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Bonnie Vale picnic area

Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 25 Feb 2020, 1.16pm to Wed 26 Feb 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 3.28pm

Closed areas: Wattamolla toilets closed for urgent maintenance

The toilets at Wattamolla in Royal National Park will be closed from 7am Wednesday 26 February to 7am Thursday 27 February 2020 while contractors undertake urgent maintenance works.

The nearest public toilets can be found at Bonnie Vale in Bundeena or Garie Beach.

We recommend walkers on The Coast track plan to use the toilets at:

  • Eric Street, Bundeena at the start of the track for southbound travel
  • Garie Beach for northbound travel

We apologise for any inconvenience. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648 or 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Mon 24 Feb 2020, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9.12am

Closed areas: Walumarra track closed

Walumarra walking track in Royal National Park is closed due to a collapsed bridge until further notice.

For more information, contact the NPWS Royal Visitor Centre 02 9542 0666.

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Applies from Mon 24 Feb 2020, 8.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Feb 2020, 9.37am

Other planned events: Fox baiting program underway

A fox baiting program will take place in Towra Point Nature Reserve from Monday 24 February to Monday 9 March 2020. Areas where baiting is underway will be signposted. The area is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Domestic pets are not permitted.

This program is part of the Little Tern and Pied Oystercatcher Saving our Species program to protect nesting shorebirds. For more information, call the Kurnell Visitor Centre on 02 9668 2000.

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 10.58am

Closed areas: Kellys Falls closed for maintenance

Kellys Falls picnic area in Garawarra State Conservation Area is closed for tree maintenance from Wednesday 26 February to Thursday 27 February 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal NPWS Visitor Centre 02 9542 0666.

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Applies from Wed 5 Feb 2020, 3.35pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Feb 2020, 8.32am

Other incidents: Varneys Bridge closed during maintenance

Varneys Bridge at Audley will be undergoing maintenance between Sunday 23 February 2020 and Friday 6 March 2020. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access across the bridge during this period.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.50pm

Other planned events: Toilet closure - Kurnell

The toilets at the Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch areas in Kamay Botany Bay National Park will be closed for repairs from Monday 3 February 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Toilets will be available at the Visitors Centre, a short walk from the closed buildings. Picnic areas and the surrounds will remain accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Kamay Botany Bay National Park office on 02 9668 2010 or email npws.sydneysouth@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Sat 1 Feb 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.36am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Sydney Harbour National Park. This includes Chowder Bay and 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.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office:

  • Middle Head on 02 9960 6266 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Mon 28 Oct 2019, 11.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.35pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19 February to Wednesday 4 March 2020 for an event
  • Thursday 26 March 2020

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 17 May 2019, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Feb 2020, 2.37pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland rifle range operation schedule

For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations. Tese closures may occur with little or no notice. 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.

When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • 3rd Sunday of the month

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, email the Environment line

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Applies from Thu 2 Jan 2020, 3.31pm to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.57am

Other planned events: Annual passes no longer available at Middle Head office

From Tuesday 31 December 2019, annual passes will no longer be sold at NPWS Middle Head office. Passes can be purchased online, in person or by phone.

Online:

In person:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre. 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mt Colah 2079. Open 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lane Cove National Park office. Max Allen Drive, Lindfield 2070. Open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone:

National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Tue 27 Aug 2019, 10.48am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10.01am

Other planned events: 1080 fox program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway in Towra Point Nature Reserve, finishing on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The program is part of the NPWS FoxTap program, and is designed to control foxes to assist in recovery of little terns and pied oystercatchers.

1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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Applies from Mon 12 Aug 2019, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.21am

Safety alerts: Lower steps on Shark Island Wharf closed

The lower 4 steps of Shark Island Wharf are closed due to a safety hazard. Using these steps for berthing, drop-off and pick-up is prohibited. Access is only possible using the upper stairs.

Small vessels and boats may not be able to berth, particularly at low tide.

For more information, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 11.57am

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

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times will change in summer and winter. The following times include:

  • From Thursday 6 December 2018: In summer, the gate is open from 5am until 8.30pm
  • From Monday 1 April 2019: In winter, the gate is open from 6am until 6pm

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Applies from Tue 23 Aug 2016, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11.13am

Closed areas: Collins Flat not available for venue hire

Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire. This is due to the impact of high visitation on the critical penguin habitat at this location. This closure will be reviewed at the end of the breeding season in February 2020.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Mosman area office on 02 9960 6266.

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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).

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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View of Cabbage Tree Basin from Bonnie Vale picnic area in Royal National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH