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Byarong Park picnic area

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 15 Jun 2020, 7.00am to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jul 2020, 10.43am

Closed areas: Lady Carrington Drive - affected by recent works

Due to recent essential maintenance, the road surface of Lady Carrington Drive is wet and boggy in sections. Walkers and bicycle riders are permitted, however please take care.

For further information, contact the NPWS Royal area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 1.54pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Fig Tree carpark at Audley - Closed for essential maintenance

Fig Tree Flat carpark at Audley in Royal National Park is closed until further notice for maintenance. Alternate parking is available at Willow Tree Flat, Ironbark Flat, Currawong Flat or Wattle Forest.

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

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Applies from Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12.13pm to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12.31pm

Other planned events: Vegetation maintenance - Little Marley fire trail

Vegetation maintenance is currently being carried out on Little Marley fire trail involving the use of heavy plant machinery. Visitors will be allowed access to the area, however please be mindful of machinery and follow directions from staff on-site.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jun 2020, 1.36pm to Fri 10 Jul 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Jun 2020, 4.55pm

Other planned events: Bundeena Drive roadworks

Sutherland Shire Council is undertaking roadworks on Bundeena Drive. This work is happening between 7am and 5pm, from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 10 July 2020. There will be traffic control in place while this work takes place providing access to Bundeena.

Access to Little Marley trail, Mount Bass trail, Marley car park and Big Marley trail may not be possible at times during during these works.

For more information, call the Sutherland Shire Council on 02 9710 0333.

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Applies from Sat 13 Jun 2020, 1.31pm to Thu 19 Nov 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 2.41pm

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley precinct and Lady Carrington Drive
  • Artillery Hill and Warumbul Road
  • Bonnie Vale campground and picnic area.
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 29 May 2020, 3.14pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 3.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jun 2020, 4.29pm

Closed areas: Bridge on Bonnievale to Maianbar walking track damaged

As a result of recent storms, the footbridge on the walking track between Bonnie Vale and Maianbar has been damaged. The bridge will remain open however visitors are asked not to stop or linger while crossing the bridge. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 May 2020, 3.24pm

Closed areas: Section of Mount Kembla Ring track closed due to rockfall

Part of Mount Kembla Ring track - from Mount Kembla lookout to the junction of the fire trail - is closed from Tuesday 12 May 2020 until further notice. This area is closed due to rockfall. 

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

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 8.15am

Closed areas: Access to Macquarie Rivulet via top of Macquarie Pass not permitted

Access to Macquarie Rivulet from Mount Murray, at the top of Macquarie Pass is not permitted. If you access the rivulet from the top of the escarpment, you will be trespassing on private property and this action may result in police involvement.

The recommended access points for Macquarie Rivulet are via Clover Hill Road and from the Cascades/Rivulet carparks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Wed 21 Oct 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Apr 2020, 11.10am

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a 1080 ground baiting operation from Thursday 21 October 2019 to Wednesday 21 October 2020 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes and wild dogs in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private properties and Crown road reserves with permissions. 

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 1.01pm

Closed areas: Cave Creek picnic area closed

Cave Creek picnic area is closed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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/byarong-park-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the South Coast region
  • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

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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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Byarong Park Picnic Area hero, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer