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Dharawal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 30 March 2020, 4.43pm

Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 4.43pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed

Parts of Dharawal National Park and Dharawal State Conservation Area are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

The closed areas are:

  • Victoria Road, Wedderburn precinct, including O'Hare's Creek lookout and walking track and Minerva Pool and Jingga walking tracks
  • Maddens Falls precinct including Maddens Falls walking track/boardwalk.

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Apr 2020, 9.49am

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are also closed due to bushfire, COVID-19, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point (high use area).
  • Wentworth Falls picnic area and all access to the top of Wentworth Falls/National Pass via Princes Rock, Undercliff and Wentworth Falls Tracks (high use area).
  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil Falls to Fern Bower, due to 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.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Andersons fire trail, McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage. Ingar camping area and day use area closed to vehicles due to private access.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders and Mount Solitary walking tracks due to fire damage.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, closed at Tarros Ladders, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur).

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Andersons fire trail.
  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Grand Canyon walking track and canyons (high use area).
  • Evans lookout (high use area).
  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area (high use area).
  • Hat Hill Road in BMNP closed due to floods and repairs. Lookouts open to walkers.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top, Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon) due to fire damage.
  • Green Gully (Dunphys), Perrys, and Acacia Flat campgrounds closed.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath including: Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock, due to fire damage.

Eastern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow Precinct; Tabaraga and Patersons fire trails - closed to camping and vehicles.

Glenbrook

  • Closed to camping and vehicles. Jellybean pool, Red Hands cave, Nepean and Mount Portal lookouts also closed.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • All park fire trails are closed to the public including The Range fire trail, which is undergoing maintenance works and is impassable due to wet conditions.
  • Oberon-Colong stock route to Yerranderie, and Langs Road are only open for local traffic. See relevant local council for updates.
  • Mount Werong campground is closed due to fire damage.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley including Claustral, Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock.
  • Rock climbing areas around Narrow Neck that have been burnt, including Castle Head and Diamond Falls.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers (no camping permitted). Vehicle access to Jenolan Caves is via Oberon.
  • Kings Tableland Road to Mc Mahons Gate.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. No walking tracks or descents open.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.
  • Mount Hay Road and walking tracks. Lockleys Pylon is closed below Pylon, with no access to Grose Valley.

Blackheath and Medlow Bath

  • Braeside fire trail (not walk).
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys lookdown, Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
  • Point Pilcher lookout.
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • 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).

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson including Wollangambe, Serendipity, DuFaurs, Whungee Wheengee, Bowens Creek, and Joe's. Bell Creek, Birrabang and Dalpura are also open. Conditions in canyons may have changed due to the effects of fire and flood. Check all abseil anchor points/hand lines and allow extra time.
  • Empress, Fortress, Arethusa, and Hat Hill.

Rock climbing areas

  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrow Neck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrow Neck unburnt areas.
  • Rock climbing areas in the Grose Valley (Ikara, Bowens Creek and Bell Super-crag).

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing 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 Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.06pm to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.53pm

Closed areas: Middle Head Officers Quarters closed

Middle Head Officers Quarters will be closed for bookings from Thursday 2 March 2020 until further notice for the health and safety of staff and visitors. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.33pm

Closed areas: Lane Cove National Park visitor precincts closed

Many high visitation areas and facilities in Lane Cove National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. These closed areas and facilities include: 

  • All large picnic shelters 
  • All picnic and barbecue facilities (including picnic tables)
  • Jenkins Hill playground and Kukundi playground
  • Haynes Flat and Carter Creek toilets 
  • Lane Cove Boatshed

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

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

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, as well as 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.

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

If you wish to exercise in a national park, you should choose a park close to your home. Visitors are reminded that non-essential travel is currently not permitted. If your planned visit is for a purpose other than exercise, you should reconsider your plans as you may be in breach of the current public health orders. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

For more information regarding closures, contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. The NPWS North Western Sydney area office is currently closed to the public, but you can call us on 02 8448 0400 or email for further information. 

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 7.46am to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 7.43am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Royal National Park Visitor Centre and other areas closed

The following parts of Royal National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Wattamolla Beach precinct, including the beach, carpark, lagoon and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and precinct, with no lifeguard patrols present
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (Figure 8 Pools access)
  • Bonnie Vale beach, picnic area and campground
  • All campgrounds
  • Royal National Park Visitor Centre

Other areas of the park currently remain open, including:

  • Audley Dance Hall cafe is offering a takeaway service and card payments are preferred
  • Walking tracks remain open however, please remember that social distancing and gathering size limits apply in Royal National Park.

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

You can still contact us by phone on 02 9542 0648 for further information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 4.13pm

Closed areas: Wollemi National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are closed:

  • Newnes campground and picnic area
  • Glow Worm picnic area
  • Glow Worm walking track from Newnes campground
  • Weir-Long Cave walk is closed at the junction with Pagoda Rocks walking track (Dunns Swamp)
  • River Gauging station (Dunns Swamp)
  • Bicentennial National trail – Widden to Glen Alice, Glen Alice to Jenolan
  • Deep Pass campground and canyons in Wollemi National Park
  • Newnes Industrial Ruins
  • Wheeny Creek
  • Sheepskin Hut
  • Pipeline track

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are open:

  • Bob Turner track

Safety advice:

  • Please be aware that due to recent fires and floods there may be dangerous hazards in this park. These include falling trees and branches, flooded creeks and crossings, and debris on tracks.
  • If accessing remote areas of national parks, please visit the Think before you TREK page

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

Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.26pm

Closed areas: Goulburn River National Park - closed areas

Some areas in Goulburn River National Park are closed. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Goulburn River National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4.35pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Apr 2020, 4.53pm

Closed areas: Georges River National Park - Walk-in access only

All vehicle access points to Georges River National Park, including Morgans Creek boat ramp, are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Walking tracks remain open. However, please remember that social distancing and gathering size limits apply in Georges River National Park.

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

You can still contact us by phone on 02 9542 0648 for further information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.16am

Other planned events: North Western Sydney area office closed

The NPWS North Western Sydney area office in Lane Cove National Park will be closed from Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. 

You can still contact us by phone on 02 8448 0400, or email for any information. 

Annual passes can be purchased online or by phone: 

Online:

Phone: Call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Areas closed

Parts of Dharawal National Park and Dharawal State Conservation Area are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

The closed areas are:

  • Victoria Road, Wedderburn precinct, including O'Hare's Creek lookout and walking track and Minerva Pool and Jingga walking tracks
  • Maddens Falls precinct including Maddens Falls walking track/boardwalk.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 1.58pm

Closed areas: Bundanoon Precinct closed

Bundanoon precinct is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3.23pm to Tue 23 Jun 2020, 3.20pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre closed

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre including all walking tracks, lookouts, picnic areas and visitor facilities are closed until further notice for the health and safety of visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone on 02 4236 0469 or email for information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.41pm

Closed areas: Walking track, picnic area and lookout closures

The following areas in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Sublime Point walking track
  • Robertsons lookout
  • Byarong Park

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

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.29pm

Closed areas: Campground closures

The following campgrounds are closed until further notice, to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Bungonia campground
  • Carrington Falls campground
  • Gambells Rest campground

You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2020, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.21am

Closed areas: Beach and visitor area closures

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

  • Shark Beach, Nielsen Park
  • Milk Beach, Hermit Beach and Queens Beach, Hermitage foreshore precinct
  • Lady Bay Beach, South Head
  • Congwong Beach and Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse 
  • Kurnell Visitor Centre and barbecues, Kurnell

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

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

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

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 10.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 10.15am

Closed areas: Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve closed

Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3.31pm to Tue 23 Jun 2020, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 5.03pm

Closed areas: Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre and precinct closed

Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, including all walks, picnic areas and lookouts, is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still contact us by phone on 02 4887 7270 or by email. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.47am

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. 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 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 9.20am

Other planned events: Middle Head office closed until further notice

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

Passes can be purchased online or by phone:

Online:

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

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 12.38pm

Closed areas: Camping not permitted

Camping, including caravans and motor-homes, will not be permitted in national parks from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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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 30 Jan 2020, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 11.22am

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 Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10.41am to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 4.41pm

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 Thursday 30 April 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Wed 18 Mar 2020, 2.54pm to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 2.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Mar 2020, 2.54pm

Closed parks: Gulguer Nature Reserve Closed

Gulguer Nature Reserve is closed due to storm damage. The closure will be reviewed on Thursday 30 April 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4572 3100.

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

Other planned events: NBN Works at North Head

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

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Applies from Mon 24 Feb 2020, 8.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Feb 2020, 9.37am

Other planned events: Fox baiting program underway

A fox baiting program will take place in Towra Point Nature Reserve from Monday 24 February to Monday 9 March 2020. Areas where baiting is underway will be signposted. The area is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Domestic pets are not permitted.

This program is part of the Little Tern and Pied Oystercatcher Saving our Species program to protect nesting shorebirds. For more information, call the Kurnell Visitor Centre on 02 9668 2000.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 5.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10.44am

Safety alerts: Changes conditions - flood impacted roads

Thirlmere Lakes National Park is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The trails can be rough and damaged in sections because of erosion caused by flooding in February 2020. Take care and drive safely.

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

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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 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 Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Mar 2020, 12.44pm

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 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 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 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of this park is closed due to bushfires and aerial pest programs.

The open areas are: 

  • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, including East and West Rim walking tracks
  • Main Falls lookout 
  • Three Views walk in Kangaroo Valley
  • Gambells Rest campground and picnic area
  • Echo Point, Bonnie View and Wishing Well in the Bundanoon precinct
  • Mount Carnarvon walking track 
  • Badgerys Spur walking track
  • Long Point lookout and McCallums Flat walking track

All other areas in the park are closed. This includes all campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and picnic areas not listed as open.

Do not enter the closed areas of 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 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 Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.01pm

Closed areas: No Access to Macquarie Rivulet via top of Macquarie Pass

You can't access Macquarie Rivulet from the top of Macquarie Pass. 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 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 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: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9.30am

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 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 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