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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

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Applies from Tue 10 May 2022, 9.35am to Fri 20 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 2.15pm

Closed areas: Ramsar Road closed for maintenance

Ramsar Road in Hunter Wetlands National Park is closed for maintenance from Thursday 5 May to Monday 20 May 2022.

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

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.43pm

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program Watagans National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Watagans National Park from Sunday 22 May 2022 to Sunday 6 June 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 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 Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah for more information on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 1.57pm to Fri 24 Jun 2022, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 4.42pm

Safety alerts: Georges Road safety alert

Georges Road has been affected by rain and 4WD damage. The road is very slippery with waterfilled holes that will affect driver safety.

Please avoid driving on this road until weather conditions improve.

Walkers using the Great North Walk can still traverse the walking track.

For further information please contact the NSW Central Coast Area office on 02 4972 9000. 

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Applies from Sat 23 Apr 2022, 2.13pm to Fri 20 May 2022, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 2.12pm

Closed areas: Watagan Forest Road closed for works

Watagan Forest Road is closed due to recent heavy rain affecting ongoing roadworks. There is no access to Boarding House Dam picnic area.

The road is extremely wet and slippery and is unsafe for all vehicles. Current conditions are preventing work from continuing. The road is expected to reopen in late May, however this depends on conditions. Please use Martinsville Hill Road to access Olney State Forest visitor areas.

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

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 May 2022, 8.44am

Safety alerts: Part of Watagan Road not suitable for 2WD vehicles

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.

This council road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. The road is also obstructed by a fallen tree and rock debris. This road should only be used for essential traffic. Take care and drive safely.

Roadworks planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to the new financial year.

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

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Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 10.16am to Fri 27 May 2022, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 May 2022, 12.35pm

Other planned events: Native Dog Road - maintenance

Maintenance works are happening on Native Dog Road from Monday 9 May to Friday 27 May 2022, pending weather conditions. Please follow directions provided on site. 

For further information contact your local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 12.12pm

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road - Drive with caution

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

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

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.52am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.33pm

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 9 May to Friday 20 May 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 Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.33pm

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, 9.12am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.23pm

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 9 May to Friday 20 May 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 Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Hawkesbury-Nattai area at Mt Annan: 02 4632 4500
  • 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: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 4.00pm

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, 8.46am to Mon 20 Jun 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 3.53pm

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 9 May to Friday 20 May 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 Area office for more information:

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

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 3.52pm

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 Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.28pm to Tue 31 May 2022, 2.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 2.33pm

Closed areas: Western Firetrail closed

Western Firetrail is closed until further notice due to damage from recent rainfall events.

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 1.46pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 9.08am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrades

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 7 March to Wednesday 31 August 2022 for fire trail upgrades. The following fire trails will be closed:

  • Big Hill
  • Bee Box
  • Boundary (Werakata)
  • Dam
  • Elcom
  • Ferguson
  • Fishers Folly
  • Kearsley South
  • Kitchener East
  • Missing Link
  • No 1
  • North Basin
  • Pelton
  • Pinnacle
  • Powerline (Kitchener)
  • Racecourse
  • Red Hill
  • Sandpit
  • Sawpit (Kitchener)
  • South Basin
  • Southams
  • Tomalpin
  • Unnamed Kata
  • Unnamed Werakata

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

 

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 9.47am

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. 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 prior to the end of August 2022. Delays in preparing the tender documents, heavy rain, new landslips and COVID staff shortages have again delayed work commencing.

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 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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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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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/astills-picnic-area/local-alerts

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