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Apple Tree picnic area

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 21 May 2019, 4.07pm to Fri 5 Jul 2019, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2019, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for Scheyville pest management program

Some areas of this park are closed in the evenings due to a pest management program in Scheyville, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The following areas in Scheyville National Park are closed:

  • The Midson Road section
  • The Dormitory Hill Road section
  • Scheyville horse riding trails and precinct
  • Migrant walk
  • Scheyville Camp precinct

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 4 Jun 2019, 2.41pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jun 2019, 1.41pm

Closed areas: Shark Beach closed

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park is closed until further notice. It is unsafe to swim at Shark Beach.

The shark net and a pylon have been damaged due to severe weather conditions. The damaged shark net is not operating and may deteriorate further.

The damaged shark net could cause injury. NSW National Parks are working to repair the net.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Sat 1 Jun 2019, 11.31am to Sat 31 Aug 2019, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2019, 9.59am

Other planned events: Great North walk diversion - Patonga

Central Coast Council is redeveloping Dark Corner boat ramp and carpark at Patonga. During construction, access to Great North walk at this location in Brisbane Water National Park will be diverted to a pedestrian track along the beach. The project is expected to be finished by the end of August 2019.

This project is part of the NSW Roads and Maritime Services Boating Now program. For further details about the project, please email Central Coast Council or call 1300 463 954. You can also email the NPWS Central Coast area office or call 02 4320 4200. 

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Applies from Sat 25 May 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 May 2019, 1.27pm

Hazard reduction burns: Pile Burn Gundy Place

There is a fire in this park called Pile Burn Gundy Place. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2019, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2019, 2.54pm

Closed areas: Bellamy trail closure

Bellamy trail in Berowra Valley National Park is closed due to unsatisfactory bridge conditions and will remain closed until further notice. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Berowra Valley National Park office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2019, 4.25pm to Mon 30 Sep 2019, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2019, 4.53pm

Closed areas: North Head fox control operations

A fox control operation is in progress across North Head from Tuesday 8 May 2019 until further notice. Areas where trapping is underway will be signposted. Please keep to the centre of formed tracks.

Some areas may be closed temporarily. Signage will be in place around any closed areas.

For further information please contact the Sydney North Area office on 02 9451 3479 during weekdays or 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) on weekends.

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Applies from Fri 3 May 2019, 3.52pm to Sun 1 Sep 2019, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Lady Bay Beach closed

Lady Bay Beach will be closed at times from May to August 2019. NSW National Parks will be repairing the sandstone retaining wall and replacing the staircase above the beach during this time.

To ensure visitor safety, the beach will be closed at times during repairs. Please don't enter closed areas during construction. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Alternative beach access is available nearby at Camp Cove, and there are clothing-optional beaches at Cobblers and Obelisk beaches in Mosman.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 7000, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 30 Apr 2019, 4.00am to Tue 25 Jun 2019, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Apr 2019, 10.00am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for fox control as buried baits in Bouddi National Park. The program will start on Tuesday 30 April 2019 and finish by Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 poison baits are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 2.13pm

Closed areas: Casuarina Track closed between Boree Road and Davidson picnic area

Casuarina track between Carrol Creek and Davidson Picnic area, Forestville is closed indefinitely due to the removal of the stairway down to the picnic area after safety concerns. Lyrebird track is the recommended alternative access which connects to the Governor Philip Walk or Ferguson Street. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Forestville office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 10 Apr 2018, 7.00am to Sat 31 Aug 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 2.50pm

Other planned events: Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge maintenance works

NSW Roads and Maritime Services are undertaking essential maintenance work on Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge, Old Pacific Highway. Users of the Great North Walk may experience temporary delays at this location between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

The anticipated completion date is August 2019.

For further details about the proposed maintenance work, visit the RMS project webpage. Alternatively, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 or by email.

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Applies from Fri 1 Feb 2019, 1.00am to Wed 31 Jul 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2019, 10.43am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 fox baiting program will occur from Friday 1 February 2019 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 in Lane Cove National Park. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules which are laid on tracks and trails. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. The 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North West (Lane Cove) area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Feb 2019, 1.00am to Wed 31 Jul 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2019, 10.42am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 fox baiting program will occur from Friday 1 February 2019 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 in Sydney Harbour National Park (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North headlands). The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules which are laid on tracks and trails. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. The 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Middle Head) area office on 02 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Feb 2019, 1.00am to Wed 31 Jul 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2019, 10.40am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 fox baiting program will occur from Friday 1 February 2019 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 in Garigal National Park. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules which are laid on tracks and trails. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. The 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Forestville) area office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Feb 2019, 1.01am to Wed 31 Jul 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jun 2019, 10.39am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 fox baiting program will occur from Friday 1 February 2019 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits or ejector capsules which are laid on tracks and trails. Do not touch baits or ejector devices as they contain poison. 1080 is lethal to dogs and cats, and pet owners are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information during business hours please call the NPWS Sydney North (Forestville) area office on 02 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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 Mon 4 Jun 2018, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jul 2018, 8.54am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Bewrowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on (02) 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Jan 2019, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Collins Flat closed

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 2019. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Flat Rock track - partial closure

A section of Flat Rock track - from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance - is currently closed until further notice due to track safety issues where the track passes through private property near Killarney Point:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase area Forestville office on (02) 9451 3479.

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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 Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail

There is no public access available through private property to Old Wagstaffe trail. Signs indicate where public access is not permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/picnic-areas/apple-tree-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Bobbin Head Information Centre
      02 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
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