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Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 4.11pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jul 2020, 4.46pm

Closed areas: No access from Boundary Creek Road, Grafton to Doon Goonge campground

The Boundary Creek Road access from Grafton to Doon Goonge campground is closed due to bushfire damage on roads and bridges.

For alternative access from Grafton:

  • Take Old Glen Innes road to Dalmorton
  • Turn left onto Chaelundi Road
  • Turn left after 8km onto Quartz Road
  • After 9km you'll arrive at the campground

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

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Applies from Mon 29 Jun 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 2.00pm

Other incidents: Camping requirements

If you plan to stay at the campground in Butterleaf National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or to complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like the campground in Butterleaf National Park.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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Applies from Mon 29 Jun 2020, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 1.29pm

Other incidents: Long Point or The Green campgrounds - Booking info

If you plan to stay at Long Point or The Green campgrounds in Warra National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like Long Point and The Green campgrounds.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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Applies from Fri 10 Jul 2020, 10.21am to Mon 20 Jul 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11.13am

Closed areas: Youdales Hut campground and picnic area closed

Youdales Hut campground and picnic area in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is closed due to dangerous road conditions from Friday 10 July until Monday 20 July 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jul 2020, 1.45pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Jul 2020, 5.12pm

Closed areas: Road and trail closures

Some roads in this park are closed until 8am, Monday 31 August 2020. The closure is due to ongoing safety works, steep slippery clay surfaces and high tree risk.

The closed areas are:

  • Kilprotay Road
  • O'Neils Road
  • Postman's trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8.17am to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 8.17am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jul 2020, 12.55pm

Safety alerts: Asbestos risk on New England Wilderness walk

On the Brinerville section of the Wilderness walk there are several buildings destroyed by bushfire that contain asbestos. These sites are identified with warning signs. Walkers must not approach any destroyed buildings due to the risks from burnt/friable asbestos. The asbestos will be removed in the coming months as part of bushfire recovery works.  

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 6 Jul 2020, 4.33pm to Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Jul 2020, 5.12pm

Closed parks: Kumbatine National Park closed due to bushfire damage

Kumbatine National Park is closed due to extensive bushfire damage. 

Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Port Macquarie office on 02 6561 6700 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4.00pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 5.06pm

Closed parks: Willi Willi National Park

Willi Willi National Park is closed due to extensive bushfire damage. Hastings Forest Way is also closed due to extensive damage during recent bushfires in the area.

Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Port Macquarie office on 02 6588 5555 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 30 Jun 2020, 9.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 9.54am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 5.03pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damage

Some parts of this park are closed due to extensive bushfire damage. Essential safety works are currently being carried out. The closed areas are:

  • Hastings Forest Way touring route
  • Brushy Mountain campground
  • Plateau Beech campground
  • Carrai and Coachwood trails
  • Cockerawombeeba Road
  • Forbes River Road 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 2.28pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.32pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 3.43pm

Closed areas: Apsley Falls Stairway and lower platforms closed

The stairway and the associated 2 lower platforms are closed at Apsley Falls. The main upper lookout remains open.

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Applies from Mon 29 Jun 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Jun 2020, 9.44am

Other planned events: Grassy Creek campground

If you plan to stay at Grassy Creek campground in Washpool National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or, complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like Grassy Creek campground.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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Applies from Tue 16 Jun 2020, 2.58pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jun 2020, 12.06pm

Other incidents: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs in this park from Tuesday 23 June to Tuesday 22 December 2020. This program will use meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock.

All baiting locations will be identified 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local area office for more information.

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Applies from Wed 10 Jun 2020, 1.10pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Jun 2020, 1.31pm

Closed areas: Cathedral Rock National Park partial closure - bushfire damage

Some areas in Cathedral Rock National Park are closed. The closed areas include:

  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk
  • Warrigal walking track
  • Woolpack Rocks

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Mon 1 Jun 2020, 2.24pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 2.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 May 2020, 3.08pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using buried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be conducted between Friday 12 June and Friday 10 July 2020 in Deervale Nature Reserve, Junuy Juluum Nature Reserve, Cascade National Park, Bindarri National Park and Dorrigo National Park.

All baiting locations will be 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.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 8.58am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Jun 2020, 2.58pm

Closed parks: Areas closed due to bushfire damage

Torrington State Conservation Area has been damaged by bushfires. Do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For further information call the NPWS Tenterfield area office on 02 6736 4298, and continue to check this website for alerts and updates on closures.

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Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 1.34pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 3.09pm

Closed parks: Closed national parks

This park is closed due to bushfire damage and fire recovery works. Do not enter the park. This park is expected to reopen on Sunday 31 August 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 66411 500.

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Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 May 2020, 3.08pm

Closed parks: Part of Guy Fawkes River National Park closed - bushfire damage

Most of Guy Fawkes River National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. Upper Ebor Falls is open, so visitors can enjoy the falls. This park is fire-affected and facilities within Ebor Falls picnic area have also been affected. 

Please do not enter closed areas as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check this website for updates on closures.

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Applies from Fri 20 Mar 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 11.54am

Safety alerts: Take care when visiting this park

This park has been damaged by bushfire. For your safety please stay on formed walking tracks and trails. Please take care as some directional signage may be missing.

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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jul 2017, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed due to demolition of bridge from past flooding event. This closure applies until further notice. Closed areas include the 4WD access to North Washpool, an area also known as Washpool rest area, entering from Baryulgil onto Collum Collum Road. The bridge is washed away, at the junction of Washpool Creek and Collum Collum Road.

  • Washpool National Park’s 2WD entrance off Gwydir Highway onto Coachwood Drive and Washpool Forest Way is open.
  • Bellbird campground, Coombadjha campground and the Granites lookout and picnic areas are accessible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Glen Innes area office (02) 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Lagoon shore, Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve birdwatching platform. Photo: John Spencer