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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 2.47pm

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.
  • Fern Bower, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass are closed for a helicopter operation from Tuesday 31 January to Friday 3 February.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Tallawalla lookout and Solitary Restaurant is closed for a helicopter operation from Tuesday 31 January to Friday 3 February.
  • 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 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 western end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening March 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • 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 further information.
  • No vehicle access to Perry's Lookdown Day Use Area until 6pm on Friday 3rd February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  Parking available along Hat Hill Road. 
  • No walking access to Perry's Lookdown Day use Area and waking track to Blue Gum Forest on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.
  • 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 Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.29am

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 in late March 2023 (prior to Easter). A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 has also affected access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslips. However work is scheduled to start on both landslips on 11th February 2023.

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 23 Sep 2022, 12.11pm to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.40am

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

Watagan Forest Road remains the only vehicle access road into and out of Watagans National Park and the adjacent Heaton State Forest for the remainder of 2022 and up to the end of June 2023. This is due to major landslips on both Mount Faulk Road and Watagan / Heaton Road.

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.  
  • 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 Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.38am

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. Repair work is schedule to begin mid February 20223

Road barriers are in place on Mount Faulk Road below Bangalow Road  and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Monkey Face 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 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to flooding

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents. 

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 Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 2.00pm

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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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.

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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 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.19am

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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