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Bateau Bay Beach picnic area

Wyrrabalong National Park

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Applies from Tue 6 Dec 2022, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 4.20pm

Hazard reduction burns: Bombi Road HR

There is a fire in this park called Bombi Road HR. 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.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.43pm

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 12.14pm

Other planned events: Temporary fencing at West Head lookout

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place from January to June 2023.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.31am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 9.06am

Closed areas: Elvina Trail closed for upgrade works

Elvina trail will be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 9 December 2022. The trail will be open after 5pm and on weekends. This is so upgrade works can be completed.

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

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Applies from Tue 6 Dec 2022, 3.25pm to Sat 17 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 4.20pm

Other planned events: Bobbin Head bridge closure

The Bobbin Head bridge will be closed to vehicles from Monday 12 December 2022 to Friday 16 December 2022 for mandatory bridge repairs by Transport for NSW. There will be pedestrian only access across the bridge, as weight restrictions apply. Traffic control will be in place.

  • For access to Apple Tree Bay (ATB) enter via the Mount Colah entrance.
  • For access to Empire Marina enter via the North Turramurra entrance.
  • Empire Marina, Bobbin Inn Cafe, Gibberagong playground, ATB boat ramp and kiosk will remain open.

For more information, contact the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 4.16pm to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 3.32pm

Closed areas: Temporary closure and delays along Apple Tree Bay Road

Some parts of this park are partially closed from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 23 December 2022 while slope stability works are being undertaken. There may be temporary closures and delays along Apple Tree Bay Road whilst works are completed.

  • Traffic Control will be in place.
  • You can still access Apple Tree Bay Boat Ramp

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 7.00am to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Dec 2022, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Area closed for emergency road works

Some parts of this park are closed from Wednesday 7 December to Friday 16 December 2022 while Hawke Head Drive is being upgraded. The emergency road works will be conducted between 0700hrs and 1700hrs Monday to Friday. Access to Tallow Beach campground for booked campers will be permitted at this time, drivers are asked to drive with caution. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Girrakool local NPWS office on ()2) 43204200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 3 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.10am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Fri 2 Dec 2022, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 4.12pm

Safety alerts: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety there is NO THROUGH or RETURN ACCESS to/from the south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel Trail.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety there is NO THROUGH or RETURN ACCESS to/from the west of Great Mackerel Beach via the North Mackerel track which is closed.

Please remember the risks associated with visiting natural areas including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.41am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 8.29am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head toilet blocks closed for upgrades

The toilet blocks at Orchard Park and Gibberagong will be closed for upgrades and will reopen in early 2023 (weather dependant). There will be temporary toilets in place while the works are being carried out.

For more information, please contact the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 25 Nov 2022, 9.02am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.03am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 9.05am

Closed areas: Wybung Road closed for essential maintenance works

Wybung Road is closed for essential maintenance works.

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Applies from Wed 16 Nov 2022, 9.43am to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 8.07am

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track from Monday 21 November to Friday 23 December 2022 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 12.48pm

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between the Cherry Lane trackhead and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Nov 2022, 8.31am

Closed areas: Fire trails and roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.01am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

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 local park office.

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.00am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until Sunday 4 December 2022 due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 8.22am

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 8.09am

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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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 8.12am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road fire trail closure

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of The Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road.

This trail is dormant and not open for public use. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 8.13am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 8.26am

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The South Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 8.39am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

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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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Sun 5 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.21pm

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 6 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Sep 2022, 8.16pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Fri 15 Jul 2022, 12.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 9.24am

Closed areas: Frazer Beach to Frazer campground access closed

The access track from the northern end of Frazer Beach to Frazer campground is currently closed due to damage caused in a recent flood event. Alternate access to Frazer Beach is available.

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

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Applies from Tue 25 Jan 2022, 4.10pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 11.57am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 8.05am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closure

Berowra walking track, from Berowra to Apple Tree bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track, is closed until further notice.

There is a significant threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS will further assess the track and carry out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 9.39am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.39pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 7.16am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices.

All baiting locations are identifiable 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 the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440.

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Applies from Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10.44am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 8.09am

Closed areas: Muirs lookout picnic area closed

NPWS has closed Muirs lookout and picnic area effective from Monday 20 June 2022. 

Factors contributing to the closure include:

  • road access is not suitable for 2WD vehicles and has been damaged and eroded following heavy and ongoing rainfall
  • visitor facilities, including picnic tables and toilets, are unsafe and outdated
  • toilets don’t meet NPWS and health standards
  • views from the lookout to the coast have diminished due to grown tall trees and vegetation. 

The surrounding area, including Watagans National Park and neighbouring state forests, have alternative sites for lookouts and picnic areas.

The closest lookouts are located off Mt Faulk Road to the north and include Heaton, Hunter and Macleans lookouts.

For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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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/bateau-bay-beach-picnic-area/local-alerts

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