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Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

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Applies from Thu 20 Oct 2022, 9.32am to Mon 12 Dec 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.44am

Closed areas: Robinsons Knob Trail partially closed for works

Robinsons Knob Trail is closed for maintenance from Monday 17 October to Friday 16 December

 2022.

This closure means access the following attractions can only be accessed via the Lyrebird Track Network:

  • Wrights lookout walking track
  • Cascades walking track
  • New England Wilderness walk

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Coffs Coast Area Office on 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sat 1 Oct 2022, 12.41pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 9.56am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to weather damage

The following areas are closed from 1 October 2022 due to damage caused by ongoing weather events:

  • Wilsons River Bridge on Hastings Forest Way
  • North Wilson Road
  • Waterfall Walk
  • Botanic Walk

Access to the Banda Banda Aboretum is open however extreme caution should be exercised. The trail becomes very slippery in damp or even misty weather and there is an increased risk of fallen trees blocking the trail. There are limited places to turn around safely if the trail is blocked. Visitors are encouraged to walk in to the Arboretum rather than drive.

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

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Applies from Wed 5 Oct 2022, 4.15pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 9.53am

Safety alerts: 4WD is recommended to access Codhole and Platypus Flat Campgrounds

4WD vehicle is recommended on the main access roads to Codhole and Platypus Flat campgrounds (including Moonpar, Mills and Moses Rock Roads).

Access to these campgrounds is best via Cascade.

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

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Applies from Wed 10 Nov 2021, 9.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 9.51am

Safety alerts: Doon Goonge campground access

Access to Doon Goonge campground is best from the west via Chaelundi Road and then Quartz Road.

It is not possible to access from the east on Chandler Creek trail, due to a major washout on Chandler Creek.

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

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Applies from Wed 30 Nov 2022, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 1.51pm

Other incidents: Poiint Lookout Road Slippery - engage 4WD on slippery sections

Poiint Lookout Road Slippery due to road grading - engage 4WD on slippery sections until road conditions dry out.

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Applies from Wed 19 Oct 2022, 9.00am to Thu 8 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 8.52am

Closed areas: Fire trails closed due to wet weather

Carpet Snake and Duck Creek fire trails are currently closed due to continuing wet weather.

NPWS is monitoring conditions and will reopen the trails as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 6.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 8.53am

Safety alerts: Maintenance on access road

Road maintenance will be undertaken on Round Mountain Road in Cathedral Rock NP, the access road into the locations listed below, from 6am Monday 5 December until 5pm Friday 9 December 2022. The road remains open during this time, but please exercise caution and follow any directions from signage, NPWS staff and contractors.

  • Barokee campground
  • Cathedral Rock track and lookout
  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk
  • Woolpack Rocks track and lookout

For further information please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 6.00pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 3.30pm

Closed parks: Ironbark Nature Reserve closed for aerial pest control operation

Ironbark Nature Reserve is closed from 6 pm Wednesday 7 December until 6 pm Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial pest control operation. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service office in Narrabri on Tel. 6792 7300. 

 

 

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 12.34pm

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to ongoing unpredictable flooding

The Guy Fawkes River catchment area is at risk of unpredictable flooding, which can occur without warning.

This includes Bicentennial National trail, the overnight wilderness walk, and any other travel along the river corridors.

It is strongly advisable to delay visiting until conditions are more favourable, unless well prepared.

Flooding can leave walkers and horse riders stranded for extended periods. This is a remote location with no roads or mobile phone reception. Ensure you are well prepared for unforeseen extended isolation. Carry extra food and have a communication plan in place with friends or family. Helicopter evacuation is the only safe retrieval method in most of the reserve.

In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 12.34pm

Safety alerts: Road closure and safety advice - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Spirabo Forest Way is open from the north-western end of Washpool National Park (from Scrub Road at Tenterfield), and is restricted to 4WD only. If entering the Four Bull Hut area with a horse float then entry and exit should be from this direction.

Access south of Four Bull Hut is unsuitable for horse floats, and requires 4WD with high ground clearance.

Access to Four Bull Hut via the following routes is also by 4WD only, in vehicles with high ground clearance:

  • Mount Spirabo Road from the New England Highway at Bolivia
  • Ten Mile Road in the south from Deepwater, on Spirabo Forest Way through Capoompeta National Park

The above accesses roads remain unsuitable for towing of horse floats. These roads are unsuitable for low clearance 4WDs or AWD vehicles.

Please be cautious and drive to road conditions. For further information, contact the local NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Thu 1 Sep 2022, 9.57am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.37am

Closed parks: Park closed due flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 2 May until Thursday 1 December 2022, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall/ flooding event.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur.

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

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 12.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 4.04pm

Safety alerts: Road damaged from flooding

Please exercise caution when driving on Blatherarm Road between the first and second Blatherarm campgrounds, as the road is damaged due to flooding in the area.

For further information contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 6 Dec 2022, 8.00am to Thu 8 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 9.21am

Closed parks: Park closed for aerial pest control operations

Kwiambal NP is closed from 8am Tuesday 6 December to 5pm Thursday 8 December 2022 for an aerial pest control operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 10.47am

Safety alerts: Take care on tracks and surfaces

Erosion and surface damage has occurred on walking tracks, road surfaces within national parks of the Hastings Macleay Area following significant and prolonged rainfall events. Remediation works are scheduled as weather permits.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting these national parks. For more information, contact the local NPWS Hastings area office on 02 6588 5555 or the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Thu 27 Oct 2022, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Oct 2022, 3.07pm

Closed areas: New England National Park walking track closures

The following areas are closed for public safety, to allow NPWS to assess and manage rockfall hazards.

  • Eagles Nest walking track
  • All access to Weeping Rock
  • The lower eastern section of Lyrebird track including Tree Fern Valley 

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

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Applies from Mon 31 Oct 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.03am

Closed areas: Upper Ebor Falls closed for construction

The Upper Ebor Falls precinct is closed from November 2022 until June 2023 (subject to change) to allow NPWS to rebuild facilities lost in the 2019/2020 bushfires, including a new viewing platform. During this time there will be no access to the following areas:

  • Upper Ebor Falls picnic area
  • Upper Ebor Falls lookout
  • Public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls
  • Walking track between Upper and Lower Ebor Falls picnic areas
  • Ebor Village walking track

The Lower Ebor Falls picnic area and toilets will remain open, with limited views of Ebor Falls.

Additional public toilets are located on the eastern side of  Waterfall Way at  Ebor Sports ground.

Please do not enter construction areas and follow all signage or directions from staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 25 Jul 2022, 10.29am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 9.11am

Closed areas: Cockerawombeeba Roadand trail closed for repairs

Cockerawombeeba Road and trail are closed until further notice due to extensive flood damage.

There is no access from Plateau Beech campground south, through to Forbes River Road.

The road will re-open once the Forestry Corporation completes repairs.

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

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Applies from Wed 28 Sep 2022, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 8.30am

Closed areas: Doon Goonge campground closed

Doon Goonge campground is closed for public safety and is expected to re-open before the December school holidays.

Alternate nearby campgrounds include Dalmorton, Thungutti, Cod Hole and Platypus Flat, that can be booked on the NPWS website.

Please check this alert for updates.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 7 Oct 2022, 8.44am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.15am

Closed parks: Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve closed due to flooding

Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve is closed until further notice due to widespread flood damage.

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

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 12.18pm

Safety alerts: Ugly Corner Falls track damage

Ugly Corner Falls walking track is damaged due to flooding. Surfaces may be uneven due to erosion.

Please follow all signage and don't enter areas that are fenced off. Due to recent rainfall creek levels can change rapidly. It is unsafe to swim or attempt to cross rivers that are flooded.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.06pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 3.52pm

Other incidents: Oxley Highway temporary road closure

Oxley Highway between Port Macquarie and Walcha is subject to part closures on weekdays until 16 December 2022.

This may impact access to a number of national parks and reserves in the area.

Please visit Transport for NSW website for detailed information. Check Live Traffic NSW and plan your journey prior to travel.

For enquiries about the closure, please contact Transport for NSW via email or on 1800 653 092.

For more information, you can also contact the Walcha office via email or on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 3.46pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 9.05am

Closed parks: Kumbatine National Park and State Conservation Area closed

This park and state conservation area are closed until further notice due to widespread flood damage.

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

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Oct 2022, 12.32pm

Closed areas: Sections of New England NP closed

Southern sections of the New England National Park are closed due to flood event impacts.  Hickeys Creek Road and West End Road are closed until further notice.

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Applies from Fri 8 Jul 2022, 1.20pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 1.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 9.05am

Closed parks: Yessabah Nature Reserve permanently closed

Access to Yessabah Nature Reserve is permanently closed to unauthorised personnel. The former quarry area has limestone rock faces that are unstable and prone to rock fall. Other areas of the reserve are geologically unstable.

Do not access this park. For further information call the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6711.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 9.37am

Other incidents: Magistrate trail closed to heavy vehicles

Magistrate trail in Capoompeta National Park is closed to heavy vehicles until further notice, due to flood damage.

For further information please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed until further notice due to the demolition of a bridge from a past flooding event.

The 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.

Please note:

  • 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 on 02 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 16 May 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 8.03pm

Other incidents: Cedar Park toilet

The toilet at Cedar Park has been damaged by a fallen tree and is out of order. NPWS are working towards a replacement and there are no other toilet facilities available at the picnic area. 

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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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