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Baal Bone Gap picnic area

Gardens of Stone National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 11 January 2021, 2.14pm

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.14pm.

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, 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 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 12.11pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Golden Stairs, due to rockfall (track repair works in progress).
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage.
  • Perrys lookdown and Acacia Flat campgrounds, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.
  • Point Pilcher Road, due to roadworks.
  • Wollangambe One Canyon, due to a dangerous whirlpool.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed walking tracks.

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 1.57pm to Sun 7 Feb 2021, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.43pm

Closed areas: McMahons fire trail closure

McMahons fire trail in Kurranjong is closed from Wednesday 6 January to Sunday 7 February 2021. Fire trail maintenance works involving the use of heavy earth-moving equipment will be happening at that time.

This closure may be extended, depending on weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 2.07pm to Sun 7 Feb 2021, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Faulconbridge Ridge closed due to track maintenance

Faulconbridge Ridge will be closed from Wednesday 6 January to Sunday 7 February 2021. Fire trail maintenance works involving the use of heavy earth-moving equipment will be happening at that time.

This closure may be extended, depending on weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 8.12am to Sat 30 Jan 2021, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 11.36am

Safety alerts: Grand Canyon walking track - one way

Grand Canyon walking track has been made one way until Saturday 30 January 2021. Please enter the loop track at Evans lookout and exit at Neates Glen. This change is due to record visitation levels and to help maintain social distancing. Please follow the directions of all signage in place on the track.

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Applies from Sun 3 Jan 2021, 7.35am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 2.47pm

Closed areas: Wollangambe One Canyon

Wollangambe One Canyon is closed until further notice. Recent heavy rains have caused water levels to rise and conditions in the canyon to change. A dangerous whirlpool has formed mid-way through the canyon.

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Applies from Wed 6 Jan 2021, 12.40pm to Tue 6 Apr 2021, 12.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Donkey Mountain closed

The Donkey Mountain area of Gardens of Stone National Park is closed due to safety issues arising from severe wildfire and flood events. The steep slopes remain unstable and potential visitors should consider other locations for a safe and enjoyable walking experience.

The area will be re-assessed in April 2021. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For further information contact the NPWS Oberon office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 1.11pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings, or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.

From 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

The closed campgrounds are:

  • Parr State Conservation Area
    • Heartbreak Hill campground
  • Wollemi National Park
    • Colo Meroo campground
  • Yengo National Park
    • Blue Gums campground
    • Mountain Arm campground
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
    • Dingo Dell

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 2.32pm

Safety alerts: Drinking water in Capertee National Park

You'll need to bring your own water for drinking and cooking in Capertee National Park. Water supplied at Capertee Homestead and Capertee Cottage is untreated and only suitable for showering and washing dishes.

Campers at Capertee and Policemans Point campgrounds should not use water from Capertee River for drinking or cooking. 

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 5.39pm

Closed areas: Golden Stairs closed

Golden Stairs is closed due to a major landslide. Ruined Castle can be accessed via Furber Stairs or the Giant Stairway. 

Construction work has begun and will be ongoing until further notice. The work involves rock removal, scaling and site remediation. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Please do not enter this area, as it could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Dec 2020, 11.25pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.16pm

Fire bans: Goulburn River National Park part 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)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces in Spring Gully and Big River campgrounds.

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.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.15pm

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)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces provided in Capertee campground and Capertee Homestead.

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 Thu 1 Oct 2020, 9.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 12.19pm

Fire bans: Wollemi National Park part park fire ban

A part 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)

Campfires are permitted in the following campgrounds unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • Colo Meroo
  • Coorongooba
  • Dunn's Swamp Ganguddy
  • Newnes
  • Wheeny Creek

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the NSW Rural Fire Service or 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 Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.14pm

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, 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 27 Nov 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 7.42am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban will be in place in this park from Friday 27 November 2020 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 25 Sep 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 18 Oct 2020, 6.23pm

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - river access

Access to the Coorongooba campground is via a causeway through the Capertee River. This causeway is subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 18 Sep 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 18 Oct 2020, 6.23pm

Safety alerts: Capertee National Park causeways

Access to Capertee Homestead, Capertee Cottage, Capertee campground and the western side of Capertee National Park is via a causeways through the Capertee River.

These causeways are subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 25 Mar 2020, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Sep 2020, 5.08pm

Closed areas: Partial building closures

Outdoor areas within Hartley Historic Site and Hartley Historic Visitor Centre (including the shop and gallery) are open. The Talisman Gallery is open.

Some buildings ain Hartley Historic Site are currently closed. These include:

  • Hartley Courthouse
  • Old Post Office Cafe
  • St Bernards Church

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Applies from Tue 1 Sep 2020, 2.25pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Sep 2020, 8.48am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using Canid Pest Ejectors and fresh meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 1 September 2020 and Sunday 28 February 2021 in Winburndale Nature Reserve and Girralang Nature Reserve. 

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected and must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity of these nature reserves and must not enter these baiting locations (as 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Central West area office at Bathurst on 02 6332 7640. 

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Applies from Thu 11 Jun 2020, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jul 2020, 5.28pm

Closed areas: Bicentennial National trail partial closure

Some sections of the Bicentennial National trail remain closed due to bushfire and flood damage. Please contact the local area office to check if the section you wish to travel is open.

Please check the Bicentennial National trail website for further information regarding COVID19 and the trail, before planning your trip.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.51pm

Other planned events: Marangaroo National Park

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Marangaroo National Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 10.16am

Closed areas: Tramway trail closed due to rockfall

The Tramway trail in Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area is closed. The closure is due to a rockfall adjacent to the trail, and remains in place until further notice. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 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/baal-bone-gap-picnic-area/local-alerts

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