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Berowra Valley National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 27 March 2020, 2.36pm

Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 2.36pm.

Closed areas: Visitor areas closed

Some high visitation areas and remote campgrounds in Berowra Valley National Park and Marramarra National Park are closed from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice.

These closed areas include:

  • Barnetts playground
  • Tunks Ridge rest area
  • Gentleman's Halt campground
  • Marramarra Creek campground
  • Twin Beaches campground 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Applies from Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Mar 2020, 3.13pm.

Safety alerts: Berowra Valley National Park - all roads and visitor precincts open

All roads and visitor precincts in Berowra Valley National Park have now reopened. All tracks and trails are now open, but take care if you're visiting, because some sections are still affected following recent storms.

For more information, call the NSW National Parks contact centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North-western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2020, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Sat 28 Mar 2020, 2.51pm

Closed areas: Eastern Suburbs beaches within National Park are closed

The following parts of Sydney Harbour National Park and Kamay Botany Bay National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Shark Beach, Nielsen Park
  • Milk Beach, Hermit Beach and Queens Beach, Hermitage Foreshore Precinct
  • Lady Bay Beach, South Head
  • Congwong Beach and Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse 
  • Visitor Centre and BBQs, Kurnell

Walking tracks in the park currently remain open. However, visitors are reminded that social distancing and gathering size limits apply.

 

This situation may change at short notice, changes will be posted here.

 

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information or contact us on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 6.05pm to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 6.05pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 6.08pm

Closed areas: Davidson Park BBQs closed

From Friday 27 March the BBQ facilities at Davidson Park will be closed until further notice for the health and safety of staff and visitors.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 6.47am to Sun 31 May 2020, 6.44am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3.57pm

Closed areas: No access to Somersby Falls picnic area precinct

High use visitor areas, including barbecues, picnic tables and playground areas, are closed from Friday 27 March 2020, until further notice. Public access is not permitted to this precinct.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3.48pm

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park visitor precincts closed

Many high visitation areas and facilities within Lane Cove National Park are closed from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice. These closed areas and facilities include: 

  • All large picnic shelters 
  • All barbecue facilities 
  • Jenkins Hill playground and Kukundi playground
  • Haynes Flat and Carter Creek toilets 

Lane Cove Holiday Park is unable to accommodate any camping, including caravans and motor-homes. Staying in cabins is still permitted. Lane Cove Holiday Park can be contacted on 02 9888 9133. 

If you are visiting the park, please be prepared to pay vehicle entry fees with an appropriate payment card. 

For more information regarding closures, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400. 

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.47am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3.13pm

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - visitor precincts closed

Many high visitation areas and facilities within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are closed from Friday 27 March 2020. The closed areas include:

  • All large picnic shelters
  • All barbeque facilities
  • All playgrounds
  • Brooklyn Dam Campsites

Bobbin Head Information Centre is currently closed closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by email or phone on 02 9472 8949.

If you are visiting the park, please bring a card to pay vehicle entry fees.

For more information regarding closures, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 2.36pm

Closed areas: Visitor areas closed

Some high visitation areas and remote campgrounds in Berowra Valley National Park and Marramarra National Park are closed from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice.

These closed areas include:

  • Barnetts playground
  • Tunks Ridge rest area
  • Gentleman's Halt campground
  • Marramarra Creek campground
  • Twin Beaches campground 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 5.32pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 5.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 12.18pm

Closed areas: Closed campgrounds and picnic areas

Campgrounds and associated picnic areas are closed. Camping, including caravans and motor-homes, and social gatherings will not be permitted in these areas from Friday 27 March 2020, until further notice.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.30am

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park - partial closure

Most tracks and trails are open including the Great North Walk between Boronia Park and Thornleigh, though visitors should take caution as some sections remain affected by recent storms.

Riverside walk will remain closed until further notice while staff work to fix extensive flood damage, erosion and unsafe conditions.

For more information, contact the NPWS contact centre on 1300 072 757, or the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.01am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.10am

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach closed on weekends

From Saturday 28 March 2020, Collins Flat Beach will be closed on weekends until further notice.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.24pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.07am

Other planned events: Forestville office is closed until further notice

Forestville office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website 
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.27pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 9.28am

Other planned events: Forestville office is closed until further notice

Forestville office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 9.20am

Other planned events: Middle Head office closed until further notice

Middle Head office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone or email for information.

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Wed 4 Mar 2020, 8.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 12.53pm

Closed areas: Yengo National Park - closed areas

Yengo National Park is currently closed, except for the following areas which are open:

  • Circuit Flat walking track 
  • Old Great North Road between Mogo Creek Road and Circuit Flat Bridge
  • Finchley Trig 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi-Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 4.29pm

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening and closing times

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, the gate is open from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September each year, the gate is open from 6am to 6pm

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Applies from Sat 21 Mar 2020, 8.00am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 8.54am

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed

Maitland Bay Visitor Centre in Bouddi National Park is closed from Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 10 Mar 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Mar 2020, 6.19pm

Other planned events: NBN Works at North Head

NBN works to install optical fibre cable are underway on North Head for the next 2 weeks. There will be some disruption to traffic along North Head Scenic Drive, roads within Quarantine Station and Collins Beach Road while works are underway.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Mar 2020, 4.56pm

Closed areas: Marramarra National Park - partial closure

Many areas within Marramarra National Park are closed from Monday 10 February 2020 until further notice. The closures are to allow for crews to fix damage from flooding and storms causing unsafe conditions.

The following areas are open:

  • Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track
  • Marramarra Creek campground

Gentleman's Halt Campground is currently accessible by boat only. For more information, contact the NPWS contact centre on 1300 072 757, or the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400. 

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Applies from Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Mar 2020, 3.13pm

Safety alerts: Berowra Valley National Park - all roads and visitor precincts open

All roads and visitor precincts in Berowra Valley National Park have now reopened. All tracks and trails are now open, but take care if you're visiting, because some sections are still affected following recent storms.

For more information, call the NSW National Parks contact centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North-western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Mar 2020, 12.44pm

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 Thu 27 Feb 2020, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Feb 2020, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Track closure

All roads and visitor precincts in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park have now reopened. Most tracks and trails are now open, though visitors should take caution as some sections remain affected by recent storms.

Berowra track remains closed between Apple Tree Bay and the intersection of Mount Ku-ring-gai track until further notice while staff fix extensive storm damage.

For more information, contact the NPWS contact centre on 1300 072 757 or the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 3.53pm

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Roadworks are scheduled to occur prior to July 2020.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 2.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Feb 2020, 9.57am

Closed parks: Pitt Town Nature Reserve closed due to high water levels

This park is closed due to high water levels. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 2 March 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4580 2700.

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Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.34am to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Mar 2020, 2.59pm

Closed parks: Cattai National Park

Cattai National Park is closed due to flood damage. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 30 April 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Sat 1 Feb 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.36am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Sydney Harbour National Park. This includes Chowder Bay and Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands. North Head includes adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office:

  • Middle Head on 02 9960 6266 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Sat 1 Feb 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.26am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured and fresh baits in Lane Cove National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

  • Lane Cove 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Garigal National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove on 02 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 3.10pm

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 12 Aug 2019, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.21am

Safety alerts: Lower steps on Shark Island Wharf closed

The lower 4 steps of Shark Island Wharf are closed due to a safety hazard. Using these steps for berthing, drop-off and pick-up is prohibited. Access is only possible using the upper stairs.

Small vessels and boats may not be able to berth, particularly at low tide.

For more information, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 2.13pm

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Carrol Creek and Davidson Picnic area, Forestville is closed indefinitely due to the removal of the stairway down to the picnic area after safety concerns. Lyrebird track is the recommended alternative access which connects to the Governor Philip Walk or Ferguson Street. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11.13am

Closed areas: Collins Flat not available for venue hire

Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire. This is due to the impact of high visitation on the critical penguin habitat at this location. This closure will be reviewed at the end of the breeding season in February 2020.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on 02 9960 6266.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Flat Rock track - partial closure

A section of Flat Rock track - from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance - is currently closed until further notice due to track safety issues where the track passes through private property near Killarney Point:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase area Forestville office on (02) 9451 3479.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2015, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 8.52am

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park toilet closures

From Monday 7 December 2015, some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends and public holidays. Toilets affected are:

  • Blue Wren and Illoura (Areas 4-5)
  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Bakers Flat (Area 28)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: this does not apply to bookings- toilets will be opened for any bookings. For more information, please contact the NPWS Valleys Area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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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/lookouts/barnetts-lookout/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Berowra Valley National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Berowra Valley National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger
    • Crosslands Reserve is open 8am to 7.30pm during daylight savings and 9am to 5pm the rest of the year
    • Barnetts Road Reserve and the lookout is closed from sunset to sunrise
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek