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Figure Eight Pools experience with Emu Trekkers

Royal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 1 February 2023, 11.14am

Applies from Mon 16 Jan 2023, 9.52am to Wed 31 Jan 2024, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.14am.

Closed areas: Palm Jungle loop track partial closure

The eastern section of Palm Jungle loop track between Burning Palms and Werrong lookout, is closed for 12 months, from Monday 16 January 2023 to Wednesday 31 January 2024.

This closure is due to track upgrade works.

You can still walk this section of The Coast track if you divert via Garawarra Farm and Burgh Ridge trail.

For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 2.36pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.35am.

Other planned events: Summer road closures

Royal National Park can be extremely busy in summer. Some parts of the park may be closed at short notice when carparks are full or for other public safety reasons.

Areas likely to be affected by carpark closures or access restrictions when precincts reach capacity are:

  • Wattamolla picnic area and Wattamolla Road
  • Garawarra Farm carpark and Garawarra Farm Road (Figure 8 Pools carpark)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley precinct

Please note that, due to a landslide, Transport for NSW has closed Garie Road at the intersection with Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to use any part of Garie Road to access any part of Royal National Park. A reopening date for this road is not currently known, but is expected to be in mid to late 2023.

For up-to-the-minute closure information please check the Royal National Park Twitter account or the Live Traffic NSW website.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
13 February 2023 Closed areas Garawarra Farm Road weekday closure Details

Applies from Mon 13 Feb 2023, 11.00am to Fri 28 Apr 2023, 1.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.20am

Garawarra Farm Road will be closed on weekdays from Monday 13 February 2023 until late April 2023, due to road upgrade works.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access during the closure period, and the road will be open on weekends.

You can still walk past Garawarra Farm via Burgh Ridge track or Garawarra Ridge fire trail (from Otford).

For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 3.39pm to Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.10am

Closed areas: Reid Flat picnic area closure

The Soil Conservation Service will be undertaking remediation works of erosion caused by wet weather events from Tuesday 31 January 2023 until Tuesday 7 February 2023.

Reids Flat picnic area and carpark will be closed during this period, but will re-open with reduced parking from Thursday 2 February 2023 until the completion of works.

The closure is to allow for heavy machinery movements and the delivery of materials.

Weekend access will be unaffected. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Thu 20 Apr 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.03am

Closed areas: Area closed for track upgrade

The following area is undergoing trail upgrade works between Monday 30 January to Thursday 20 April 2023. The affected areas are:

  • Uloola Falls trail and walking track 
  • Uloola Falls campground

You may experience delays during works. Please be cautious of machinery on the trail and follow directions of NPWS staff and contractors.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 9.58am

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

Sublime Point walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 2.50pm

Closed areas: Partial Closure to Forest Walk

The Forest Walk is affected by the closure of Sublime Point walking track until further notice. There is no access between Sublime Point and Austinmer. Sublime Point walking track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely reopened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 2.36pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.35am

Other planned events: Summer road closures

Royal National Park can be extremely busy in summer. Some parts of the park may be closed at short notice when carparks are full or for other public safety reasons.

Areas likely to be affected by carpark closures or access restrictions when precincts reach capacity are:

  • Wattamolla picnic area and Wattamolla Road
  • Garawarra Farm carpark and Garawarra Farm Road (Figure 8 Pools carpark)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley precinct

Please note that, due to a landslide, Transport for NSW has closed Garie Road at the intersection with Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to use any part of Garie Road to access any part of Royal National Park. A reopening date for this road is not currently known, but is expected to be in mid to late 2023.

For up-to-the-minute closure information please check the Royal National Park Twitter account or the Live Traffic NSW website.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 8.00am to Wed 15 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 1.40pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to helicopter operations

Helicopter operations will take place from 7am to 5pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023. During this time the following areas will be closed:

  • Pool Flat picnic area
  • Reids Flat picnic area
  • Bus Stop Flat picnic area
  • Honeymoon track

Please follow directions of NPWS staff in all affected areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 9 Mar 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.00am

Closed areas: Jingga walking track closed due to landslide

Jingga walking track is closed until further notice. The walking track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely reopened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Dec 2022, 9.44am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

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 will take place between Thursday 25 August 2022 and Friday 31 March 2023 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

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 Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.47am

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or email the local area office.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: 10C management trail closed

The 10C management trail in Dharawal National Park is closed due to landslides until further notice, the trail will be re-opened when cleared and assessed as safe.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 10.16am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.34am

Safety alerts: Landslip on Lady Carrington Drive

Lady Carrington Drive has been impacted by recent rain. The surface is eroded and waterlogged. Use caution on rough and slippery surfaces.

A portion of the track has been impacted by a landslip. Please travel through this section without stopping.

For more information contact the local area 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/figure-eight-pools-experience-emu-trekkers/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and 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).

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Emergency services

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