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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 5.29pm

Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 1.02pm to Fri 7 Jun 2024, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 5.29pm.

Closed parks: Closed Park for aerial shooting pest control operation

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial shooting for pest animal management purposes from Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June 2024 in Werakata National Park (NP).

The purpose of the program is to primarily target deer as part of a state-wide conservation program and address our biosecurity obligations. It aims to reduce the significant impact deer have on threatened species and to reduce the economic impact of deer on neighbouring vineyards.

The shooting area will be closed to all visitors when aerial shooting is underway. Closure signs will be placed at all formal visitor access points to the shooting area.

Do not enter the shooting area. Penalties apply to unauthorised entry during closures.

For information please email npws.lowerhunter@environment.nsw.gov.au or call the Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 10.14am

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.
  • Leura Falls lookout is closed from Monday 20 May for upgrade works.
  • Glenraphael Drive (Narrowneck Plateau) will be closed south of the pumping station road (abseil site) on Tuesday 21 May for a helicoper operation. 
  • Fern Bower between Prince Henry Cliff walk (Grand Cliff Top walk) and Amphitheatre track is closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Federal pass between the Cooks Crossing (Kedumba River) and the Giant Staircase is closed due to a landslide.  No access along Federal Pass from the bottom Giant Stairs to Scenic World.  
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Solitary Loop and Federal Pass west of Scenic World are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Sections of Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) and Round walk are closed between Prince Henry picnic area and Scenic World until the end of June 2024 for track maintenance. Follow detour on Cliff Drive. Access to Furber Steps is from Prince Henry picnic area (Katoomba Falls Kiosk). Detours in place..
  • Bridal Veil View lookout and track (Leura) are closed for maintenance.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Gordon Falls picnic area and Elysian Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fern Bower track, Echo Tree and Flat Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Please use Cliff Drive as short detour. 
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.   
  • Six-Foot track is affected by multiple road closures.

Wentworth Falls and Woodford   

  • Valley of 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.
  • Charles Darwin walk (part of the Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fletcher Street and Weeping Rock. Detours are in place to provide directions to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to a major landslide and ongoing risks.
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Bedford Creek Trail will be closed Mon-Fri from 27 May to 5 July 2024 due to road repairs. There will be no access from Anderson Fire Trail or Murphies Road to Ingar Camping Area. There will be also be no exit to Woodford from Andersons Fire Trail. Trials and Camping area will be open Sat & Sun. Ingar Camping Area open Sat night only.    

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond Grand Canyon car park from 7:00am Tuesday 28th May to 5pm Wednesday 29th May 2024 for road repairs. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout during this time. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon car park toilets.
  • Williams track (Govetts descent) and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rockfalls and landslides.
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information. Pulpit Rock walking track from Popes Glen is open as far as the NPWS boundary (as shown on Google maps).

Adventure recreation, canyons, abseiling and rock climbing

Some adventure recreation areas and routes are specifically closed where the access or exit road/track is mentioned above.  

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

Applies from Thu 23 May 2024, 6.36am to Fri 7 Jun 2024, 6.37am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 May 2024, 6.42am

Closed areas: Area closed for construction

Some parts of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area are closed from Thursday 23 May to Friday 7 June 2024 while decommission works are undertaken. The closed areas are:

  • Woods Point Fire Trail 
  • Woods Point Day Use Area 
  • Morisset Picnic Area 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 1.02pm to Fri 7 Jun 2024, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 5.29pm

Closed parks: Closed Park for aerial shooting pest control operation

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial shooting for pest animal management purposes from Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June 2024 in Werakata National Park (NP).

The purpose of the program is to primarily target deer as part of a state-wide conservation program and address our biosecurity obligations. It aims to reduce the significant impact deer have on threatened species and to reduce the economic impact of deer on neighbouring vineyards.

The shooting area will be closed to all visitors when aerial shooting is underway. Closure signs will be placed at all formal visitor access points to the shooting area.

Do not enter the shooting area. Penalties apply to unauthorised entry during closures.

For information please email npws.lowerhunter@environment.nsw.gov.au or call the Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 2.48pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Abercrombie River National Park (NP), Abercrombie River State Conservation Area (SCA), Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve (KCR), Kanangra-Boyd NP Mares Forest NP and Turon NP.

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 Oberon NPWS area office for more information on 02 6336 6200.

Applies from Tue 30 Apr 2024, 10.35am to Thu 30 May 2024, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 10.34am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Ryhope Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Ryhope Trail from Tuesday 30th April 2024 until Tuesday 30th May 2024.

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Wakefield Road along Ryhope Trail to the intersection of Quarry Trail in the east.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 30 Apr 2024, 10.20am to Thu 30 May 2024, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 10.17am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Quarry Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Quarry Trail from Tuesday 30th April 2024 until Tuesday 30th May 2024.

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Cessnock Road along Quarry Trail to the intersection of Wakefield Road in the north.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 27 Feb 2024, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 10.22am

Closed areas: Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

The Blue Gum Hills Playground will be closed from Thursday 29 February 2024 to Thursday 31 May 2024 while the Playground upgrades occur.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 10.29am

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2023, 8.08am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.05am

Closed areas: Climbers Walking Track Closed after Wildfire - Watagans NP

The Climbers Walking Track between Gap Creek Camping Area and Bangalow Camping Area is closed due to the recent wildfire. Timber steps and walking track edges have been lost and the track surface is now unstable. It will take some time to repair and make safe. Visitors are asked not to use the track for their own safety. The nearby Gap Creek Waterfall track is open and available to visitors. For further information please contact the NPWS area office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 6 Oct 2023, 10.10am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.11am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.07am

Closed areas: Gap Creek Forest Walk Closed - Watagans NP

Gap Creek Forest Walk from the intersection of the Gap Creek Falls Walking Track is closed due to a landslip and unstable rocks above the track. Due to the risk visitors are asked to stay out of the area beyond the current barrier until the area can be made safe. For further information please contact the NPWS Area Office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.05am

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 City Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the Georges Road intersection in the Watagans NP.

This access road to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

Work is currently underway way but will be complex, involve geotechnical planning, major earthworks and road realignment. 

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 Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Thu 7 Oct 2027, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 9.08am

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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 8.46am

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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Local alerts

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