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Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island

Tomaree National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 18 July 2024, 10.28am

Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Jul 2024, 10.28am.

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 24 Jul 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jul 2024, 9.50pm

Hazard reduction burns: East Shoal Bay Block 3

There is a planned Hazard Reduction burn in this park from 24/07/2024. The fire is called East Shoal Bay Block 3. 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 23 Jul 2024, 2.06pm to Mon 29 Jul 2024, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jul 2024, 8.27am

Closed areas: Areas closed for hazard reduction burning

Some parts of Tomaree National Park will be closed for hazard reduction burning from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 26 July 2024. The closed area/s are:

  • Tomaree Coastal Walk (between Zenith and Box Beach)
  • Box Beach carpark

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called NPWS HR East Shoal Bay. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4984 8200 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jul 2024, 5.51pm to Fri 9 Aug 2024, 5.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jul 2024, 7.03am

Closed areas: Roads closed for maintenance and road works

Parts of Karuah National Park including Tattersalls campground are closed from Monday 29 July to Friday 9 August 2024 while roads are being maintained. The closed areas are:

  • Hobarts Forest Road
  • Witt Road
  • Tattersalls Road
  • Tattersalls Campground
  • Double Wharf Picnic Area

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

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2024, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 9.00am

Closed areas: Yacaaba Headland temporary closure

Yacaaba Headland, in southern Myall Lakes National Park at Port Stephens/Hawks Nest, is temporarily closed while environmental and cultural heritage assessments are undertaken.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Yacaaba Spit Track remains open and people can continue to walk along the beach.

For further information, email or call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 17 Jun 2024, 9.51am to Wed 18 Sep 2024, 6.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jul 2024, 4.15pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for maintenance

The following campgrounds in Myall Lakes National Park are closed until Wednesday 18 September for winter maintenance:

  • Boomeri campground
  • Brambles Green campground
  • Stewart and Lloyds campground
  • White Tree Bay campground
  • Mungo South campground

Mungo North campground is open.

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

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Mon 30 Jun 2025, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 12.24pm

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 Wed 5 Jun 2024, 5.08pm to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jul 2024, 8.34am

Other planned events: Yuelarbah Walking Track Maintenance

Yuelarbah Walking Track will have essential maintenance that will be occurring to the elevated boardwalk from Wednesday 19th June 2024. A detour will be in place on the Yuelarbah Management Trail, but this section is not wheelchair accessible.  

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff. 

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

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.53am

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track from Monday 26th February. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.42am

Closed areas: Shaft Track

The Shaft Track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 24th June 2024 for up to the mid September 2024, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

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

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2024, 2.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.40am

Closed areas: Glenrock State Conservation Area

Closed area: Reload Track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

The track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 20th May 2024 up to end July 2024, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

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

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Applies from Mon 1 Jul 2024, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Jul 2024, 11.13am

Closed areas: Mountain bike track temporary closure due to wet weather conditions

NPWS advises riders not to use the Mountain Bike Track network due to the wet conditions. Using wet or muddy tracks causes damage and can be unsafe.

Please help protect our tracks by riding on Management Trails only in wet conditions or after rain events.

NPWS is monitoring track conditions and will re-open when considered safe and suitable.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2.47pm to Mon 30 Jun 2025, 9.36am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2024, 9.37am

Safety alerts: Dangerous water conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming here.

The beach is remote, unpatrolled and has dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited here - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS AT BIRUBI POINT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AT ANNA BAY.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Sat 27 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Jun 2024, 1.11pm

Safety alerts: Tomago Wetlands in Hunter Wetlands National Park - 1080 Baiting Program - 3 June until 27 July 2024

Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Hunter Wetlands National Park at Tomago Wetlands from 3 June 2024 to 27 July 2024.

The operation will use1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the NPWS Lower Area Office NPWS for more information on 4946 4100

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Applies from Tue 14 May 2024, 3.34pm to Thu 28 Nov 2024, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks Track closed until further notice

Ocean Rocks Track on Tomaree Head is closed beyond the picnic area until further notice.

 

The 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 Fri 3 May 2024, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 8.24am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek Road repairs

Road works have begun on Ferny Creek Road and Ferny creek campground access trail. The closure will remian in place due to inclement weather and will re-open as soon as the trail is safe to do so.

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Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Jul 2024, 10.28am

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jul 2024, 8.56am

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 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.39pm

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 Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 7.21am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campground 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 Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

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

Walkers on the Mungo Track can take the detour 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 the Mungo track.

For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 8.24am

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 Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.32am

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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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/point-stephens-lighthouse-and-fingal-island/local-alerts

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