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Back Creek picnic area

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

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Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Dudley Beach Road – Australia Day traffic management

Dudley Beach road will have traffic management in place on Thursday 26 January (Australia Day), Friday 27 January and Saturday 28 January 2023.

The road will be closed to vehicle traffic intermittently when car parking spaces are full. The road will re-open to vehicles when spaces are made available. Pedestrian access via Dudley Beach Road will be unaffected.

Traffic management is required to manage visitor safety and ensure access for emergency services if required.

NPWS recommend visitors limit disruptions and road closures by planning their trip. Consider visiting Dudley beach outside peak periods, car-pool where possible and limit your stay to two hours.

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Applies from Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to flooding

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents. 

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 Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 2.00pm

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 Tue 17 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 12.25pm

Closed areas: BJs and It Happens mountain bike tracks temporarily closed

BJs and It Happens Mountain bike tracks are temporarily closed to Friday 28th February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Detours area available via High Roller and Dr Seuss mountain bike tracks. These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of the tracks and adhering to signage on park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.46am

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

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/back-creek-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in the North Coast region
  • Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is open 7.30am to 8pm during daylight savings (7.30am to 5pm at other times), but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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