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Crackneck Point lookout

Wyrrabalong National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 17 May 2023, 8.57am

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 May 2023, 8.57am.

Closed areas: Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). The Coast walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works. This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 26 May 2023, 8.10am to Thu 15 Jun 2023, 11.11pm. Last reviewed: Sat 10 Jun 2023, 9.22am

Closed areas: Warrimoo fire trail closed for maintenance

Warrimoo fire trail is closed from Tuesday 13 June to Thursday 15 June 2023 for vegetation maintenance works. There will be no pedestrian access to the trail during this time. The Sphinx and Warrimoo walking tracks will be open from Bobbin Head to North Turramurra, but access to St Ives via the Warrimoo fire trail is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 84480400.

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Applies from Fri 9 Jun 2023, 2.38pm to Wed 21 Jun 2023, 5.39am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jun 2023, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Sphinx Memorial road closed

Sphinx Memorial Road is closed on the 19th and 20th June 2023 due to planned works. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 8448 0400

 

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jun 2023, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 9 Jun 2023, 12.10pm to Tue 31 Oct 2023, 12.10pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jun 2023, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Gibberagong walking track partially closed

Gibberagong walking track is partially closed until further notice from Grosvenor Street fire trail to Gibberagong boardwalk. 

There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Fri 28 Apr 2023, 11.53am to Tue 13 Jun 2023, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Jun 2023, 2.34pm

Closed areas: Somersby Falls Walking Track - partial closure

Part of the walking track leading to the bottom waterfall off Somersby Falls Picnic Area is closed while essential maintenance work is undertaken. The closed areas are:

- Bottom Falls Walking Track (closed beyond the middle waterfall walking track)

- Bottom Waterfall 

Access from the picnic area to the middle waterfall will remain open.

Signage and barricades are in place around closed areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 1 Jun 2023, 7.00am to Wed 28 Jun 2023, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Jun 2023, 8.17am

Other planned events: Aerial spraying program deferred until 2024 when conditions more suitable to successful spray program

A number of areas will be closed in Bouddi National Park for an aerial weed spraying program for 1 day between Thursday 1 June and Wednesday 28 June 2023. The closed areas will be all walking tracks and management trails from Mourawaring (Second) Point in the north to Lobster Beach in the south, along the headlands and sea cliffs of eastern and southern areas of the park. NPWS staff will be present during the helicopter spray operations, please follow safety signs and directions given by staff. The herbicide used is Metsulfuron-methyl 600WG. For more information please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 43024200 or 02 4979000.

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Applies from Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.37am to Tue 31 Oct 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jun 2023, 10.28am

Other planned events: Bobbin Inn Cafe closed

Bobbin Inn Cafe in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is closed until further notice. The last day of trade was Monday 10 April 2023 (Easter Monday).

For further information please call the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 11 May 2023, 11.49am to Thu 30 Nov 2023, 11.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.16am

Closed areas: Areas closed for West Head lookout upgrades

The following areas are closed from Monday 22 May to Thursday 30 November 2023 while West Head lookout upgrades are underway:

  • West Head lookout
  • The loop section of West Head Road
  • West Head Army track.

Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will have access to the Resolute picnic area and public toilets. Access is restricted past this point.

The following walking tracks remain open:

  • Red Hands track
  • Aboriginal Heritage track
  • Resolute track, including access to Resolute Beach and West Head Beach
  • Mackeral Beach track
  • Koolewong track.

The West Head lookout cannot be accessed from any of these tracks.

For more information, visit the project webpage.

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Applies from Tue 30 May 2023, 4.10pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.06am

Closed areas: Illawong picnic area and Centre trail closed for hazard reduction burn

Some parts of this park are closed for hazard reduction burning Thursday 1 June 2023 until further notice. The closed areas are:

  • Centre trail
  • Illawong Bay picnic area
  • Illawong Point
  • All areas north-west of Centre trail between General San Martin Drive.

General San Martin Drive will be reduced to one lane with traffic flowing in a clockwise direction and may be closed completely at short notice.

Akuna Bay will remain open. To access Akuna Bay, turn off McCarrs Creek Road onto General San Martin Drive. It will not be possible to approach Akuna Bay from West Head Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called NPWS HR Ellis Trig. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 9.39am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 10.55am

Closed areas: The Pavilion picnic shelter closed for maintenance

The Pavilion picnic shelter in Bobbin head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is closed for planned maintenance works from Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June 2023. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 6 Apr 2023, 8.04am to Thu 29 Feb 2024, 8.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2023, 7.42am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Waratah Bay to Apple Tree Bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track. Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Waratah Bay is open for use. 

There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Fri 1 Dec 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 May 2023, 8.31am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until further notice due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 May 2023, 12.56pm

Closed areas: No access to Old Wagstaffe trail 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 Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 2 Feb 2023, 2.42pm to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Jun 2023, 10.03am

Closed areas: Wangi Circuit Link Walking Track is closed

Wangi Circuit Link walking track will be intermittently closed for track maintenance from Friday 3 February 2023 to Monday 31 July 2023. 

You can still access Wangi Circuit walking track from Reserve Road.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Feb 2023, 3.22pm to Mon 31 Jul 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jun 2023, 10.28am

Other planned events: Birrawanna track maintenance works

Track maintenance works will take place on the Birrawanna track from the beginning of February to the end of July 2023, weather dependent. Please be mindful of machinery on the trail and follow the directions of workers. Visitors may experience some delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Mar 2023, 5.01pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please remember the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 31 Jan 2023, 11.22pm to Tue 1 Aug 2023, 3.22am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Mar 2023, 2.00pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

Between 1 February 2023 and 31 July 2023, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are 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.

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479, or the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 (business hours), or the NPWS call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Thu 23 Mar 2023, 4.26pm to Thu 31 Aug 2023, 4.27pm. Last reviewed: Sun 4 Jun 2023, 10.28am

Closed areas: Grass Tree walking track section of the Coast Walk closed

Grass Tree walking track will be closed for construction works from 18 April to 31 August 2023. Works will repair erosion damage throughout this section of walking track.

To continue on the Coast walking track a detour will be in place.  Walkers will detour from Frazer Beach around National Park roads which include; Frazer Beach Road, Campbell Drive and Wybung Road, this will allow walkers to re-join the Coast walking track at Geebung walking track section.

Walkers are advised to be mindful of traffic and to keep off the roads and try to walk to the side if choosing to take these detours. Note that these are rough and not easy to traverse.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 May 2023, 10.19am

Closed areas: Morisset Picnic Area Closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 9.15am

Closed areas: Muirs Lookout Picnic Area - Closed

Muirs Lookout Picnic Area on Prickly Ridge Road has been closed due to ageing infrastructure, obstructed lookout views to the coast and very low public visitation. Alternative picnic facilities are located nearby in Olney State Forest and Watagans National Park. Further information on other places to visit can be obtained via the NPWS or Forestry Corporation websites. 

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Applies from Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.57am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 May 2023, 10.14am

Closed areas: Roads and Trails Closed due to 4WD Damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 11.07am

Closed areas: Great North Walk - partial closure

The section of Great North Walk between the Cherry Lane track-head and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 11.07am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 May 2023, 10.14am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 May 2023, 10.47am

Closed areas: Kariong Brook Waterhole and Waterfall Closed

The waterhole and waterfall at Kariong Brook is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

The adjacent Great North Walk will remain open.

Signs are in place around the closed area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 May 2023, 8.46am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Tue 7 Feb 2023, 3.58pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 May 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Closed Areas: Areas temporarily closed for pest control operations

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting various scheduled pest control operations between the hours of 9pm to 5:30am from Tuesday 7th February 2023 through until Friday 30th June 2023.

This program will target rabbits and foxes. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals, including threatened species and recreational areas.

Warning closure signs will be placed at visitor entry points to areas of the park that will be closed during these operations. Please do not enter closed areas during this time, this includes beaches and rock platforms.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information phone the National Parks local area office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 3 Jun 2023, 3.18pm

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 9 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails as well as maintaining vegetation clearances.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Apr 2023, 9.19am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 9.03am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 May 2023, 3.06pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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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/crackneck-point-lookout/local-alerts

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