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Basket Swamp horse riding trails

Basket Swamp National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 28 November 2022, 9.03am

Applies from Tue 26 Apr 2022, 8.00am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.03am.

Closed parks: Basket Swamp National Park closed due to access road damage

Basket Swamp National Park is closed until further notice due to weather-damaged access roads in the adjoining state forest. Access into the park will be restored by December 2022, pending weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 19 Oct 2022, 9.00am to Thu 8 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.06am

Closed areas: Fire trails closed due to wet weather

Carpet Snake and Duck Creek fire trails are currently closed due to continuing wet weather.

NPWS is monitoring conditions and will reopen the trails as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.37am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 11.08am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Richmond Range National Park is closed until Monday 19 December 2022 due to damage sustained in floods. 

The following areas will remain closed:

  • Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive
  • Cambridge Plateau picnic area
  • Peacock Creek campground
  • Culmaran Valley track
  • Cambridge Plateau loop walk 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 1 Apr 2022, 4.19pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 11.01am

Closed areas: Limited access to Mount Babyl trail

Access to Mount Babyl trail it limited authorised persons due to landslips and storm damage. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 12.34pm

Safety alerts: Road closure and safety advice - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Spirabo Forest Way is open from the north-western end of Washpool National Park (from Scrub Road at Tenterfield), and is restricted to 4WD only. If entering the Four Bull Hut area with a horse float then entry and exit should be from this direction.

Access south of Four Bull Hut is unsuitable for horse floats, and requires 4WD with high ground clearance.

Access to Four Bull Hut via the following routes is also by 4WD only, in vehicles with high ground clearance:

  • Mount Spirabo Road from the New England Highway at Bolivia
  • Ten Mile Road in the south from Deepwater, on Spirabo Forest Way through Capoompeta National Park

The above accesses roads remain unsuitable for towing of horse floats. These roads are unsuitable for low clearance 4WDs or AWD vehicles.

Please be cautious and drive to road conditions. For further information, contact the local NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Thu 1 Sep 2022, 9.57am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.37am

Closed parks: Park closed due flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 2 May until Thursday 1 December 2022, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall/ flooding event.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Grafton area office.

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Applies from Mon 5 Jul 2021, 12.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 2.02pm

Closed parks: Bandahngan Aboriginal Area closed for upgrades

Bandahngan Aboriginal Area is currently closed for a major upgrade of facilities and safety works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 12.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 4.04pm

Safety alerts: Road damaged from flooding

Please exercise caution when driving on Blatherarm Road between the first and second Blatherarm campgrounds, as the road is damaged due to flooding in the area.

For further information contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.36pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.54am

Closed parks: Park closed due to storm damage

Toonumbar National Park and State Conservation Area are closed until further notice due to storm damage. Access will be reviewed in December 2022.

The closed areas include:

  • Iron Pot Creek campground
  • Murray Scrub walking track
  • Murray Scrub and Sherwood lookouts
  • Toonumbar Forest Drive and Cox's Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 21 Sep 2022, 9.00am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 8.46am

Closed areas: Bald Rock walk to the base of Bald Rock closed

Bald Rock Summit walking track will be closed to the base of Bald Rock until 5pm Saturday 31 December 2022. This closure is to support maintenance and reconstruction works along the track to make the walk more accessible to all visitors. This closure includes the walking route directly up and down the face of Bald Rock.

Bungoona walk to the summit will remain open during this time, which is a more gradual climb around the side of Bald Rock to the summit.

For your safety please follow any directions from signage or staff on site. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 9.38am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.53am

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of this park has been extended until Tuesday 28 February 2023, due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events.

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended, pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 12.18pm

Safety alerts: Ugly Corner Falls track damage

Ugly Corner Falls walking track is damaged due to flooding. Surfaces may be uneven due to erosion.

Please follow all signage and don't enter areas that are fenced off. Due to recent rainfall creek levels can change rapidly. It is unsafe to swim or attempt to cross rivers that are flooded.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 17 Aug 2022, 12.02pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 3 Nov 2022, 1.15pm

Closed parks: Yabbra National Park closed

Yabbra National Park is closed until further notice. The closure is due to damage from recent weather events, and roadworks on Joes Box, South Yabbra, Yabbra Plains and Pocupar Roads.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 9.58am to Tue 6 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 12.31pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial and ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs from 6 June to Tuesday 6 December 2022 in the following parks:

  • Ramornie National Park
  • Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Chaelundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Cunnawarra National Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Dunggir National Park
  • Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area
  • Jobs Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • New England National Park
  • Ngambaa Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Serpentine Nature Reserve
  • Carrai National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi National Park
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Nymboida National Park
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra Nationa Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September 2022.

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 NPWS Clarence area office on 02 6645 1500, the Coffs Coast area office on 02 6650 0900, the Hastings/Macleay area office on 02 6588 5555 or the Richmond River Area Office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 9.37am

Other incidents: Magistrate trail closed to heavy vehicles

Magistrate trail in Capoompeta National Park is closed to heavy vehicles until further notice, due to flood damage.

For further information please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed until further notice due to the demolition of a bridge from a past flooding event.

The closed areas include the 4WD access to North Washpool, an area also known as Washpool rest area, entering from Baryulgil onto Collum Collum Road. The bridge is washed away at the junction of Washpool Creek and Collum Collum Road.

Please note:

  • Washpool National Park’s 2WD entrance off Gwydir Highway onto Coachwood Drive and Washpool Forest Way is open.
  • Bellbird campground, Coombadjha campground and the Granites lookout and picnic areas are accessible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Glen Innes area office on 02 6739 0700 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/horse-riding-trails/basket-swamp-horse-riding-trails/local-alerts

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