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Hole in the Wall picnic area

Myall Lakes National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 12.34pm

Applies from Mon 10 May 2021, 12.56pm to Fri 25 Jun 2021, 1.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 12.34pm.

Other planned events: Closed areas for aerial spraying program

A number of areas will be closed for an aerial herbicide spraying operation between Monday 10 May 2021 and Friday 25 June 2021. For public safety, the areas being treated will be closed on the day they are sprayed. Advice on specific areas to be closed will be provided a week prior to spraying.

This spraying program is being carried out to control bitou bush on headlands and beaches in:

  • Booti Booti National Park
  • Saltwater National Park
  • Tomaree National Park
  • Myall Lakes National Park (including Broughton Island)
  • Darawank Nature Reserve
  • Khapphinghat Nature Reserve
  • Stormpetrel Nature Reserve
  • Little Broughton Island Nature Reserve
  • and some adjoining Crown Lands

The program is expected to take 8 to 10 days to complete, weather dependent.

The herbicide used is Metsulfuron methyl 600WG. NPWS staff will be present during the helicopter spray operation. Please ensure you follow the advice on all warning signs and the directions given by staff.

For more information, call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

Applies from Fri 2 Apr 2021, 7.00am to Wed 1 Sep 2021, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 May 2021, 6.54pm.

Closed areas: Most of Myall Lakes National Park closed due to flood

Most areas in Myall Lakes National Park continue to be severely impacted by flooding. Flood waters entering the Myall Lake system have inundated campgrounds and roads.

Most campgrounds remain closed for an extended period. All roads west of the Pacific Highway remain closed, pending further assessment from NPWS.

Please avoid all waterways due to public health risk and navigational safety issues.

The following campgrounds are open:

  • Banksia Green
  • Stewart and Lloyds
  • Yagon

NPWS is progressively reopening parts of the park as it is safe to do so. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 during business hours.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 5.36pm to Fri 28 May 2021, 5.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 May 2021, 6.42pm

Closed areas: Worimi Conservation Lands northern access road closed for maintenance and upgrades

The Gan Gan entrance to the park will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians until 28 May 2021 due to planned maintenance and upgrade works.

Recent extreme weather and sea conditions have caused significant damage making access along the beachfront dangerous to 4WD vehicles.

Capital works include reconstructing the frontal dune and formalising an appropriate crossing onto the beach over the frontal dune for safer beach access .

Beach driving between the Gan Gan entrance and Lavis Lane beachfront will be closed in both directions from COB 12 May 2012 until 09:00AM Mon 17 May when it will be reviewed

Commercial tour operators will continue to operate in the Northern end of the park. Commercial activities and public access will continue to be allowed in the Recreational Vehicle Area via Lavis Lane.

Ganyamalbaa campground is open and is accessible from Lavis Lane.

For more information contact NPWS Nelson Bay office on 4984 8200. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 8.50am to Sat 7 May 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 11.29am

Closed areas: Sunnyside campground closed

Sunnyside campground will be closed indefinitely until major works have been completed.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 3.07pm to Thu 13 May 2021, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 May 2021, 4.47pm

Closed areas: Big Rocky trail closed

Big Rocky trail is closed from Monday 10 May to Wednesday 12 May 2021 for road works.

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

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Applies from Mon 10 May 2021, 12.56pm to Fri 25 Jun 2021, 1.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 12.34pm

Other planned events: Closed areas for aerial spraying program

A number of areas will be closed for an aerial herbicide spraying operation between Monday 10 May 2021 and Friday 25 June 2021. For public safety, the areas being treated will be closed on the day they are sprayed. Advice on specific areas to be closed will be provided a week prior to spraying.

This spraying program is being carried out to control bitou bush on headlands and beaches in:

  • Booti Booti National Park
  • Saltwater National Park
  • Tomaree National Park
  • Myall Lakes National Park (including Broughton Island)
  • Darawank Nature Reserve
  • Khapphinghat Nature Reserve
  • Stormpetrel Nature Reserve
  • Little Broughton Island Nature Reserve
  • and some adjoining Crown Lands

The program is expected to take 8 to 10 days to complete, weather dependent.

The herbicide used is Metsulfuron methyl 600WG. NPWS staff will be present during the helicopter spray operation. Please ensure you follow the advice on all warning signs and the directions given by staff.

For more information, call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 2.19pm to Fri 14 May 2021, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 6.09pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to severe weather event

This park is closed due to the severe weather event that included heavy rain, damaging winds and consequential widespread flooding. 

For your safety, please avoid this reserve. NPWS is conducting condition assessments of access roads and visitor precincts to determine the extent of the damage and to rectify safety issues.

This closure will be reviewed weekly, however it is expected some reserves will be impacted for an extended period due to extensive damage.

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

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Applies from Fri 2 Apr 2021, 7.00am to Wed 1 Sep 2021, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 May 2021, 6.54pm

Closed areas: Most of Myall Lakes National Park closed due to flood

Most areas in Myall Lakes National Park continue to be severely impacted by flooding. Flood waters entering the Myall Lake system have inundated campgrounds and roads.

Most campgrounds remain closed for an extended period. All roads west of the Pacific Highway remain closed, pending further assessment from NPWS.

Please avoid all waterways due to public health risk and navigational safety issues.

The following campgrounds are open:

  • Banksia Green
  • Stewart and Lloyds
  • Yagon

NPWS is progressively reopening parts of the park as it is safe to do so. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 during business hours.

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Applies from Sat 20 Mar 2021, 12.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Apr 2021, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track

The following areas are closed:

  • Wreck Beach walk 
  • Tomaree Head

Heavy rain has undermined the walking track and caused significant damage to steps and landings. Barriers and signage are in place.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 19 Mar 2021, 9.24am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Apr 2021, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Tomaree Head Summit closed

The following areas remain closed to visitors:

  • Tomaree Head
  • Wreck Beach walking track

Heavy rain has caused landslides that are blocking walking tracks, and the area is not safe for visitors. The area needs to be made safe, and extensive repairs and assessment are required before opening. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 19 Apr 2021, 6.00am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 5.11pm

Other planned events: Campground amenity upgrades

The Ruins campground main amenities building will be closed from 19 April 2021 to September 2021 for upgrades.

The Ruins campground will remain open during the construction period, however will operate at a 50 percent capacity. The beachside amenities building will be open providing shower and toilet facilities for campers. Campers may experience construction noise on week days between the hours of 7am to 4pm.

Please follow signage and any advice from staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area Office on 02 6591 0300 or email npws.manninggreatlakes@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Sat 3 Apr 2021, 3.00pm to Wed 12 May 2021, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Apr 2021, 8.33am

Closed areas: Cape Hawke lookout closed

The Cape Hawke lookout tower in Booti Booti National Park is closed for maintenance until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 8 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 3.10pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Mar 2021, 9.35am

Closed parks: Wallingat National Park closure - major road upgrade

Wallingat National Park is closed from Monday 8 March 2021 until Wednesday 30 June 2021. The closure is to allow for major roadworks including drainage upgrades and replacement of damaged bridges to improve access within the park.

This work is weather dependent and the closure will be reviewed in late May based on progress of the work.

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

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 12.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Mar 2021, 10.47am

Other incidents: Bombah Point Ferry Closed

Bombah Point Ferry is currently closed due to flooding, and will remain so until further notice.

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Applies from Tue 7 Apr 2020, 10.34am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Fingal Island access trail and Point Stephens Lighthouse - closed to vehicles

The Fingal Island access trail and Point Stephens Lighthouse are closed to vehicles.

The sea conditions at the spit are variable, unpredictable and subject to change at short notice. People have drowned attempting to cross the Fingal Spit, and even at low tides the spit can be impacted by fast-moving water.

For more information call the NPWS Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8205 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9.16am. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Apr 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks walking track

Ocean Rocks walking track in Tomaree National Park is closed due to landslide from Thursday 20 February 2020. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

All main visitor areas, including Tomaree Summit walk, will remain open. You can still access Tomaree Head via Tomaree Summit walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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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/hole-in-the-wall-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Myall Lakes National Park in the North Coast region
  • Myall Lakes National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day.

    The park has coin/card operated pay and display machines at Mungo Brush campground. NPWS visitor service officers regularly visit camping areas to collect fees from campers and sell annual passes. Day passes and annual passes also available from the Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centres, and other local outlets.

    Bombah Point ferry fees may also apply (cash payment only).

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Emergency services

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