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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Sep 2022, 5.17pm

Safety alerts: Road closures

All roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. Closed roads include:

  • Carrolls Road
  • Ingles Road

The closures are due to rain and 4WD damage. Please do not drive on these roads as they are hazardous, and recovery vehicles may not be able to reach a stranded vehicle driver.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 12.11pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Sep 2022, 4.48pm

Safety alerts: Watagans National Park and Heaton State Forest - changed access

Due to major landslips on Mt Faulk Road and Watagan/Heaton Road, Watagan Forest Road remains the only vehicle access into and out of Watagans National Park and the adjacent Heaton State Forest for the remainder of 2022.

Access to both Watagan Forest Road and Heaton Sate Forest is either via Martinsville Hill Road, Martinsville or Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty from Friday 23 September 2022.

The following visitor areas will be accessible via Watagan Forest Road:

  • Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Gap Creek and Monkey Face lookouts
  • Georges Road lookouts
  • Heaton lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Watagan Forest Headquarters campground
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Please note:

  • Bangalow Road and Gap Creek campgrounds remain closed to repair a major landslip near the entry gate.  
  • Roadworks are also occurring in areas of nearby Heaton State Forest.
  • If rain persists it may again be necessary to close Watagan Forest Road for driver safety and to minimise damage to the newly repaired road.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Sep 2022, 4.43pm

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 landslip.

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.

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Applies from Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.00am to Sat 15 Oct 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.35am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in this park from Saturday 8 October to Friday 14 October 2022.

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.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 1 Sep 2022, 11.53am to Fri 7 Oct 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 10.41pm

Closed areas: Mangrove Boardwalk closed due to damage

The Mangrove Boardwalk is closed from Thursday 2 September 2022 to Friday 7 October 2022 due to it being unsafe with numerous trip hazards.

Signs will be in place around the closed areas

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Sep 2022, 11.13am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mount Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored before the end of December 2022. A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 cut all access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslips. Once the Mount Faulk Road landslip is repaired by the Forestry Corporation, NPWS can schedule the repair of Bangalow Road landslips. 

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Sep 2022, 3.14pm

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 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Sep 2022, 7.23pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

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

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Applies from Thu 18 Aug 2022, 3.02pm to Sun 16 Oct 2022, 3.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.39am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Wollemi National Park from Monday 5 September 2022 to Friday 16 September 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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.

For more information, please contact the following local area offices:

  • Kanangra Area- 02 6336 6200
  • Hawkesbury-Nattai Area - 02 4632 4500
  • Wollemi-Yengo Area - 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee Area - 02 6370 9000

Applies from Thu 18 Aug 2022, 2.57pm to Sun 16 Oct 2022, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.40am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 5 September 2022 to Friday 16 September 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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 NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Thu 18 Aug 2022, 2.53pm to Sun 16 Oct 2022, 2.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.41am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Gardens of Stone National Park from Monday 5 September 2022 to Friday 16 September 2022.

The operation will use meat baits containing 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 the 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.

For more information, please contact the Kanangra Area office on 02 6336 6200 or the Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Aug 2022, 10.26am

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road closed due to major landslip

Mount Fault Road is closed until further notice due to a major landslip below Bangalow Road.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access into Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park due to the landslip, which has removed a larger section of the access road . Please avoid the area due to the high safety risk.

Road barriers are in place on the corner of Mount Faulk Road and Freemans Drive and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Heaton lookout Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Forestry Corporation of NSW website.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.55am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Wollemi National Park on the following dates:

  • Wollemi-Yengo and Mudgee areas: Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area: Monday 2 May to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.50am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Gardens of Stone National Park on the following dates:

  • Mudgee area from Monday 9 May 2022 to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area from Monday 2 May 2022 to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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