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Astills picnic area

Werakata National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 13 January 2020, 3.35pm

Applies from Tue 24 Dec 2019, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jan 2020, 3.35pm.

Closed parks: Parks closed due to bushfire

Werakata National Park and Werakata State Conservation Area are closed due to dangerous bushfire conditions. This closure remains in place until further notice, and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. For further information call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Dec 2019, 2.47pm.

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 2.16pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to dangerous fire conditions

This park is closed due to current fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm to Sat 29 Feb 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 12.02pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - areas now open

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
  • Evans Leap lookout
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls walking tracks including Federal Pass between Scenic World and Fern Bower
  • Conservation Hut
  • Empress Falls and canyon
  • Euroka campground, Jellybean, Blue Pool and Mount Portal
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum Swamp
  • Ingar and Murphys Glen campgrounds
  • Woodford - Oaks trail
  • Narrow Neck (Glenraphael Drive as far as the locked gate only – not safe beyond this point)
  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Victoria Falls Road fire trail
  • Nellies Glen

The following areas and locations in Blue Mountains National Park remain CLOSED due to the bushfires and hazards: 

  • Tracks and canyons in and around the Grose Valley and north of the Bells Line of Road (including Grand Canyon and Vale of Avoca)
  • There is no access permitted into the Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley, Grose Valley or any other remote areas
  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail are closed
  • Glenbrook precinct is closed (except Euroka and sites listed above as open)
  • Narrow Neck is closed past the locked gate
  • There is no access to Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs or Mount Solitary

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 8.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 9.08am

Fires - Advice: Green Wattle Creek

There is a fire in this park called Green Wattle Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Sat 26 Oct 2019, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 4.02pm

Fires - Advice: Gospers Mountain

There is a fire in this park called Gospers Mountain. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Mon 25 Nov 2019, 6.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 4.08pm

Fires - Advice: Little L Complex

There is a fire in this park called Little L Complex. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Wed 4 Dec 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jan 2020, 9.54pm

Fires - Advice: Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky

There is a fire in this park called Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Tue 24 Dec 2019, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jan 2020, 3.35pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to bushfire

Werakata National Park and Werakata State Conservation Area are closed due to dangerous bushfire conditions. This closure remains in place until further notice, and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. For further information call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jan 2020, 8.18am

Closed parks: Parks closed due to fires nearby

Due to the current bushfire situation and very high fire danger, the following parks in the Central Coast area are closed:

  • Jilliby State Conservation Area
  • Watagans National Park

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park is closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis. For more information, visit the Rural Fire Service website. 

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.54am. Last reviewed: Sat 28 Dec 2019, 8.18am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Watagans National Park

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Dec 2019, 2.47pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.51am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jan 2020, 8.18am

Closed areas: Monkey Face Road lookouts and picnic area closed

Due to the very high fire danger, Monkey Face Road in Watagans National Park is closed until the fire danger decreases. As a result, there is no public access to Monkey Face lookout, Gap Creek lookout or Monkey Face picnic area. The following walking tracks are also closed:

  • Monkey walking track
  • Climbers walking track

Monkey Face Road is a long and narrow access road to the lookouts. In the event of a fire, there is only one way out which could be cut by fire and falling trees.

This lookout is closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis.

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.46am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jan 2020, 8.15am

Closed areas: Bangalow Road campgrounds and picnic areas closed

Due to the very high fire danger, Bangalow Road in Watagans National Park is closed until the fire danger decreases. As a result, there is no public access to Bangalow picnic area and campground or Gap Creek picnic area and campground. The following walking tracks are also closed: 

  • Gap Creek Falls walking track
  • Gap Creek Forest walk
  • Climbers walking track

Bangalow Road is a long and narrow 4.8 km access road to the campgrounds. In the event of a fire, there is only one way out which could be cut by fire and falling trees.

These areas will closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis.

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Avoid remote areas of park until fire conditions improve

NSW National Parks advises visitors to avoid remote areas of all parks in this area until fire conditions improve. For further information contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Dec 2019, 3.18pm

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2018. There is restricted access to the Morisset Hospital Site and Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore and 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, please contact Central Coast 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. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 9.40am

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 conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

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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Astills Picnic Area, Werakata National Park. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government