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Mara Creek picnic area

Yuraygir National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 31 March 2021, 10.01am

Applies from Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.12pm to Fri 23 Apr 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Mar 2021, 10.01am.

Closed areas: Yuraygir coastal walk - part closure

The section of Yuraygir coastal walk between Mara Creek picnic area south to Shelley Beach will be closed to the public for 12 weeks from Wednesday 10 February 2021. This is because bushfire recovery work will be happening there at that time.

Currently the track is only accessible between Lake Arragan and Wooli. There is no access from Lake Arragan to Shelley Campground.  the walk from Wooli to red Rock is also closed due to recent storm damage

Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2015, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 9.37am.

Closed areas: Angourie Back Beach - staircase removed

Walkers on Yuraygir coastal walk are advised that the staircase at the southern end of Angourie Back Beach has been removed due to safety concerns. All walkers should commence the walk at Angourie picnic area and re-join the coastal walk south of the mouth of Mara Creek. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Grafton NPWS office on 02 6641 1500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Dec 2020, 2.24pm.

Closed areas: Mara Creek picnic area

Mara Creek picnic area in Yuraygir National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. 

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 30 Mar 2021, 10.00am to Fri 30 Apr 2021, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.48am

Other planned events: Road and trail maintenance works

Road and trail maintenance works will take place in Bosches Waterhole trail and and Candole Forest Road in Yuraygir National Park, between March and April 2021. Please obey the warning and reduced speed road signs.

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Applies from Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.12pm to Fri 23 Apr 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Mar 2021, 10.01am

Closed areas: Yuraygir coastal walk - part closure

The section of Yuraygir coastal walk between Mara Creek picnic area south to Shelley Beach will be closed to the public for 12 weeks from Wednesday 10 February 2021. This is because bushfire recovery work will be happening there at that time.

Currently the track is only accessible between Lake Arragan and Wooli. There is no access from Lake Arragan to Shelley Campground.  the walk from Wooli to red Rock is also closed due to recent storm damage

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 12.18pm. Last reviewed: Sat 3 Apr 2021, 1.07pm

Safety alerts: Jerusalem Creek walking track and paddle route

Jerusalem Creek received 400mm of rainfall recently. Please note:

  • The waters of Jerusalem Creek are currently dangerous for swimming and boating, especially near the creek mouth due to high velocity runoff.
  • Jerusalem Creek walking track is flooded in low lying areas and very muddy.

These areas remain open, however park visitors should be cautious. Please assess your ability and preparedness before entering the Jerusalem Creek area of Bundjalung National Park.

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Applies from Sun 18 Apr 2021, 10.54am to Sat 15 May 2021, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Illaroo campground closed

Illaroo campground will be closed for onsite works from 19 April to 15 May 2021. These works will include the road adjoining the North and South campground precincts. Vehicles travelling from Illaroo campground to the beach access which services Sandon Village will be affected while works are undertaken on this section of the road. Delays are expected. Onsite traffic management will be in place during this time.

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Applies from Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Mar 2021, 5.17pm

Safety alerts: Station Creek and Pebbly Beach campground access

Access to Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds is dependent on Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and Forestry Corporation road infrastructure.

Information on the trafficability of these roads can be found here:

McPhillips Road is presently closed by Clarence Valley Council due to damaged bridge infrastructure.

Visitors will need high clearance 4WD capable vehicles to access Pebbly Beach and Station Creek campgrounds, which require water crossings. The suitability of these crossings may be variable and can change quickly dependent on local rainfall/tidal conditions.

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Applies from Wed 3 Feb 2021, 9.27am to Sat 15 May 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Mar 2021, 11.05am

Closed areas: Wilsons Headland walking track part closure

Wilsons Headland walking track will be closed between Boorkoom campground and Wilsons Headland from Sunday 21 February to Saturday 15 May 2021. The closure is to enable walking track upgrades.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm to Sat 22 May 2021, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 3.19pm

Other planned events: Loud noise over Bundjalung National Park

There will be F-35A and F/A-18F Super Hornet military training operations over the Evans Head Air Weapons Range on the following dates:

  • Monday 22 February to Friday 26 February 2021
  • Monday 22 March to Friday 2 April 2021 (only 1 or 2 days)
  • Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May 2021

Visitors can expect some loud noise over Bundjalung National Park on the above dates while the aircraft are training.  Days of operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations, so aircraft will not use the range every day of the scheduled operations. For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 18 Apr 2021, 2.00pm to Sat 15 May 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 9.40am

Closed areas: Boorkoom campground

Boorkoom campground will be closed from Sunday 18 April to 2pm Saturday 15 May due to construction works being undertaken.

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Applies from Fri 8 Mar 2019, 3.35pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Mar 2021, 10.07am

Other planned events: 1080 fox pest management program underway

NSW National Parks is monitoring foxes and running a 1080 pest management program. Baiting is happening in Yuraygir National Park from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

There will be signs at baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

For more information call the NPWS Clarence area office in Grafton on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2015, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 9.37am

Closed areas: Angourie Back Beach - staircase removed

Walkers on Yuraygir coastal walk are advised that the staircase at the southern end of Angourie Back Beach has been removed due to safety concerns. All walkers should commence the walk at Angourie picnic area and re-join the coastal walk south of the mouth of Mara Creek. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Grafton NPWS office on 02 6641 1500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Dec 2020, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Mara Creek picnic area

Mara Creek picnic area in Yuraygir National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. 

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Applies from Wed 12 Apr 2017, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 10.03am

Other planned events: Yuraygir coastal walk - river crossing contacts

The Yuraygir coastal walk river crossing contact details have changed. The current details are:

  • Wooli river crossing - call 0439 409 909 
  • Sandon river crossing - call 0407 362 118
  • Corindi/Red Rock river crossing - No commercial service available

For further information please call the NPWS Grafton area office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 26 Feb 2019, 2.14pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Jul 2019, 1.44pm

Closed areas: Grey Cliff stairs closed

The stairs from Grey Cliff campground to the beach are closed. The stairs have been washed away because of the large swell from Cyclone Oma. Visitors can't access the beach via these stairs.

Visitors can access the beach via the old vehicle beach access point 250m north of the stairs.

For more information, please call the NPWS Grafton office on 02 6641 1500. 

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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/mara-creek-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

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

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    $8 per vehicle per day.  The park has self registration stands with envelopes - please bring correct change.

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