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Washpool horse riding trails

Country NSW, North Coast

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 22 November 2022, 12.34pm

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 19 Oct 2022, 9.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 6.03pm

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 Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 12.34pm

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to ongoing unpredictable flooding

The Guy Fawkes River catchment area is at risk of unpredictable flooding, which can occur without warning.

This includes Bicentennial National trail, the overnight wilderness walk, and any other travel along the river corridors.

It is strongly advisable to delay visiting until conditions are more favourable, unless well prepared.

Flooding can leave walkers and horse riders stranded for extended periods. This is a remote location with no roads or mobile phone reception. Ensure you are well prepared for unforeseen extended isolation. Carry extra food and have a communication plan in place with friends or family. Helicopter evacuation is the only safe retrieval method in most of the reserve.

In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. 

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

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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 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 Wed 21 Sep 2022, 9.00am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 9.34am

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 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 10.47am

Safety alerts: Take care on tracks and surfaces

Erosion and surface damage has occurred on walking tracks, road surfaces within national parks of the Hastings Macleay Area following significant and prolonged rainfall events. Remediation works are scheduled as weather permits.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting these national parks. For more information, contact the local NPWS Hastings area office on 02 6588 5555 or the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6700.

Applies from Mon 31 Oct 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.03am

Closed areas: Upper Ebor Falls closed for construction

The Upper Ebor Falls precinct is closed from November 2022 until June 2023 (subject to change) to allow NPWS to rebuild facilities lost in the 2019/2020 bushfires, including a new viewing platform. During this time there will be no access to the following areas:

  • Upper Ebor Falls picnic area
  • Upper Ebor Falls lookout
  • Public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls
  • Walking track between Upper and Lower Ebor Falls picnic areas
  • Ebor Village walking track

The Lower Ebor Falls picnic area and toilets will remain open, with limited views of Ebor Falls.

Additional public toilets are located on the eastern side of  Waterfall Way at  Ebor Sports ground.

Please do not enter construction areas and follow all signage or directions from staff and contractors.

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

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 9.34am

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 Tue 26 Apr 2022, 8.00am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 8.53am

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 Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.06pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 3.52pm

Other incidents: Oxley Highway temporary road closure

Oxley Highway between Port Macquarie and Walcha is subject to part closures on weekdays until 16 December 2022.

This may impact access to a number of national parks and reserves in the area.

Please visit Transport for NSW website for detailed information. Check Live Traffic NSW and plan your journey prior to travel.

For enquiries about the closure, please contact Transport for NSW via email or on 1800 653 092.

For more information, you can also contact the Walcha office via email or on 02 6777 4700.

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 Mon 29 Jun 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 2.00pm

Other incidents: Camping requirements

If you plan to stay at the campground in Butterleaf National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or to complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like the campground in Butterleaf National Park.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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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/washpool-horse-riding-trails/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Washpool National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Washpool National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glen Innes area. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

    Buy annual pass

Emergency services

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