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Byron hinterland rainforest and waterfall tours

Nightcap National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 3 August 2022, 4.48pm

Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 2.10pm to Tue 9 Aug 2022, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 4.48pm.

Closed areas: Newton Drive and Historic Nightcap walking track head at Mount Nardi closed

Newton Drive and the Historic Nightcap walking track head at Mount Nardi will be closed on Monday 8 August 2022 and Tuesday 9 August 2033 to carry out roadworks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

For more information, please call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 7.58am to Mon 8 Aug 2022, 7.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.42pm.

Closed areas: Minyon Drive closed

Minyon Drive is closed from Monday 20 June to Sunday 7 August 2022 due to roadworks.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the park from the east via Minyon Drive for the duration of the closure.

Please use Nightcap Range Road to access Rummery Park campground, Minyon Falls picnic area, Minyon Falls lookout and general walking tracks .

Dunoon road, between the council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road is open.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

This closure may be postponed or extended depending on weather and pending successful completion of works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.29pm.

Closed areas: Closed tracks due to flood damage

The following walking tracks and areas are closed until Friday 30 June 2023 due to flood damage:

  • Minyon loop walking track
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track

Whian Whian mountain bike trails will remain closed until Saturday 1 October 2022.

The Minyon Drive access road is closed until Monday 8 August, 2022 due to road repair works. Dunoon Road between the council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road is open.

These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop accessible from Newton Drive.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
8 August 2022 Closed areas Nightcap Range Road closed for roadworks Details

Applies from Mon 8 Aug 2022, 2.30pm to Fri 12 Aug 2022, 8.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.48pm

Nightcap Range Road is closed from 2.30pm, Monday 8 August to 8.30am, Friday 12 August 2022 at 8.30am due to roadworks.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the park from the west via Nightcap Range Road for the duration of the closure.

Please use Minyon Drive to access Rummery Park campground, Minyon Falls picnic area, Minyon Falls lookout and general walking tracks .

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. 

This closure may be postponed or extended depending on weather and pending successful completion of works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 29 Jun 2022, 12.26pm to Fri 28 Oct 2022, 12.28pm. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Aug 2022, 4.16pm

Closed areas: Mount Jerusalem National Park partial closure

Mount Jerusalem National Park is closed from Wednesday 29 June 2022 until further notice, due to extensive flood damage and to allow for repairs.

The Koonyum Range section, including Koonyun Range Road and Boogarem Falls, will remain open during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Byron Bay area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 12.06pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Aug 2022, 4.17pm

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park, formerly known as Mount Warning National Park, remains closed until the end of October 2022 due to the impacts of widespread flooding in the region.

The closure is also to allow further consultation with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

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Applies from Sat 30 Jul 2022, 1.38pm to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 4.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 4.50pm

Closed areas: Border Ranges National Park walking tracks

The following areas are closed from Saturday 30 July 2022 due to recent severe flooding causing multiple treefalls and landslips:

  • Booyong track
  • Rosewood track
  • Palm Valley track
  • Brushbox Falls lookout
  • Brindle Creek walking track
  • Bar Mountain picnic area and walking tracks
  • Bar Mountain circuit
  • Falcorostrum loop
  • Beech Glade track
  • Bar Mountain lookout

These areas will open as soon as repairs are carried out and they are deemed safe for public access.

The following areas are open:

  • Red Cedar Loop walking track
  • Helmholtzia Loop walking track
  • Pinnacle lookout and walking track
  • Blackbutts lookout and picnic area
  • Tweed Valley lookout

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 3 Aug 2022, 2.10pm to Tue 9 Aug 2022, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Newton Drive and Historic Nightcap walking track head at Mount Nardi closed

Newton Drive and the Historic Nightcap walking track head at Mount Nardi will be closed on Monday 8 August 2022 and Tuesday 9 August 2033 to carry out roadworks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

For more information, please call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Tue 2 Aug 2022, 3.23pm to Mon 19 Sep 2022, 3.24pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Aug 2022, 4.12pm

Closed areas: Ferry Crossing picnic area closed for repair

The Ferry Crossing picnic area is closed for repair from Monday 5 September to Monday 19 September 2022.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Grafton NPWS office 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 7.58am to Mon 8 Aug 2022, 7.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Minyon Drive closed

Minyon Drive is closed from Monday 20 June to Sunday 7 August 2022 due to roadworks.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the park from the east via Minyon Drive for the duration of the closure.

Please use Nightcap Range Road to access Rummery Park campground, Minyon Falls picnic area, Minyon Falls lookout and general walking tracks .

Dunoon road, between the council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road is open.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

This closure may be postponed or extended depending on weather and pending successful completion of works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.29pm

Closed areas: Closed tracks due to flood damage

The following walking tracks and areas are closed until Friday 30 June 2023 due to flood damage:

  • Minyon loop walking track
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track

Whian Whian mountain bike trails will remain closed until Saturday 1 October 2022.

The Minyon Drive access road is closed until Monday 8 August, 2022 due to road repair works. Dunoon Road between the council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road is open.

These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop accessible from Newton Drive.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.25pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Bundjalung National Park and Richmond River Nature Reserve from Monday 8 August 2022 to Friday 23 December 2022.

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 shorebird 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 NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 1.14pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 2.33pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain picnic area and walking tracks

The Bar Mountain area of Border Ranges National Park is closed for walking track maintenance work from Sunday 31 July to Wednesday 31 August 2022.

There will be no access to the Bar Mountain picnic area during this period. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 20 Jul 2022, 2.49pm to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 3.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Jul 2022, 4.00pm

Closed areas: Closed walking tracks

Wilson Nature Reserve North and South walking tracks are closed indefinitely due to widespread damage from recent weather events.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Tue 19 Jul 2022, 10.00am to Sat 20 Aug 2022, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 2.18pm

Closed areas: Woody Head campground closed for maintenance

Woody Head campground and picnic area will be closed from 10am, Sunday 14 August to 2pm, Saturday 20 August 2022 for routine maintenance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Grafton NPWS office 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Sun 15 May 2022, 9.09am to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.21am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage and repairs.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Byron Bay area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.39am to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Walk on Water walking track boardwalk closed

The majority of the timber boardwalk on the Walk on Water walking track is closed until further notice. A small section of the timber boardwalk continues to provide access to Blue Hole via Ukerebagh track.

For your safety, please don't enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jul 2022, 8.28am

Other planned events: Notice of noise from RAAF training operations

If you plan to visit Bundjalung National Park, you may experience loud aircraft noise due to RAAF training operations from the nearby Evans Head air weapons range in the park.

Aircraft activities may be heard and seen over Black Rocks campground and from Jerusalem Creek paddle route and walking track.

Please note:

  • The RAAF schedule of planned air operations is available on the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.
  • RAAF schedules for the Air Weapons Range in Bundjalung National Park can change at short notice due to weather or other operational considerations.
  • Aircraft may not utilise the range every day of scheduled operations.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200, or visit the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.32pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 12.58pm

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of the following parks and reserves has been extended until Monday 29 August 2022 due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events:

  • Boatharbour Nature Reserve
  • Bundjalung State Conservation Area
  • Bungabbee Nature Reserve
  • Bungawalbin National Park, Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Davis Scrub Nature Reserve
  • Dubay Nuraham Aboriginal Area
  • Hogarth Range Nature Reserve
  • Jackywalbin State Conservation Area
  • Little Pimlico Island Nature Reserve
  • Muckleewee Mountain Nature Reserve
  • North Obelisk Nature Reserve
  • Tabbimoble Swamp Nature Reserve
  • Uralba Nature Reserve
  • Yarringully Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended, pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 1 Apr 2022, 4.19pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jul 2022, 12.12pm

Closed areas: Limited access to Mount Babyl trail

Access to Mount Babyl trail it limited due to landslips and storm damage. 

There is no access to Mount Babyl trail from the north via Peacock Creek Road/Sextonville Road due to a major landslip on Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive.

Access from the south is limited to LV 4WD only due to a rockfall which has only been partly cleared on Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive. Extreme care should be taken when driving through the rock fall area and the road should not be used during wet weather.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 3.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jul 2022, 9.24am

Closed parks: Park closed for repairs

Mebbin National Park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage and repairs.

There is no public access during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tweed area office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jun 2022, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 4.14pm

Safety alerts: Changed access to Border Ranges National Park

Access to Border Ranges National Park is via Lynchs Creek/Forest Road from Winagaree only. This is due to ongoing land slip repair works between Bar Mountain picnic area and the eastern boundary gate. As a result there is no direct access from the Murwillumbah/Barkers Vale direction.

Note access to Border Loop lookout and walk is from NSW only as the Lions Road is closed at the QLD border.

For more information call the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Sat 7 May 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jun 2022, 4.25pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flood damage

Sandpiper track access to Tallow Beach is closed due to flood damage. Other Tallow Beach access trails are open.

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

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Applies from Mon 13 Jun 2022, 3.16pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 7.00am

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Museum

The Lighthouse Precinct is open. However if you are looking at including a tour of the Lighthouse and Museum during your visit, please contact the office on 0266398300 to ensure there are tours on your day and time of choice. 

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Applies from Fri 10 Jun 2022, 1.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 1.30pm

Safety alerts: Changed conditions in areas around Black Rocks campground

The following visitor facilities around Black Rocks campground are closed due to recent flooding and storm damage:

  • Emu walking track at Jerusalem Creek
  • Jerusalem Creek Pontoon

Due to changed beach conditions, access is limited to the path opposite campsites 21 and 23. All other beach accesses are strictly closed. Visitors should take care in beach and creek areas, as flood debris continues to wash up on northern NSW beaches.

Please be aware that there may be water covering sections of the Jerusalem Creek walk to remote campsites. All campsites are open and accessible to the public.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.36pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 1.26pm

Closed parks: Park closed

Toonumbar National Park and Toonumber State Conservation Area are closed until further notice due to damage sustained in recent floods. This closure will be reviewed on Monday 26 September 2022.

The closed areas include:

  • Iron Pot Creek campground
  • Murray Scrub walking track
  • Murray Scrub and Sherwood lookouts
  • Toonumbar Forest Drive and Cox's Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.37am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 1.25pm

Closed parks: Richmond Range National Park closed

Richmond Range National Park is closed until further notice due to damage sustained in recent floods. This closure will be reviewed on Monday 26 September 2022. 

For safety reasons, neighbour access to Western Boundary trail is limited to 4WD vehicles only. No trucks or heavy plant/machinery are permitted.

Access from Peacock Creek Road is strictly closed, with access only available from the south via the Bruxner Highway.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.43am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 3.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Jul 2022, 2.23pm

Closed parks: Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve closed

Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is closed until September 2022 due damaged sustained in recent floods.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 9.04am

Closed areas: O'Connors fire trail closed for maintenance

O'Connors fire trail is closed from Monday 10 January 2022 for maintenance and upgrades. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, 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/byron-hinterland-rainforest-waterfall-tours/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
  • Nightcap National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations.

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