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Bents Basin Road picnic area

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 11.44am

Applies from Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.15am to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 11.44am.

Closed parks: Park Closure

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed from 4th April 2024 until 1 July 2024 due to flood damage from the rain event of the 5th and 6th of April 2024

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 local park office.

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

Applies from Tue 23 Apr 2024, 8.00am to Fri 5 Jul 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 9.32am.

Closed parks: Closed for ground pest control operations

Bents Basin SCA is closed due to pest animal control shooting operations.

Shooting operations will occur on select nights throughout this period, excluding weekends and public holidays. The operations will run from sunset to sunrise, where the park will be closed for public access.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.15am to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 11.44am

Closed parks: Park Closure

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed from 4th April 2024 until 1 July 2024 due to flood damage from the rain event of the 5th and 6th of April 2024

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 local park office.

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 Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 10.14am

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.
  • Leura Falls lookout is closed from Monday 20 May for upgrade works.
  • Glenraphael Drive (Narrowneck Plateau) will be closed south of the pumping station road (abseil site) on Tuesday 21 May for a helicoper operation. 
  • Fern Bower between Prince Henry Cliff walk (Grand Cliff Top walk) and Amphitheatre track is closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Federal pass between the Cooks Crossing (Kedumba River) and the Giant Staircase is closed due to a landslide.  No access along Federal Pass from the bottom Giant Stairs to Scenic World.  
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Solitary Loop and Federal Pass west of Scenic World are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Sections of Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) and Round walk are closed between Prince Henry picnic area and Scenic World until the end of June 2024 for track maintenance. Follow detour on Cliff Drive. Access to Furber Steps is from Prince Henry picnic area (Katoomba Falls Kiosk). Detours in place..
  • Bridal Veil View lookout and track (Leura) are closed for maintenance.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Gordon Falls picnic area and Elysian Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fern Bower track, Echo Tree and Flat Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Please use Cliff Drive as short detour. 
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.   
  • Six-Foot track is affected by multiple road closures.

Wentworth Falls and Woodford   

  • Valley of 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 (part of the Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fletcher Street and Weeping Rock. Detours are in place to provide directions to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to a major landslide and ongoing risks.
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Bedford Creek Trail will be closed Mon-Fri from 27 May to 5 July 2024 due to road repairs. There will be no access from Anderson Fire Trail or Murphies Road to Ingar Camping Area. There will be also be no exit to Woodford from Andersons Fire Trail. Trials and Camping area will be open Sat & Sun. Ingar Camping Area open Sat night only.    

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond Grand Canyon car park from 7:00am Tuesday 28th May to 5pm Wednesday 29th May 2024 for road repairs. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout during this time. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon car park toilets.
  • Williams track (Govetts descent) and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rockfalls and landslides.
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information. Pulpit Rock walking track from Popes Glen is open as far as the NPWS boundary (as shown on Google maps).

Adventure recreation, canyons, abseiling and rock climbing

Some adventure recreation areas and routes are specifically closed where the access or exit road/track is mentioned above.  

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

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Applies from Mon 8 Apr 2024, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Luxfords Trail Closed

Luxfords Trail is closed while track maintenance and repairs are undertaken.

The eastern and western extents of the park can be accessed by Mainwaring Street, Ropes Crossing and Callistemon Circuit, Jordan Springs.

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

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2024, 11.10am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 May 2024, 11.30am

Closed areas: Jingga Walking Track

The Jingga Walking Track is closed due to the impacts of heavy rainfall. The walking track will be assessed for damage and rockfall/landslips and will be reopened after it has been assessed as safe for visitors.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 11.48am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.30pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Bangadilly National Park (NP), Bargo State Conservation Area (SCA), Burragorang SCA, Guula Ngurra NP, Joadja Nature Reserve (NR), Nattai NP, Upper Nepean SCA and Upper Nepean SCA Stage 2 lands managed by NPWS.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the 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 Glenbrook NPWS area office for more information on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 2.48pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Abercrombie River National Park (NP), Abercrombie River State Conservation Area (SCA), Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve (KCR), Kanangra-Boyd NP Mares Forest NP and Turon NP.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the 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 Oberon NPWS area office for more information on 02 6336 6200.

Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 11.45am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 11.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.28pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Blue Mountains National Park.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the 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 NPWS area office for more information:

Blackheath 02 4787 8877

Oberon 02 6336 6200

Glenbrook 02 4720 6200

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 12.48pm to Tue 15 Oct 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Glenbrook precinct closure

The Glenbrook precinct will be closed on weekdays for major roadworks, from Monday 29 April to Tuesday 15 October 2024.

Heavy machinery and vehicles will be in operation from Mondays to Fridays during this period. Access beyond the entry gate will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. 

The closed areas (Mondays to Fridays) include:

  • Woodford - The Oaks trail
  • The Single track 
  • Euroka campground
  • Red Hands Cave
  • Red Hands Cave walking track
  • Jack Evans track
  • Nepean lookout
  • Nepean River walking track
  • Pisgah Rock
  • Mount Portal lookout
  • Tunnel View lookout
  • Jellybean Pool
  • Blue Pool
  • Glenbrook Gorge walking track

The precinct will open on weekends, with most areas accessible. 

The following areas will be open on weekends:

  • Euroka picnic area
  • Woodford - The Oaks trail
  • The Single track
  • Mt Portal and Tunnel View lookouts
  • Jellybean Pool
  • Blue Pool 
  • Glenbrook Gorge walking track

Other sections, including Red Hands Cave and Euroka campground, will remain closed over the weekend. The precinct will fully reopen as soon as works are complete.

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

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Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 12.38pm to Thu 10 Oct 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 1.50pm

Closed areas: Woodford-Oaks trail closed weekdays until October 2024

Woodford-Oaks trail is closed weekdays to all cyclists and pedestrians due to heavy machinery in operation.

Please note: Both The Oaks track and The Single track will be open to cyclists on weekends.

The trails will fully reopen as soon as works are complete.

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

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Applies from Thu 11 Apr 2024, 1.58pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 May 2024, 12.45pm

Safety alerts: Thirlmere Lakes National Park - damage to roads from recent heavy rain

The roads in Thirlmere Lakes National Park have been damaged by recent heavy rains. Park visitors are advised to take extra care when driving on roads in the park.

In particular, Pumphouse Road has sustained surface damage, so visitors are advised to enter the park through Slades Road where possible.

Due to the rise in lake levels, sections of the walking track are likely to be underwater and may not be passable.

 

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. 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).

Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 8.59am to Sat 2 Nov 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 3.09pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program from Thursday 2 May 2024 to Friday 1 November 2024 in the following areas:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Abercrombie River State Conservation Area
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern section)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolga
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • 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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 23 Apr 2024, 8.00am to Fri 5 Jul 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 9.32am

Closed parks: Closed for ground pest control operation

Gulguer NR is closed due to pest animal control shooting operations.

Shooting operations will occur on select nights throughout this period, excluding weekends and public holidays. The operations will run from sunset to sunrise, where the park will be closed for public access.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Tue 23 Apr 2024, 8.00am to Fri 5 Jul 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 9.32am

Closed parks: Closed for ground pest control operations

Bents Basin SCA is closed due to pest animal control shooting operations.

Shooting operations will occur on select nights throughout this period, excluding weekends and public holidays. The operations will run from sunset to sunrise, where the park will be closed for public access.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Apr 2024, 12.44pm

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 4720 6200.

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Applies from Sat 4 Mar 2023, 9.52am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 2.41pm

Hazard reduction burns: Red Hand Cave HR

There is a fire in this park called Red Hand Cave 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 Thu 18 Apr 2024, 1.43pm to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Northern section of park closed for ground pest control operation

Northern section of park closed for a ground pest control operation.

 

The northern section of Burragorang State Conservation Area is closed between 6pm and 6am every day, except weekends, between 29 April and 30 Sep 2024 for a ground pest control operation.

The closure will extend from Ridge Road & Fire Trail 10a through to the northern extent of the park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai Area Office at (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4.32pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 4.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Mar 2024, 10.22am

Safety alerts: Remote walking track conditions

Remote routes within the Kanangra Wilderness Area including Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) trail have been impacted by heavy fire regrowth and flood damage.

In some places, tracks are no longer visible and are not easy to navigate, taking longer to traverse than expected. Limited to zero water sources are currently available along routes.

If you plan to walk in the area, please ensure you have an appropriate level of experience, navigation skills and equipment including Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). 

Mobile reception is limited so alternative communication methods are strongly recommended.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Dec 2023, 12.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for ground pest control operation

Some areas in this park are closed from 12am, December 18 2023 to 12am, March 18 2024 for a ground pest control operation.

The closed areas are:

  • Warrells Trail off Obrien's Road
  • The area between Warrells Trail and Basket Creek

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office: (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Apr 2024, 5.01pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track - Bowtells Bridge closure

Bowtells swing bridge on Six Foot track is closed to protect public safety. An upgrade is being planned and the bridge is expected to reopen in May 2024. Signs and barriers are in place to prevent access onto the bridge.

Crown Lands, which manages the bridge, is advising track users not to attempt to cross Coxs River. Any attempts to cross the river are at your own risk and are discouraged due to the potential for slips or falls, rainfall and risk of flash flooding.

For further information visit the Six Foot track website.

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Applies from Fri 6 Oct 2023, 11.39am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Mar 2024, 6.58pm

Closed parks: Yiraaldiya National Park closed during the establishment of feral predator-free area

Yiraaldiya National Park is a feral predator-free area. This means that feral predators, such as red foxes and feral cats, are being eradicated from the park. Locally extinct native wildlife are being reintroduced, including eastern bettongs, koalas and long-nosed bandicoots. For this reason, there is no access to the park while the feral predator-free area is being established. Once complete, the park will open for sustainable visitor access and enjoyment, and educational and research opportunities.

During the closure period visitors may not visit the park, and only NPWS staff and authorised contractors and volunteers are allowed entry to the park. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local park office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Wed 18 Aug 2021, 5.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 9.28am

Closed parks: Prospect Nature Reserve closed public

Prospect Nature Reserve is closed to the public indefinitely as it's part of a Special Water catchment area. There is no public access at any time.

If you wish to visit the Prospect Reservoir area, Andrew Campbell Reserve on William Lawson Drive has picnic tables, playground and toilet facilities.

For more information about visiting Andrew Campbell Reserve, please contact Sydney Water on 13 20 92. 

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 9.27am

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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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/bents-basin-road-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Bents Basin State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area is open 8am to 6pm from May to August and 8am to 8pm from September to April. The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from on-park pay machines that accept coins and credit cards, and you can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

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Emergency services

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