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Byron hinterland rainforest and waterfall tours

Nightcap National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 15 June 2021, 2.00pm

Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 7.00am to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 2.00pm.

Closed areas: Minyon Falls precinct closed

Minyon Falls precinct and Minyon Grass picnic area are closed for upgrades  from Monday 1 March 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021.

The closed areas include:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area (including Minyon Falls lookout)
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track and all access points to the track
  • Boggy Creek track

Access to Rummery Park campground will be via Nightcap Range Road. Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

With the exception of the closed tracks, the multi-use trail network will still be accessible from the Telephone Road trailer carpark via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

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

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Applies from Thu 3 Jun 2021, 8.00am to Fri 18 Jun 2021, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Jun 2021, 4.31pm.

Closed areas: Newtons Drive closed

Newtons Drive (Mount Nardi end of Historic Nightcap walking track) is temporarily closed due to vegetation maintenance and roadworks. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 6627 0200.

Applies from Sun 11 Apr 2021, 8.18am to Thu 1 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Apr 2021, 10.01am.

Closed areas: Access to Rummery Park campground

Access into Rummery Park campground is via Nightcap Range Road (via Durroughby) only.

Due to upgrade works at Minyon Falls precinct, Minyon Drive is closed and will remain closed until the end of June 2021.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 16 Jun 2021, 6.31am to Thu 17 Jun 2021, 4.33pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jun 2021, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Tweed Range Scenic Drive closure

The Tweed Range Scenic Drive will be closed beyond Sheepstation Creek camping area on Wednesday the 16 and Thursday 17 June to allow for essential roadworks to be carried out.

This will effectively close access to all areas of the park except for walks from Sheepstation Creek or the Border Loop.

The road will open again early morning on Friday 18 June.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Fri 9 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 2.55pm

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park is closed due to significant safety issues on Wollumbin Summit track. An update will be provided in the next 4-6 weeks, following further assessment and consultation.

Some of the best views of Wollumbin can be found along Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park. You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.

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

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 7.00am to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Minyon Falls precinct closed

Minyon Falls precinct and Minyon Grass picnic area are closed for upgrades  from Monday 1 March 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021.

The closed areas include:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area (including Minyon Falls lookout)
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track and all access points to the track
  • Boggy Creek track

Access to Rummery Park campground will be via Nightcap Range Road. Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

With the exception of the closed tracks, the multi-use trail network will still be accessible from the Telephone Road trailer carpark via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

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

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 2.13pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.23am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 2.23pm

Safety alerts: Limited access through Iron Pot Creek Road

Sections of Iron Pot Creek Road through Richmond Range State Forest are in very poor condition and impassable without a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. There is no through access to Toonumbar National Park from Richmond Range National Park via Iron Pot Creek Road. Therefore:

  • To access Peacock Creek campground, 2WD vehicles must use Sextonville Road. High-clearance 4WDs can also use Peacock Creek Road. There is no access via Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive as it remains closed until July 2021.
  • To access Iron Pot Creek campground use Murray Scrub Road via Kyogle only.

For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 30 Dec 2020, 5.12pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 2.22pm

Safety alerts: Changes to Peacock Creek campground vehicle access

2WD access to Peacock Creek campground is temporarily via Sextonville Road only due to wet weather impacts on Peacock Creek Road and Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive.

Please note:

  • Peacock Creek Road is high-clearance 4WD access only, due to water over creek crossings
  • Do not use Iron Pot Creek Road to access Richmond Range National Park. It is high-clearance 4WD access only due to severe road surface damage and gullying.
  • Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive remains closed until July 2021. This includes the Cambridge Plateau picnic area and associated walking tracks

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

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Applies from Fri 26 Jun 2020, 3.32pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.26am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 2.13pm

Closed areas: Toonumbar Forest Drive and Coxs Road closed

Toonumbar Forest Drive and Coxs Road are closed until further notice. This includes Murray Scrub and Sherwood lookouts. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 1.16pm

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 14 Jun 2021, 4.00pm to Fri 18 Jun 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jun 2021, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Brindle Creek loop closed for vegetation maintenance

Brindle Creek loop road is closed from Monday 14 June to Friday 18 June 2021 for vegetation maintenance works. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jun 2021, 12.34pm to Tue 31 Aug 2021, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Jun 2021, 12.06pm

Closed areas: Walk on Water boardwalk closed

Sections of the Walk on Water walking track are closed until further notice due to structural failure. Access to other areas of the boardwalk remain open. 

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

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Applies from Wed 9 Jun 2021, 2.34pm to Tue 22 Jun 2021, 2.35pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Jun 2021, 4.09pm

Closed parks: Goonengerry National Park closed for roadworks

Goonengerry National Park will be closed for roadworks from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June, and on Monday 21 June 2021. 

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

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Applies from Thu 3 Jun 2021, 8.00am to Fri 18 Jun 2021, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Jun 2021, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Newtons Drive closed

Newtons Drive (Mount Nardi end of Historic Nightcap walking track) is temporarily closed due to vegetation maintenance and roadworks. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 31 May 2021, 8.12am to Fri 18 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Jun 2021, 12.27pm

Closed areas: Victoria Park picnic area closure

Victoria Park picnic area will be closed from Monday 31 May until Friday 18 June 2021 for essential maintenance works. For further information please contact the Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 17 May 2021, 9.35am to Fri 2 Jul 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 May 2021, 2.23pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bridge repairs

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 17 May to Friday 18 June 2021 while 3 bridges are replaced.

The closed areas are:

  • Telephone Road (south)
  • Tugun Road (north)
  • Tugun Road (south)

There will be no access through these areas during operations, for public and contractor safety. Access to the multi-use trail network is still available from Telephone Road (north).

The areas will reopen once the works on each bridge is complete. 

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

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3.07pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Murray Scrub walking track closed

Murray Scrub walking track is closed for maintenance works. This track will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Kyogle area office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Sat 9 Jan 2021, 11.54am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 May 2021, 3.45pm

Closed areas: Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive closures

Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive is closed until the end of June 2021 due to storm damage and dangerous land slips. Cambridge Plateau picnic area cannot be accessed until Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive is re-opened.

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

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Applies from Sun 11 Apr 2021, 8.18am to Thu 1 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Apr 2021, 10.01am

Closed areas: Access to Rummery Park campground

Access into Rummery Park campground is via Nightcap Range Road (via Durroughby) only.

Due to upgrade works at Minyon Falls precinct, Minyon Drive is closed and will remain closed until the end of June 2021.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: 4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve closed

4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve will be closed as of Wednesday 31 March 2021. Recreational vehicles are prohibited from entering the reserve from this date.

This follows the multi-tenure closure of South Ballina Beach to recreational vehicles by Crown Lands, Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council and NPWS, due to ongoing concerns about public safety and impacts to the environment and Aboriginal heritage values. For more information see this document.

Pedestrian access to the beach via Richmond River Nature Reserve will remain unrestricted. Secured vehicle access will be maintained for emergency services, commercial fishers, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bandjalang Aboriginal Corporation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information on the closure of Richmond River Nature Reserve to recreational vehicles, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 8.44am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 9.02am

Closed areas: Eastern park entrance to Border Ranges National Park closed

The eastern end of the Tweed Range Scenic Drive at Barkers Vale is currently closed due to a landslip affecting part of the road near Bar Mountain. The road is closed between this entrance and the Bar Mountain picnic area. Visitors can only access the Tweed Range Scenic Drive from the western end of the park via Wiangaree. 

All other campgrounds, lookouts and picnic areas remain open. The Brindle Creek Loop Road is open. Part of the Brindle Creek walking track is currently closed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 5 Feb 2021, 1.00pm to Wed 23 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Mar 2021, 8.49am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of of the introduced European fox (Vulpes vulpes). The program will be conducted between Tuesday 16 February and Wednesday 23 June 2021 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river).

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 Tweed Byron area office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain circuit and lookout closed

Bar Mountain circuit and lookout are closed for maintenance until further notice. Bar Mountain picnic area remains open.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2020, 8.13am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Culmaran Valley track closed

Culmaran Valley track is closed due to faults in the track on the bridge. This closure will continue until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. For further information call the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 18 Sep 2020, 10.19am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 10.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 12.53pm

Closed areas: South Ballina Break Wall Road closed

The South Ballina Break Wall Road entrance is closed at Mobbs Bay until Wednesday 30 June 2021 due to traffic safety risks. Public vehicle access to South Break Wall is now prohibited. Walkers and cyclists can still access the closed section of road to get to the beach and break wall. Vehicles can still drive to the Mobbs Bay area within Richmond River Nature Reserve.

Please follow the directions of all signage and do not park in front of the boom gate as the area needs to be accessible for emergency service vehicles. A review of the closure will be undertaken at 30 June 2021.

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

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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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