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4x4 adventure in Watagans National Park

Watagans National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 14 October 2021, 9.59am

Applies from Sat 10 Jul 2021, 1.11pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.59am.

Closed areas: Gap Creek and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks closed

The three walking tracks from Gap Creek picnic area are closed until mid December 2021 due to storm damage and a planned major upgrade to Gap Creek Falls walking track.

Due to the dangerous nature of the work no visitors will be permitted. Alternative bushwalks are located:

  • At Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Via Georges Road to Great North walk 
  • In adjacent State Forest areas.

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

Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Mon 6 Dec 2021, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 11.14am.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks
  • The Climbers walking track

NPWS is currently assessing a commissioned geo-technical report on the landslide to determine the best options for repair prior to tendering for a contractor. A quote has been accepted for the road repair and this work will be completed before the end of October. The entry gate is currently locked and no visitor access is permitted.

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 Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.06am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.20am.

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a 1080 baiting program using meat baits and M44 ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program is aimed at the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and other native animals, and to reduce attacks on domestic stock in the adjacent Congewai Valley. The program will be ongoing between Monday 11 October 2021 and Friday 15 July 2022.

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley with the consent of land-owners. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between Monday 11 October and Friday 15 October 2021.

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 location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please email or call NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm.

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm.

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

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

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
1 November 2021 Closed areas Monkey Face Road - temporary closure Details

Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 10.09am to Wed 10 Nov 2021, 10.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 4.44pm

Monkey Face Road in Watagans National Park will be temporarily closed from Monday 1 November to Wednesday 10 November 2021 for work related to the Gap Creek walking track upgrade nearby.

There will be no access to either the Gap Creek or Monkey Face lookouts.

For more information contact NPWS Central Coast Area - Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000. 

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 14 Oct 2021, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Ganyamalbaa campground due to COVID-19

Ganyamalbaa campground will remain closed until Monday 25 October 2021, to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Nelson Bay NPWS office on 4984 8200.

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Applies from Sat 10 Jul 2021, 1.11pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.59am

Closed areas: Gap Creek and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks closed

The three walking tracks from Gap Creek picnic area are closed until mid December 2021 due to storm damage and a planned major upgrade to Gap Creek Falls walking track.

Due to the dangerous nature of the work no visitors will be permitted. Alternative bushwalks are located:

  • At Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Via Georges Road to Great North walk 
  • In adjacent State Forest areas.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.13pm

Other planned events: Campground Bookings

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 9.37am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 10.02am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Road closed due to flood damage

A number of roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage. The closed roads are:

  • California trail - until late October 2021
  • Martindale trail - re-opening to permits early December 2021
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • King's Cross to Sheepskin Hut - until mid November 2021
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - until late November 2021
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - until mid December 2021
  • Mellong Range trail - until late December 2021

Visitor areas currently closed due to these works include:

  • California Hut - until late October
  • Sheepskin Hut - until mid November

Commission Road will remain open however delays may be experienced as road works on this trail have traffic control. Gates that are in place 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 Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Mon 6 Dec 2021, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 11.14am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks
  • The Climbers walking track

NPWS is currently assessing a commissioned geo-technical report on the landslide to determine the best options for repair prior to tendering for a contractor. A quote has been accepted for the road repair and this work will be completed before the end of October. The entry gate is currently locked and no visitor access is permitted.

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 25 Sep 2020, 1.18pm to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 10.33am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.39am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground closed

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground in Karuah National Park are closed while Little Mountain Road is being upgraded. The road is impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.06am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.20am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a 1080 baiting program using meat baits and M44 ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program is aimed at the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and other native animals, and to reduce attacks on domestic stock in the adjacent Congewai Valley. The program will be ongoing between Monday 11 October 2021 and Friday 15 July 2022.

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley with the consent of land-owners. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between Monday 11 October and Friday 15 October 2021.

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 location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please email or call NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 15 Jul 2021, 2.03pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Oct 2021, 2.21pm

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed due to COVID-19

Maitland Bay Information Centre is closed from Thursday 15 July until further notice, to protect health and safety of our visitors and staff.

Please comply with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting the local national park during this time.

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 update webpage.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Oct 2021, 2.58pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to damage

The following campgrounds are closed due to fire and/or flood damage:

  • Heartbreak Hill campground
  • Colo Meroo campground
  • Dingo Dell

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 3.48pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to storm damage

The following areas in this park are closed due to storm damage, trail erosion and rockfalls:

  • Tootie Creek fire trail - from Friday 1 October to Tuesday 19 October 2021.
  • T3 fire trail - from mid-October until late October 2021 or until otherwise advised.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Thu 30 Sep 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Sep 2021, 4.15pm

Closed areas: Bouddi Coastal Walk part-closure for heli-lift operation

The Bouddi Coastal Walk will be partially closed from 8am until 4pm on Thursday 30 September 2021 for a helicopter operation. 

There will be no access from the eastern end on Maitland Bay Beach to the junction of Mount Bouddi walking track. There are no detours in place.

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

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Applies from Fri 27 Aug 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Sep 2021, 10.08am

Closed areas: Wangi Wangi Point - closures

Some parts of this park are closed from Saturday 28 August to Thursday 30 September 2021 while maintenance works are carried out on the Wangi Wangi Point steps next to the boat ramp. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.  

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Applies from Tue 31 Aug 2021, 7.00am to Tue 9 Nov 2021, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Sep 2021, 7.58am

Closed areas: Bouddi coastal walk partially closed - track upgrade

From Tuesday 31 August to Tuesday 9 November 2021, Bouddi coastal walk will be closed between the eastern end of Maitland Bay beach and the junction of Mount Bouddi walking track.

This section of the walk is closed for construction works to upgrade it, and to ensure the safety of visitors and construction staff. There is no alternative route during this time. 

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

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Applies from Sat 31 Jul 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Aug 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID restrictions

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

A number of NPWS campgrounds have been closed due to the COVID restrictions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 20 Jul 2021, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 8.16am

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to landslide

Brunkerville trail is closed due to a landslip during recent flooding event. Repair works are planned and the trail will re-open once the works are complete.

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

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Fire trails, roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 4.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 8.14am

Other planned events: Coorongooba campground partial closure

There is no vehicle access or camping in the eastern half of Coorongooba campground. The closure is to allow the area to settle and regenerate after major earthworks. This area has been substantially upgraded as a part of the NSW Government's Improving Access to National Parks Program.

Campground capacity has been reduced to reflect the area closed. New picnic tables and barbeques will be installed during this closure.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 900.

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Applies from Tue 2 Feb 2021, 4.39pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Jul 2021, 12.24pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh meat baits and/or Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 8 February 2021 and Friday 31 December 2021 in Wollemi National Park. This program is to protect the endangered Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby.

The following trails will be used as a part of this program:

  • Capertee River trail, downstream of the Coorongooba campground
  • Canobla Gap fire trail
  • Capertee River North trail

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, call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.51am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Jul 2021, 1.52pm

Other planned events: Poison 1080 wild dog and fox control program notice

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from  Saturday 26 June 2021 to Thursday 30 November 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Jul 2021, 9.03am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 8.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 3.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of 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. This program is carried out as part of the following Blue Mountains Branch Pest Management Strategies: Western Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan & Post Fire Aerial Baiting Program.

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.

For further information please email or call the NPWS Bulga Office on (02) 6574 5555

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 11.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Jun 2021, 1.55pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of 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.

For further information please call the NPWS Mudgee Office on (02) 6370 9000

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Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Awaba Bay Foreshore walk partial closure

The section of Awaba Foreshore walk between the Northern Boundary fire trail and Alexander's picnic area is closed from Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice, due to a landslip.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 14 Jan 2021, 11.10am to Tue 1 Mar 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 2.20pm

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closed

Some parts of Big Yengo National Park are closed for repair until Tuesday 1 March 2022 following significant storm and fire damage. Trails, fords, buildings and other infrastructure need to be repaired to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

The closed areas are:

  • Big Yango House
  • Blue Gums campground
  • Mountain Arm campground
  • Big Yango loop trail
  • Yango walking track

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

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

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 closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

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 Fri 25 Sep 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 18 Oct 2020, 6.23pm

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - river access

Access to the Coorongooba campground is via a causeway through the Capertee River. This causeway is subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 May 2020, 12.13pm

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.

The 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast 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 Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

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 Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

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 Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park in the North Coast region
  • 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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Emergency services

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