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Nepean lookout

Glenbrook area in Blue Mountains National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 1 July 2020, 3.53pm

Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.56pm to Wed 15 Jul 2020, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 3.53pm.

Closed areas: Glenbrook precinct - Track maintenance

Several fire trails in the Glenbrook Precinct of the Blue Mountains National Park are closed for maintenance. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

Woodford Oaks fire trail will be closed on Monday 6 July 2020, and will reopen on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Nepean lookout and Red Hands Cave fire trails are closed from Tuesday 7 July to Friday 10 July 2020. Nepean lookout fire trail is open prior to these dates, however the condition is rough. Please drive with caution.

The following areas, when closed, wont be accessable by vehicle, on foot or bike:

  • Pisgah Rock and fire trail
  • Nepean lookout and fire trail
  • Jack Evans track
  • Red Hands Cave

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jul 2020, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Closed campsites

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.

From 1 June, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

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

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

NPWS is working to reopen campgrounds and accommodation where possible, however some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire/flood damage.

From Monday 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will 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, COVID-19, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • 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.
  • McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba, Dunphys and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage.
  • Ingar campground is closed to vehicles due to private property access. Ingar Road is closed to vehicles, bikes and walkers where it traverses private property at the eastern end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. 
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking tracks are closed due to fire damage.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes, Kanangra to Katoomba closed south of Mobbs Swamp (Yellow Pup spur), Katoomba to Mittagong.

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Hat Hill Road is closed to vehicles due to floods and repairs. Lookouts are open to walkers and cyclists.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top, Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, Victoria Falls, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon), due to fire damage.
  • Dunphys/Green Gully, Perrys, Burra Korain and Acacia Flat campgrounds are all closed.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath including Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • The Range fire trail to Wombeyan Caves Road is open (although Wombeyan Caves remains closed)
  • The Oberon-Colong Stockroute is only open to Mount Werong campground.
  • Yerranderie remains closed.

Canyons

  • Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay are closed. All other canyons are open.

Rock climbing areas

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


The following areas are open: 

Katoomba

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. 
  • Mount Hay Road, Fortress Ridge, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay summit and Butterbox Point
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • Six Foot track is open to walkers.
  • Kedumba Valley road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Bells Line of Road

  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (social distancing required).
  • Evans lookout, Grand Canyon, Govetts Leap, Fairfax Heritage track.
  • Braeside fire trail (not walk).
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and cyclists only, all the way to Perrys lookdown (no access to Grose Valley). 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 lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • Mount Banks (Mount Banks Road cycle route and Summit walk).
  • Walls lookout and Rigby Hill routes.
  • Narrow Neck routes including Golden Stairs and Tarros Ladder.  
  • Wild Dogs routes north of Mobbs Swamp (including Splendour Rock, Breakfast Creek, Knights Deck, Tin Pot/Iron Pot).   

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

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.

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

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.56pm to Wed 15 Jul 2020, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 3.53pm

Closed areas: Glenbrook precinct - Track maintenance

Several fire trails in the Glenbrook Precinct of the Blue Mountains National Park are closed for maintenance. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

Woodford Oaks fire trail will be closed on Monday 6 July 2020, and will reopen on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Nepean lookout and Red Hands Cave fire trails are closed from Tuesday 7 July to Friday 10 July 2020. Nepean lookout fire trail is open prior to these dates, however the condition is rough. Please drive with caution.

The following areas, when closed, wont be accessable by vehicle, on foot or bike:

  • Pisgah Rock and fire trail
  • Nepean lookout and fire trail
  • Jack Evans track
  • Red Hands Cave

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10.41am to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 10.22am

Closed parks: Bents Basin State Conservation Area closed - Storm damage

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed due to storm damage. The closure will be reviewed on Friday 31 July 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 Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Jun 2020, 10.57am

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 1 Jul 2020, 9.58am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10.50am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program is ongoing from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (Including Bullnigang and Millnigang trails)

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 office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 18 Mar 2020, 2.54pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 11.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jun 2020, 3.18pm

Closed parks: Gulguer Nature Reserve closed - storm damage

Gulguer Nature Reserve is closed due to storm damage. The closure will be reviewed on Friday 31 July 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 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 2.02pm

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 Mon 1 Jun 2020, 10.57am to Wed 8 Jul 2020, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jun 2020, 10.32am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting for post bushfire relief

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a post fire relief aerial baiting program using fresh meat, containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing between Monday 1 June and Wednesday 8 July 2020. 

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs maybe 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 of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Blackheath office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 27 May 2020, 1.00am to Thu 30 Jul 2020, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jun 2020, 9.46am

Other planned events: Feral pigs pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground-based pest management program for feral pigs in Burragorang State Conservation Area, Nattai State Conservation Area, Nattai National Park and Wollondilly Nature Reserve. This ground trapping program will run from Wednesday 27 May to Thursday 30 July. It will reduce the impacts of feral pigs on wildlife and water quality.

For more information please call NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area, Mount Annan office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 1.01pm

Closed areas: Cave Creek picnic area closed

Cave Creek picnic area is closed.

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

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 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 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 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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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/nepean-lookout/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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Euroka - Nepean River walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin