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Boarding House Dam picnic area

Watagans National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 20 July 2020, 8.16am

Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am.

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 23 Nov 2020, 1.20pm to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 1.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 3.51pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road - Roadside vegetation trimming

Roadside vegetation trimming will be continuing on Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area from Monday 23 November 2020 until Tuesday 1 December 2020. The work will take place between Siding Road in the south and finish at the Phil Tunks Road intersection. Drive to the conditions and follow the directions of the advisory signs and onsite contractors employed by NPWS to complete this work.

The purpose of the work is to improve driver safety by improving sight lines and to prepare for future roadworks. For more information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 17 Nov 2020, 3.48pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 3.39pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Nov 2020, 12.14pm

Safety alerts: 1080 fox and wild dog program underway

1080 poison feral animal baiting restarts on selected roads in Watagans National Park from Tuesday 17 November 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021. The baiting is also occurring on some adjacent properties with the permission of land-owners. Roads affected include:

  • Rope Road
  • Bowmans Road and part Harris fire trail
  • Ingles Road
  • Carrolls Road
  • Georges Road

Visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in the national park at any time. 1080 poison is toxic to domestic cats and dogs. Seek urgent veterinary care if you suspect your animal has taken a bait.

The baiting is targeting foxes and wild dogs which are a major predator of native wildlife including brush-tailed rock wallabies.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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 Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 May 2020, 12.13pm

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.

The 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 Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not accessible by 2WD vehicles.  4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. 

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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

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 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and potential vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of 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 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.00am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road

Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area and the southern section of Wyong State Forest is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage.  4WD access is available from the Jilliby Road access in the south, north to the Middle Ridge Road Intersection. 

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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/boarding-house-dam-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park in the North Coast region
  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.

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