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Wild About Whales: Woolgoolga Headland

Coffs Coast Regional Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 14 April 2021, 9.08am

Applies from Tue 13 Apr 2021, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Apr 2021, 9.08am.

Closed areas: Diggers Beach middle platform closed due storm damage

The Diggers Beach middle platform is closed due to storm damage that has exposed the foundations. The structure will be assessed by an engineer and repairs scheduled.

Please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 29 Oct 2020, 2.53pm to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 11.39am

Closed areas: Hickeys Road closed

Hickeys Road is closed due to ongoing safety works and repairs to fire-damaged bridges.

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

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Applies from Fri 28 May 2021, 9.00am to Mon 12 Jul 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Jun 2021, 11.48am

Closed areas: Boorkoom campground partial closure

Boorkoom campground will open in full for the Queen's Birthday long weekend on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June 2021.

At all other times, the campground is partially closed. Sites 1 and 2 are open. All remaining sites are closed due to construction works.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Tue 25 May 2021, 7.53pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 9.20am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using red meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of Foxes and Wild Dogs.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between Sunday 30 May 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021 in the following, parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Ramornie National Park
  • Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Chaelundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Cunnawarra National Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Dunggir National Park
  • Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area
  • Jobs Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • New England National Park
  • Ngambaa Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Serpentine Nature Reserve
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Carrai Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Mount Seaview Nature Reserve
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve,
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi 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 following NPWS area offices:

  • Richmond River on 02 6627 0200
  • Clarence on 02 6641 1500
  • Coffs Coast on 02 6652 0900
  • Hastings/Macleay on 02 6652 0900

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Applies from Wed 19 May 2021, 10.55am to Fri 25 Jun 2021, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 May 2021, 11.42am

Closed areas: Illaroo campground

Illaroo campground is closed for significant refurbishment and upgrade works. You can access Rocky Point campground from the south (but not from Illaroo campground) during this time.

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Applies from Wed 28 Apr 2021, 10.25am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.03am

Closed areas: Muttonbird Island raised walkway construction and closures

Muttonbird Island walking track is being upgraded to improve visitor safety and shearwater habitat, with 300m of elevated boardwalk being built across the island. 

The walking track will be open to the first (western) platform and closed beyond this point until Sunday 1 August 2021.

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

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Applies from Wed 3 Feb 2021, 9.27am to Sun 11 Jul 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 May 2021, 11.42am

Closed areas: Wilsons Headland walking track part closure

Wilsons Headland walking track will be closed between Boorkoom campground and Wilsons Headland until Wednesday 30 June 2021. 

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

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Applies from Mon 17 May 2021, 10.39am to Sat 30 Oct 2021, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 May 2021, 12.17pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing or continuous aerial and ground baiting programs from Sunday 30 May to Saturday 30 October 2021.

The program will use meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. It is designed to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on wildlife and neighbouring stock, especially after the recent extensive bushfires.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs.

Please remember that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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.

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Applies from Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 May 2021, 3.01pm

Safety alerts: 4WD required for Station Creek and Pebbly Beach campgrounds

High clearance 4WD capable vehicles are required to access Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds. This includes water crossings which can change quickly dependent on local rainfall and tidal conditions.

Access to Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds is dependent on Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and Forestry Corporation road infrastructure.

Information on the trafficability of these roads can be found here:

McPhillips Road is presently closed due to damage to bridge infrastructure. Please use Barcoongere Way.

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Applies from Fri 30 Apr 2021, 10.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 11.04am

Other planned events: Bridge repair works - Breinerville precinct

Repair works are underway to replace 2 bridges in the Breinerville precinct that were damaged in the 2019/2020 bushfires.

If you plan to take New England wilderness walk, please watch out for heavy machinery and observe road signage. Both sites are easily diverted by walking down the creek below the bridges. For further information contact NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.   

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 10.58am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Apr 2021, 4.28pm

Closed areas: Doon Goonge campground closed

Doon Goonge campground, in Chaelundi National Park, is closed until Saturday 1 May 2021 due to damaged roads and bridges on access roads outside the national park. For more information contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 16 Apr 2021, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Apr 2021, 2.51pm

Other planned events: Temporary detour for accessing park via Moses Rock Road

If you're accessing Codhole or Platypus Flat campgrounds via Cascade, be aware that a section of Moses Rock Road in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest will be closed from Monday 19 April to Monday 17 May 2021 to allow for a bridge replacement by Forestry Corporation NSW.

During this time, a 6km single-lane detour will be in place from Moses Rock Road (via Welcome Creek Road, Tramline Road and Cedar Road). The detour will be accessible by 2WD in dry weather only, and will also be used by logging trucks.

There is an alternate route to Platypus and Codhole campgrounds via Moonpar Forest Drive, Bostobrick.

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Applies from Tue 13 Apr 2021, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Apr 2021, 9.08am

Closed areas: Diggers Beach middle platform closed due storm damage

The Diggers Beach middle platform is closed due to storm damage that has exposed the foundations. The structure will be assessed by an engineer and repairs scheduled.

Please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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Applies from Fri 9 Apr 2021, 9.00am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9.25am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Apr 2021, 9.46am

Closed areas: Sherwood Road partially closed

Sherwood Road from Arthurs Gap to the Railway Repeater Station is closed to vehicles.

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Applies from Fri 26 Mar 2021, 10.23am. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Apr 2021, 9.57am

Closed areas: Bindarray picnic area closed

Bindarray picnic area is closed due to flood damage on the access road. This will be repaired as access and resources permit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact Coffs Coast Area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Wed 3 Mar 2021, 9.37am to Thu 24 Jun 2021, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Apr 2021, 1.56pm

Closed areas: No access to Woolgoolga Creek picnic area

The access road to Woolgoolga Creek picnic area is closed due to a major land slip that has taken over half of the road. Restoration works are currently being planned by NPWS.

For further information please contact Coffs Coast Area on 66520900.

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 10.37am

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk - Not suitable during rain or high river levels

The Bellinger River catchment has experienced above average rainfall over the past few months and river levels can rise quickly with rain.  River crossings on the Wilderness Walk become extremely dangerous when river levels rise and walkers may become stranded.

Do not do the walk during periods of high river levels or forecast rainfall.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology for river levels and rainfall before setting off.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Cast office on phone 66520900.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2021, 2.56pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Feb 2021, 1.47pm

Closed areas: Walk with the Birds boardwalk closed

Walk with the Birds boardwalk near The Glade picnic area will be closed for maintenance until further notice. Visitors can still access The Glade, Crystal Shower falls and the Wonga walk.

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Applies from Fri 8 Mar 2019, 3.35pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Mar 2021, 10.07am

Other planned events: 1080 fox pest management program underway

NSW National Parks is monitoring foxes and running a 1080 pest management program. Baiting is happening in Yuraygir National Park from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

There will be signs at baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

For more information call the NPWS Clarence area office in Grafton on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Wed 8 Apr 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Oct 2020, 4.57pm

Closed areas: Waihou Road closure

Waihou Road in Sherwood Nature Reserve is closed from Wednesday 8 April 2020 to Monday 30 November 2020, due to a damaged bridge. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2015, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 9.37am

Closed areas: Angourie Back Beach - staircase removed

Walkers on Yuraygir coastal walk are advised that the staircase at the southern end of Angourie Back Beach has been removed due to safety concerns. All walkers should commence the walk at Angourie picnic area and re-join the coastal walk south of the mouth of Mara Creek. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Grafton NPWS office on 02 6641 1500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Dec 2020, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Mara Creek picnic area

Mara Creek picnic area in Yuraygir National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. 

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Applies from Fri 4 Sep 2020, 12.34pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 12.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 4.25pm

Other incidents: No access to Doon Goonge campground from Shannon Creek Road

Vehicle access to Doon Goonge campground and Shannon Creek forest drive is not available. The 2019/20 bushfires have resulted in major landslips on state forest, and two major bridges have been destroyed. To access the campground, use Quartz Road.

Please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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Applies from Wed 12 Apr 2017, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 10.03am

Other planned events: Yuraygir coastal walk - river crossing contacts

The Yuraygir coastal walk river crossing contact details have changed. The current details are:

  • Wooli river crossing - call 0439 409 909 
  • Sandon river crossing - call 0407 362 118
  • Corindi/Red Rock river crossing - No commercial service available

For further information please call the NPWS Grafton area office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 26 Feb 2019, 2.14pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Jul 2019, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Grey Cliff stairs closed

The stairs from Grey Cliff campground to the beach are closed. The stairs have been washed away because of the large swell from Cyclone Oma. Visitors can't access the beach via these stairs.

Visitors can access the beach via the old vehicle beach access point 250m north of the stairs.

For more information, please call the NPWS Grafton office on 02 6641 1500. 

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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/events/wild-about-whales-woolgoolga-headland/local-alerts

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