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Morton National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 21 January 2022, 12.23pm

Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 12.23pm.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to fire damage

The following campgrounds are closed until further notice due to fire damage:

  • Pauls Point campground – day use only
  • Sundeck campground – day use only
  • Sawyers campground – day use only
  • Beehive upper and lower campground – closed for redevelopment post fire
  • Burrawang campground – day use only

Following heavy rain, some campgrounds may be affected by flood debris and there may be steep sand walls to access sites. Please be cautious and move onto another campground if safety issues occur. There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.07am.

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of Morton National Park remains closed due to bushfire damage and to protect the safety of our visitors.

However, the following areas are now open:

  • North of the Shoalhaven River, including Kangaroo Valley, the following walks and lookouts are accessible:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • Echo Point lookout
    • Grand Canyon lookout
    • Tooths lookout
    • East and West Rim tracks
    • Manning lookout
    • Kangaroo River walking track
    • Three Views walking track
    • Riverview lookout
    • Riverview walking track
    • Mark Morton lookout
    • Fairy Bower Falls track and loop walk to top of falls
    • Upper and lower Fairy Bower falls
    • Walking track from Fairy Bower Falls to Tooths lookout

 

  • South of the Shoalhaven River to Braidwood Road, including the Ettrema wilderness area, the following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road, Sassafras and Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
       
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang wilderness area, the following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul
    • Mount Bushwalker walking track
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim 
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground
    • Folly Point

An overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update.

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Please be cautious, as risks may still be present.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 4.38pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Jan 2022, 1.33pm.

Other planned events: Notice of herbicide treatment program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and WaterNSW will be conducting a herbicide treatment program between Tuesday 3 August 2021 and Wednesday 2 February 2022.

This treatment will mainly affect Lake Yarrunga foreshore areas along the Kangaroo River. The program involves the use of garlon 3A for the control of the weed ludwigia longifolia.

For further information, please email the NPWS Illawarra Highlands area office or call 02 4887 8244. 

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Applies from Thu 18 Nov 2021, 10.47am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 2.26pm.

Closed areas: Toorooroo campground closed due to damage

Toorooroo campground is closed due to fire and flood damage. Please check back for updates.

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

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Applies from Thu 21 Oct 2021, 11.15am to Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.33am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Ground Baiting Program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between Thursday 21 October 2021 to 20 September 2022 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

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. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Oct 2021, 1.10pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on National Parks land within the Fitzroy Falls area.

The burial of used baits and products will happen from Thursday 23 September 2021 to Tuesday 22 March 2022. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil and clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 

For more information, email or call the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244.

Applies from Sat 18 Sep 2021, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 11.03am.

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed

The 12 Mile Road from George Boyd lookout to Main Road 92 is closed due to flood damage

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

Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 8.07pm.

Closed areas: Cafe closed - Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm.

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am.

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
31 January 2022 Closed areas Areas closed for aerial pest management program Details

Applies from Mon 31 Jan 2022, 1.00am to Fri 4 Feb 2022, 6.15pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 2.40pm

The following parks, reserves and areas will be closed from 3pm Sunday 31 January to 5pm Friday 4 February 2022 for an aerial pest management program:

 

  • Morton National Park (south western portion): north of Yadboro River, west of Mount Cole, south and west of Quiltys Mountain, and east of Nerriga Road and Charleys Forest Road (within NPWS estate only).

 

  • Much of the area of Morton National Park affected by the closure falls within the Budawang Wilderness Area. The closure impacts visitor and management assets including Scenic Rim Walking Track, Mount Tarn Walking Track, Round Mountain Trail, Alum Creek Fire Trail, and Sheep Station Creek Fire Trail.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Shoalhaven Area office on 02 4454 9500.

Details
31 January 2022 Closed areas Areas closed for aerial pest management Details

Applies from Mon 31 Jan 2022, 1.00am to Fri 4 Feb 2022, 6.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 8.02am

The following parts of Morton National Park will be closed from 3pm Sunday 31 January to 5pm Friday 4 February 2022 for an aerial pest management:

  • Areas west and north of the Shoalhaven River, including Caoura Ridge, Long Point, Badgerys, Matodoro Ridge and all associated walking tracks and lookouts.
  • Areas east of the Shoalhaven River to Tolwong Road
  • Shoalhaven Gorge area, upstream of Fossickers Flat

This program will target deer, goats, feral pigs and other pests.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Illawarra Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 10.48am to Wed 26 Jan 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrade

Durras Lake Discovery trail is closed from Tuesday 7 September 2021 to Wednesday 26 January 2022 while the walking track is being upgraded.

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

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Applies from Tue 23 Nov 2021, 2.21pm to Wed 26 Jan 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 4.11pm

Closed areas: Lake Road closed for roadworks

Lake Road is closed from Tuesday 23 November 2021 to Wednesday 26 January 2022 due to roadworks.

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Dec 2021, 1.33pm to Wed 26 Jan 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 3.00pm

Closed areas: Lake walking track closed for track upgrades

Lake walking track in Murramarang National Park is closed for track upgrades from Wednesday 15 December 2021 to Wednesday 26 January 2022.

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

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to fire damage

The following campgrounds are closed until further notice due to fire damage:

  • Pauls Point campground – day use only
  • Sundeck campground – day use only
  • Sawyers campground – day use only
  • Beehive upper and lower campground – closed for redevelopment post fire
  • Burrawang campground – day use only

Following heavy rain, some campgrounds may be affected by flood debris and there may be steep sand walls to access sites. Please be cautious and move onto another campground if safety issues occur. There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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

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Applies from Thu 16 Dec 2021, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 1.35pm

Safety alerts: Coal Wharf Road closed

Coal Wharf Road is currently closed due to recent wet weather. The road is expected to reopen on Saturday 29 January 2022, depending on weather conditions. 

The northern carpark and beach access is open. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 19 Jan 2022, 9.23am to Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 11.44am

Closed areas: Pattimores Lagoon viewing platform

Pattimores Lagoon viewing platform in Narrawallee Nature Reserve is closed for maintenance from Wednesday 19 January to Friday 29 April 2022.

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Dec 2020, 1.15pm to Thu 24 Feb 2022, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 10.07am

Closed areas: Campgrounds inaccessible via Araluen Road

The following campgrounds are closed and inaccessible from both Braidwood and Moruya, due to major recurrent landslips on Araluen Road:

  • Deua River campground
  • Bakers Flat campground
  • Dry Creek campground

These campgrounds will remain closed until Araluen Road is restored. Please note also:

  • There is no access to Dry Creek campground via Merricumbene fire trail.
  • Vehicle access into and out of Deua National Park via Araluen Road is also not possible until further notice.

NPWS is monitoring the situation on a regular basis via Eurobodalla Shire Council updates.

For further information about the restoration of Araluen Road, email or call the Eurobodalla Council on 02 4474 1000, or visit the Council website.

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Applies from Fri 15 Oct 2021, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Jan 2022, 3.12pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to fire damage

The following roads are closed until further notice due to fire damage to bridges:

  • Dam Road
  • Link Road
  • Pebbly Beach Road
  • Higgins Creek Road

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

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Applies from Mon 20 Dec 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 3.46pm

Closed areas: Middle Mountain Road closed

Middle Mountain Road is closed until further notice for repairs.

Middle Mountain Road is the first section of the westerly approach into Bendethera Valley via Cooma Road.

Access to Bendethera campground is via Little Sugarloaf Rd and Bendethera fire trail (from the east).

Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff and authorised contractors.

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Dec 2021, 9.53am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to bushfire recovery works

The following areas are closed until further notice due to bushfire recovery works:

  • Bendethera Caves walking track and cave access - all track markers were destroyed by fire. It's dangerous to walk off designated tracks in Karst areas. Please do not enter this area.
  • Mongamula East fire trail
  • Oulla Creek fire trail 

Please follow the directions on closure signs and do not enter any cordoned-off areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.07am

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of Morton National Park remains closed due to bushfire damage and to protect the safety of our visitors.

However, the following areas are now open:

  • North of the Shoalhaven River, including Kangaroo Valley, the following walks and lookouts are accessible:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • Echo Point lookout
    • Grand Canyon lookout
    • Tooths lookout
    • East and West Rim tracks
    • Manning lookout
    • Kangaroo River walking track
    • Three Views walking track
    • Riverview lookout
    • Riverview walking track
    • Mark Morton lookout
    • Fairy Bower Falls track and loop walk to top of falls
    • Upper and lower Fairy Bower falls
    • Walking track from Fairy Bower Falls to Tooths lookout

 

  • South of the Shoalhaven River to Braidwood Road, including the Ettrema wilderness area, the following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road, Sassafras and Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
       
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang wilderness area, the following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul
    • Mount Bushwalker walking track
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim 
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground
    • Folly Point

An overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update.

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Please be cautious, as risks may still be present.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Mon 18 May 2020, 12.56pm to Fri 29 Apr 2022, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 2.50pm

Closed areas: Meroo Head campground closed

Meroo Head campground is closed to camping due to bushfire damage and hazardous conditions.

You can still use the campground for day use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 22 Nov 2021, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Jan 2022, 9.18am

Safety alerts: Jerrawangala lookout - 4WD only access

Access to Jerrawangala lookout via Wandean Road is not suitable for low clearance vehicles. The road is potholed, and becomes slippery and boggy during wet weather. AWD or 4WD vehicles are recommended. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office. 

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Applies from Wed 29 Dec 2021, 4.54pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 1.42pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Saturday 1 January through to Thursday 30 June 2022.

The baited parks and reserves include:

  • Meroo National Park
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
  • Conjola National Park

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Nowra area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Fri 24 Dec 2021, 11.32am to Sun 10 Jul 2022, 11.35am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Dec 2021, 11.45am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 June 2022 in Nattai National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

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

For further information please call the NPWS Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 4.38pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Jan 2022, 1.33pm

Other planned events: Notice of herbicide treatment program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and WaterNSW will be conducting a herbicide treatment program between Tuesday 3 August 2021 and Wednesday 2 February 2022.

This treatment will mainly affect Lake Yarrunga foreshore areas along the Kangaroo River. The program involves the use of garlon 3A for the control of the weed ludwigia longifolia.

For further information, please email the NPWS Illawarra Highlands area office or call 02 4887 8244. 

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 4.20pm to Tue 15 Feb 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 1.50pm

Closed parks: Tugalong area closed

The Tugalong area of Guula Ngurra National Park is closed. NSW National Parks plans to open the park within the next 3 months, after building works and campground facilities are completed. This closure will be reviewed on Tuesday 15 February 2022.

The Little Forest West and Mount Penang sections of Guula Ngurra are open, including Mount Penang loop walk, which was formerly part of Bangadilly National Park.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 8.47am

Other planned events: 1080 fox ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a continual and ongoing 1080 ground baiting program for the control of foxes from Thursday 23 September 2021 to Tuesday 22 March 2022 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private properties and Crown road reserves with permissions. 

There are 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 3.30pm

Safety alerts: Trailer access prohibited on some fire trails

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place for some time to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in the park. However, inappropriate use of signposted trails by 4WDs towing trailers is continuing, and is causing ongoing damage. Therefore, NPWS is now prohibiting the use of trailers on the following trails in Deua National Park:

  • Dampier Mountain trail
  • Oulla Creek trail
  • Minuma Range trail
  • Merricumbene trail
  • Mongamula trail
  • Dry Creek trail

It is now an offence to tow trailers on these trails. The penalty for towing trailers on these trails is a $300 penalty infringement notice, or higher if the matter is taken to court. 

By keeping trailers away from these identified trails, you benefit everyone by reducing:

  • the safety risk to yourself and others
  • damage to the park environment and your assets
  • park maintenance costs. 

Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Road and Bendethera trail. From Braidwood, this increases travel time by about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

For more information, please contact NPWS Narooma on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Thu 4 Nov 2021, 2.23pm to Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 4.08pm

Safety alerts: Caving systems closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

All caving systems in this park are currently closed to access due to COVID-19 safety requirements. This includes the Bendethera, Wyanbene and Marble Arch caves.

These unique environments are mostly enclosed spaces with minimal airflow and high levels of humidity. By their nature, the important task of cleaning and sanitising related infrastructure can't be guaranteed to COVID-safe standards. Recreational caving in 'wild caves' inhibits social distancing and the standard precautions recommended to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For these reasons, NPWS has developed a strategy for the reopening of caves which is based on an assessment of risk.

Options for allowing access to wild caves by speleological groups operating under a COVID Safety Plan are also being assessed. Approval for access to caves for critical maintenance and/or research purposes is considered on a case-by-case basis. Speleological groups and other registered organisations operating under a COVID Safety Plan may apply for conditional entry via email. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For any further queries call the local office on 02 4476 0800, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or the Parks Info Line on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Wed 3 Nov 2021, 9.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.10pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 8.47am

Other planned events: Privet control in Robertson Nature Reserve

NPWS staff and contractors are conducting privet and secondary weed control across Robertson Nature Reserve until Thursday 30 June 2022. This work includes the hand application of glyphosate biactive and metsulfuron herbicides.

For further information please call the local NPWS area office.

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Applies from Sun 17 Oct 2021, 12.01am to Sun 17 Apr 2022, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 4.53pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Pest Management Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Sunday 17 October 2021 to Sunday 17 April 2022.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Berlang SCA
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Berlang State Conservation Area
  • Deua National Park
  • Egan Peaks Nature Reserve
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Yurramie State Conservation Area

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Thu 21 Oct 2021, 11.15am to Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.33am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Ground Baiting Program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between Thursday 21 October 2021 to 20 September 2022 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

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. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Oct 2021, 3.13pm

Closed areas: Restricted access to Macquarie Rivulet

There is no access to Macquarie Rivulet from Mount Murray, at the top of Macquarie Pass is closed. If you access the rivulet from the top of the escarpment, you will be trespassing on private property. Access to Macquarie Rivulet is only permitted via Clover Hill Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Dec 2021, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damage and recovery works

Many areas in Monga National Park remain closed due to significant bushfire damage and recovery works. The closed areas include:

  • Mongarlowe River picnic area
  • The Corn trail  
  • Woodleigh fire trail

Do not enter areas where road barriers are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Oct 2021, 1.10pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on National Parks land within the Fitzroy Falls area.

The burial of used baits and products will happen from Thursday 23 September 2021 to Tuesday 22 March 2022. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil and clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 

For more information, email or call the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Sat 18 Sep 2021, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 11.03am

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed

The 12 Mile Road from George Boyd lookout to Main Road 92 is closed due to flood damage

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Aug 2021, 9.22am

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest may close at short notice

Minnamurra Rainforest is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity or due to the car park reaching capacity.  We encourage you to plan your visit outside the peak periods of 11am to 2pm. 

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 8.07pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed - Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Sun 13 Jun 2021, 11.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Jun 2021, 2.31pm

Closed areas: Butmaroo firetrail closed

The Butmaroo Firetrail in the northern precinct of Tallaganda National Park and State Conservation Area is closed due to unsafe trail conditions. The trail will remain closed until repair work can be undertaken on the Mulloon Creek crossing and trail surface.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Queanbeyan office on 02 6229 7166.

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Apr 2021, 10.17am

Closed areas: Bungonia Caves closed

All caves in Bungonia National Park and Bungonia State Conservation Area are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Speleological groups and other registered organisations operating under a COVID Safety Plan may apply for conditional entry via email.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on 02 4887 7270.

Please note:

  • These unique environments are mostly enclosed places with minimal airflow and high levels of humidity. They contain multiple surfaces where dust and other airborne matter can easily settle. By their nature, they also make the important task of cleaning and sanitising related infrastructure (such as handrails) much more difficult.
  • The close physical interactions that are required for recreational caving (in 'wild caves') means that the application of the standard precautions recommended to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission cannot be applied.
  • For these reasons, NPWS developed a strategy for the reopening of caves which was based on an assessment of risk. 
  • Options for allowing access to wild caves by speleological groups operating under a COVID Safety Plan are also being assessed.
  • Approval for access to caves for critical maintenance and/or research purposes is considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.41pm. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Feb 2021, 3.01pm

Closed areas: Nerringillah fire trail

Nerringillah fire trail is closed due to bushfire damage to the bridge. The bridge is impassable.

The section between Davies Road and Cedar road is open. Please do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am

Closed areas: Berrara Creek and Heath walking tracks

Berrara Creek and Heath walking tracks are closed due to bushfire damage. Do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 11.25am

Closed areas: Spring Creek Canyon closed due to rockfalls

Spring Creek Canyon in Bungonia State Conservation Area is closed due to rockfalls in the area.

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

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Applies from Mon 14 Dec 2020, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 11.36am

Closed areas: Macquarie Rivulet - Jump Rock track closed

Access to Macquarie Rivulet (also known as “Jump Rock”) is not permitted. The track is steep and eroded, and contains unstable surfaces, cliffs and drop offs.

There is a high risk of injury from falls from heights. Do not enter the closed areas of this park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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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/7-day-southern-highlands-tour-seniors/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Morton National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    Parts of the south-eastern area of this park were once used for military training and may contain unexploded artillery shells. These areas have restrictions in place for your safety.

  • Park entry fees: 

    Fitzroy Falls: $4 per vehicle per day. Bundanoon area: $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and cards accepted.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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