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Worimi National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm.

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 12 Sep 2023, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Sep 2023, 6.23pm

Fires - Advice: Bee Box 1

There is a fire in this park called Bee Box 1 . Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 17 Sep 2023, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Sep 2023, 11.12am

Closed areas: Sandy Point trail closed

Sandy Point trail is closed to non-authorised vehicles until further notice due to vandalism. 

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

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 6.37pm

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.

The 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 area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 10 May 2023, 9.00am to Tue 14 May 2024, 2.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 6.36pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks track closed until further notice

Ocean Rocks track on Tomaree Head is closed beyond the picnic area from Monday 8 May 2023 until further notice.

This track has a highly unstable landslip. Please do not use this track under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 6.33pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

You'll need to follow the detour on Mungo track at Mungo Brush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km. Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join Mungo track route. 

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Jul 2023, 10.02am to Sun 1 Oct 2023, 10.02am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 6.32pm

Safety alerts: The Ruins campground and picnic area - Construction work

The Ruins Beach amenities block is closed from Monday 30 January 2023 until further notice due to construction works. Please avoid the construction zone and use the northern track from the picnic area carpark.

The main amenities block remains open for use. For further information please call the Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 25 Sep 2023, 9.03am to Thu 16 Nov 2023, 9.05am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 6.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program from Saturday 7 October 2023 to Friday 15 October 2023 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Barakee National Park
  • Barrakee State Conservation Area
  • Biriwal Bulga National Park
  • Bugan Nature Reserve
  • Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park
  • Goonook Nature Reserve
  • Talawahl Nature Reserve
  • Tapin Tops National Park
  • Wallamba Nature Reserve

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 the 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.

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

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Sep 2023, 4.02pm

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Thu 21 Sep 2023, 8.58am to Thu 5 Oct 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Sep 2023, 9.09am

Closed areas: Fire trail vegetation trimming works - Catherine Hill Bay area

Fire trail vegetation maintenance works will begin on Tuesday 26 September until October 5, 2023. Works will involve vegetation trimming to delineate the trails with follow up works (yet to be scheduled) to remediate erosion.

Fire trail included in these works are:

  • Church 
  • Catho Powerline 
  • Sandpit
  • and the lookout

These trails will be closed for the duration of these works. Please plan you walks in other area of the park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 12 Sep 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 22 Dec 2023, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Sep 2023, 1.12pm

Closed areas: Wyrrabalong National Park partial closure for predator control shoot operation

Parts of Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed within a date range of 1700 (5pm) Tuesday 26th September 2023 to 0700am Friday 22 December 2023 for predator control shoot operations to protect endangered birds nesting at Karagi Point, The Entrance North.

 

When active the shoot operation area will be delignated by signage on all authorised entrances to that precinct of the park advising visitors “do not enter” at any time during the night time operation.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

For more information, call the local park office on 02 02 4972 9000 or email npws.centralcoast@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Tue 19 Sep 2023, 1.00pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2023, 1.12pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans - Due to Current Conditions

A park fire ban is in place in Selected Day Use and Campgrounds in theses park due to current conditions and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Affected campgrounds picnic area Include:

Bulagaranda

Halls Peak Day Use and Campground

Long Point Day Use and Campground

Budds Mare Day Use and Campground

Riverside Day Use and Campground

Youdale Hut Day Use and Campground

Jacky Barker Day Use and Campground

Green Gully Track

Mooraback Day Use and Campground

 

For further details contact our local offices at Armidale on 02 6738 9100 or Walcha on 02 6777 4700.

 

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2023, 12.10am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2023, 9.01am

Closed areas: De Luge Mountain Bike Track Closure

De Luge Mountain bike track will be closed from Wednesday 21 June 2023 for 3 months to enable the:

  • Construction of a new carpark off Scout Camp Road to service the Yuelarbah Track and wider Glenrock mountain bike track network;
  • Construction of a bus turn around facility in front of the existing Glenrock Works Depot (with associated bus staging area on Scout Camp Road);
  • Minor improvements to the Scout Camp Road and Burwood Road intersection (in consultation with LMCC); and
  • Upgrades to the Glenrock works depot yard

Measures will be in place during this time to limit disruption to park users as much as possible.

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

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Applies from Fri 15 Sep 2023, 4.11pm to Fri 27 Oct 2023, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Sep 2023, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Willai, Waterline & Kearsley Powerline Trail Closures

Due to roadworks Wallai Trail, Waterline Trail & Kearsley Powerline Trail within Werakata National Park will be closed for 3 weeks, weather permitting.

Do not enter and follow all safety directions from Contractors and or National Park Staff

For further information please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Office on 02 4946 410

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Applies from Thu 14 Sep 2023, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Sep 2023, 4.56pm

Hazard reduction burns: West Shoal Bay HR

There is a fire in this park called West Shoal Bay HR. The fire is west of Government Road and east of Anna Bay Boreline. Visitors should avoid this area. 

Tomaree Coastal Walk remains open.

Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Sep 2023, 12.14pm to Fri 22 Dec 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Sep 2023, 12.28pm

Safety alerts: Werakata National Park closure for deer control shoot operation

Parts of Werakata National Park will be closed within a date range of 17:00pm Wednesday 13th September 2023 to 17:00pm Friday 22 December 2023 for deer control shoot operations preventing localised economic impacts and protecting Threatened Ecological Communities within the park.

 

When active the shoot operation areas will be delignated by signage advising visitors “do not enter” at any time during the night time operation.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

For more information, call the local park office on 02 4946 4100 or email npws.lowerhunter@environment.nsw.gov.au

 

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Sep 2023, 2.41pm

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all 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 Sep 2023, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Sep 2023, 10.40am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf Range Rd - Safety Alert

Planned road maintenance in Sugarloaf State Conservation Area is scheduled for Sugarloaf Range Rd from Monday 20th July until 15th September 2023.

Heavy Plant/Machinery will be operating in this area and pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing the road during this time.

For more information, please contact the Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Wed 26 Jul 2023, 1.19pm to Mon 13 Nov 2023, 1.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.34pm

Closed areas: Barraba Road in Watagans National Park is temporarily closed

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting various scheduled pest control operations including trapping and shooting between 14 August 2023 through to 13 November 2023 between the hours of 5:00pm and 5:30am. 

This program will target feral species including foxes, cats and wild dogs. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals, including threatened species and recreational areas.

Warning closure signs will be placed at entry points to areas during operations. Please do not enter closed areas during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information phone the National Parks local area office on 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.32pm

Closed areas: Muirs Lookout Picnic Area - Closed

Muirs Lookout Picnic Area on Prickly Ridge Road has been closed due to ageing infrastructure, obstructed lookout views to the coast and very low public visitation. Alternative picnic facilities are located nearby in Olney State Forest and Watagans National Park. Further information on other places to visit can be obtained via the NPWS or Forestry Corporation websites. 

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, 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 Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.30pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock City Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the Georges Road intersection in the Watagans NP.

This access road to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

Work is currently underway way but will be complex, involve geotechnical planning, major earthworks and road realignment. 

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 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.28pm

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

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

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Click Creek Fire Trail - Watagans NP

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 Thu 1 Jun 2023, 2.55pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 4.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Aug 2023, 4.04pm

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Mon 21 Aug 2023, 9.43am to Fri 21 Aug 2026, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Aug 2023, 9.52am

Other planned events: Construction Works Adjacent to Wyrrabalong National Park

Construction of the Magenta Shared Walkway on behalf of Central Coast Council is being undertaken adjacent to Wilfred Barret Drive, Magenta. These works are not within Wyrrabalong National Park and no clearing of Park Estate is planned to occur as part of these works. National Parks and Wildlife would encourage park visitors to follow any safety signage installed as part of these works. Further information regarding this project can be found at here at Magenta Shared Path Construction (continuation) | Central Coast Council (nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.58pm to Tue 31 Oct 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 12.12pm

Closed areas: Wangi Circuit Link Walking Track is closed

Wangi Circuit Link walking track will be intermittently closed for track maintenance from Friday 3 February 2023 to Tuesday 31 October 2023.

You can still access Wangi Circuit walking track from Reserve Road.

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

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Applies from Thu 3 Aug 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Jul 2023, 11.10am

Hazard reduction burns: Fishers Folly HR

There is a planned Hazard Reduction burn in this park from 03/08/2023. The fire is called Fishers Folly HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Sep 2023, 9.41am

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jul 2023, 8.57am to Mon 30 Oct 2023, 8.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Aug 2023, 10.41am

Closed areas: Jarrah Road closed

Jarrah Road off Booral Road is closed until further notice for the demolition of a flood-affected bridge and installation of a new bridge.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Aug 2023, 11.44am

Safety alerts: Damaged Bridge on Lone Pine Rd

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. 

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

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Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

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 Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Sep 2023, 9.14am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campgound access

Wallingat campground access is off The Lakes Way via Sugar Creek Road and River Road. Do not use Barbies Road or Link Road which are inaccessible to vehicles.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 9.40am

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 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 Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 9.41am

Closed areas: Great North Walk - partial closure

The section of Great North Walk between the Cherry Lane track-head and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Aug 2023, 12.14pm

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

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

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Sep 2023, 8.55am

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 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am

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 site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Sep 2023, 8.40am

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 Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jul 2023, 8.54am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Wed 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Aug 2023, 7.51am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek campground closed

Ferny Creek campground is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge on the access road.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Sep 2023, 8.46am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Sep 2023, 8.55am

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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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/port-stephens-guided-camel-rides/local-alerts

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