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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

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Applies from Fri 9 Jul 2021, 1.36pm to Fri 6 Aug 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Jul 2021, 12.00pm

Closed areas: Monkey Face Road closed

Monkey Face Road in Watagans National Park is closed for road repairs until 5pm Friday 6 August 2021. There will be no vehicle access to Monkey Face lookout during this time but pedestrian traffic is permitted. 

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

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Applies from Tue 20 Jul 2021, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 8.16am

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to landslide

Brunkerville trail is closed due to a landslip during recent flooding event. Repair works are planned and the trail will re-open once the works are complete.

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

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Applies from Sat 10 Jul 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Jul 2021, 11.06am

Closed areas: Gap Creek and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks closed

The three walking tracks from Gap Creek picnic area are currently closed due to storm damage and a planned major upgrade to Gap Creek Falls walking track. Work is currently underway and will continue until the end of October 2021.

Due to the dangerous nature of the work no visitors will be permitted. Alternative bushwalks are located:

  • At Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Via Georges Road to Great North walk 
  • In adjacent State Forest areas.

The work consists of the removal of encroaching and fallen vegetation, installation of 300 new sandstone steps to the base of Gap Creek Waterfall, the repair of drainage controls and the removal of dangerous overhanging rocks.

The aim is to improve and make walking tracks safer for all visitors to Watagans National Park.

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Jul 2021, 10.14am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks
  • The Climbers walking track

NPWS is currently assessing a commissioned geo-technical report on the landslide to determine the best options for repair prior to tendering for a contractor. A quote has been accepted for the road repair and this work will start next month. The entry gate is currently locked and no visitor access is permitted.

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 Wed 5 May 2021, 3.18pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Jul 2021, 9.02am

Safety alerts: Notice of pest management program

A pest management program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be undertaken between Saturday 1 May to Sunday 31 October 2021. 

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between the Monday 10 May and Friday 14 May 2021.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs.

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, please contact the local office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 8.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 3.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock. This program is carried out as part of the following Blue Mountains Branch Pest Management Strategies: Western Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan & Post Fire Aerial Baiting Program.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please email or call the NPWS Bulga Office on (02) 6574 5555

Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Awaba Bay Foreshore walk partial closure

The section of Awaba Foreshore walk between the Northern Boundary fire trail and Alexander's picnic area is closed from Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice, due to a landslip.

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

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Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 May 2021, 2.54pm

Closed areas: Toilets closed for maintenance

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park toilets will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday 11 May to Friday 14 May 2021. The toilets will close again from  Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May 2021. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 May 2020, 12.13pm

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.

The 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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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

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 Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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