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Guided bushwalks in the Hunter Valley

Mount Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Sun 19 December 2021, 10.12am

Applies from Fri 2 Jul 2021, 12.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 10.12am.

Safety alerts: Mount Royal and Cassels Road 4WD vehicles only

Mount Royal and Cassels Road is only suitable for 4WD vehicles because recent rain has made the road very slippery. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 10.34am to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Sat 15 Jan 2022, 10.11am

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

The following areas in Barrington Tops State Conservation Area will be closed until Friday 1 April 2022 for major upgrade works:

  • Gummi Falls campground
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail

The closure is weather-dependent and may be extended, pending conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300 or NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jan 2022, 4.13pm

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - River access

Access to Coorongooba campground is via a causeway across Capertee River. This causeway is subject to flooding and is currently greater than 300mm deep. Please do not not attempt to access this currently fast flowing crossing, which is continuing to rise, via 2WD vehicles or motorbikes.

Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Jan 2022, 9.54am

Safety alerts: Flood damage and creek levels high

Heavy rainfall has resulted in minor flooding. Please be aware that creek and river levels are elevated. Crossings may not be passable.

Do not cross creeks where water levels are high. Walkers should be prepared to retrace steps.

As an indicator, walkers should not attempt crossings where water is flowing over stepping stones.

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Applies from Mon 27 Sep 2021, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jan 2022, 11.17am

Closed areas: Gloucester Tops and Gloucester River campground closed

Gloucester River campground and the Gloucester Tops precinct are currently closed to all visitors. This is because the bridge on Gloucester Tops Road, just inside the park entry, has been assessed by engineers to have major structurally damage and deemed unsafe for all traffic. 

NPWS is working on replacing the bridge, with an estimated completion of early March 2022 - weather dependant. 

For further information please contact the local office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 7.59pm

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 21 Dec 2021, 1.20pm to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 1.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Dec 2021, 1.55pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December to Thursday 31 March 2022. 

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

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Applies from Fri 2 Jul 2021, 12.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 10.12am

Safety alerts: Mount Royal and Cassels Road 4WD vehicles only

Mount Royal and Cassels Road is only suitable for 4WD vehicles because recent rain has made the road very slippery. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Dec 2021, 3.50pm

Safety alerts: Delays expected due to vegetation works

Vegetation management is currently being undertaken in Black Bulga SCA. Traffic management is in place and there may be delays. Fallen trees are also limiting free passage on Trevor Tops Rd. Please avoid the area until further notice. 

For more information please call the Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Dec 2021, 9.10am

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by Forest Corp until further notice due to serious damage caused during the weather event before Easter.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park and Honeysuckle picnic areas. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jan 2022, 7.08am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 11.00am

Closed areas: 4WD trail closures

Most of the public-accessible 4WD trails in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area have now re-opened, after the annual season closure period.

However, the following 4WD trails remain closed, due to either trail conditions or other ongoing projects:

  • Barrington Trail south (past the Junction Pools intersection) - there is currently no public vehicle access to Mt Barrington.
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail - between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Nov 2021, 4.19pm

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 11 Nov 2021, 8.32am to Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Dec 2021, 8.35am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park -  Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing 

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

 

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Applies from Thu 7 Oct 2021, 5.08pm to Sun 10 Apr 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Dec 2021, 8.15am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial and ground baiting pest management program in this park from Monday 11 October 2021 to Sunday 10 April 2022. 

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock. There will be signs at all baiting locations.

The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products and CPE (ejectors) containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Barrington Tops area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.13pm

Other planned events: Campground Bookings

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 1.18pm to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 10.33am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.39am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground closed

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground in Karuah National Park are closed while Little Mountain Road is being upgraded. The road is impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 4.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 8.14am

Other planned events: Coorongooba campground partial closure

There is no vehicle access or camping in the eastern half of Coorongooba campground. The closure is to allow the area to settle and regenerate after major earthworks. This area has been substantially upgraded as a part of the NSW Government's Improving Access to National Parks Program.

Campground capacity has been reduced to reflect the area closed. New picnic tables and barbeques will be installed during this closure.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 900.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 4.30pm

Closed parks: Reserves closed due to severe weather event

A number of National Parks and Wildlife Service reserves will be closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from severe weather event. These include:

  • Berrico National Reserve
  • The Glen National Reserve

Landslips and hazardous trees have been reported across many areas. For your safety, please avoid these reserves until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 14 Jan 2021, 11.10am to Tue 1 Mar 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 2.20pm

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closed

Some parts of Big Yengo National Park are closed for repair until Tuesday 1 March 2022 following significant storm and fire damage. Trails, fords, buildings and other infrastructure need to be repaired to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

The closed areas are:

  • Big Yango House
  • Blue Gums campground
  • Mountain Arm campground
  • Big Yango loop trail
  • Yango walking track

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

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Nov 2020, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Camping at Bretti Reserve

Bretti Reserve is a MidCoast Council-managed camping area. It is not attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service Bretti Nature Reserve.

For information about camping at Bretti Reserve please call the MidCoast Visitor Information Centre in Gloucester on 02 6538 5252.

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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/guided-bushwalks-hunter-valley/local-alerts

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