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Ironbark Flat picnic area

Royal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 31 December 2020, 9.03am

Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4.21pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am.

Closed areas: Increased visitation - Possible closures on busy days

Royal National Park can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be close when carparks are full include:

  • Wattamolla Beach and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (including carpark for Figure 8 Pools)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For up-to-date information on which areas are closed on any given day follow @RoyalNPAlerts on twitter or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. 

Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3.32pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am.

Other planned events: Increased visitation and COVID-19 guidelines

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID safe distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to be prepared and:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm
  • Explore lesser-known spots
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • Complete camping bookings online prior to your arrival, and
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID safe distance from other visitors.

Applies from Wed 28 Oct 2020, 10.43am to Thu 21 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 9.42am.

Closed areas: Ironbark Flat picnic area closed for landscape upgrade

Ironbark Flat will be undergoing landscape upgrades including new turf and installation of an irrigation system. The grassed area will be closed during this period. The visitor centre, Audley Dance Hall Café and toilets remain open. For more information, please visit the Audley precinct upgrades webpage.

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 11 Jan 2021, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 11.03am

Closed areas: Ridge walking track

Ridge walking track is closed until Monday 1 March 2021 due to damage to the pedestrian bridge at the eastern end.

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Applies from Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2.49pm to Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 3.20pm

Closed areas: Yeramba Lagoon loop track partially closed

Yeramba Lagoon loop walking track in Georges River National Park is closed from behind Henry Lawson Drive down to the lagoon.

The pedestrian bridge over the lagoon runout channel has been removed while the weir is removed. This section of track is impassable and has been closed off.

This section is expected to reopen in late February 2021.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4.21pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am

Closed areas: Increased visitation - Possible closures on busy days

Royal National Park can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period. Popular visitor areas may close to vehicles once they become full or in the event of an emergency.

Areas that may be close when carparks are full include:

  • Wattamolla Beach and picnic area
  • Garie Beach and picnic area
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (including carpark for Figure 8 Pools)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • Audley

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For up-to-date information on which areas are closed on any given day follow @RoyalNPAlerts on twitter or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. 

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3.32pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.03am

Other planned events: Increased visitation and COVID-19 guidelines

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID safe distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to be prepared and:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm
  • Explore lesser-known spots
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • Complete camping bookings online prior to your arrival, and
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3.39pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 4.01pm

Other planned events: COVID-19 increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if it is no longer possible to ensure COVID safe distancing guidelines. We encourage you to be prepared and: (1) plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 11am to 2pm (2) explore lesser-known spots, (3) check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park, (4) be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 23 Dec 2020, 2.30pm to Wed 27 Jan 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 3.19pm

Other planned events: Georges River National Park - Peak visitation season

Georges River National Park will be busy over Christmas 2020 and January 2021. Morgan’s Creek boat ramp carpark and Burrawang Reach picnic area will be subject to closure when full. Please check here for updates.

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Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 9.28am to Fri 19 Feb 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11.19am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal repairs are happening to the north-west section of Bonnie Vale campground to stabilise scouring. The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. Please stay on the track and do not enter the campground.

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

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Applies from Wed 28 Oct 2020, 10.43am to Thu 21 Jan 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 9.42am

Closed areas: Ironbark Flat picnic area closed for landscape upgrade

Ironbark Flat will be undergoing landscape upgrades including new turf and installation of an irrigation system. The grassed area will be closed during this period. The visitor centre, Audley Dance Hall Café and toilets remain open. For more information, please visit the Audley precinct upgrades webpage.

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

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Dec 2020, 2.27pm

Closed areas: Audley boatshed

The Audley boatshed will be undergoing important conservation and repair works. Boat hire will be suspended and the building and immediate surrounding area will be closed during this period. 

For more information, please visit the Audley precinct upgrades webpage. or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Thursday 27 August 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

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

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 these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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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/ironbark-flat-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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Emergency services

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