage. 

 

The Solitary Islands Coastal Walk remains open, with this route following the beach to the east of these works.

 

For further information please contact 02 6648 4541

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Applies from Fri 11 Nov 2022, 8.31pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 10.08am

Closed areas: Moonee Creek south bridge (Caravan Park to Green Bluff access) closed

Moonee Creek (Sugar Mill Creek) Bridge closed

 

The bridge crossing providing access from Reflections Holiday Park Moonee south onto Coffs Coast Regional Park/Green Bluff/Sapphire North has been damaged from coastal erosion. 

 

Reflections Holiday Parks have closed the bridge until further notice - due to an engineering assessment deeming the bridge unsafe for pedestrians.

 

Solitary Islands Coastal Walkers can reroute via:

  • West along Moonee Beach Rd to south-west corner of shopping centre
  • South along new concrete path on eastern side of Pacific Hwy
  • South onto southern end of Nth Solitary Dr
  • East onto Nth Sapphire Rd to the beach access at Beachstone Cafe

 

Green Bluff is alternatively accessible from the south via Rutile Trail, off Ivory Circuit in North Sapphire

 

Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee manages this bridge and is contactable on (02) 6653 6552

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Applies from Thu 13 Oct 2022, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 10.08am

Closed areas: Korora (Pine Brush Creek) Staircase closed - access rerouted

The staircase on the headland at Korora is closed until further notice due to coastal erosion damage.

The staircase is south-east of Daintree Drive, Korora (Pine Brush Creek mouth at Hills Beach, near Opal Cove Resort).

It provides Solitary Islands Walk access south onto Hills Beach or north onto Daintree Drive, Korora.

Please follow this alternative route:

  1. Via western end (cul-de-sac) of Pine Brush Crescent, Korora.
  2. Take the laneway to south onto bridge across Pine Brush Creek.
  3. Follow the path along southern bank of Pine Brush Creek east to rejoin Solitary Islands Walk on Hills Beach.

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Applies from Fri 28 Oct 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 10.08am

Closed areas: Diggers Beach Southern Lookout closed

The beach lookout platform at the southern Diggers Beach carpark is closed due to coastal erosion damage.

 

Beach access remains at this location. Similar coastal/surfbreak viewlines are accessible from the adjacent path and from the beach.

 

An engineering assessment has deemed the structure unsafe for public access due to undercutting.

 

City of Coffs Harbour asset manage this structure (in joint park management with NPWS) - planning is currently underway to determine the next actions for this damaged structure. 

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Applies from Thu 27 Oct 2022, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 8.22am

Closed areas: New England National Park walking track closures

The following areas are closed for public safety, to allow NPWS to assess and manage rockfall hazards.

  • Eagles Nest walking track
  • All access to Weeping Rock
  • The lower eastern section of Lyrebird track including Tree Fern Valley 

For further information please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 31 Oct 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 8.56am

Closed areas: Upper Ebor Falls closed for construction

The Upper Ebor Falls precinct is closed from November 2022 until June 2023 (subject to change) to allow NPWS to rebuild facilities lost in the 2019/2020 bushfires, including a new viewing platform. During this time there will be no access to the following areas:

  • Upper Ebor Falls picnic area
  • Upper Ebor Falls lookout
  • Public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls
  • Walking track between Upper and Lower Ebor Falls picnic areas
  • Ebor Village walking track

The Lower Ebor Falls picnic area and toilets will remain open, with limited views of Ebor Falls.

Additional public toilets are located on the eastern side of  Waterfall Way at  Ebor Sports ground.

Please do not enter construction areas and follow all signage or directions from staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Sections of New England NP closed

Southern sections of the New England National Park are closed due to flood event impacts.  Hickeys Creek Road and West End Road are closed until further notice.

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Area permanently closed - Mermaid Pools

Access to Mermaid Pools is permanently closed including for swimming. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks and pools.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Mermaid Pools have never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Mermaid Pools.

For further information call the NPWS Verges Creek area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 6.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 6.05pm

Safety alerts: Gordons Road Bridge Closed

The bridge on Gordons Road is closed until further notice due to structural failure. The bridge is not safe to cross. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Coffs Coast on 66520900.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 3.39pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Bongil Bongil National Park from Wednesday 10 August 2022 to Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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

The program is designed to minimise fox 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, please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 16 May 2022, 12.10pm to Wed 15 Mar 2023, 12.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 3.41pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Moonee Beach Nature Reserve from Wednesday 10 August 2022 to Tuesday 28 February 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 Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sun 16 May 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 8.03pm

Other incidents: Cedar Park toilet

The toilet at Cedar Park has been damaged by a fallen tree and is out of order. NPWS are working towards a replacement and there are no other toilet facilities available at the picnic area. 

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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-4-geography-venture-to-the-falls-dorrigo-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Dorrigo National Park in the North Coast region
  • Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Emergency services

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