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Lagoon Pinch picnic area

Barrington Tops National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 23 January 2020, 10.28am

Applies from Thu 19 Dec 2019, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 10.28am.

Closed areas: Barrington Tops National Park plateau closed due to fire

The following areas are closed due to bushfires and fire danger: 

  • Blue Gum Loop walk
  • Williams River
  • Rocky Crossing
  • Jerusalem Creek
  • Polblue campground and picnic areas
  • Little Murray campground
  • Junction Pools campground
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Black Swamp campground
  • Corker trail
  • Link trail
  • All roads and walking tracks south of Barrington Tops Forest Road to Careys Peak, including Barrington trail

These areas will be closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis. Do not enter these areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Gloucester Tops and all Barrington Tops campgrounds north of Barrington Tops Forest Road are open.

Through access between Scone and Gloucester is still possible along Barrington Tops Forest Road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant about bushfires in the area.

For further information, please call the local NSW National Parks Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300 or Scone office on 02 6540 2300.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Dec 2019, 2.47pm.

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 Wed 13 Nov 2019, 5.02pm to Thu 2 Apr 2020, 4.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jan 2020, 6.48pm

Closed parks: Some parks closed due to fire

This park is closed because it's currently affected by fire or by the ongoing bushfire conditions.

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

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 6591 0300 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

This park is closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm to Sat 29 Feb 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 10.55am

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - areas now open

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
  • Evans Leap lookout
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls walking tracks including Federal Pass between Scenic World and Fern Bower
  • Conservation Hut
  • Empress Falls and canyon
  • Euroka campground, Jellybean, Blue Pool and Mount Portal
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum Swamp
  • Ingar and Murphys Glen campgrounds
  • Woodford - Oaks trail
  • Narrow Neck (Glenraphael Drive as far as the locked gate only – not safe beyond this point)
  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Victoria Falls Road fire trail
  • Nellies Glen

The following areas and locations in Blue Mountains National Park remain CLOSED due to the bushfires and hazards: 

  • Tracks and canyons in and around the Grose Valley and north of the Bells Line of Road (including Grand Canyon and Vale of Avoca)
  • There is no access permitted into the Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley, Grose Valley or any other remote areas
  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail are closed
  • Glenbrook precinct is closed (except Euroka and sites listed above as open)
  • Narrow Neck is closed past the locked gate
  • There is no access to Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs or Mount Solitary

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 4.05pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10.48am

Closed parks: Curracabundi National Park and State Conservation Area - due to fire risk

Curracabundi National Park and Curracabundi State Conservation Area are closed due to fire risk. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Karamea homestead is also not available for farmstays until it receives more rainfall. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office Gloucester on 02 6538 5300 or Scone on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Fri 18 Oct 2019, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10.18am

Fires - Not Applicable: Rumba Complex

There is a fire in this park called Rumba Complex. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 23 Nov 2019, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10.13am

Fires - Not Applicable: Mt Royal 1

There is a fire in this park called Mt Royal 1. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10.10am

Closed areas: Tracks and trail due to fire risk

Brush Turkey track and the Cliff Face track are closed due to fire and tree danger. Woko campground is open, with a Park Fire Ban in place. For more information please call the local NPWS office Gloucester on 02 6538 5300 or Scone office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Sat 23 Nov 2019, 7.13am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 9.50am

Fires - Advice: Carters Rd, Stewarts Brook

There is a fire in this park called Carters Rd, Stewarts Brook. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 26 Oct 2019, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jan 2020, 8.39am

Fires - Advice: Gospers Mountain

There is a fire in this park called Gospers Mountain. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 8.04am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 9.34pm

Fires - Advice: Green Wattle Creek

There is a fire in this park called Green Wattle Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Wed 4 Dec 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 11.20am

Fires - Advice: Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky

There is a fire in this park called Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Thu 19 Dec 2019, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 10.28am

Closed areas: Barrington Tops National Park plateau closed due to fire

The following areas are closed due to bushfires and fire danger: 

  • Blue Gum Loop walk
  • Williams River
  • Rocky Crossing
  • Jerusalem Creek
  • Polblue campground and picnic areas
  • Little Murray campground
  • Junction Pools campground
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Black Swamp campground
  • Corker trail
  • Link trail
  • All roads and walking tracks south of Barrington Tops Forest Road to Careys Peak, including Barrington trail

These areas will be closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis. Do not enter these areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Gloucester Tops and all Barrington Tops campgrounds north of Barrington Tops Forest Road are open.

Through access between Scone and Gloucester is still possible along Barrington Tops Forest Road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant about bushfires in the area.

For further information, please call the local NSW National Parks Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300 or Scone office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jan 2020, 11.43am

Closed areas: Karamea Homestead closed - bushfires

Karamea Homestead is closed until further notice due to the fires nearby on Thunderbolts Way, particularly the Reserves Road, Mares Run bushfire. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or visit the Rural Fire Service website. This closure will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

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Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 3.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jan 2020, 11.36am

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfire

This reserve is closed due to the Thunderbolts Way, Bretti bushfire. Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or visit the Rural Fire Service website. This park is closed until further notice, reviewed on a weekly basis.

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Applies from Sat 14 Dec 2019, 8.56pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jan 2020, 2.12pm

Fires - Advice: Ridge 400

There is a fire in this park called Ridge 400. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 2.16pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to dangerous fire conditions

This park is closed due to current fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 3 Jan 2020, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 4.10pm

Fires - Advice: Cowsby Rd, Niangala

There is a fire in this park called Cowsby Rd, Niangala. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 25 Nov 2019, 6.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 4.08pm

Fires - Advice: Little L Complex

There is a fire in this park called Little L Complex. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Dec 2019, 2.47pm

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 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Avoid remote areas of park until fire conditions improve

NSW National Parks advises visitors to avoid remote areas of all parks in this area until fire conditions improve. For further information contact the local NPWS office.

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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 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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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/lagoon-pinch-picnic-area/local-alerts

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Lagoon Pinch picnic area, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government