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Maddens Falls

Dharawal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 28 October 2019, 8.07am

Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am.

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.48pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park remain closed due to the bushfire and/or flood damage and associated hazards:

Katoomba area

  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail and cycle route
  • Wentworth Pass, National Pass and Valley of Waters tracks where floods have damaged creek crossings.
  • Dardanelles Pass where landslides have destroyed the track
  • Prince Henry (between Solitary Restaurant and Tarpeian Rock) and Leura Cascades track due to landslides and flood damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle camping areas
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, or Mount Solitary routes
  • Rock climbing areas around the Grose and Narrowneck (all burnt sites including Bowens Creek, Bell Super-crag and Diamond Falls)
  • The Six Foot Track remains closed between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Cox’s River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds) due to dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event that has exacerbated the recent bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall.
    Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the currently closed sections of track before the end of the February.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur)

Blackheath area

  • Grand Canyon
  • Access roads and lookouts around the Grose Valley (including Mount Hay, Victoria Falls, Hat Hill Road (Perry's) and Point Pilcher.
  • Access tracks into and around the Grose Valley (including Perrys, Mount Banks, Mount Hay, Flat Top, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Lockleys Pylon, Victoria Falls and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Perrys, Green Gully (Dunphy's), Acacia Flat camping areas.
  • Walking tracks around Blackheath (including Walls Cave, Grand Canyon, Hanging Rock/Burramoko, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk, Pulpit Rock, and Western Rim)

Glenbrook area

  • Glenbrook precinct, including Euroka, Mount Portal, Jelly Bean, Blue Pool, Woodford-Oaks fire trail, Nepean lookout and fire trail, Redhands Cave and fire trail

Mount Wilson

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson, Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley (including all Wollongambe, Serendipity, all Bell Creek, all DuFaurs, all Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen, Birrabang, Dalpura, Hat Hill, Pilcher, Katoomba Creek, Fortress and Butterbox (Mount Hay).

Lower Grose area

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow campground and surrounding area.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

Katoomba area

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls lookouts and cliff top walking tracks (where not impacted by other closures)
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • The Six Foot Track is currently open between the Explorer’s Tree at Katoomba and Guyvers Bridge (just west of Megalong Road).
  • Conservation Hut cafe
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail (and Sublime Point Trail)
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail (no walking tracks or descents open)
  • Empress
  • Murphy's and Ingar Camping Areas - walk in access only
  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrowneck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrowneck unburnt areas.
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum swamp

Blackheath area

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Information Centre, Fairfax track, Evans lookout, Braeside fire trail (not walk), Walls Cave
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass Roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

 

NPWS will be progressing assessments, treating sites for tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

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

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

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.38pm

Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide

The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.

For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10.58am

Closed areas: Kellys Falls closed for maintenance

Kellys Falls picnic area in Garawarra State Conservation Area is closed for tree maintenance from Wednesday 26 February to Thursday 27 February 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal NPWS Visitor Centre 02 9542 0666.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2.53pm

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park - partial closure

Lane Cove National Park has partially reopened. Some picnic areas within Lane Cove National Park are open, though facilities such as barbecues and toilets may still be affected. Please follow signage and direction from NPWS staff. All tracks and trails remain closed due to flooding 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 14 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2.24pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

All areas in this park are closed from Monday 10 February 2020 until further notice due to flood damage and unsafe conditions. This includes all tracks, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas. Access through parks may be limited. Please find alternate routes. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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 Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10.41am to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Feb 2020, 9.58am

Closed parks: Bents Basin State Conservation Area - storm damage

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed due to storm damage. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 30 March 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 Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 2.59pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to active bushfires in the area. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire response. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 9.04am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 2.46pm

Safety alerts: Rain and flooding

Heavy rains have damaged many tracks and roads in the park and rain is expected to continue. Canyons and creek crossings are flooded. The soil water table is saturated. Therefore water levels could rise to dangerous levels at short notice. Some crossings are already impassable due to flood debris and infrastructure damage. Natural surface roads could be slippery or impassable. Landslips, treefall and rockfall are more likely in these conditions.

Visitors are advised to plan accordingly and avoid flooded or unstable areas. Visitors may have to navigate muddy conditions, unclear paths, fallen trees, flood debris and washouts. Visitors should not cross creeks or rivers when they are flooded or water is over stepping stones.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 12.07pm

Closed areas: Dunphys campground

Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 2.54pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Feb 2020, 2.54pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to flooding

This park is closed due to flooding. There are dangerous conditions in the park due to roads and trees impacted by flood waters. The park is closed to vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. The closure will be reviewed Wednesday 19th February 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

 

 

 

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Applies from Sun 9 Feb 2020, 3.05pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Feb 2020, 1.54pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to flooding

Parts of Budderoo National Park are closed from 2pm, Sunday 9 February until 2pm, Tuesday 11 February 2020, due to flooding. The closed areas are:

  • Nellies Glen picnic area and car park
  • Warris Chair lookout and walking track
  • Missingham lookouts and walking track

Do not enter or attempt to cross flood waters. This closure may be extended depending on local conditions. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.37pm

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

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes and wild dogs in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas.

This baiting program will run from Thursday 21 October 2019 to Wednesday 21 October 2020 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

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. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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 office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or email npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Feb 2020, 9.06am

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 Thursday 21 October 2019 and Wednesday 21 October 2020 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 Wed 5 Feb 2020, 3.35pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Feb 2020, 8.32am

Other incidents: Varneys Bridge closed during maintenance

Varneys Bridge at Audley will be undergoing maintenance between Sunday 23 February 2020 and Friday 6 March 2020. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access across the bridge during this period.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.50pm

Other planned events: Toilet closure - Kurnell

The toilets at the Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch areas in Kamay Botany Bay National Park will be closed for repairs from Monday 3 February 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Toilets will be available at the Visitors Centre, a short walk from the closed buildings. Picnic areas and the surrounds will remain accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Kamay Botany Bay National Park office on 02 9668 2010 or email npws.sydneysouth@environment.nsw.gov.au

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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 Mon 28 Oct 2019, 11.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.35pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19 February to Wednesday 4 March 2020 for an event
  • Thursday 26 March 2020

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 11.54am

Closed areas: Morton National Park closed - bushfires and aerial pest control operation

Most of this park is closed due to bushfires and aerial pest control programs. Do not enter closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. The following areas are now open:

  • Belmore Falls
  • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre including the East and West Rim walking tracks
  • Main Falls lookout

For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 1.26pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and/or flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and/or flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

Please note that Gunguddy campground (Dunns Swamp) is now open.

Six Foot track is:

  • Open: between the Explorers Tree at Katoomba and Guyvers Bridge (just west of Megalong Road).
  • Closed: between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Cox’s River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds). This is due to the dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event and bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall. Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the closed sections of track before the end of the February.

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Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.37pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland rifle range operation schedule

For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations. Tese closures may occur with little or no notice. 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.

When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • 3rd Sunday of the month

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, email the Environment line

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am

Other planned events: Annual passes no longer available at Middle Head office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Middle Head office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office. Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jan 2020, 11.50am

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.26pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

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Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

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Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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 Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

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Applies from Tue 27 Aug 2019, 10.48am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10.01am

Other planned events: 1080 fox program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway in Towra Point Nature Reserve, finishing on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The program is part of the NPWS FoxTap program, and is designed to control foxes to assist in recovery of little terns and pied oystercatchers.

1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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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 Mon 11 Feb 2019, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 1.30pm

Other incidents: No canoeing in Thirlmere Lakes National Park

It's not possible to canoe in Thirlmere Lakes National Park due to low lake water levels.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 11.57am

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

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times will change in summer and winter. The following times include:

  • From Thursday 6 December 2018: In summer, the gate is open from 5am until 8.30pm
  • From Monday 1 April 2019: In winter, the gate is open from 6am until 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 Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.54pm

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 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: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

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 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 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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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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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.43pm

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 Thursday 21 October 2019 to Wednesday 21 October 2020. 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 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 office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or email npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au

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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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Pools of water on a rocky ledge. Photo: Lucas Boyd