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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: Fri 11 November 2022, 8.54am

Applies from Mon 21 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.27pm.

Closed parks: Capertee Valley Reserve Pest Management Operation

Capertee National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park and Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area are closed from 9am, Monday 21 November to 5pm, Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial and ground pest control operation. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area Office on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Sun 9 Oct 2022, 2.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 8.54am.

Closed areas: Ben Bullen trail (Moffits trail) closed due to trail damage

The following areas are closed until trail conditions allow repair work to be undertaken:

  • Ben Bullen trail (Moffits trail) from Hutchinson Road heading east to the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area boundary
  • Baal Bone Gap picnic area 

The trail has several large bog holes that are impassable to all vehicles. Due to these bog holes being impassable there is no through access to Wolgan Road from the Castlereagh Highway.

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 Mudgee Area office on 02 6370 9000.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Sun 27 Nov 2022, 8.41am

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
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout are closed due to major upgrades.
  • Mt Hay Rd will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December 2022 inclusive, for essential road maintenance. Fortress Canyon, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay and Butterbox Canyon will not be accessible. No access to the Grose Valley.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to major subsidence.  Detour in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lillian's Bridge track is closed from Inspiration Point track to Lillians Bridge due to major upgrades. 
  • Lady Carrington lookout is closed for a major upgrade.
  • 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.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Echo Point and Cliff View lookout due to major upgrades.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to major upgrades on Prince Henry.
  • Amphitheatre track is closed due to track repairs.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking routes are closed due to subsidence.
  • Six Foot Track is closed from Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conservation Hut, carpark and Valley of Waters picnic area are closed due to major upgrades. (opening late November)
  • Kedumba Valley Road is closed south of the Sublime Point Fire Trail due to major subsidence. 
  • Kedumba River campground closed due to subsidence on the access road.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work. (opening February 2023)
  • Evans lookout is closed to vehicles for major upgrade work with detours in place. (opening early December)
  • Grand Canyon car park closed, limited parking at Neates Glen and along Evans Lookout Road. (opening mid December)
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Grose River track is closed from Blue Gum Forest to Victoria Falls. (opening mid December)
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown camping area is closed.

Woodford, Lawson

  • Bedford Road and Murphy's Glen camping area are closed to vehicles due to slippery conditions and to protect road surface.
  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.

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.

 

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • Open: K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access available via Narrow Neck lookout track, Dunphy's campground, and from Kanangra Walls. Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.

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Applies from Thu 8 Sep 2022, 12.00pm to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 26 Nov 2022, 2.02pm

Closed areas: Woodford Oaks fire trail closed on weekdays

Woodford Oaks trail will be closed weekdays from Thursday 8 September to Monday 19 December 2022, due to roadworks.

Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.

 

Woodford Oaks trail and the following areas will be open to cyclists and walkers on weekends - no vehicles permitted in these areas:

  • Woodford Oaks fire trail for cyclists
  • Red Hands Cave 
  • Nepean lookout
  • Erskine Creek
  • Jack Evans walking track
  • Pisgah Rock
  • Machins Crater

Red Hands Cave walking track is still accessible during this period from Glenbrook Causeway to Red Hands Cave only via Campfire Creek walking track.

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

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 9.54am to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 1.56pm

Closed areas: Newnes campground closed due to landslide at Wolgan Gap

Newnes campground is closed until further notice due to road collapse and continuing land slip risk at Wolgan Gap following recent heavy rain.

This road is managed by Lithgow Council. Information updates will be posted when available.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Lithgow Council on 02 6354 9999. 

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Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 10.26am

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage:

  • California trail - closed until late December 2022
  • Martindale trail - closed until late January 2022
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - closed until late December 2022
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - closed until late December 2022
  • Mellong Range trail - closed until late November 2022
  • Commission Road - Open
  • Bulga Trail - closed until late December 2022 

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until late December 2022
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed until 31 December 2022.

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.24pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Govetts Leap lookout

The visitor precinct at Govetts Leap lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is closed for upgrades from Thursday 11 August 2022 to February 2023.

The carpark and lookout will be closed during construction.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the toilets at Govetts Leap lookout will remain open.

Access to walking tracks will be provided to tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly. Check the NPWS alerts page for updates.

The works include improvements to the lookout and carpark, and construction of new accessible pathways in the area.

The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on this webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 10.02am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400.

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Applies from Mon 14 Nov 2022, 11.58am to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 12.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 9.47am

Other planned events: Pest control operation

A pest control operation will take place in the following areas of Blue Mountains National Park:

  • Coxs River
  • Kedumba Valley

Pig control is undertaken by qualified pest control staff in accordance with shoot plans to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.

For further information call the NPWS Upper Mountains area office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 16 Nov 2022, 3.39pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 9.44am

Other planned events: Notice of ground pest control operation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking a ground trapping and shooting program targeting pigs in southern Blue Mountains National Park, Yerranderie State Conservation Area and Yerranderie Regional Park (Warragamba Special Areas) until Saturday 24 December 2022.

Do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Mon 10 Oct 2022, 9.00am to Mon 5 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 6.11pm

Closed areas: Access closed

Access to Deep Pass will be closed from 10 October – 5 December due to road works to restore access to the area.

Visitors are reminded to exercise caution on the roads, particularly following sustained periods of rainfall.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 14 Oct 2022, 12.19pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 12.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 10.01am

Closed parks: Turon National Park closed due to high river levels

Turon National Park is closed until 12pm, Friday 16th December 2022 due to high river levels and flood damage to river crossings. This closure may be extended depending on weather conditions. Any extensions will be posted as soon as possible.

River crossings are impassable and dangerous to all vehicles. Campgrounds will reopen when the river has subsided to a safe level and river crossings have been repaired.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the Oberon NPWS office on 02 6336 6200.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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Applies from Mon 14 Feb 2022, 7.42am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 12.08pm

Other incidents: Oaks Singles track closed for maintenance

Maintenance works are underway on Oaks Singles track from Friday 28 January 2022 until further notice, due to erosion issues and major safety concerns.

The track will undergo vegetation maintenance followed by the addition of sandstone surface. The works are to stabilise some sections and rock armouring in poorly drained sections.

In conjunction with roadworks on Woodford Oaks fire trail, Oaks Singles track will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 11 Nov 2022, 2.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 2.20pm

Safety alerts: High Clearance 4WD Only to the Valley Lookout

Due to wet weather, river crossings and trail surface damage there is only HIGH CLEARANCE 4WD ACCESS to the Valley Lookout.

2WD and AWD vehicles are only able to access Capertee National Park to the Woolshed Flat Area of the reserve.  

Please check the condition and depth of the river crossings before crossing.  Recovery of bogged vehicles may take several hours and incur a cost from a private towing/recovery company.

Mobile phone service is patchy throughout the reserve.  If in doubt please don't cross the river

 

For more information please contact the Mudgee Area Office on 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Fri 11 Nov 2022, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 10.45am

Closed areas: Southern section of Capertee National Park is closed due to flood damage

The southern section of Capertee National Park is closed to vehicles due to flood damaged causeways.

There is no vehicle access to the following areas/attractions:

  • Policeman's Point Campground
  • Airly Lookout
  • Carinya Fire Trail
  • Airly Gap Fire Trail
  • Port Macquarie Fire Trail

 

Visitors can still walk or cycle on these trails.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information please the Mudgee Area on 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Wed 21 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Linden Ridge fire trail closure for track work

Linden Ridge fire trail is closed, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 30 November 2022 for maintenance work.

Heavy earthmoving equipment will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.

Please note, Linden Ridge fire trail will open on weekends.

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

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Applies from Wed 9 Nov 2022, 10.16am. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 10.37am

Safety alerts: 4WD Only to Capertee Campground

High Clearance 4WD access to Capertee Campground.  Due to the recent wet weather the Capertee River causeway used to access the Capertee Campground is only suitable to high clearance 4wd's only.  No 2WD or All Wheel Drive vehicles will be able to access the campground.

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Applies from Mon 21 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.27pm

Closed parks: Capertee Valley Reserve Pest Management Operation

Capertee National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park and Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area are closed from 9am, Monday 21 November to 5pm, Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial and ground pest control operation. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area Office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Wed 5 Oct 2022, 12.00am to Fri 2 Dec 2022, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 9.31am

Closed areas: Coorongooba campground closed due to flooding

Coorongooba campground is closed until the 2nd of December 2022 due to flood damage.

This closure may be extended depending on river levels. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Nov 2022, 2.39pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Nov 2022, 1.04pm

Safety alerts: Colong-Oberon stock route - 4WD only access

The 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route to Yerranderie is only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Recent wet weather has caused slippery conditions with large muddy sections and some deep pot holes. Some creek crossings may be inaccessible for vehicles with low clearance.

Please drive carefully and be aware of road conditions. For more information, call the Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 1100.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 5.11pm

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no access vehicle or pedestrian access to the section of Ingar Road past the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Please do not enter private property.

This means there is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. Campers must hike in via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road.

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

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Applies from Mon 3 Oct 2022, 11.12am to Tue 10 Oct 2023, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Sat 5 Nov 2022, 9.20am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park - Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 2.14pm

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 Sat 16 Jul 2022, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.31pm

Safety alerts: Grose Valley walking tracks - Experienced walkers only

Walking tracks that are open in the Grose Valley (Blue Mountains National Park) may become indistinct with fallen trees and wash outs due to recent flood events. Experienced walkers only. 

For more information, contact the NPWS Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 11.43am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 10.12am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 fox ground baiting operation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in this park from Thursday 1 September 2022 to Tuesday 28 February 2023.

The operation will involve the use of CPE's containing 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for the control of wild dogs and foxes. Some red meat may also be used.

The program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs.

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 baiting locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the NPWS Central West area office at Bathurst for more information on 02 6332 7640 or send an email.

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Applies from Mon 18 Apr 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 11.34am

Safety alerts: Capertee National Park causeways

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

These causeways are subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rainfall upstream, making the causeways 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 Thu 24 Dec 2020, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 9.19am

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 13 Apr 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 9.19am

Closed areas: Carinya Fire Trail Closed due to rockfall risk

The Carinya Fire Trail is closed due to the rockfall risk caused by the recent wet weather.

 

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area NPWS office 02 02 6370 9000.

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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/baal-bone-gap-picnic-area/local-alerts

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