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Gloucester Falls picnic area

Barrington Tops National Park

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Applies from Thu 17 Oct 2019, 11.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 11.50am

Closed areas: Polblue campground closed for camping

Polblue campground will be closed for general camping from 9am Friday 1 November until 2pm Sunday 3 November 2019. This is to facilitate set up and running of the Barrington Tops 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 2 November. 

Alternative camping will be available at:

  • Devils Hole campground and Horse Swamp campground (2WD)
  • Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls campgrounds (4WD only)

Polblue Swamp walk will remain open during the weekend as will the Polblue picnic area (day use area) with toilets and gas BBQs.

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Applies from Thu 26 Sep 2019, 3.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Sep 2019, 5.18pm

Closed areas: Tugalow and Thunderbolts trails closed

Tugalow and Thunderbolts trails are closed from Friday 27 September 2019 because of unsafe trail conditions. All visitor areas will remain open. Visitors can access Gummi Falls campground via Bullock Brush trail.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the Scone NPWS office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Wed 26 Jun 2019, 9.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jul 2019, 10.43am

Safety alerts: 1080 wild dog control program underway in the Dungog area

NSW National Parks will be using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for wild dog control as buried baits and capsules in ejector devices. Baits will be laid in Monkerai Nature Reserve and Black Bulga State Conservation Area from Wednesday 10 July. The program will end by Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks, state conservation areas or nature reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 poison baits and capsules are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Barrington Tops area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 5 Jun 2019, 12.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Jun 2019, 12.17pm

Safety alerts: Mount Royal Road very slippery - only suitable for 4WD vehicles

Recent rain has made Mount Royal Road very slippery, and only suitable for 4WD vehicles. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

For more information, please call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 1.10pm

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It has been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 8 May 2017, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2019, 4.13pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting in Barrington Tops

From Monday 18 March 2019, NSW National Parks is conducting a 1080 wild dog baiting program in Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. The program will continue for 6 months.

For further information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2015, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Feb 2019, 9.11am

Closed areas: Partial road closures – Mount Royal and Cassells Roads

Some areas of this park are closed due to road damage following recent weather conditions. The closed areas are:

  • Mount Royal Road beyond Mt Royal. The road is gated at this point.
  • Cassells Road between Fal Brook Bridge and Keegans track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bulga office on 02 6574 5555 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Gloucester Falls track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government