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Blue Gum Forest

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 2 April 2020, 12.39pm

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 12.39pm.

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are also closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point.
  • Wentworth Falls picnic area and all access to the top of Wentworth Falls/National Pass via Princes Rock, Undercliff and Wentworth Falls Tracks.
  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil Falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Andersons fire trail, McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage. Ingar camping area and day use area closed to vehicles due to private access.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders and Mount Solitary walking tracks.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, closed at Tarros Ladders, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur).

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Andersons fire trail
  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Grand Canyon walking track and canyons
  • Evans lookout
  • Govetts Leap lookout & Picnic Area
  • Hat Hill Road in BMNP closed due to floods and repairs. Lookouts open to walkers.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon) and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds. Perrys campground closed to vehicles.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath including: Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock.

Eastern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow Precinct; Tabaraga and Patersons fire trails - closed to camping and vehicles.

Glenbrook

  • Closed to camping and vehicles. Jellybean pool, Red Hands cave, Nepean and Mount Portal lookouts also closed.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • All park fire trails are closed to the public including The Range fire trail, which is undergoing maintenance works and is impassable due to wet conditions.
  • Oberon-Colong stock route to Yerranderie, and Langs Road are only open for local traffic. See relevant local council for updates.
  • Mount Werong campground is closed due to fire damage.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley including Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock.
  • Rock climbing areas around Narrow Neck that have been burnt, including Castle Head and Diamond Falls.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers (no camping permitted). Vehicle access to Jenolan Caves is via Oberon.
  • Kings Tableland Road to Mc Mahons Gate.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. No walking tracks or descents open.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.
  • Mount Hay Road and walking tracks. Lockleys Pylon is closed below Pylon, with no access to Grose Valley.

Blackheath and Medlow Bath

  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys lookdown, Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson including Wollangambe, Serendipity, DuFaurs, Whungee Wheengee, and Joe's. Bell Creek, Birrabang and Dalpura are also open. Conditions in canyons may have changed due to the effects of fire and flood. Check all abseil anchor points/hand lines and allow extra time.
  • Empress, Fortress, Arethusa, and Hat Hill.

Rock climbing areas

  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrow Neck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrow Neck unburnt areas.
  • Rock climbing areas in the Grose Valley (Ikara, Bowens Creek and Bell Super-crag).

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 4.13pm

Closed areas: Wollemi National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are closed:

  • Newnes campground and picnic area
  • Glow Worm picnic area
  • Glow Worm walking track from Newnes campground
  • Weir-Long Cave walk is closed at the junction with Pagoda Rocks walking track (Dunns Swamp)
  • River Gauging station (Dunns Swamp)
  • Bicentennial National trail – Widden to Glen Alice, Glen Alice to Jenolan
  • Deep Pass campground and canyons in Wollemi National Park
  • Newnes Industrial Ruins
  • Wheeny Creek
  • Sheepskin Hut
  • Pipeline track

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are open:

  • Bob Turner track

Safety advice:

  • Please be aware that due to recent fires and floods there may be dangerous hazards in this park. These include falling trees and branches, flooded creeks and crossings, and debris on tracks.
  • If accessing remote areas of national parks, please visit the Think before you TREK page

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.26pm

Closed areas: Goulburn River National Park - closed areas

Some areas in Goulburn River National Park are closed. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Goulburn River National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 12.39pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are also closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point.
  • Wentworth Falls picnic area and all access to the top of Wentworth Falls/National Pass via Princes Rock, Undercliff and Wentworth Falls Tracks.
  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil Falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Andersons fire trail, McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage. Ingar camping area and day use area closed to vehicles due to private access.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders and Mount Solitary walking tracks.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, closed at Tarros Ladders, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur).

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Andersons fire trail
  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Grand Canyon walking track and canyons
  • Evans lookout
  • Govetts Leap lookout & Picnic Area
  • Hat Hill Road in BMNP closed due to floods and repairs. Lookouts open to walkers.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon) and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds. Perrys campground closed to vehicles.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath including: Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock.

Eastern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow Precinct; Tabaraga and Patersons fire trails - closed to camping and vehicles.

Glenbrook

  • Closed to camping and vehicles. Jellybean pool, Red Hands cave, Nepean and Mount Portal lookouts also closed.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • All park fire trails are closed to the public including The Range fire trail, which is undergoing maintenance works and is impassable due to wet conditions.
  • Oberon-Colong stock route to Yerranderie, and Langs Road are only open for local traffic. See relevant local council for updates.
  • Mount Werong campground is closed due to fire damage.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley including Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock.
  • Rock climbing areas around Narrow Neck that have been burnt, including Castle Head and Diamond Falls.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers (no camping permitted). Vehicle access to Jenolan Caves is via Oberon.
  • Kings Tableland Road to Mc Mahons Gate.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. No walking tracks or descents open.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.
  • Mount Hay Road and walking tracks. Lockleys Pylon is closed below Pylon, with no access to Grose Valley.

Blackheath and Medlow Bath

  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys lookdown, Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson including Wollangambe, Serendipity, DuFaurs, Whungee Wheengee, and Joe's. Bell Creek, Birrabang and Dalpura are also open. Conditions in canyons may have changed due to the effects of fire and flood. Check all abseil anchor points/hand lines and allow extra time.
  • Empress, Fortress, Arethusa, and Hat Hill.

Rock climbing areas

  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrow Neck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrow Neck unburnt areas.
  • Rock climbing areas in the Grose Valley (Ikara, Bowens Creek and Bell Super-crag).

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 1 Apr 2020, 6.00am to Fri 3 Apr 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Wentworth Falls walking tracks closed

The following walking tracks and lookouts are closed for a helicopter operation to insert materials for walking track maintenance from Wednesday 1 April to Friday 3 April 2020:

  • Wentworth Pass walking track
  • Undercliff Track
  • Princes Rock walking track and lookout
  • Wentworth Falls track
  • Queens Cascade and Weeping Rock loop walk
  • Rocket Point walking track and lookout.

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Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 2.25pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NSW National Parks office.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.47am

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 4.02pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 4.13pm

Other planned events: 1080 baiting for post bushfire relief

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ground and aerial baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing between Tuesday 31 March and Friday 31 July 2020.

All baiting locations will be 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.

For further information please call the NPWS Mudgee office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Camping not permitted

Camping, including caravans and motor-homes, will not be permitted in national parks from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Wed 25 Mar 2020, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 4.29pm

Closed areas: Hartley Historic Site - Partial building closures

Some buildings in Hartley Historic Site are currently closed. These include:

  • Hartley Historic Visitor Centre (including the shop and gallery)
  • Hartley Courthouse
  • Old Trahlee
  • St Bernard's Presbytery
  • St Bernards Church 

Outdoor areas remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 

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Applies from Wed 1 Apr 2020, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 11.34am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve and the northern section of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

This baiting program will run from Wednesday 1 April to Thursday 1 October 2020. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on native animals including the threatened brush-tailed rock wallaby.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don't touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure that they don't enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary advice.

For more information, contact the local park office on: 02 6336 6200 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Mon 16 Mar 2020, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Mar 2020, 1.48pm

Closed areas: Kanangra-Boyd National Park closed due to extensive fire and flood damage

Kanangra-Boyd National Park is closed due to extensive fire and flood damage, making the vast majority of the park unsafe.

  • Boyd River bridge managed by Oberon Council is unusable and requires replacement
  • Kanangra Walls Road managed by Oberon Council requires extensive remediation works
  • Visitor facilities have been fire damaged including the campgrounds at Boyd River and Dingo Dell
  • Six Foot Walking Track corridor is the only section of the park that is open

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

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Applies from Sat 7 Mar 2020, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Mar 2020, 9.27am

Other planned events: Nullo Mountain - Aerial pest management operation

The Nullo Mountain precinct of Wollemi National Park will be closed on Wednesday 11 of March 2020 for an aerial post bushfire pest management operation. There will be no access to the Nullo West, Nullo East, Myrtle and Reedy Creek trails during this time.  For more information call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Sat 7 Mar 2020, 11.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Mar 2020, 9.08am

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - river access

Access to the Coorongooba campground is via a causeway through Capertee River. This causeway is subject to flooding. The 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 Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.38pm

Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide

The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.

For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Mar 2020, 12.44pm

Closed areas: Dunphys campground

Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sat 26 May 2018, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 11.03am

Other planned events: Deep Pass campground toilet closed

The toilet at Deep Pass campground is temporarily closed due to capacity limitations. Planning for a  new toilet  facility is currently underway. 

Please use minimal impact  camping practices in this area. Large groups should consider camping at alternative sites. Groups in excess of 20 people require approval from the NPWS Oberon area office.

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 10.32am

Closed areas: Pipeline track

The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, 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/historic-buildings-places/blue-gum-forest/local-alerts

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Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton