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Currawong Flat picnic area

Royal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 3.47pm

Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 1.27pm to Sat 6 Jul 2024, 8.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 3.47pm.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting an aerial baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will occur from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June 2024 in Royal National Park.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits.

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 this reserve is aimed at improving the eco-health of the reserve by reducing predation of ground dwelling mammals and small birds, and specifically targeting fox control along the Hacking River to assist the successful re-introduction of platypus into Royal National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Audley office on 02 9542 0632 (business hours)or the NPWS after-hours call centre on1300 056 294 (after hours).

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
30 May 2024 Closed areas Varneys Bridge at Audley closed for repairs Details

Applies from Thu 30 May 2024, 7.00am to Thu 30 May 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 11.08am

Varneys Bridge at Audley will be closed for repairs on Thursday 30 May 2024. There will be no pedestrian or vehicle access to or from the western side of the Hacking River at Audley while the repairs are taking place, including Wattle Forest and Currawong Flat picnic areas.

 

For further information, please contact Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 9542 0648.

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 1.01pm to Sat 8 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Lady Carrington Drive closure

Lady Carrington Drive in Royal National Park is closed from Wednesday 5 June to Saturday 8 June 2024, for aerial fox baiting. Lady Carrington Drive will reopen shortly after the completion of the aerial baiting program.

Forest Path will remain open but will not be able to be completed as a loop due to the Lady Carrington Drive closure.

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

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Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 1.27pm to Sat 6 Jul 2024, 8.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 3.47pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting an aerial baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will occur from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June 2024 in Royal National Park.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits.

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 this reserve is aimed at improving the eco-health of the reserve by reducing predation of ground dwelling mammals and small birds, and specifically targeting fox control along the Hacking River to assist the successful re-introduction of platypus into Royal National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Audley office on 02 9542 0632 (business hours)or the NPWS after-hours call centre on1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Mon 13 May 2024, 10.14pm to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2024, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Bungoona path closed for track upgrade

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 20 May to Friday 14 June 2024 while Bungoona path walking track is being upgraded. There will be no access to Bungoona Path for the duration of the work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Mon 13 May 2024, 4.58pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 4.58pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 May 2024, 3.13pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for deer control program

Some areas in Royal National Park are closed to the public between sunset and sunrise from Wednesday 30 May to Friday 29 December 2024 to enable a deer control operation to be carried out.

The affected areas include:

  • All picnic areas in the Audley precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote.
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground and coastal areas between Garie Beach and Figure 8 Pools
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive
  • Bonnie Vale campground and picnic area.

These closures will be signposted at entry points to the closed areas. If you have approved bookings to camp you can still access campsites during these times.

Ground shooting will not take place during school holidays or on weekends or public holidays.

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

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 2.31pm

Safety alerts: Pipeline fire trail flood damage

Pipeline fire trail has suffered some damage from the April 2024 flood event, resulting in deep rutting to the trail surface in some locations.

Pedestrians and Cyclists should use caution when tracking over these surfaces.

Care should be taken after heavy rain at all creek crossing and causeway points along this trail as water flows very fast and deep.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 2.28pm

Safety alerts: Lower Pipeline fire trail

Lower Pipeline fire trail has suffered some damage from the April 2024 flood event, resulting in a minor landslide, taking out part of the fire trail itself.

Authorised Vehicles should avoid the area.

Pedestrians and Cyclists are not permitted to pass the landslip, they should avoid using the trail until a geotechnical assessment is undertaken.

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Applies from Tue 24 Oct 2023, 10.56am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Apr 2024, 7.13pm

Closed areas: The Coast track partial closure

Walking the full length of The Coast track from Otford to Bundeena or Bundeena to Otford is not currently possible. This is due to several track closures along its length. These closures are necessary due to erosion and rockfall risk, and to allow ongoing track upgrade works.

Please note the following closures:

  • Palm Jungle Loop track between Burning Palms and Werrong lookout is closed from Tuesday 16 January to Sunday 30 June 2024 for track upgrades.
  • The Garie to Little Garie section of The Coast track is closed due to hazardous rockfalls and erosion.
  • North Era campground is closed until further notice
  • Garie Road, Garie Beach and the Garie precinct is closed until further notice. This is due to damage and subsidence to the road surface. Walkers approaching from the north (e.g. from Wattamolla or Bundeena) should exit the track via Curra Moors track.

Bushwalker access is available for the following sections of The Coast track:

  • South bound access - Bundeena to Curra Moors track via Wattamolla and return only. No access to Garie Beach.
  • North bound access - Available via North Era and return only. Access is via Garawarra Farm Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track during track upgrades.
  • Figure 8 Pools access - Available via Garawarra Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track via Garawarra Farm only.  

For further information please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 28 Mar 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 9.13am

Closed areas: Lake Toolooma Fire Trail Closed due to sink hole

Lake Toolooma Fire Trail is closed to Pedestrians and Vehicles, north of Tooloma Dam due to a large sink hole at Waterfall Gully.

Visitors are reminded not to continue walking past Tooloma Dam. 

The section of the track will reopen when it is safe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact NPWS on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jul 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 2.32pm

Closed areas: Mirang Campground Closed

Mirang Campground is now closed. The site has become a day-use ONLY picnic spot. No overnight stays permitted.

For further information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 14 Jul 2023, 3.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.14am

Closed areas: North Era campground closed

North Era campground is closed until further notice due to operational activities. For more information please contact the local area office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 2.52pm

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track in poor condition

Sections of Curra Moors loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please use caution and be aware of unstable edges.

Planning for repairs is in progress. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 2.52pm

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage

Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.

This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

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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/currawong-flat-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
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