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Elizabeth Bay picnic area

Munmorah State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 8 November 2019, 11.06am

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am.

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Sat 7 Dec 2019, 11.50am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Jilliby State Conservation Area

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Thu 5 Dec 2019, 8.58am to Sat 14 Dec 2019, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Dec 2019, 4.47pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire

This park is closed from Thursday 5 December 2019, due to a potentially serious bush fire threat from the Corrobare State Forest wildfire to the north-west of the park.

There is no access to Boarding House Dam or other picnic areas and campgrounds. It's likely that both gates at either end of Watagan Forest Road will be closed later on Thursday 5 December 2019.

Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 3 Dec 2019, 6.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 1.57pm

Closed parks: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed - fire danger

Police have closed Sugarloaf State Conservation Area due to the risk of wildfires close to the reserve. If you are in the reserve, please leave as soon as possible. For you own safety, please do not enter the reserve.

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.54am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 6.20pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Watagans National Park

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 12.29pm

Closed areas: Monkey Face Road lookouts and picnic area closed

Due to the very high fire danger, Monkey Face Road in Watagans National Park will remain closed until the fire danger decreases. As a result, there will be no public access to Monkey Face lookout, Gap Creek lookout or Monkey Face picnic area. The following walking tracks will also be closed:

  • Monkey walking track
  • Climbers walking track

Monkey Face Road is a long and narrow access road to the lookouts. In the event of a fire, visitors have only one way out which could be cut by fire and falling trees.

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Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 7.46am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 12.31pm

Closed areas: Bangalow Road campsites and picnic areas closed

Due to the very high fire danger, Bangalow Road in Watagans National Park will remain closed until the fire danger decreases. As a result, there will be no public access to Bangalow picnic area and campground or Gap Creek picnic area and campground. The following walking tracks will also be closed: 

  • Gap Creek Falls walking track
  • Gap Creek Forest walk
  • Climbers walking track

Bangalow Road is a long and narrow 4.8 km access road to the campsites. In the event of a fire, visitors have only one way out which could be cut by fire and falling trees.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Mon 21 Oct 2019, 10.50am to Mon 30 Dec 2019, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 11.39am

Closed areas: Hickson Street walking track closed

Hickson Street walking track in Glenrock State Conservation Area will be closed for track upgrades from Monday 21 October to Monday 30 December 2019.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

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 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 Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.34am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. 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, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2018. There is restricted access to the Morisset Hospital Site and Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore and Morisset picnic area. Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site.

Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact 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 Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 May 2019, 8.41am

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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Applies from Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.21pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Watagan Forest Road within Jilliby State Conservation Area is now not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and 4WD damage. Drivers of 2WD vehicles are advised not to drive south along Watagan Forest Road from the Martinsville Hill Road intersection.

For more information, call the NPWS Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.44am

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road - some sections 4WD only

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

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: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.43am

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, please contact NPWS Lakes 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: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.18am

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 conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.43am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

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. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 5 Dec 2019, 12.06pm

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. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

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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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/elizabeth-bay-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Munmorah State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Spring/summer open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–9pm, from the start of the NSW school holiday period in September (Friday) until the last day of the NSW autumn school holidays.

    Autumn/winter open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–7pm, from 1 May until the day before the start of the NSW September school holidays (Thursday).

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - please bring correct coins (cards accepted).

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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Elizabeth Bay Picnic Area, Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer