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Watagans National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 3 January 2022, 8.16am

Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 14 Apr 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jan 2022, 8.16am.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

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

The entry gate will remain locked and no visitor access including pedestrians are permitted. NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored prior to Easter 2022.

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 Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.06am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Nov 2021, 8.44am.

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a 1080 baiting program using meat baits and M44 ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program is aimed at the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and other native animals, and to reduce attacks on domestic stock in the adjacent Congewai Valley. The program will be ongoing between Monday 11 October 2021 and Friday 15 July 2022.

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley with the consent of land-owners. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between Monday 11 October and Friday 15 October 2021.

All baiting locations will be identified 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.

For further information please email or call NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm.

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

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

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm.

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Wed 13 Apr 2022, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 2.28pm

Closed areas: Mill Creek campground, picnic area and walking tracks closed - early 2022

From Monday 7 February to Wednesday 13 April 2022, Mill Creek campground, Mill Creek picnic area, the Grass Tree Circuit and 11km Walking Track will be closed for an upgrade to Mill Creek Road. There will be no access for vehicles, pedestrians or camping.

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Applies from Mon 17 Jan 2022, 8.29am to Sun 30 Jan 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Sat 22 Jan 2022, 9.10am

Other planned events: Precinct closures due to high visitation during summer

Munmorah State Conservation Area can be extremely busy over the summer period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be closed to vehicles when carparks are full include:

  • Birdie Beach and picnic area
  • Fraser Beach and picnic area
  • Snapper point
  • Palms picnic area

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

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - River access

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

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

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

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

Safety alerts: Flood damage and creek levels high

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

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

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

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Applies from Tue 4 Jan 2022, 3.31pm to Fri 4 Mar 2022, 3.41pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 3.42pm

Safety alerts: Lemon Tree Road Jilliby SCA - Roadworks Commencing

Lemon Tree Road in Jilliby SCA will be closed from Wednesday 5th January to Friday 4th March 2022 to continue the essential repair of this access road. The work will recommence from the corner of Yambo Forest and continue north for 10kms to the corner of Prickly Ridge Road. Visitors are asked not to venture into this area as the road work continues. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact NPWS - Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area closed

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

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Dec 2021, 12.01pm

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.

The 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 Fri 17 Dec 2021, 10.49am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 1.43pm

Safety alerts: Potential closure on busy days due to high visitation

Putty Beach picnic area is a popular visitor area which on sunny days may become overcrowded, causing traffic congestion and safety concerns. At busy times the access to Putty Beach picnic area may be limited by NPWS or closed completely. Penalties apply for non-compliance with NPWS regulations and parking restriction notices.

For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 14 Apr 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jan 2022, 8.16am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

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

The entry gate will remain locked and no visitor access including pedestrians are permitted. NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored prior to Easter 2022.

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

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

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

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

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

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

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

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

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

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

 

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

Other planned events: Campground Bookings

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

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

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

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

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground closed

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

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 10.06am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Nov 2021, 8.44am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a 1080 baiting program using meat baits and M44 ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program is aimed at the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and other native animals, and to reduce attacks on domestic stock in the adjacent Congewai Valley. The program will be ongoing between Monday 11 October 2021 and Friday 15 July 2022.

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley with the consent of land-owners. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between Monday 11 October and Friday 15 October 2021.

All baiting locations will be identified 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.

For further information please email or call NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Fire trails, 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 Tue 1 Jun 2021, 4.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 8.14am

Other planned events: Coorongooba campground partial closure

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

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

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

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Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Awaba Bay Foreshore walk partial closure

The section of Awaba Foreshore walk between the Northern Boundary fire trail and Alexander's picnic area is closed from Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice, due to a landslip.

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

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

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

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

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closed

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

The closed areas are:

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

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

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Applies from 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

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 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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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

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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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/watagans-abseiling-with-out-and-about-adventures/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park in the North Coast region
  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.

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Emergency services

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