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Butterbox Canyon

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 3.32pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout are closed due to major upgrades.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to major subsidence.  Detour in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lillian's Bridge track is closed from Inspiration Point track to Lillians Bridge due to major upgrades. 
  • Lady Carrington lookout is closed for a major upgrade.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Echo Point and Cliff View lookout due to major upgrades.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to major upgrades on Prince Henry.
  • Amphitheatre track is closed due to track repairs.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking routes are closed due to subsidence.
  • Six Foot Track is closed from Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley. 
  • Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • McMahons Lookout Rd will be closed to all traffic from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Red Ridge, Erskine Range (W5) and Centre Mount Fire trails are also included in this closure.  
  • Kings Tableland Road will be closed to all traffic (apart from residential traffic)  from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Access to Andersons Fire Trail available on weekends.  
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses Council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Kedumba Valley Road is closed south of the Sublime Point Fire Trail due to major subsidence. 
  • Kedumba River campground closed until Friday 9th December due to subsidence on the access road.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work. (opening February 2023)
  • Evans lookout is closed to vehicles for major upgrade work with detours in place. (opening mid December)
  • Grand Canyon car park closed, limited parking at Neates Glen and along Evans Lookout Road. (opening mid December)
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Grose River track is closed from Blue Gum Forest to Victoria Falls. (opening mid December)
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown camping area is closed.
  • No access to Perrys Lookdown day use area from Wednesday 30th November until Wednesday 7th December due to heavy vehicle movements. Limited parking along road. Pedestrian & cycle access only.
  • Perrys Lookdown walking track and day use area will be closed on Tuesday 6th December for helicopter operations. There will be no access to or from Acacia Flat campground.

Woodford, Lawson

  • Bedford Road and Murphy's Glen camping area are closed to vehicles due to slippery conditions and to protect road surface.
  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

 

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • Open: K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access available via Narrow Neck lookout track, Dunphy's campground, and from Kanangra Walls. Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.

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Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.24pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Govetts Leap lookout

The visitor precinct at Govetts Leap lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is closed for upgrades from Thursday 11 August 2022 to February 2023.

The carpark and lookout will be closed during construction.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the toilets at Govetts Leap lookout will remain open.

Access to walking tracks will be provided to tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly. Check the NPWS alerts page for updates.

The works include improvements to the lookout and carpark, and construction of new accessible pathways in the area.

The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on this webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 21 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.27pm

Closed parks: Capertee Valley Reserve Pest Management Operation

Capertee National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park and Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area are closed from 9am, Monday 21 November to 5pm, Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial and ground pest control operation. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area Office on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Oct 2022, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track partial closure

Six Foot track, trom Explorers Tree (Katoomba) to Megalong Road, is closed until mid-October 2022 This closure is due to multiple landslips, fallen trees and dangerous trees along the track presenting poor and dangerous conditions.

This closure may be extended. Additional major upgrade works will be required over the next 12 months, which may also cause walker disruption. 

Six Foot track from Megalong Road through to Cox’s River and Black Range remains open.

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

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/adventure-sports-experiences/butterbox-canyon/local-alerts

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