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Watagans National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Sat 31 December 2022, 9.49am

Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.49am.

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary.

This access to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 3.41pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.47am

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track until 24 February 2023 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.41am

Closed areas: Kariong Brook and Waterfall Closed

Kariong Brook, including access to the waterfall and waterhole on the Great North Walk is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

Signs will be in place around closed areas.

The Great North Walk will remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 9 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails as well as maintaining vegetation clearances.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.38am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.21am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until further notice due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 4.41pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to ongoing subsidence.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January for upgrades.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening February 2023)
  • No access to Perry's Lookdown Day Use Area from COB Wednesday 25th January 2023 until Tuesday 31st January COB to allow for helicopter operations.  Parking available along Hat Hill Rd. 
  • No access to walkers Perry's Lookdown waking track or day use area on Tuesday 31st January 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • No vehicle access to Pierces Pass picnic area from Monday 16 until Friday 27 January 2023 to allow for roadworks. Parking is available at top carpark.  Pierces Pass walking track remains open.  
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides. 
  • Burra Korain Camping area remains closed due to landslides and rock falls.  
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout.  Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30th January until Friday10th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.30pm to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.40pm

Safety alerts: Worimi Conservation Lands - caution

Worimi Conservation Lands is currently open to 4WD vehicles, but please exercise caution as the beach is recovering from recent high tides. Do not drive through sea water or whitewash, and look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop offs. If in doubt, turn around and drive back the way you came.

Please follow the directions of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel on the beach front, and do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Central Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 1.07pm to Fri 27 Jan 2023, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 1.35pm

Other planned events: Potential short notice park closure due to high visitation when carparks full

On Australia Day when the weather is hot, Munmorah State Conservation Area can be extremely busy as people plan for a day out at the beach.

As carparks fill up and public safety becomes an issue some parts of the park and carparks will be closed at short notice. 

If traffic congestion and visitation reaches its peak the entire park can be closed at short notice for public safety reasons and can be closed for an extended period of the day.

Peak times are 10:30am to 2pm we advise you plan your visit before and or after these times.

Areas likely to be affected by closures include:

  • Frazer Beach carpark
  • Birdie Beach carpark
  • Tea-tree carpark
  • Snapper Point carpark
  • Wybung Head carparks

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS local area office during business hours (office not open on public holiday) on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.06pm to Sat 11 Mar 2023, 12.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.11pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut Campground and Day use Area Closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December 2021 to Saturday 11 March 2023.

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

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Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Dudley Beach Road – Australia Day traffic management

Dudley Beach road will have traffic management in place on Thursday 26 January (Australia Day), Friday 27 January and Saturday 28 January 2023.

The road will be closed to vehicle traffic intermittently when car parking spaces are full. The road will re-open to vehicles when spaces are made available. Pedestrian access via Dudley Beach Road will be unaffected.

Traffic management is required to manage visitor safety and ensure access for emergency services if required.

NPWS recommend visitors limit disruptions and road closures by planning their trip. Consider visiting Dudley beach outside peak periods, car-pool where possible and limit your stay to two hours.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.29pm to Sun 12 Feb 2023, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.45pm

Closed areas: Moonee Beach walking track closed for upgrade works

Moonee Beach walking track will be closed from 30 January until 10 February 2023. Works will be carried out to widen this track and improve access. 

Access to Moonee Beach will be via Hooey Street or Moonee Beach fire trail only.

For further information contact the local NPWS area office on 4972 9000

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.26pm

Closed areas: Area closed for upgrade - Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works from Monday 30 January to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). 'The Coast' walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works.  This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Wed 23 Nov 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.41am

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook section closed

The Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground has closed due to flood damage. Please note that the rest of Wheeny Creek precinct remains open for bookings.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4720-6200.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 9.54am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Newnes campground closed due to landslide at Wolgan Gap

Newnes campground is closed until further notice due to road collapse and continuing land slip risk at Wolgan Gap following recent heavy rain.

This road is managed by Lithgow Council. Information updates will be posted when available.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Lithgow Council on 02 6354 9999. 

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 10.55am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel access

There is no access to Glow Worm Tunnel walking track from the Wolgan Valley, Pagoda track or Old Coach Road carpark. The only access is via Glow Worm tunnel carpark on the Newnes plateau. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 12.53pm to Fri 17 Mar 2023, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Deep Pass northern and Mt Cameron access road closed for repairs

Mt Cameron and the northern access road to Deep Pass camping area is closed to allow for repair work following storm damage.  The southern access road is open and in good condition following maintenance work. Walkers can access the camping area from the walking track that leads from the Deep Pass south car park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 17 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 12.25pm

Closed areas: BJs and It Happens mountain bike tracks temporarily closed

BJs and It Happens Mountain bike tracks are temporarily closed to Friday 28th February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Detours area available via High Roller and Dr Seuss mountain bike tracks. These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of the tracks and adhering to signage on park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 12 Jan 2023, 10.18am to Fri 10 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 7.51am

Closed areas: Vegetation works on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails

Vegetation maintenance works will take place on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails from Monday 16 January 2023 between the hours of 7am and 5pm, weather dependent. Please be mindful of machinery on the trail and follow the directions of workers. Visitors may experience some delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 8.47am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Wed 2 Nov 2022, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.35am

Safety alerts: Use caution on roads in Karuah National Park

Hobarts Forest Road and Tattersalls Campground Road are in rough condition due to erosion caused by recent heavy rain events.

In wet conditions these roads may be boggy and difficult to navigate in a 2WD vehicle.

Repairs are scheduled to begin in February 2023. Please use caution and drive to the conditions.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 10.05am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 9.40am

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.51am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.46am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Dec 2022, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Partial closure on Lone Pine Road

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed until further notice while damage to a bridge is being repaired.

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

 

 

Signs and barricades are in place around the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.43pm

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage:

  • California trail - closed until late December 2023
  • Martindale trail - closed until late February 2023
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - OPEN
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - OPEN
  • Mellong Range trail - OPEN
  • Bulga Trail - OPEN

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until early March 2023
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed until 11 March 2023.

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.21am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The South Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.40am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 8.18am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 8.18am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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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/the-narrow-place-lookout/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park in the North Coast region
  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.

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