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4x4 adventure in Watagans National Park

Watagans National Park

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Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.43pm

Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.43pm.

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program Watagans National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Watagans National Park from Sunday 22 May 2022 to Sunday 6 June 2022.

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 the 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 Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah for more information on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 1.57pm to Fri 24 Jun 2022, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.42pm.

Safety alerts: Georges Road safety alert

Georges Road has been affected by rain and 4WD damage. The road is very slippery with waterfilled holes that will affect driver safety.

Please avoid driving on this road until weather conditions improve.

Walkers using the Great North Walk can still traverse the walking track.

For further information please contact the NSW Central Coast Area office on 02 4972 9000. 

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Applies from Sat 23 Apr 2022, 2.13pm to Fri 20 May 2022, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 2.12pm.

Closed areas: Watagan Forest Road closed for works

Watagan Forest Road is closed due to recent heavy rain affecting ongoing roadworks. There is no access to Boarding House Dam picnic area.

The road is extremely wet and slippery and is unsafe for all vehicles. Current conditions are preventing work from continuing. The road is expected to reopen in late May, however this depends on conditions. Please use Martinsville Hill Road to access Olney State Forest visitor areas.

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

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 May 2022, 8.44am.

Safety alerts: Part of Watagan Road not suitable for 2WD vehicles

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.

This council road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. The road is also obstructed by a fallen tree and rock debris. This road should only be used for essential traffic. Take care and drive safely.

Roadworks planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to the new financial year.

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

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 12.12pm.

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road - Drive with caution

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 9.47am.

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. 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 prior to the end of August 2022. Delays in preparing the tender documents, heavy rain, new landslips and COVID staff shortages have again delayed work commencing.

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 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 17 May 2022, 9.05am to Tue 31 May 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 May 2022, 3.55pm

Closed areas: Deep Pass campground closed due to poor road conditions

Deep Pass campground is closed from Tuesday 17 May to Tuesday 31 May 2022 due to poor road conditions. 

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

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Applies from Mon 16 May 2022, 8.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Partial road closures for resurfacing

Partial road closures will be in place through out Munmorah State Conservation Area, due to resurfacing works.

Works will be progressing until Friday 27 May 2022.

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

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Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 9.00am to Fri 20 May 2022, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 11.04am

Closed areas: Coorongooba campground closed due to flooding

Coorongooba campground is closed from 9am, Friday 13 May to 4pm, Tuesday 17 May 2022 due to widespread, severe and ongoing flooding.

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 Wed 27 Apr 2022, 2.27pm to Sun 5 Jun 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 10.25am

Closed areas: Great North walk closed

Great North walk (excluding vehicle management trails and public roads) in the following parks is closed until further notice due to damage from recent severe weather events:

  • Brisbane Water National Park
  • Palm Grove Nature Reserve
  • Jilliby State Conservation Area

Flooding, damaged infrastructure and impassable trail surfaces have been reported.

For your safety, please avoid these areas until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

The following vehicle management trails will remain open:

  • Brisbane Water National Park
    • Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail
    • Warrah Trig Road
    • Vah Dahls fire trail
    • Dillons fire trail
    • Tunnel fire trail
    • Mt Wondabyne fire trail
    • Tommos Loop fire trail
    • Rifle Range fire trail
    • Reservoir Road
  • Palm Grove Nature Reserve
    • Palm Grove management trail
  • Jilliby State Conservation Area
    • Tooheys Road between Forest Road to camping area (take care as road may be slippery)

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 24 Mar 2022, 12.27pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 9.00am

Other planned events: 1080 Fox Baiting Program in the Capertee Valley

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) 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 the 1st of April 2022 and the 30th September 2022 in Wollemi National Park.  The program is to protect the endangered Brush Tail Rock Wallaby.

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

  • Capertee River Trail, downstream (East) 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 please call NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Sat 14 May 2022, 1.23pm

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

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

To prevent further damage visitors are asked to 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 Tue 10 May 2022, 9.35am to Fri 20 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 2.15pm

Closed areas: Ramsar Road closed for maintenance

Ramsar Road in Hunter Wetlands National Park is closed for maintenance from Thursday 5 May to Monday 20 May 2022.

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

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.49pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

The following areas are closed until Thursday 30 June 2022 for upgrades:

  • Mill Creek campground
  • Mill Creek picnic area
  • Grass Tree circuit
  • 11km walking track

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

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.43pm

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program Watagans National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Watagans National Park from Sunday 22 May 2022 to Sunday 6 June 2022.

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 the 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 Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah for more information on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 1.57pm to Fri 24 Jun 2022, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.42pm

Safety alerts: Georges Road safety alert

Georges Road has been affected by rain and 4WD damage. The road is very slippery with waterfilled holes that will affect driver safety.

Please avoid driving on this road until weather conditions improve.

Walkers using the Great North Walk can still traverse the walking track.

For further information please contact the NSW Central Coast Area office on 02 4972 9000. 

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 12.57pm to Thu 26 May 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.35pm

Closed areas: Little Beach campground closed due to wet conditions

Little Beach campground is closed until 12am Friday 27 May 2022 due to wet and muddy conditions.

Access to the picnic area and beach will remain open.

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

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Applies from Sat 23 Apr 2022, 2.13pm to Fri 20 May 2022, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 2.12pm

Closed areas: Watagan Forest Road closed for works

Watagan Forest Road is closed due to recent heavy rain affecting ongoing roadworks. There is no access to Boarding House Dam picnic area.

The road is extremely wet and slippery and is unsafe for all vehicles. Current conditions are preventing work from continuing. The road is expected to reopen in late May, however this depends on conditions. Please use Martinsville Hill Road to access Olney State Forest visitor areas.

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

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 2.48pm to Thu 2 Jun 2022, 5.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 1.39pm

Closed areas: Finchley campground closed for upgrades

Finchley campground is closed for upgrades from Thursday 12 May to Thursday 2 June 2022.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 May 2022, 8.44am

Safety alerts: Part of Watagan Road not suitable for 2WD vehicles

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.

This council road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. The road is also obstructed by a fallen tree and rock debris. This road should only be used for essential traffic. Take care and drive safely.

Roadworks planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to the new financial year.

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

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Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 10.16am to Fri 27 May 2022, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 May 2022, 12.35pm

Other planned events: Native Dog Road - maintenance

Maintenance works are happening on Native Dog Road from Monday 9 May to Friday 27 May 2022, pending weather conditions. Please follow directions provided on site. 

For further information contact your local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 7.00am to Fri 24 Jun 2022, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 May 2022, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Track upgrade - Maitland Bay walking track closed

Maitland Bay walking track is closed for track upgrades from Monday 9 May to Friday 24 June 2022. The track is closed for contractor and visitor safety.

There is no access to Maitland Bay via this track during the upgrade works. Alternative access to Maitland Bay is via Mount Bouddi walking track or the Coastal Walk from Putty Beach. Please comply with contractor and NPWS staff directions during this closure. 

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

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Applies from Mon 16 May 2022, 12.06pm to Fri 10 Jun 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 7 May 2022, 10.29am

Other planned events: Closed areas due to aerial spraying program

A number of trails and visitor areas in Bouddi National Park will be temporarily closed on one day between the dates of Monday 16 May and Friday 10 June 2022, due to an aerial spraying program. The closed areas include:

  • Bouddi Coastal walk
  • Mourawaring Moor trail
  • Second Point trail
  • 72 trail
  • Little Beach trail
  • Little Beach campground and picnic area
  • 78 trail
  • 81 trail
  • Third Point trail
  • Mount Bouddi walking track
  • Maitland Bay walking track
  • Gerrin Point lookout
  • Killcare trail
  • Tallow Beach trail
  • Tallow Beach campground
  • Box Head walking track
  • Flannel Flower walking track
  • Lobster Beach walking track
  • Lobster Beach

These areas will be closed while helicopter spraying of bitou bush is conducted. NPWS staff will be present during the helicopter spray operations. Please follow safety signs and directions by staff. The herbicide used is Metsulfuron-methyl 600WG.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 or 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 21 Feb 2022, 7.00am to Fri 20 May 2022, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 7 May 2022, 9.54am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrade - Part Coastal Walking Track

A section of Bouddi coastal walk, between Mount Bouddi walking track and Old Quarry trail, is closed from Monday 21 February to Friday 13 May 2022. This is so this part of Bouddi coastal walk can be upgraded. 

Mount Bouddi walking track and Old Quarry trail will remain open.

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

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Applies from Thu 5 May 2022, 9.55am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 1.56pm

Closed areas: The Bluff trail closed

The Bluff trail in Awabakal National Reserve will be closed on the following dates: 

  • Thursday 5 May to Friday 6 May 2022
  • Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May 2022
  • Monday 16 May to Friday 20 May 2022

This is because vegetation and surface works are happening on the trail during these times. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4101.

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Applies from Sat 7 May 2022, 8.00am to Sun 5 Jun 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 May 2022, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Brisbane Water and Popran National Parks from Sunday 22 May 2022 to Sunday 5 June 2022.

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 Central Coast NPWS area office for more information on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 12.12pm

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road - Drive with caution

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.52am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.33pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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 NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.33pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Wollemi National Park on the following dates:

  • Wollemi-Yengo and Mudgee areas: Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area: Monday 2 May to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.12am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.23pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Wollemi National Park from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Hawkesbury-Nattai area at Mt Annan: 02 4632 4500
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.50am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.00pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.46am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 3.53pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Gardens of Stone National Park from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Gardens of Stone National Park on the following dates:

  • Mudgee area from Monday 9 May 2022 to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area from Monday 2 May 2022 to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.28pm to Tue 31 May 2022, 2.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.33pm

Closed areas: Western Firetrail closed

Western Firetrail is closed until further notice due to damage from recent rainfall events.

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

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Applies from Wed 23 Mar 2022, 9.32am to Tue 31 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.35pm

Closed parks: Reserve closed due to severe weather and floods

This park is closed from Tuesday 15 March to Tuesday 31 May 2022 due to widespread and severe flooding.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

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, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 8 Apr 2022, 10.32am to Tue 31 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.10pm

Closed parks: Dharug National Park closed due to severe weather / flooding

This park is closed from 8 April 2022 to 31 May 2022 due to widespread / severe flooding. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

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

This Park will reopen when it is safe.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 6.00am to Mon 13 Jun 2022, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 May 2022, 3.57pm

Closed areas: Biride Beach amenities closed for structural maintenance

Birdie Beach amenities block will be closed for structural maintenance from Friday April 29th to Monday June 13th 2022.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office ON 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Fri 15 Apr 2022, 1.15pm to Sun 29 May 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 10.18am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

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

The road has 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 the Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

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

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 10.30am to Mon 30 May 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 5.12pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to storm damage

Some parts of Dharug National Park are closed due to storm damage from Friday 8 April to Monday 30 May 2022. The closed areas are:

  • Devines Hill
  • Finchs Line
  • Old Great North Road

These closures affect the Old Great North Road World Heritage Walk and the Old Great North Road bike ride. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Bulga office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Apr 2022, 4.22pm

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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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Apr 2022, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

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 Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.26pm to Fri 10 Jun 2022, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 3.31pm

Closed areas: Closed areas

The following areas in this park are closed:

  • Leichhardt's lookout closed from Wednesday 20 April to Wednesday 4 May 2022 due to works for the barrier refurbishments.
  • Yuelarbah walking track closed from Monday 2 May to Friday 10 June 2022 due to works for the handrail refurbishment project. There will be short detour signage in place for the duration for the project, via the management trail. 

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

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.54pm to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 8.30am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program in this park from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May 2022.

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 the 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 NPWS Bulga Office for more information on (02) 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.54pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Dharug National Park, Manobalai Nature Reserve, Parr State Conservation Area, Wollemi State Conservation Area, and Yengo National Park from Monday 9th May 2022 to Wednesday 9th November 2022.

 

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 Bulga NPWS Office for more information on (020 6574 5555,

 

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 1.46pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 9.08am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrades

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 7 March to Wednesday 31 August 2022 for fire trail upgrades. The following fire trails will be closed:

  • Big Hill
  • Bee Box
  • Boundary (Werakata)
  • Dam
  • Elcom
  • Ferguson
  • Fishers Folly
  • Kearsley South
  • Kitchener East
  • Missing Link
  • No 1
  • North Basin
  • Pelton
  • Pinnacle
  • Powerline (Kitchener)
  • Racecourse
  • Red Hill
  • Sandpit
  • Sawpit (Kitchener)
  • South Basin
  • Southams
  • Tomalpin
  • Unnamed Kata
  • Unnamed Werakata

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

 

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 12.15pm to Tue 31 May 2022, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 12.20pm

Safety alerts: Road conditions to Newnes Campground

The road to Newnes campground is in poor condition but currently remains open. Please drive to the conditions. For further updates on this road and closures, please refer to Lithgow City Councils website. 

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 11.34am

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 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.19am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail - partial closure

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

Signs are in place around closed areas.

This area will re-open as soon as it is safe.

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

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 9.47am

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. 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 prior to the end of August 2022. Delays in preparing the tender documents, heavy rain, new landslips and COVID staff shortages have again delayed work commencing.

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 Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 9.24am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Apr 2022, 9.54am

Closed areas: Road closures

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

  • California trail - closed until late September 2022
  • Martindale trail - reopening to people with permits late June 2022
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - closed until mid June 2022
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - closed until late June 2022
  • Mellong Range trail - closed until early June 2022
  • Commission Road - Kings Cross to King Junction - closed until late May 2022
  • Bulga Trail - closed until late June 2022 

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until late September 2022
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed.

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 30 Mar 2022, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Apr 2022, 2.37pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions on tracks and trails

Please be aware hazardous conditions may still exist following recent extreme weather. There is an extra risk of tree fall due to saturated ground. Please avoid waterways and note that tracks and trails may have unstable surfaces or have trees over them. Please proceed with with caution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 4.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 7.17am

Closed areas: Bob Turners Track closed due to potential landslip

Bob Turners track is closed until further notice, due to an imminent landslip and major safety concerns.

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Tue 21 Dec 2021, 1.20pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.22pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Mar 2022, 1.02pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December to Thursday 31 Aug 2022. 

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

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

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Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 9.25am to Fri 29 Jul 2022, 9.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 11.22am

Closed areas: Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground closed

Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground is closed from Monday 9 May to Monday 27 June 2022 for upgrades. 

The access road will be closed to all vehicle traffic.  All campsites and picnic areas will also be closed.

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 3.34pm

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 2 Mar 2022, 10.09am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.22am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Mar 2022, 11.45am

Closed areas: Hickson Street lookout - Tower works

Works will be commencing on the Hunter water tower at Hickson Street lookout, to enable construction of a new communications tower. As such, there will be a walking track detour.

The minor diversion and will not impact on community access to the lookout. Directional signage will be in place.  

For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Mar 2022, 12.38pm

Safety alerts: Flood damage and creek levels high

Heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding. Please be aware that creek and river levels are elevated. Crossings may not be passable. Many roads and walking tracks are closed.

Do not cross creeks where water levels are high. Walkers should be prepared to retrace steps.

As an indicator, walkers should not attempt crossings where water is flowing over stepping stones.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 8.15am

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 Thu 11 Nov 2021, 8.32am to Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Dec 2021, 8.35am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park -  Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing 

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

 

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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 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 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 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

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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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