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Howes trail

Yengo National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 2 December 2022, 8.40am

Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 8.40am.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022 in the following parks:

  • Dharug National Park
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Wollemi State Conservation Area
  • Yengo National Park  

An aerial baiting program will also be conducted in these parks from Monday 5 September to Friday 16 September 2022. 

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

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

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 local Bulga NPWS office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage:

  • California trail - closed until late December 2023
  • Martindale trail - closed until late January 2023
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - closed until late February 2023
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - closed until late February 2023
  • Mellong Range trail - closed until early January 2023
  • Bulga Trail - closed until late January 2023 

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until early January 2023
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed until 20 January 2023.

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Tue 21 Dec 2021, 1.20pm to Fri 20 Jan 2023, 4.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December 2021 to Monday 31 December 2022. 

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

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Applies from Mon 10 Oct 2022, 9.00am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 12.07pm

Closed areas: Deep Pass access roads closed

Access to Deep Pass will be closed until 22 December due to road works to repair road damage from storm events.

Visitors are reminded to exercise caution on the roads, particularly following sustained periods of rainfall.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 29 Nov 2022, 9.30am to Sat 10 Dec 2022, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 11.34am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel Road closed at Galah Mountain Road intersection

Glow Worm Tunnel Road on the Newnes Plateau is closed from the Galah Mountain Road intersection until Saturday 10 December 2022. Please note:

  • This closure includes access to Glow Worm Tunnel carpark and the Old Coach Road carpark
  • There is no walker access to Glow Worm Tunnel during this time
  • Glow Worm Tunnel carpark is expected to open from Saturday 10 December 2022 at this stage
  • Galah Mountain Road and access to Rocky Creek canyon is open.

This closure is to allow for upgrade works at the Glow Worm Tunnel carpark.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 10.55am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 11.06am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel walking track closed - No access from Wolgan Valley

Glow Worm tunnel walking track is closed until further notice. There is no access from the Wolgan Valley to Glow Worm tunnel due to the Wolgan Road closure.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 9.54am to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 1.56pm

Closed areas: Newnes campground closed due to landslide at Wolgan Gap

Newnes campground is closed until further notice due to road collapse and continuing land slip risk at Wolgan Gap following recent heavy rain.

This road is managed by Lithgow Council. Information updates will be posted when available.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Lithgow Council on 02 6354 9999. 

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Applies from Wed 23 Nov 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Nov 2022, 11.40am

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook section closed

The Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground has closed due to flood damage. Please note that the rest of Wheeny Creek precinct remains open for bookings.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4720-6200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 9.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 8.52am

Closed areas: Nullo Mountain Area of Wollemi NP closed for Pest Management

The Nullo Mountain Area of Wollemi National Park is closed from 9am, Monday 5 December to 6pm, Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial pest control operation. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area office on 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Nov 2022, 2.39pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

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

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

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 local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

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Applies from Tue 1 Nov 2022, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Nov 2022, 3.49pm

Closed areas: Bob Turners walking track closed

Bob Turners walking track is closed from Tuesday 1 November 2022 until further notice due to flood damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 3 Oct 2022, 11.12am to Tue 10 Oct 2023, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 7.25am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park - Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

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Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Sun 27 Nov 2022, 10.42am

Closed areas: Tootie Creek fire trail closed due to landslide

Tootie Creek fire trail in Wollemi National Park is closed to all persons from Friday 23 September 2022 until further notice due to landslide.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 8.40am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022 in the following parks:

  • Dharug National Park
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Wollemi State Conservation Area
  • Yengo National Park  

An aerial baiting program will also be conducted in these parks from Monday 5 September to Friday 16 September 2022. 

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

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

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 local Bulga NPWS office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

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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/things-to-do/4wd-touring-routes/howes-trail/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Yengo National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

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Emergency services

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