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Bonnie Vale picnic area

Royal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 31 December 2020, 9.03am

Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4.21pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am.

Closed areas: Increased visitation - Possible closures on busy days

Royal National Park can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be close when carparks are full include:

  • Wattamolla Beach and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (including carpark for Figure 8 Pools)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For up-to-date information on which areas are closed on any given day follow @RoyalNPAlerts on twitter or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. 

Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 9.28am to Fri 19 Feb 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11.19am.

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal repairs are happening to the north-west section of Bonnie Vale campground to stabilise scouring. The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. Please stay on the track and do not enter the campground.

For more information call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 2.39pm

Closed areas: Audley boatshed - conservation and repair works

The Audley Boatshed will be undergoing important conservation and repair works. Boat hire is suspended and the boatshed, its slipway and a part of the carpark to the west will be closed during this period. Allambie Flat picnic area and carpark remains open. Details on these works are available from the Audley Precinct upgrades webpage.

For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 25 Jan 2021, 1.45pm to Fri 2 Apr 2021, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 11.43pm

Other incidents: Alcohol free zones

The following parks are all alcohol free zones from Thursday1 October 2020 to Thursday 1 April 2021:

  • Sydney Harbour National Park (including the harbour islands)
  • Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Malabar Headland National Park
  • Wolli Creek Regional Park

Milk Beach, Queens Beach and Hermit Point (part of the Hermitage Foreshore) are included in these alcohol free zones and are closed to all groups of10 or over. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Vaucluse area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Tue 22 Dec 2020, 10.22am to Mon 8 Feb 2021, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 5.20pm

Other planned events: Bare Island tours resuming

Bare Island tours will resume on Sunday 7 February 2021 with a limited capacity per tour of 15 people.

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Applies from Sun 24 Jan 2021, 9.05am to Fri 29 Jan 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Temporary alcohol free zones

Temporary alcohol free zones have been established in Sydney Harbour National Park until 5pm on Friday 29 January 2021.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 11 Jan 2021, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 11.03am

Closed areas: Ridge walking track

Ridge walking track is closed until Monday 1 March 2021 due to damage to the pedestrian bridge at the eastern end.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 10.20am

Closed areas: Malabar Headland Anzac Rifle Range

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Monday 11 January through to Sunday 17 January 2021 
  • Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021

Please note: 

  • ANZAC Rifle Range is booked for shooting from Monday 11 January to Sunday 17 January 2021.
  • Normal Club shooting day Saturday 16 January 2021
  • The 2020 Queens Championships are scheduled to be held from Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021.

3. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark).
  • Park entry gates are closed

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

 

Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 11.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.21am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 9.58am

Closed areas: Kurnell exhibition and theatre areas closed

The exhibition area of Kamay Botany National Park Visitor Centre is closed to ensure COVID-19 safety is appropriately managed for visitors. This closure will be reviewed monthly. Please check the website for updated information. 

You can still access Kurnell Visitor Centre for information, retail purchases and park pass sales. Signage is in place around the closed areas inside the building.

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Applies from Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2.49pm to Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 3.20pm

Closed areas: Yeramba Lagoon loop track partially closed

Yeramba Lagoon loop walking track in Georges River National Park is closed from behind Henry Lawson Drive down to the lagoon.

The pedestrian bridge over the lagoon runout channel has been removed while the weir is removed. This section of track is impassable and has been closed off.

This section is expected to reopen in late February 2021.

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Applies from Fri 18 Dec 2020, 11.40am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 5.36pm

Other planned events: Increased visitation - Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID-safe distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to be prepared and:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm
  • Explore lesser-known spots
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park, and
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4.21pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am

Closed areas: Increased visitation - Possible closures on busy days

Royal National Park can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be close when carparks are full include:

  • Wattamolla Beach and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (including carpark for Figure 8 Pools)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For up-to-date information on which areas are closed on any given day follow @RoyalNPAlerts on twitter or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. 

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Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 9.28am to Fri 19 Feb 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11.19am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal repairs are happening to the north-west section of Bonnie Vale campground to stabilise scouring. The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. Please stay on the track and do not enter the campground.

For more information call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.08am

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food

Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.

Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.

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Applies from Mon 2 Nov 2020, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Ferry wharf reinstatement

Transport for New South Wales are currently undertaking land-based investigations in support of the reinstatement of the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell within Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

These areas are still open to the public, however there may be some minor disruptions to some areas of usual access and parking. To find out more about this project please visit the Transport for NSW website.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6.52pm

Closed areas: North Head Fire - closed areas

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage. The closed areas include:

  • North Head Scenic Drive, after the carparks opposite Bella Vista Cafe and before the North Head Scenic Drive loop road.
  • Bluefish Drive past the Gunner Road Car Park entrance
  • Fairfax walk and lookout
  • All tracks and trails south of Bluefish Drive and along North Head Scenic Drive past the Q Station roundabout.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • North Head Scenic Drive until just beyond the Bella Vista Cafe
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local park office on 02 9960 6266, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.59pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Middle Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.14pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.33pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walking track - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.18pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.32pm

Other planned events: Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.06pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Arabanoo lookout and Dobroyd Head area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.04pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.29pm

Other planned events: Georges Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.53pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.15pm

Other planned events: Collins Flat Beach - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.50pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.08pm

Other planned events: Fairfax walk and lookout - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.45pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.06pm

Other planned events: Bradleys Head Amphitheatre - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 2.35pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.05pm

Other planned events: North Head - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Sep 2020, 12.37pm

Safety alerts: Clark Island wharf

The decking between the main wharf and the island has a maximum capacity of 2 people at a time.

Heavy loads are not permitted on the decking until further notice. Take care when disembarking from a boat on Clark Island.

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

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 will take place between Thursday 27 August 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

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 NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.55am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting 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 Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021 in Sydney Harbour National Park.

The affected areas are:

  • Chowder Bay
  • Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands (North Head includes adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station)

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are signposted.

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 Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266 during business hours. Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 4.29pm

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening and closing times

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, the gate is open from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September each year, the gate is open from 6am to 6pm

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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/bonnie-vale-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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