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Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Sun 29 December 2019, 12.18pm

Applies from Wed 4 Sep 2019, 3.57pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Sun 29 Dec 2019, 12.18pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 12.26pm to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 12.08pm

Closed parks: Closed national parks and reserves - Clarence Area

This park is closed until further notice due to bush fire damage and bush fire recovery. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park is expected to reopen Monday 30 March 2020. For more information contact the local NPWS office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 12 Nov 2019, 12.25pm to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 3.36pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfires

This park is closed due to bushfire damage until Monday 30 March 2020. This closure will remain unless otherwise updated. Do not enter the park as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Continue to check this website for alerts and updates.

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Applies from Sun 1 Dec 2019, 11.23am to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 2.04pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfire damage

This park is closed due to bushfire activity until Monday 30 March 2020, unless otherwise updated. Do not enter the park as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Continue to check this website for alerts and updates.

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Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 8.49am

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 you 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. Monitor this website for updates on closures.

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Applies from Mon 13 Jan 2020, 3.56pm to Mon 10 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9.34am

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfire

This park is closed until Monday 10 February 2020 due to bushfire and will remain closed unless otherwise updated. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Monitor this website for updates.

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Applies from Fri 6 Dec 2019, 2.22pm to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9.15am

Closed parks: Part closure - bushfire damage

The majority of this park is closed due to bushfire damage until Monday 30 March 2020, unless otherwise updated. The following areas remain open:

  • Wollomombi
  • Edgars lookout
  • Apsley Falls
  • Dangars Falls
  • Gara Gorge and Blue Holes picnic area

Do not enter the park as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Continue to check this website for alerts and updates.

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Applies from Sun 10 Nov 2019, 3.01pm to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 3.40pm

Closed parks: Closed national parks and reserves- Hastings Macleay Area

This park is closed until further notice due to bush fire damage and bush fire recovery. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park is expected to reopen on 30 March 2020. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555 or 02 6566 6168.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 2.09pm to Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jan 2020, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Walking track closures due to fire recovery works

Some parts of this park are closed due to the Carrie East bushfire. The closed areas are:

  • Robinsons Knob trail
  • New England Wilderness walk
  • Lyrebird Walk (lower section)

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 3.06pm to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 12.06pm

Closed parks: Closed national parks and reserves - Coffs Coast area

This park is closed until further notice due to ongoing bushfire operations or bushfire recovery. Do not enter the park. This park is expected to reopen on 30 March 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sun 1 Dec 2019, 10.39am to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jan 2020, 4.08pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires

This park is closed until Monday 30 March 2020 due to bushfire activity. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Continue to monitor this website for updates.

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Applies from Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.36am to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jan 2020, 3.59pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfires

This park is closed until Monday 30 March 2020 due to bushfire activity. Do not enter the park. The park will remain closed unless otherwise updated. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Continue to check this website for alerts and updates.

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Applies from Fri 13 Dec 2019, 4.10pm to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 4.37pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires

This park is closed until Monday 30 March 2020 due to bushfire activity. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Monitor this website for updates.

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Applies from Sun 1 Dec 2019, 10.45am to Sun 29 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jan 2020, 4.09pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires

This park is closed until Monday 30 March 2020 due to bushfire activity. Do not enter the park. This will remain closed until further updates. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 6 Nov 2019, 12.30pm to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jan 2020, 8.28am

Closed parks: Nymboi-Binderay National Park and State Conservation Area closed due to bushfire

This park is closed due to the Muck Creek and Bees Nest bush fires. Do not enter the park.

This closure includes:

  • Platypus Flat campground
  • Cod Hole campground
  • Norm Jolly precinct

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Coffs Coast office on 02 6652 0900 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 3.56pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Sun 29 Dec 2019, 4.10pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Wed 4 Sep 2019, 3.57pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Sun 29 Dec 2019, 12.18pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 3.05pm to Wed 1 Apr 2020, 3.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 8.47am

Closed areas: The Junction, Platypus Flat and Cod Hole campgrounds closed

The following campgrounds in Nymboi-Binderray National Park are closed for major repairs until Wednesday 1 April 2020 after fire destroyed park infrastructure:

  • The Junction campground
  • Platypus Flat campground
  • Cod Hole campground

Nymboida River campground in Nymboida National Park will reopen on Friday 20 December 2019.

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

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Applies from Tue 26 Nov 2019, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Nov 2019, 11.09am

Fires - Advice: Indigo

There is a fire in this park called Indigo. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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