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Bateau Bay Beach picnic area

Wyrrabalong National Park

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.31pm

Safety alerts: Frazer Beach access stairs (near campground) closed due to extensive erosion

Frazer Beach access stairs are temporarily closed due to extensive erosion. Works will be scheduled to stabilise and fix these stairs as soon as possible. Until then the stairs will remain closed. NPWS apologises for this inconvenience. 

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Applies from Fri 1 Mar 2024, 7.48am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 7.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 8.18am

Other planned events: Brooklyn Dam fire trail maintenance works

There will be surface maintenance works on the Brooklyn Dam fire trail between William St, Brooklyn and the end of the Jerusalem Bay trail, including Brooklyn Dam campsite, from the 2 April 2024. Expect delays and be follow instructions of NPWS staff and contractors. Jerusalem Bay trail will remain open during this time.

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

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Applies from Wed 3 Apr 2024, 9.49am to Fri 19 Apr 2024, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 4.34pm

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles due to a recent increase in illegal activities.

The road will remain closed until Friday 19th April 2024 while investigations are undertaken, and further recommendations are made.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists.

 

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

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 11.18am

Closed areas: Timber Beach and Timber Beach walking track are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Timber Beach walking track is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. This area is extremely eroded and hazardous and this closure is in place to keep the public safe. 

The are has limited access for emergency services and carrying out rescues is extremely difficult and puts rescuers in danger.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Mon 25 Mar 2024, 2.37pm to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 11.02am

Other planned events: Roadworks affecting users of the Great North Walk north of Karool Road

Ausgrid is undertaking essential maintenance work on Mooney Creek Access Track off Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek.

Users of the Great North Walk north of Karool Road along Mooney Creek Access Track may experience temporary delays between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, while machinery is operating.

Take care when entering this area and follow the directions of roadwork signs and onsite contractors.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 22 Feb 2024, 7.00am to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Mar 2024, 1.03pm

Closed areas: Rocky Point trail closed for Central Coast Council maintenance works

Some parts of this park are closed from Thursday 22 February to Friday 26 April 2024 for Central Coast Council to undertake urgent pipeline repair works. The closed areas are:

  • Rocky Point trail
  • Allen Strom lookout

Signs will be in place around closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 1.55pm

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 Mon 18 Mar 2024, 3.35pm to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 3.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2024, 4.42pm

Other planned events: Demolition of Elizabeth Bay amentities block

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be demolishing the amenities block within the Elizabeth Bay picnic area. NPWS has determined that the Elizabeth Bay amenities block is dilapidated, unhygienic and does not meet NSW Health and Safety regulation standards or the Australian Building Code for a public toilet facility. The amenities have reached a point that it is no longer financially viable to continue to maintain and repair them. The amenities have been closed for approximately the last 3 years.

Works are estimated to begin early to mid April and will involve the establishment of a works compound, the safe demolition of the amenities block, concrete path and garden bed. Work will also include the disconnection of the water main and removal of the water meter.

To gain access to undertake the works the old telegraph poles and supports around the carpark area will be removed and then replaced with sandstone blocks to accommodate cars and trailers to the entire extent of the area. The area will be tidied up and a new surface laid to the carpark.

Access to the boat ramp and carpark will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. Works are expected to take 4 – 6 work days. (weather permitting). NPWS contractors will undertake works Monday to Friday only during the hours of 7am to 5pm to keep impacts to local residents to a minimum.

 

If you would like any further information, please contact Stacy Wilson, Ranger Central Coast Area on 4972 9029. Alternatively, you can email stacy.wilson@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2024, 9.57am to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Apple Tree Bay to the Mt-Ku-ring-gai access track. There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

The Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai is open for use.

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 Thu 14 Dec 2023, 3.34pm to Mon 1 Jul 2024, 1.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2024, 2.59pm

Safety alerts: Major Roadworks in Jilliby State Conservation Area - Commencing 27 December 2023

Major roadworks are scheduled to commence from Wednesday 27th December 2023 in Jilliby State Conservation Area (Southern Precinct) and part of Ourimbah State Forest.

Partial and intermittent road closures should be expected. The roads that will be affected are:

  • Red Hill Road
  • Prestons Ridge Road
  • Bradleys Point Road
  • Campbells Point Road and 
  • Tooheys Road.

 

Visitors are asked to avoid the area (if possible). Otherwise, please be aware of trucks and machinery using and working on the above roads and to drive to the conditions. Warning signs and traffic control will be in place. Work is expected to be completed by June 2024. The work is funded as part of the Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) program aimed at providing safe and strategic fire trails for fire response and access.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.26am

Other planned events: Temporary access closures to trails at Middle Camp - Catherine Hill Bay - Munmorah State Conservation Area for external developer construction works.

Middle Camp DA/2238/2017 - has begun works in the Catherine Hill Bay area adjacent to lands managed by Munmorah State Conservation Area. These works due to the location now has temporary closures to access trails for Munmorah SCA. This is necessary for the contractor managing this development in order to maintain a safe construction site and public safety.

NPWS apologises for the inconvenience and are unable to provide alternate access.

This temporary closure affects: 

  1. Collier fire trail
  2. Powerline fire trail and 
  3. Middle Camp fire trail

Please be advised that these closures will not stop access to fire vehicles in emergencies and does not cause a safety concern.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 1.07pm

Closed areas: 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 or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please be aware of 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 Tue 6 Feb 2024, 3.44pm to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Mar 2024, 11.19am

Other planned events: Sphinx Memorial repair works

Repair works are underway at the Sphinx Memorial from Monday 12 February to June 2024. There will be changed access to the memorial for the duration of these works. The carpark and the Sphinx track remain open. Please follow directions of signs and contractors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.14pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.33pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

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 Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 9451 3479 or Lane Cove area office on 8448 0400 during business hours. For after-hours enquiries, contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 8.00am to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Jan 2024, 8.39am

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

The last 850m of Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only.

This section is not suitable for 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 need to walk the last 850 metres to access the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Jan 2024, 10.55am

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 Sat 28 Oct 2023, 3.54pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.06am

Closed areas: Daniels Pt Road and Maculata Fire Trail Closed -Jilliby SCA

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 Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 9.59am

Closed areas: Muirs Lookout Picnic Area - Closed

Muirs Lookout Picnic Area on Prickly Ridge Road has been closed due to ageing infrastructure, obstructed lookout views to the coast and very low public visitation. Alternative picnic facilities are located nearby in Olney State Forest and Watagans National Park. Further information on other places to visit can be obtained via the NPWS or Forestry Corporation websites. 

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Applies from Tue 13 Jun 2023, 6.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track closed

Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track, including access to the waterfalls will be closed until 30 June 2024 while the picnic area is being upgraded.

The proposed upgrade will improve visitor safety, accessibility and protect sensitive cultural heritage.

Consider visiting the nearby Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well established picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Area Office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 9.17am

Closed areas: No access to Old Wagstaffe trail 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.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Mar 2024, 9.20am

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 Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Nov 2023, 9.33am

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 further notice 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 8.46am

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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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 9.29am

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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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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