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Mermaid Pools

Arakoon National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 1 March 2021, 12.04pm

Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Mar 2021, 12.04pm.

Closed areas: Area permanently closed - Mermaid Pools

Access to Mermaid Pools is permanently closed including for swimming. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks and pools.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Mermaid Pools have never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Mermaid Pools.

For further information call the NPWS Verges Creek area office on 02 6561 6700.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 11.25am to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 11.07am

Closed parks: Hastings-Macleay area - All parks closed due to flooding

Parks in the Hastings-Macleay area are closed until Monday 19 April 2021. 

Camping is not permitted in closed parks.

These closures are due to widespread flooding and extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities. Parks will be reopened as soon as they are safe to access. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

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Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.18pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.56am

Closed areas: Smoky Cape campground and beach access closed

Smoky Cape campground and 4WD beach access are closed due to flood damage. Richardson 4WD trail is open.

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Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.10pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.54am

Closed areas: Parts of Arakoon National Park closed

Trial Bay Gaol is closed due to flood damage. Car parking and beach access is also restricted due to erosion of the beach. Overshot Dam Loop Road is also closed due to flood damage.

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Applies from Tue 30 Mar 2021, 12.44pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 12.46pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Mar 2021, 8.51am

Closed areas: Eagles Nest track partial closure

Eagles Nest track is closed between Lyrebird track and Eagles Nest lookout due to a large tree fall.

For further information please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 10.37am

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk - Not suitable during rain or high river levels

The Bellinger River catchment has experienced above average rainfall over the past few months and river levels can rise quickly with rain.  River crossings on the Wilderness Walk become extremely dangerous when river levels rise and walkers may become stranded.

Do not do the walk during periods of high river levels or forecast rainfall.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology for river levels and rainfall before setting off.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Cast office on phone 66520900.

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Applies from Fri 20 Nov 2020, 3.47pm to Fri 30 Apr 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Mar 2021, 3.57pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for bushfire repair

Kumbatine Brook and Tuckybunyabah Roads in Kumbatine National Park are closed until Friday 30 April 2021. The closure is to enable bushfire recovery works to repair roads and walking tracks.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.05pm to Mon 31 May 2021, 3.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Mar 2021, 3.42pm

Closed areas: The Chalet and The Residence

The Chalet and The Residence will be closed for renovations from Monday 1 February to Monday 31 May 2021.

For more information, please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 12 Mar 2021, 12.58pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Mar 2021, 11.38am

Closed parks: Yessabah Nature Reserve permanently closed

Access to Yessabah Nature Reserve is permanently closed to unauthorised personnel. The former quarry area has limestone rock faces that are unstable and prone to rock fall. Other areas of the reserve are geologically unstable. 

Do not access this park. For further information call the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6711.

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Mar 2021, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Area permanently closed - Mermaid Pools

Access to Mermaid Pools is permanently closed including for swimming. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks and pools.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Mermaid Pools have never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Mermaid Pools.

For further information call the NPWS Verges Creek area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Thu 29 Oct 2020, 2.53pm to Fri 30 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 6.27pm

Closed areas: Hickeys Road

Hickeys Road is closed due to ongoing safety works and repairs to fire damaged bridges.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2015, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 May 2017, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Potential rock falls - Little Bay and Trial Bay

The granite cliffs surrounding Trial Bay and Little Bay are prone to rock fall. Do not climb cliffs or walk close to cliff edges. For further information please call Trial Bay Gaol on (02) 6566 6168.

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Local alerts

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