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Guided coastal hikes from Caves Beach

Wallarah National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 3 August 2022, 2.25pm

Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 2.25pm.

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Tue 26 Jul 2022, 6.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 5.15pm

Closed areas: Big Rocky 4WD carpark closed

Big Rocky 4WD carpark in Tomaree National Park is closed from Tuesday 26 July 2022 to Wednesday 31 August 2022 for upgrade works. The closed areas are:

  • Big Rocky 4WD carpark 
  • The road leading into Big Rocky 4WD carpark from the 2WD carpark

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

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Applies from Mon 8 Aug 2022, 3.00pm to Fri 12 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 4.12pm

Closed areas: Gan Gan entry and Beach front driving temporarily closed

Beach driving is temporarily closed between the Gan Gan entry at Anna Bay to the Lavis Lane entry at Williamtown from Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August 2022, due to recent weather conditions.

The following areas are open:

  • Lavis Lane entry
  • Recreational vehicle area
  • Ganyamalbaa campground

Please remember to:

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and/or signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 11.41am

Closed areas: Fire trails and roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 11.31am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 6 Aug 2022, 9.03am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 11.29am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from recent rainfall events. The road has 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 the Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail. 

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

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Applies from Mon 8 Aug 2022, 9.10am to Fri 19 Aug 2022, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 9.16am

Closed areas: Fingal Island closed

Fingal Island (part of Tomaree National Park) is closed for maintenance from Monday August 8 to Friday August 19, 2022.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 3.01pm to Sat 15 Oct 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 9.06am

Closed areas: Dudley Beach car park partial closure

Some parts of Dudley Beach car park are closed from Monday 8 August 2022 to Sunday 15 October 2022 due to NPWS conducting works to improve visitor access to the beach.

The improvements include:

  • Upgrading the northern beach access stairs.
  • Building a new viewing platform.

Dudley Beach will remain accessible from the car park via the southern beach access throughout the project.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4101.

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 8.57am to Sun 11 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Aug 2022, 9.38am

Closed areas: Area closed for walking track upgrage

Some parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed from Thursday 4 August to Sunday 11 September 2022 due to walking track maintenance.

The closed area is the walking track to the Northern Lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 14 Jul 2022, 12.45pm to Fri 2 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 3.22pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville Trail closed due to flooding

The Brunkerville Trail is closed due to severe flooding. This closure will be reassessed Friday 2 September 2022.

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 Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 9.45am to Wed 7 Sep 2022, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 3.11pm

Closed areas: Walking track closed due to flood damage

Hominy Creek walking track and access to Emerald Pool is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to severe rainfall causing hazardous conditions.

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

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 9.30am to Thu 11 Aug 2022, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Samurai Beach and campground closed

Due to current weather conditions the following areas are closed until Thursday August 11 2022:

  • Samurai Beach - closed to all vehicle access
  • Samurai Beach campground

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Staff will monitor conditions and the website will be updated. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS office at Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200, during business hours, 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 1.20pm to Fri 19 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 1.26pm

Closed areas: The Lane closed for maintenance

The Lane will be closed for maintenance from Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August 2022

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 2.55pm to Sat 3 Sep 2022, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 4.41pm

Safety alerts: Hunter Wetlands National Park

Sections of roads within Hunter Wetlands National Park have ben damaged from the recent flooding in the area. Please do not drive through floodwaters.

For more information, contact the Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 2.25pm

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 2.09pm

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.41am to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Aug 2022, 9.21am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head toilet blocks closed for upgrades

The toilet blocks at Orchard Park and Gibberagong will be closed for upgrades from Monday 7 March until the end of October 2022. There will be temporary toilets in place while the works are being carried out.

For more information, please contact the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 22 Jul 2022, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Aug 2022, 4.08pm

Closed areas: Tomaree Head closed Wednesday 3 August 2022

The entire Tomaree Headland, including Tomaree Head Summit walk, will be closed on Wednesday 3 August 2022 for walking track repairs.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office at Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Tue 2 Aug 2022, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Aug 2022, 3.57pm

Other planned events: Coba Ridge trail works

Please be aware maintenance works on the Coba Ridge (Neverfail) trail will occur from Wednesday 3 August to Wednesday 17 August 2022.

The trail will remain open during this time but you may experience short delays. Please use caution when walking in the area and obey on-site signage and directions from workers.

For further information please call the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 29 Jul 2022, 1.49pm to Wed 31 Jan 2024, 1.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Jul 2022, 2.25pm

Safety alerts: Area permanently closed - Pink Caves

Access to Pink Caves is permanently closed. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Pink Caves has never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Pink Caves.

Visitors should take caution when traversing rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 12.38pm to Thu 25 Aug 2022, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Jul 2022, 1.56pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to flooding

The following areas are closed until further notice due to flooding:

  • Brambles Green
  • Dees Corner campground
  • Freshwater
  • Joes Cove
  • Mackaway Bay
  • Shelly Beach
  • Johnsons Beach
  • Two Mile Sands
  • Violet Hill
  • Wells campground

Please do not enter these areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 2.03pm

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jul 2022, 3.13pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 8.22am

Closed parks: Watagans National Park closed due to landslips and road damage

Watagan National Park Forest Road is temporarily closed from the junction of Bowmans Road, restricting access to Watagan National Park and Heaton State Forest. This is due to unsafe road conditions following high rainfall and landslips. The following visitor areas will not be accessible during the closure:

  • Boarding House Dam
  • Gap Creek
  • Monkey Face lookout
  • Georges Road lookouts
  • Heaton lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Watagan Forest Headquarters Camping Area
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters or flood affected areas, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

For information about closures in nearby State Forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 8.16am

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions due to wet weather

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.39pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.44am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 4.07pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

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 is continuous and ongoing between 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440.

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Applies from Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10.44am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jul 2022, 4.09pm

Closed areas: Muirs lookout picnic area closed

NPWS has closed Muirs lookout and picnic area effective from Monday 20 June 2022. 

Factors contributing to the closure include:

  • road access is not suitable for 2WD vehicles and has been damaged and eroded following heavy and ongoing rainfall
  • visitor facilities, including picnic tables and toilets, are unsafe and outdated
  • toilets don’t meet NPWS and health standards
  • views from the lookout to the coast have diminished due to grown tall trees and vegetation. 

The surrounding area, including Watagans National Park and neighbouring state forests, have alternative sites for lookouts and picnic areas.

The closest lookouts are located off Mt Faulk Road to the north and include Heaton, Hunter and Macleans lookouts.

For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Mon 5 Sep 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Sat 30 Jul 2022, 10.16am

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

The following areas are closed until Monday 5 September 2022 for upgrades:

  • Mill Creek campground
  • Mill Creek picnic area
  • Grass Tree circuit
  • 11km walking track

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

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jul 2022, 9.00am

Safety alerts: Watagan / Heaton Road closed by landslips

Cessnock City Council's Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is currently closed to all vehicles in the following section:

  • from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary

This is due to another major landslip and fallen trees and rocks.

There is currently no access to Olney or Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park until the road is cleared and repaired. Roadworks that were planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to later this financial year.

For information about closures in nearby State Forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jul 2022, 8.59am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mt Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored before the end of November 2022. A new major landslide on nearby Mt Faulk Road on 7 July has now cut all access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach the Bangalow Road landslips. Once the Mt Faulk Road landslip is repaired by Forestry Corporation, NPWS can schedule the repair of Bangalow Road landslips. 

For information about closures in nearby State Forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jul 2022, 1.38pm

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Monday 31 October 2022 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 Wed 20 Jul 2022, 11.19am to Sat 20 Aug 2022, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Jul 2022, 12.24pm

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track partial closure

Hickson Street walking track is partially closed from Wednesday 20 July 2022 until further notice. The closure is due to structural damage that occurred to the walking track structure at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Detour signage is in place to access Burwood Beach.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting national parks and state conservation areas. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 15 Jul 2022, 1.16pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 9.27am

Closed areas: Little Beach campground closed

Little Beach campground is closed until Wednesday 31 August 2022 due to damage from the recent flood event.

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

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Applies from Fri 15 Jul 2022, 12.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 9.26am

Closed areas: Frazer Beach to Frazer campground access closed

The access track from the northern end of Frazer Beach to Frazer campground is currently closed due to damage caused in a recent flood event. Alternate access to Frazer Beach is available.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Apr 2022, 4.05pm to Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jul 2022, 3.16pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flooding

The following areas are closed until further notice due to heavy rain and flooding:

  • Mackaway Bay campground - closed until Saturday 6 August 2022
  • Brambles Green campground - closed until Thursday 15 September 2022
  • Violet Hill campground and picnic area - closed until Wednesday 3 August 2022  (Violet Hill boat ramp remains open).

NPWS staff regularly monitor conditions and will re-open areas as soon as it is safe to do so.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 8.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2022, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Bombah Point ferry closed for maintenance

The Bombah Point ferry will be closed from Monday 30 May 2022, and will recommence operation on Thursday 1 September 2022. This is so essential maintenance and survey inspection work (out of water slipping) can be done.

For more information, contact the Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jul 2022, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.43am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head fire trail partial closure

Bobbin Head fire trail is closed from the junction of Warrimoo track and Bobbin Head trail due to a landslip. The area will remain closed until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified.

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2022, 1.03pm

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road closed due to major landslip

Mount Fault Road is closed until further notice due to a major landslip below Bangalow Road.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access into Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park due to the landslip, which has removed a larger section of the access road . Please avoid the area due to the high safety risk.

Road barriers are in place on the corner of Mount Faulk Road and Freemans Drive and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Heaton lookout Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Forestry Corporation of NSW website.

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2022, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jul 2022, 4.10pm

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

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

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe.

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

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jul 2022, 3.30pm

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure due to damaged bridge

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 re-open 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 Fri 8 Jul 2022, 9.46am to Thu 1 Sep 2022, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 9.26am

Closed areas: Watagan Forest Road closed

Watagan Forest Road is closed at the junction of Bowmans Road, restricting access to Watagan National Park. This is due to unsafe road conditions following high rainfall. The following visitor areas will not be accessible during the closure: 

  • Boarding House Dam
  • Gap Creek
  • Monkey Face lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters or flood affected areas, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park.

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 Tue 5 Jul 2022, 8.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Jul 2022, 9.50am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flood warning

The Great North Walk between Karool Road at Mooney Mooney Creek and Reservoir Road at Somersby is closed from 8am Tuesday 5 July to 8am Thursday 7 July 2022 due to severe flooding.

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 6 Jul 2022, 7.00am to Thu 25 Aug 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 8.31pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Bouddi National Park from Wednesday 6 July to Thursday 25 August 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 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 local Girrakool NPWS area office for more information on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.32pm

Closed areas: Closed Area due to blue-green algae

A Red Alert for blue-green algae has been issued in the following area:

  • northern area of Myall Lakes near Bombah Point

The following areas are closed:

  • Northern Broadwater picnic area

Do not undertake activities where you may come into contact with the water.

Blue-green algae levels will be monitored and the closures will be lifted as soon it is safe to do so.

Updates on blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be found on the WaterNSW website.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Jun 2022, 1.54pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 3.06pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to upgrades at Apple Tree Bay boat ramp

The following areas will be closed until mid to late August 2022 while upgrades to the Apple Tree Bay boat ramp and wharf area are underway:

  • pedestrian bridge
  • boat ramp pontoon
  • partial closure of boat ramp
  • removal of fish cleaning table

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 8.14am

Safety alerts: Road closures

All roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. Closed roads include:

  • Watagan Forest Road
  • Carrolls Road

The closures are due to rain and 4WD damage. Please do not drive on these roads as they are hazardous, and recovery vehicles may not be able to reach a stranded vehicle driver.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 6 Apr 2022, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Tracks and trails closed due to severe weather

Some tracks and trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are closed from 9am, Wednesday 6 April 2022 until further notice due to severe weather.

The following areas are closed:

  • Bairne to Bonnie Doon track (Coasters Retreat)
  • Berowra track to Apple Tree Bay
  • Mackerel trail from The Basin trail to Sinclair Point
  • Mount Kuring-gai track to Berowra Station

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

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Applies from Tue 14 Jun 2022, 7.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jun 2022, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Zenith Beach loop road and carpark closed

Zenith Beach loop road and carpark are closed from Tuesday 14 June to late August 2022, due to roadworks.

NPWS is conducting maintenance and upgrade works associated with the Tomaree Coastal walk project.

Tomaree Headland walking tracks remain accessible to visitors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 3.54pm

Closed areas: Kalkari Discovery Centre closed

Kalkari Discovery Centre is closed until further notice due to damage from severe weather.

For more information contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on 02 9472 8949.

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 11.06am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 May 2022, 8.56am

Closed areas: Mungo track partial closure

Mungo Track is closed between Tamboi and Brambles Green campground from Monday 29 November until Wednesday 31 August 2022 due to damaged boardwalk. 

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

 

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jun 2022, 1.47pm

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable only for 4WD vehicles.

To prevent further damage visitors are asked to avoid this area and other trails in the Reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 10.41am to Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 12.05pm

Closed areas: Mungo Brush South campground closure

Mungo Brush south campground is closed from Wednesday 1 June 2022 until Thursday 15 September 2022 for winter maintenance. There is no public access during this period.  Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff. Mungo Brush north campground will remain open.  

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Applies from Tue 10 May 2022, 1.25pm to Wed 14 Sep 2022, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.07pm

Closed areas: White Tree Bay campground and picnic area closed for works

The White Tree Bay campground and picnic area are closed from Tuesday 10 May to Wednesday 14 September 2022 for annual winter maintenance.

There is no public access during this time. Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the Booti Booti Office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 8.50am to Sun 7 May 2023, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 May 2022, 2.39pm

Closed areas: Sunnyside campground closed

Sunnyside campground will be closed indefinitely until major works have been completed.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2022, 8.40am

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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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 May 2022, 8.19am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 May 2022, 3.13pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Dharug National Park, Manobalai Nature Reserve, Parr State Conservation Area, Wollemi State Conservation Area, and Yengo National Park from Monday 9th May 2022 to Wednesday 9th November 2022.

 

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

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 local Bulga NPWS Office for more information on (020 6574 5555,

 

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 1.46pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 9.08am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrades

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 7 March to Wednesday 31 August 2022 for fire trail upgrades. The following fire trails will be closed:

  • Big Hill
  • Bee Box
  • Boundary (Werakata)
  • Dam
  • Elcom
  • Ferguson
  • Fishers Folly
  • Kearsley South
  • Kitchener East
  • Missing Link
  • No 1
  • North Basin
  • Pelton
  • Pinnacle
  • Powerline (Kitchener)
  • Racecourse
  • Red Hill
  • Sandpit
  • Sawpit (Kitchener)
  • South Basin
  • Southams
  • Tomalpin
  • Unnamed Kata
  • Unnamed Werakata

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

 

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.00pm to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track closed

Wreck Beach walking track is closed due to heavy rain undermining the walking track causing significant damage to steps and landings. The closure will be in place for an extended period until repairs are undertaken.

Barriers and signage are in place for visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9.16am to Fri 14 Oct 2022, 3.20pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 3.21pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks walking track

Ocean Rocks walking track in Tomaree National Park is closed due to landslide from Thursday 20 February 2020. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

All main visitor areas, including Tomaree Summit walk, will remain open. You can still access Tomaree Head via Tomaree Summit walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Tue 25 Jan 2022, 4.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Apr 2022, 11.37am

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 significant threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS will further assess the track and carry 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 Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 10.09am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.22am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jun 2022, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Hickson Street lookout - Tower works

Works will be commencing on the Hunter water tower at Hickson Street lookout, to enable construction of a new communications tower. As such, there will be a walking track detour.

The minor diversion and will not impact on community access to the lookout. Directional signage will be in place.  

For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Mar 2022, 11.40am

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 July to October 2022.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Mar 2022, 2.51pm

Closed areas: Box Beach carpark night closure

Box Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 10pm to 5am daily. The gate will be locked during these times.

Box Beach Access Road is also closed to vehicles during this period.

A fee will be charged for vehicles exiting after 10pm. Please call Certis Security on 1300 370 145 for assistance.

For more information, please contact the local Nelson Bay office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 8.15am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 25 Apr 2021, 11.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 3.35pm

Other planned events: Orchard Park shelter restoration

The shelters in Orchard Park at Bobbin Head will be undergoing restoration works from Monday 26 April 2021. As the work is complex, it is unsure when the shelters will reopen. 

Signage and security fencing will be erected around closed shelters as they are progressively repaired. Not all shelters will be closed at once, so you can use the remaining shelters while construction works are completed. 

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Sep 2021, 7.55pm

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the Ruins site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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-coastal-hikes-caves-beach/local-alerts

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