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Small group guided walks in the Blue Mountains

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 8 February 2023, 4.50pm

Applies from Wed 8 Feb 2023, 6.00pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Feb 2023, 4.50pm.

Closed areas: Southern section of park closed for aerial pest control operation

The southern section of Blue Mountains National Park is closed 12 Noon, Monday 20th February to 12 Noon, Friday 24th February 2023 for an aerial pest control operation. Area of closure includes Cox’s River corridor & part of K2K walk (Kanangra Walls to Mobbs Swamp). The Oberon-Colong Stock Route and Yerranderie Regional Park remain OPEN.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office (Kanangra Area 6336 6200 or Upper Mountains Area 4787 8877 - north Cox’s River)

Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.24pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 12.24pm.

Closed areas: Govetts Leap lookout

The visitor precinct at Govetts Leap lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is closed for upgrades from Thursday 11 August 2022 to end March 2023.

The carpark and lookout will be closed during construction.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the toilets at Govetts Leap lookout will remain open.

Access to walking tracks will be provided to tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly. Check the NPWS alerts page for updates.

The works include improvements to the lookout and carpark, and construction of new accessible pathways in the area.

The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on the DPE Blue Mountains Community Engagement webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.38am to Sat 11 Feb 2023, 9.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.46am.

Other planned events: Machines in operation along Linden Ridge, Friday 10 February 2023

Please be aware that machines will be in operation along Linden Ridge on Friday 10 February, 2023. Roadworks are scheduled for one day only. The track will remain open to visitors during this time. Follow the directions of roadwork signs and NPWS staff. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4720-6200.

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 11.22am.

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon Point lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction, below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Cliff View lookout and Echo Point from Monday 6 February 2022 for upgrade works.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Tallawalla lookout is closed from Wednesday 8 February 2022 until further notice, for upgrade works.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January 2022 until further notice, for upgrade works.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting Rocket Point loop to Chester and Little Switzerland trails will be closed from 8am, Wednesday 8 February 2023 to Friday 17 February 2023 due to track works.  

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Victoria Falls walking track and picnic area will be closed on Friday 10 February 2023 for helicopter operations.  
  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening March 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout. Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Pulpit Rock Track and Popes Glen track to Boyds Beach from Govettts Leap will be closed on Friday 10 February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge fire trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30 January until Friday 17th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 9.26am.

Safety alerts: Colong-Oberon stock route - 4WD only access

The 4WD Colong Oberon historic stock route to Yerranderie is only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Some creek crossings may be inaccessible for vehicles with low clearance.

Please drive carefully and be aware of road conditions. For more information, call the Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 1100.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Fri 10 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.56am.

Closed areas: Blue Gum Swamp fire trail closed

Blue Gum Swamp fire trail in Blue Mountains National Park is closed from Monday 23 January 2023 to Friday 10 February 2023, for flood damage repairs.

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

Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.51am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

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 Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.02pm.

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the section of Ingar Road past the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Please do not enter private property.

This means there is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. Campers must hike in via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road.

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

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 8.31am.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
10 February 2023 Closed areas Victoria Falls walking track and picnic area Details

Applies from Fri 10 Feb 2023, 12.00am to Sat 11 Feb 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 11.04am

Victoria Falls walking track and picnic area in Blue Mountains National Park is closed on Friday 10 February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations. 

Please call the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre for further information on 02 4787 8877.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 6 Feb 2023, 11.44am to Mon 20 Feb 2023, 5.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 12.11pm

Closed areas: Stanwell Dam and Coalcliff Fire Trails closed for road works

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 6 February to Monday 20 February while fire trails are being upgraded. The closed areas are:

  • Stanwell Dam Fire Trail
  • Coalcliff Fire Trail
  • Boomerang Fire Trail (northern sections)

There will be heavy machinery travelling along surrounding Fire Trails and reduced public access along these trails.

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

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 11.16am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Abercrombie River National Park and State Conservation Area are closed until Friday 3 March 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds.

Bummaroo Ford campground remains open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 3.13pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 3.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 11.06am

Closed parks: Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve planned closure

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve will be closed from Wednesday 1 June 2022 to Tuesday 30 June 2023 for major upgrade works. There will be no public access to any of the reserve, including camping, cabins and caves during this period.

For further information contact the Oberon National Parks and Wildlife Office on 02 6336 6200. 

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 12.54pm to Fri 7 Apr 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 12.56pm

Closed areas: Closed for ground pest control operations

Mitchell Park is closed due to pest animal control shooting operations.

Shooting operations will occur on select nights throughout this period, excluding weekends and public holidays. The operations will run from sunset to sunrise, where the park will be closed for public access.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 12.48pm to Fri 7 Apr 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 12.54pm

Closed areas: Closed for ground pest control operations

Some parts of Scheyville National Park are closed due to pest animal control shooting operations.

Shooting operations will occur on select nights throughout this period, excluding weekends and public holidays. The operations will run from sunset to sunrise, where the park will be closed for public access.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Mon 6 Feb 2023, 12.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.33pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 2.36pm

Closed areas: Mirang Campground Closed

Mirang Campground is closed for the forseeable future facilities maintenance and upgrades. Please check the website for updates on re-opening or call 9542 0648.

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

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

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

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

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 10.55am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel access

There is no access to Glow Worm Tunnel walking track from the Wolgan Valley, Pagoda track or Old Coach Road carpark. The only access is via Glow Worm tunnel carpark on the Newnes plateau. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 12.53pm to Fri 17 Mar 2023, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Deep Pass northern and Mt Cameron access road closed for repairs

Mt Cameron and the northern access road to Deep Pass camping area is closed to allow for repair work following storm damage.  The southern access road is open and in good condition following maintenance work. Walkers can access the camping area from the walking track that leads from the Deep Pass south car park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 12.48pm

Closed areas: Longneck Lagoon walking track partial closure, Scheyville National Park

Longneck Lagoon walking track open.  Boardwalk currently closed due to flood damage

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Applies from Wed 18 Aug 2021, 5.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 12.48pm

Closed parks: Prospect Nature Reserve closed public

Prospect Nature Reserve is closed to the public indefinitely as it's part of a Special Water catchment area. There is no public access at any time.

If you wish to visit the Prospect Reservoir area, Andrew Campbell Reserve on William Lawson Drive has picnic tables, playground and toilet facilities.

For more information about visiting Andrew Campbell Reserve, please contact Sydney Water on 13 20 92. 

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

Closed areas: Partial Closure to Forest Walk

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

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Feb 2023, 7.10pm

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

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

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

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 3.37pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Feb 2023, 7.20am

Closed areas: Trails closed in Illawarra Escarpment

The following areas are closed until further notice, due to damage from recent severe weather:

  • Mount Pleasant management trail

This closure maybe extended further, if rain occurs.

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

Closed areas: Jingga walking track closed due to landslide

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

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

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Applies from Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 8.41am

Closed areas: Lower Escarpment Fire Trail partial closure

The Lower Escarpment Fire Trail is open to walkers, bicycles and light 4WD vehicles only. No access with heavy vehicles larger than cat 9 due to hazardous track conditions. As soon as the remainder of the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated.

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

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Applies from Sun 9 Oct 2022, 2.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 7.39am

Closed areas: Ben Bullen trail (Moffits trail) closed due to trail damage

The following areas are closed until trail conditions allow repair work to be undertaken:

  • Ben Bullen trail (Moffits trail) from Hutchinson Road heading east to the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area boundary
  • Baal Bone Gap picnic area 

The trail has several large bog holes that are impassable to all vehicles. Due to these bog holes being impassable there is no through access to Wolgan Road from the Castlereagh Highway.

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 Mudgee Area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

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

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

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/small-group-guided-walks-in-the-blue-mountains/local-alerts

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