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Wreck Beach

Tomaree National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 4 April 2024, 1.03pm

Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 1.03pm.

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 10 Apr 2024, 3.36pm to Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 4.34pm

Closed areas: Samurai Beach campground closed due to severe weather

Samurai Beach campground in Tomaree National Park is temporarily closed from Wednesday 10 April 2024 until Monday 15 April 2024.

This closure is for visitor safety. Large swell and subsequent erosion has made access to the campground dangerous at high tide. NPWS staff will monitor conditions and reopen the campground when access is safe.

Samurai beachfront has reopened for 4WD access, but driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution and check conditions before travel.

Please remember to:

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly, and several vehicles have ended up swamped by water on this beach.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

 

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.12am

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track between Monday 26th February and Tuesday 2nd April 2024. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 10 Apr 2024, 10.35am to Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 10.39am

Closed areas: Gan Gan 4WD entry temporarily closed - no beach front driving

Due to current weather conditions, beach front driving is temporarily closed today Wednesday 10 April 2024, and will be reviewed Monday 15 April 2024 in the Worimi Conservation Lands. This closure is from the Gan Gan entry at Anna Bay to the Lavis Lane entry at Williamtown. This is for visitor safety and to protect cultural sites. Large swell combined with high tides has made the beach front impassable for all vehicles.

The Gan Gan 4WD entry at Anna Bay is temporarily closed to all vehicles.

The following areas are open:

  • Lavis Lane entry
  • Fern Bay entry
  • Ganyamalbaa campground
  • Recreational Vehicle Area

Please note:  

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop offs.
  • Do not attempt to traverse the beach front at this time and, for safety, avoid driving through sea water or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • If in doubt, turn around and back track on the route you've driven, to exit the park.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.
  • Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation. Fines apply.

Staff will monitor conditions and reopen the beach for driving when the situation improves.

For more information contact the NPWS office at Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200, during business hours, 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 1.03pm

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Mar 2024, 9.03am

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Fri 15 Mar 2024, 1.18pm to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 1.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 11.46am

Other planned events: Yacaaba Headland walking track upgrade

NPWS is upgrading Yacaaba Headland walking track in Myall Lakes National Park between March and August 2024 to address extensive erosion and risks to public safety. The track will remain open for the majority of the upgrade. Please follow safety signs and stay out of construction and revegetation areas. Check this alert for updates before your visit.

For further information, contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 or via email.

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Applies from Wed 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Feb 2024, 9.32am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek campground closed

Ferny Creek campground is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge on the access road.

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Applies from Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 6.06pm

Safety alerts: Dangerous water conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming here.

The beach is remote, unpatrolled and has dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited here - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS AT BIRUBI POINT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AT ANNA BAY.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely.

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Applies from Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jan 2024, 7.53am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campground access

Wallingat campground access is off The Lakes Way via Sugar Creek Road and River Road. Do not use Barbies Road or Link Road which are inaccessible to vehicles.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

Walkers on the Mungo Track can take the detour at Mungo Brush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km. Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join the Mungo track.

For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Feb 2024, 11.20am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Mar 2024, 12.25pm

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.32am

Safety alerts: Damaged Bridge on Lone Pine Rd

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. 

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

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Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

Please remember to:  

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and/or signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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