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Aboriginal cultural tours at The Basin

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 24 January 2023, 7.56am

Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 11.22pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.22am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 11.28am.

Other planned events: ‘1080 pest management’

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2023 and 31 July 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

Forestville 9451 3479 or Lane Cove 8448 0400 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 1.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 7.56am.

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closure

Berowra walking track, from Berowra to Apple Tree bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track, is closed until further notice.

There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS are in the process carrying out necessary repair works.

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 Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Dec 2022, 3.42pm.

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • the south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • the west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please remember the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 12.14pm.

Other planned events: Temporary fencing at West Head lookout

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place from January to June 2023.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
6 February 2023 Closed areas Great North Walk closed between Berowra Waters and Cowan Details

Applies from Mon 6 Feb 2023, 10.13am to Mon 13 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 10.38am

The Great North Walk between Berowra Waters and Cowan, will be closed on Monday 13 February for helicopter operations. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Crown Lands on 1300 886 235 or the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.03pm

Closed areas: Steele Point Cottage Closure

Steele Point Cottage is closed to bookings until the major structural works happening on Shark Beach are completed early 2024. Vaucluse NPWS 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.09am to Thu 2 Feb 2023, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.28am

Other planned events: Vegetation Management - Tallow Beach Fire Trail

Walkers and campers may experience short delays on Tallow Beach Fire Trail from 30th January to 2nd February 2023 while crews undertake vegetation management either side of the trail. Please maintain a safe distance and follow the directions of signs and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

 

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.55pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.56am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 4.11pm

Other planned events: ‘1080 pest management’

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits and fresh baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Wednesday 1 February and Monday 31 July 2023 in Lane Cove National Park. Don’t touch baits. 

All baiting locations are 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 more information, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours, or 1300 056 294 after hours.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.02pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 2.03am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.50pm

Other planned events: ‘1080 pest management’

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Wednesday 1 February and Monday 31 July 2023 in the following areas:

  • Chowder Bay and Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands
  • North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management and Quarantine Station.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Middle Head office on 02 9960 6266 or North Head Sanctuary Manly (Harbour Trust Lands) on 02 8969 2128 during business hours, or 1300 056 294 outside business hours.

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Applies from Mon 26 Dec 2022, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Areas of North Head closed

Some areas of Sydney Harbour National Park are closed for public safety due to steep and unstable ground. The closed areas are:

  • Old Man's Hat
  • Cannae Point
  • Quarantine Head
  • and surrounding bushland

The following main visitor areas will remain open:

  • Q Station
  • North Head car parks
  • Collins Flat Beach

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

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Applies from Tue 24 Jan 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Gardeners Cottage closure

Gardeners Cottage will not be available for bookings until 2024. The is because Shark Beach at Nielsen Park is closed to the public for major capital works. For more information call the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.31pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm, Friday 10 February to Wednesday 22 February 2023, for Sail Grand Prix.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.29pm

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

The following areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed until the end of March 2023:

  • Fairfax walking track
  • Fairfax lookout
  • Fairfax carpark and bus stop

These areas are closed while new lookouts are being built. Find out more about this project on this web page. These closures may be extended without notice.

The following areas remain open:

  • North Head Scenic Drive and loop road are open to vehicles.
  • The bus stop opposite the Bella Vista Café is open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

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

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

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

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.52pm to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Sugarloaf carpark closed

Sugarloaf car park is no longer open to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact Chatswood Area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

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

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

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

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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

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

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

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

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

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

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 9.35am

Closed areas: North Head partial closure

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road
  • Fairfax lookouts

Do not enter the closed areas.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe (entry via North Fort)
  • Parking areas at North Fort
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 2.07pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2023.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Noise monitoring stations will be set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne to check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels. It is not expected to be high.

For more information, visit the project webpage or call the NPWS Sydney South area office on 02 9337 5511. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 29 Mar 2022, 2.44pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.06pm

Closed areas: Two Creeks track closed for maintenance

Part of Two Creeks track is closed from Tuesday 29 March 2022 until further notice due to track maintenance.

The closed area is the section of Two Creeks track between the Eastern arterial track entrance and Gordon Creek track intersection.

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

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Applies from Thu 24 Mar 2022, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.07pm

Closed areas: Section of Middle Harbour Creek track diverted due to rockfall hazard

A diversion is in place along Middle Harbour Creek track between Stepping Stone Crossing and Cascades trail until further notice due to rockfall hazard.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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

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

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

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am

Closed areas: Flat Rock track partial closure

The section of Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance, is permanently closed where the old track passes through private property near Killarney Point.

Please note:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 9.47am to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 8.07am

Closed areas: Toilet closures in Lane Cove National Park

Some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The closed toilets are at:

  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: This does not apply to bookings. Where there are bookings, toilets will be opened.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.39am

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities. For your safety and to help conserve the landscape, please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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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/aboriginal-cultural-tours-at-the-basin/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.

    Group bookings:

    Under the Plan of Management for this park, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 20 or more people planning to visit this park. Contact the park office before your visit.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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