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Dharawal National Park

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 5.07pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Golden Stairs, due to rockfall (track repair works in progress).
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Bridal Veil View (east) track is closed for track maintenance.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage.
  • Perrys lookdown and Acacia Flat campgrounds, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.
  • Point Pilcher Road, due to roadworks.
  • Wollangambe One Canyon, due to a dangerous whirlpool.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed walking tracks.

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 21 Jan 2021, 9.40am to Thu 28 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 11.31am

Closed areas: Iron Bark flat picnic area closed - boom spraying of all turf

Iron Bark Flat picnic area will be closed on Thursday 28 January 2021 from 6am to 6pm for boom spraying of all turf.

Liquimaxx Greenmaxx liquid fertiliser is being used to assist in the future development and nutrition of the turf.

The spraying is happening between 6am and 7.30am, but the area will be closed until the spray is dry and the temporary fencing is removed (by 6pm).

For further information call 0417 679 451.

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Applies from Mon 18 Jan 2021, 11.36am to Fri 12 Feb 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 3.18pm

Closed areas: Mountain Avenue fire trail closure

Mountain Avenue fire trail is closed to pedestrians and vehicles from Monday 18 January to Friday 12 February 2021 due to or routine fire trail maintenance. Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Mon 18 Jan 2021, 6.00am to Fri 22 Jan 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 11.51am

Closed areas: Braeside fire trail

Braeside fire trail will be closed from Monday 18 January until Friday 22 January to allow for road maintenance works. 

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Applies from Fri 15 Jan 2021, 4.07pm to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 4.57pm

Closed areas: Campground closures

Tallowa Dam and campsites on the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo Rivers are closed from 3pm Sunday 21 February until 9am Tuesday 2 March 2021 due to an aerial pest control program.

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 20 Jan 2021, 6.00am to Fri 22 Jan 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 2.01pm

Closed areas: Fairfax walking track

Fairfax walking track will be closed between Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and George Phillips lookout from Wednesday 20 January to Friday 22 January 2021. This is for a helicopter operation to insert materials for walking track maintenance .

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.14pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.43pm

Closed areas: George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks

George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks are closed due to bushfire damage.

You can still visit George Boyd lookout and picnic areas by car. Do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Mon 11 Jan 2021, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 11.03am

Closed areas: Ridge walking track

Ridge walking track is closed until Monday 1 March 2021 due to damage to the pedestrian bridge at the eastern end.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 10.20am

Closed areas: Malabar Headland Anzac Rifle Range

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Monday 11 January through to Sunday 17 January 2021 
  • Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021

Please note: 

  • ANZAC Rifle Range is booked for shooting from Monday 11 January to Sunday 17 January 2021.
  • Normal Club shooting day Saturday 16 January 2021
  • The 2020 Queens Championships are scheduled to be held from Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021.

3. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark).
  • Park entry gates are closed

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

 

Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 2.07pm to Sun 7 Feb 2021, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 11.31am

Closed areas: Faulconbridge Ridge closed due to track maintenance

Faulconbridge Ridge will be closed from Wednesday 6 January to Sunday 7 February 2021. Fire trail maintenance works involving the use of heavy earth-moving equipment will be happening at that time.

This closure may be extended, depending on weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 8.12am to Sat 30 Jan 2021, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 11.36am

Safety alerts: Grand Canyon walking track - one way

Grand Canyon walking track has been made one way until Saturday 30 January 2021. Please enter the loop track at Evans lookout and exit at Neates Glen. This change is due to record visitation levels and to help maintain social distancing. Please follow the directions of all signage in place on the track.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 11.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.21am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 9.58am

Closed areas: Kurnell exhibition and theatre areas closed

The exhibition area of Kamay Botany National Park Visitor Centre is closed to ensure COVID-19 safety is appropriately managed for visitors. This closure will be reviewed monthly. Please check the website for updated information. 

You can still access Kurnell Visitor Centre for information, retail purchases and park pass sales. Signage is in place around the closed areas inside the building.

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Applies from Sun 3 Jan 2021, 7.35am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 2.47pm

Closed areas: Wollangambe One Canyon

Wollangambe One Canyon is closed until further notice. Recent heavy rains have caused water levels to rise and conditions in the canyon to change. A dangerous whirlpool has formed mid-way through the canyon.

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 1.49pm

Other planned events: Lane Cove National Park - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

From Thursday 31 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be reduced to 30 people, including children. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 1.03pm

Other planned events: Mount Bushwalker walking track and carpark - repair works

Mount Bushwalker walking track is now open for a short time, following the Currowan fire last summer.

Large sections of the boardwalk will need to be replaced. Please take extra care when taking this walk.

The road can be slippery following rain and 4WD access is recommended.

Please check the NPWS alerts page before you travel, as the walk will be closed when works are being carried out. For more information, please contact the park office.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 4.24pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 11.07am

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed west of George Boyd lookout

12 Mile Road is closed west of George Boyd lookout. Please do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 11.03am

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2.49pm to Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 3.20pm

Closed areas: Yeramba Lagoon loop track partially closed

Yeramba Lagoon loop walking track in Georges River National Park is closed from behind Henry Lawson Drive down to the lagoon.

The pedestrian bridge over the lagoon runout channel has been removed while the weir is removed. This section of track is impassable and has been closed off.

This section is expected to reopen in late February 2021.

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Applies from Fri 18 Dec 2020, 11.40am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 5.36pm

Other planned events: Increased visitation - Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID-safe distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to be prepared and:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm
  • Explore lesser-known spots
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park, and
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4.21pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am

Closed areas: Increased visitation - Possible closures on busy days

Royal National Park can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be close when carparks are full include:

  • Wattamolla Beach and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (including carpark for Figure 8 Pools)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For up-to-date information on which areas are closed on any given day follow @RoyalNPAlerts on twitter or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. 

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3.32pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am

Other planned events: Increased visitation and COVID-19 guidelines

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID safe distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to be prepared and:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm
  • Explore lesser-known spots
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • Complete camping bookings online prior to your arrival, and
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3.39pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 4.01pm

Other planned events: COVID-19 increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID safe distancing guidelines. We encourage you to be prepared and: (1) plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm (2) explore lesser-known spots, (3) check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park, (4) be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 2.30pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 3.19pm

Other planned events: Georges River National Park - Peak visitation season

Georges River National Park will be busy over Christmas 2020 and January 2021. Morgan’s Creek boat ramp carpark and Burrawang Reach picnic area will be subject to closure when full. Please check here for updates.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 5.39pm

Closed areas: Golden Stairs closed

Golden Stairs is closed due to a major landslide. Ruined Castle can be accessed via Furber Stairs or the Giant Stairway. 

Construction work has begun and will be ongoing until further notice. The work involves rock removal, scaling and site remediation. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Please do not enter this area, as it could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 22 Dec 2020, 10.22am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 12.34pm

Other planned events: Bare Island tours cancelled

Bare Island tours are cancelled until further notice to ensure safety of NPWS staff and visitors.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Thu 21 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Dec 2020, 4.22pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Wednesday 14 October 2020 and Wednesday 14 April 2021 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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. 

For further information please call the NPWS Highlands office on 024887 8244.

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Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 9.28am to Fri 19 Feb 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11.19am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal repairs are happening to the north-west section of Bonnie Vale campground to stabilise scouring. The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. Please stay on the track and do not enter the campground.

For more information call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 14 Dec 2020, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 11.36am

Closed areas: Macquarie Rivulet - Jump Rock track closed

Access to Macquarie Rivulet (also known as “Jump Rock”) is not permitted. The track is steep and eroded, and contains unstable surfaces, cliffs and drop offs.

There is a high risk of injury from falls from heights. Do not enter the closed areas of this park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Dec 2020, 11.25pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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.

For further information, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Dec 2020, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe and picnic area closed

Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe and lower picnic area are closed due to construction works. This closure includes all barbecues. The precinct, including all walks and some picnic tables, remains open to visitors. No portable barbecues are permitted.

Visitors can buy light refreshments from the visitor centre.

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Applies from Fri 4 Dec 2020, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 9.59am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campsites are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin may be be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.16pm

Fire bans: Goulburn River National Park part park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces in Spring Gully and Big River campgrounds.

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 9.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 12.19pm

Fire bans: Wollemi National Park part park fire ban

A part park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Campfires are permitted in the following campgrounds unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • Colo Meroo
  • Coorongooba
  • Dunn's Swamp Ganguddy
  • Newnes
  • Wheeny Creek

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the NSW Rural Fire Service or the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.14pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Dec 2020, 2.26pm

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of Morton National Park remains closed due to bushfire damage and to protect the safety of our visitors.

However, the following areas are now open:

  • North of the Shoalhaven River, including Kangaroo Valley, the following walks and lookouts are accessible:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • East and West Rim tracks
    • Manning lookout
    • Kangaroo River walking track
    • Three views walking track
  • South of the Shoalhaven River to Braidwood Road, including the Ettrema Wilderness area. The following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Sassafras
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang Wilderness Area. The following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul.
    • Mount Bushwalker (temporary opening, please re-check this alert before setting out for the park).
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout. Toilet is non-operational.
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle. Toilet is non-operational at Cooyoyo campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy.
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim. Toilet is non-operational at Burrumbeet Brook campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground

An overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update.

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Caution should be taken as risks may still be present.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.08am

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food

Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.

Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.

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Applies from Mon 2 Nov 2020, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Ferry wharf reinstatement

Transport for New South Wales are currently undertaking land-based investigations in support of the reinstatement of the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell within Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

These areas are still open to the public, however there may be some minor disruptions to some areas of usual access and parking. To find out more about this project please visit the Transport for NSW website.

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Dec 2020, 2.27pm

Closed areas: Audley boatshed

The Audley boatshed will be undergoing important conservation and repair works. Boat hire will be suspended and the building and immediate surrounding area will be closed during this period. 

For more information, please visit the Audley precinct upgrades webpage. or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6.52pm

Closed areas: North Head Fire - closed areas

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage. The closed areas include:

  • North Head Scenic Drive, after the carparks opposite Bella Vista Cafe and before the North Head Scenic Drive loop road.
  • Bluefish Drive past the Gunner Road Car Park entrance
  • Fairfax walk and lookout
  • All tracks and trails south of Bluefish Drive and along North Head Scenic Drive past the Q Station roundabout.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • North Head Scenic Drive until just beyond the Bella Vista Cafe
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local park office on 02 9960 6266, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 1.04pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting an ongoing 1080 ground baiting operation from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Wednesday 14 April 2021 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes and wild dogs in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private properties and Crown road reserves with permissions. 

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 1.04pm

Other planned events: 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on NPWS estate within the Fitzroy Falls area.

Burial of used baits and products will occur from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Wednesday 14 April 2021. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil, clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Thu 16 Apr 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 11.26am

Closed areas: Lane Cove Depot Road closed

Lane Cove Depot Road in Lane Cove National Park will be closed from Monday 16 April 2020 until further notice while the road is being upgraded to improve safety for road users. During this time vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are not permitted to use the road. 

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.59pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Middle Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.14pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walking track - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.18pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.32pm

Other planned events: Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.06pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Arabanoo lookout and Dobroyd Head area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.04pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Georges Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.53pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.15pm

Other planned events: Collins Flat Beach - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.50pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.08pm

Other planned events: Fairfax walk and lookout - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.45pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.06pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head Amphitheatre - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.35pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.05pm

Other planned events: North Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 8 Nov 2020, 6.28pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until mid 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Nov 2020, 10.39am

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest

Minnamurra Rainforest is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity or due to the car park reaching capacity.  We encourage you to plan your visit outside the peak periods of 11am to 2pm. 

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Sep 2020, 12.37pm

Safety alerts: Clark Island wharf

The decking between the main wharf and the island has a maximum capacity of 2 people at a time.

Heavy loads are not permitted on the decking until further notice. Take care when disembarking from a boat on Clark Island.

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

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 will take place between Thursday 27 August 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

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, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.55am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

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 between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021 in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The affected areas are:

  • Chowder Bay
  • 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)

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.53am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Lane Cove National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of 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 . Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.08am

Closed areas: Toilet closures in Lane Cove National Park

Some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The closed toilets are at:

  • 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. Where there are bookings, toilets will be opened. For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.06am

Closed areas: Sugarloaf carpark closed

Sugarloaf car park is no longer open to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact 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 Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 8.15am

Closed areas: Access to Macquarie Rivulet via top of Macquarie Pass not permitted

Access to Macquarie Rivulet from Mount Murray, at the top of Macquarie Pass is not permitted. If you access the rivulet from the top of the escarpment, you will be trespassing on private property and this action may result in police involvement.

The recommended access points for Macquarie Rivulet are via Clover Hill Road and from the Cascades/Rivulet carparks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188.

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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 Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Apr 2020, 9.31am

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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/maddens-falls/local-alerts

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