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Central Coast nature walks for women

Brisbane Water National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 30 January 2023, 1.11pm

Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 1.11pm.

Closed areas: Kariong Brook Waterhole and Waterfall Closed

The waterhole and waterfall at Kariong Brook is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

The adjacent Great North Walk will remain open.

Signs are in place around the closed area.

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 7.00am to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.49am.

Other planned events: Girrakool Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays along the Girrakool Loop Walking Track while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 3.41pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.47am.

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track until 24 February 2023 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am.

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

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

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

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

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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 Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.38am.

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

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 Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.21am.

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

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

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). The Coast walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works. This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 1.53pm to Tue 7 Feb 2023, 9.53pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 1.59pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of The Coast Track walk between Yaruga St and Poets Fire Trail (Stephenson Rd)

Part of the Coastal walking track from Yaruga St to Stephenson Rd (Poets Fire trail) will be closed on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2023.

The track will detour through streets during this time. These works are an essential part of the Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade.

If you have further questions contact the local NPWS area office on (02) 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 8.49am to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 8.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 9.00am

Closed areas: Part Old Great North Road closed for repair works

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 6 February to Friday 3 March 2023 while repair works are being undertaken on a section of the Old Great North Road between the top of Devines Hill and the Three Mile Trail. The closed areas are:

  • Devines Hill Loop
  • Old Great North Road World Heritage Walk
  • Old Great North Road bike ride
  • Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line Walking Track
  • The section of Old Great North Road between the top of Devines Hill and the Three Mile Trail.

Visitors can still walk to the top gate of Devines Hill and will need to return by the same route.

Visitors can still walk Finchs Line to where it meets the Old Great North Road and will need to return by the same route. Visitors cannot walk the section of the Old Great North Road linking Devines Hill and FInchs Line. 

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

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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 Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 10.05am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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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: Thu 2 Feb 2023, 3.52pm

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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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 7.51am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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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/central-coast-nature-walks-women/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas in Brisbane Water National Park close in the evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 7am to 6pm at other times
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

     

     

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

    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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