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4x4 adventure in Watagans National Park

Watagans National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 3 February 2023, 12.06pm

Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.29am.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mount Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored in late March 2023 (prior to Easter). A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 has also affected access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslips. However work is scheduled to start on both landslips on 11th February 2023.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 12.11pm to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.40am.

Safety alerts: Watagans National Park and Heaton State Forest - Changed access

Watagan Forest Road remains the only vehicle access road into and out of Watagans National Park and the adjacent Heaton State Forest for the remainder of 2022 and up to the end of June 2023. This is due to major landslips on both Mount Faulk Road and Watagan / Heaton Road.

Access to both Watagan Forest Road and Heaton Sate Forest is either via Martinsville Hill Road, Martinsville or Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty from Friday 23 September 2022.

The following visitor areas will be accessible via Watagan Forest Road:

  • Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Gap Creek and Monkey Face lookouts
  • Georges Road lookouts
  • Heaton lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Watagan Forest Headquarters campground
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Please note:

  • Bangalow Road and Gap Creek campgrounds remain closed to repair a major landslip near the entry gate.  
  • If rain persists it may again be necessary to close Watagan Forest Road for driver safety and to minimise damage to the newly repaired road.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.38am.

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road closed due to major landslip

Mount Fault Road is closed until further notice due to a major landslip below Bangalow Road.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access into Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park due to the landslip, which has removed a larger section of the access road . Please avoid the area due to the high safety risk. Repair work is schedule to begin mid February 20223

Road barriers are in place on Mount Faulk Road below Bangalow Road  and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Monkey Face Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Forestry Corporation of NSW website.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 12.06pm.

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary.

This access to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.19am.

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). The Coast walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works. This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 1.53pm to Tue 7 Feb 2023, 9.53pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 1.59pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of The Coast Track walk between Yaruga St and Poets Fire Trail (Stephenson Rd)

Part of the Coastal walking track from Yaruga St to Stephenson Rd (Poets Fire trail) will be closed on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2023.

The track will detour through streets during this time. These works are an essential part of the Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade.

If you have further questions contact the local NPWS area office on (02) 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 10.03am

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Cascades and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Fern Bower, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass tracks are closed due to track maintenance from Wednesday 1 February to Friday 3 February;
  • Pool of Siloam walking track is closed Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February for a helicopter operation.
  • Gordon Falls walking track and lookout and Golf Links lookout are closed Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February for a helicopter operation.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Cliff View lookout and Echo Point from Monday 6 February for upgrade works.
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk between Tallawalla Lookout and Solitary Restaurant closed Wednesday 1 February to Friday 2 February
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January for upgrades.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting the Rocket Point Loop to Chester and Little Switzerland Trails will be closed from 0800 Wed 8-2-2023 to 17-2-2023 due to track works.  

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Victoria Falls walking track and day use area will be closed on Friday 0th February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening March 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout. Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Pulpit Rock Track and Popes Glen track to Boyds Beach from Govettts Leap will be closed on Friday 10th February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30th January until Friday10th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 8.49am to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 8.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 9.00am

Closed areas: Part Old Great North Road closed for repair works

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 6 February to Friday 3 March 2023 while repair works are being undertaken on a section of the Old Great North Road between the top of Devines Hill and the Three Mile Trail. The closed areas are:

  • Devines Hill Loop
  • Old Great North Road World Heritage Walk
  • Old Great North Road bike ride
  • Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line Walking Track
  • The section of Old Great North Road between the top of Devines Hill and the Three Mile Trail.

Visitors can still walk to the top gate of Devines Hill and will need to return by the same route.

Visitors can still walk Finchs Line to where it meets the Old Great North Road and will need to return by the same route. Visitors cannot walk the section of the Old Great North Road linking Devines Hill and FInchs Line. 

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Feb 2023, 4.41pm

Closed areas: Wangi Circuit Link Walking Track is closed

Wangi Circuit Link walking track will be intermittently closed for track maintenance from Friday 3 February 2023 to Friday 3 March 2023. 

You can still access Wangi Circuit walking track from Reserve Road.

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

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Applies from Sat 4 Feb 2023, 5.20am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Feb 2023, 4.40pm

Closed areas: Seismic and Cliff Jumps upcoming temporary closure

Cliff Jumps mountain bike track will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 8 February 2023 to Monday 20 February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Seismic mountain bike track will be temporarily closed from Monday 20 February 2023 to 13 March 2023 for track upgrade works.

These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of tracks and adhering to signs. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.53am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Abercrombie River National Park & State Conservation Area are closed till Friday 3rd March 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.

Bummaroo Ford remains OPEN

Applies from Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 1.52pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to landslip and severe erosion

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents. 

Planning is in progress to undertake maintenance  and reopening in coming months

 

 

For more information, contact the Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 1.11pm

Closed areas: Kariong Brook Waterhole and Waterfall Closed

The waterhole and waterfall at Kariong Brook is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

The adjacent Great North Walk will remain open.

Signs are in place around the closed area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 7.00am to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.49am

Other planned events: Girrakool Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays along the Girrakool Loop Walking Track while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 3.41pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.47am

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track until 24 February 2023 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 9 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails as well as maintaining vegetation clearances.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.38am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.21am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until further notice due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.06pm to Sat 11 Mar 2023, 12.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.11pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut Campground and Day use Area Closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December 2021 to Saturday 11 March 2023.

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

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.29pm to Sun 12 Feb 2023, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 12.32pm

Closed areas: Moonee Beach walking track closed for upgrade works

Moonee Beach walking track will be closed from 30 January until 10 February 2023. Works will be carried out to widen this track and improve access. 

Access to Moonee Beach will be via Hooey Street or Moonee Beach fire trail only.

For further information contact the local NPWS area office on 4972 9000

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Wed 23 Nov 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.41am

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook section closed

The Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground has closed due to flood damage. Please note that the rest of Wheeny Creek precinct remains open for bookings.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4720-6200.

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 7.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 10.36am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Bouddi National Park from Wednesday 1 February 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Girrakool NPWS area office for more information on (02) 43204200.

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 7.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 10.32am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program on Rileys Island Nature Reserve from Wednesday 1 February 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Girrakool NPWS area office for more information on (02) 43204200.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 9.54am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Newnes campground closed due to landslide at Wolgan Gap

Newnes campground is closed until further notice due to road collapse and continuing land slip risk at Wolgan Gap following recent heavy rain.

This road is managed by Lithgow Council. Information updates will be posted when available.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Lithgow Council on 02 6354 9999. 

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 10.55am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel access

There is no access to Glow Worm Tunnel walking track from the Wolgan Valley, Pagoda track or Old Coach Road carpark. The only access is via Glow Worm tunnel carpark on the Newnes plateau. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 12.53pm to Fri 17 Mar 2023, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Deep Pass northern and Mt Cameron access road closed for repairs

Mt Cameron and the northern access road to Deep Pass camping area is closed to allow for repair work following storm damage.  The southern access road is open and in good condition following maintenance work. Walkers can access the camping area from the walking track that leads from the Deep Pass south car park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 17 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 12.25pm

Closed areas: BJs and It Happens mountain bike tracks temporarily closed

BJs and It Happens Mountain bike tracks are temporarily closed to Friday 28th February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Detours area available via High Roller and Dr Seuss mountain bike tracks. These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of the tracks and adhering to signage on park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 12 Jan 2023, 10.18am to Fri 10 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 7.59am

Closed areas: Vegetation works on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails

Vegetation maintenance works will take place on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails from Monday 16 January 2023 between the hours of 7am and 5pm, weather dependent. Please be mindful of machinery on the trail and follow the directions of workers. Visitors may experience some delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 8.47am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Wed 2 Nov 2022, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.35am

Safety alerts: Use caution on roads in Karuah National Park

Hobarts Forest Road and Tattersalls Campground Road are in rough condition due to erosion caused by recent heavy rain events.

In wet conditions these roads may be boggy and difficult to navigate in a 2WD vehicle.

Repairs are scheduled to begin in February 2023. Please use caution and drive to the conditions.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 10.05am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 9.40am

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.51am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 12.05pm

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.04am

Closed areas: Partial closure on Lone Pine Road

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed until further notice 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.

 

 

Signs and barricades are in place around the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 1.45pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.43pm

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage:

  • California trail - closed until late December 2023
  • Martindale trail - closed until late February 2023
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - OPEN
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - OPEN
  • Mellong Range trail - OPEN
  • Bulga Trail - OPEN

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until early March 2023
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed until 11 March 2023.

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.21am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The South Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 9.36am to Thu 31 Aug 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Sat 7 Jan 2023, 3.51pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve closed

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about the reserve, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.40am

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 Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 8.18am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 8.18am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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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/guided-tours/4x4-adventure-watagans-national-park/local-alerts

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  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.

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