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Environmental change and management at Garie Beach

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Geography, Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 21 July 2021, 9.21am

Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 12.01am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 9.21am.

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley Precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 5 Oct 2021, 12.02pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Oct 2021, 10.03am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale picnic area closed and no pedestrian access to Maianbar

Bonnie Vale picnic area and pedestrian access to Maianbar is closed from Tuesday 12 October to Friday 29 October 2021, 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. This is to allow the safe movement of materials that are part of the current campground remediation works. 

For your safety, do not enter closed areas and obey all safety and directional signage.

For more information about the works at Bonnie Vale campground, email, call 1300 072 757 or visit this webpage.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 7.34pm

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 contact the local area office email.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Area closures for rifle range operations

Malabar Headland National Park will be closed during the following times due to rifle range operations:

  • Saturday 23 October 2021 –  ANZAC Rifle Clubs shooting day
  • 1st Sunday of every month - Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia shooting day

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

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

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 5 May 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 12.25pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

The southern section of walking track upgrades in Malabar Headland National Park is now complete.

Works are underway between the northern entrance and Boora Point and expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Please note:

  • Access from the north is closed
  • Access from the south is open to Boora Point only
  • The Western Escarpment remains open

For more information, please see the project website or call the local NPWS office on 02 9337 5511.

The entire Boora Point walking track (eastern sections of the national park) is closed when the ANZAC Rifle Range is in use.

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Applies from Tue 5 Oct 2021, 3.14pm to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 10.18am

Closed areas: Wattamolla lower loop carpark and picnic area

Wattamolla Lower Loop carpark and picnic area are closed for upgrades until November 2021.

Access the Royal Coast track through Wattamolla is open. Access to the beach, amenities building, upper carpark areas and Providential Point are open.

Large vehicles and buses over 8.8 metres cannot access Wattamolla. Buses should not enter Wattamolla Road from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. There is no safe area to park or manoeuvre at Wattamolla or along Wattamolla Road. All other vehicles can enter Wattamolla and park in carparks numbers 2 to 5 (parking is limited during peak periods).

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

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

Construction of a new whale watching platform is underway at Cape Solander. The road to Cape Solander, parking and the whale watching platform are closed. Walking tracks remain open.

Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.30pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.37pm

Closed areas: Royal Coast Track closed at Otford, Monday to Thursday

The Royal Coast Track will be closed Monday to Thursday for upgrade works near Otford lookout from 6 September to early December 2021. The track will remain open Friday to Sunday. When closed, visitors will not be able to access Figure 8 Pools, the Werrong Beach Track or the Palm Jungle Loop Track from the Otford lookout. When closed, Coast Track walkers will have to exit the track at Garawarra Farm. Visitors can still access Figure 8 Pools from Garawarra Farm at any time.

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Applies from Tue 31 Aug 2021, 7.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Aug 2021, 12.01pm

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 Tuesday 31 August 2021 and Thursday 31 March 2022 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 13 May 2021, 12.01am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 9.21am

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley Precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

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

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Apr 2021, 1.35pm

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite. It will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Bonnie Vale picnic area and Bonnie Vale boat ramp are open and safe for visitors.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 3.51pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please 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-5-geography-environmental-change-management-garie-beach/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. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    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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