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Morisset picnic area

Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Sat 31 December 2022, 9.46am

Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.46am.

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Fern Bower, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass are closed for a helicopter operation from Tuesday 31 January to Friday 3 February.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Tallawalla lookout and Solitary Restaurant is closed for a helicopter operation from Tuesday 31 January to Friday 3 February.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to ongoing subsidence.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January for upgrades.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening February 2023)
  • No access to Perry's Lookdown Day Use Area from COB Wednesday 25th January 2023 until Tuesday 31st January COB to allow for helicopter operations.  Parking available along Hat Hill Rd. 
  • No access to walkers Perry's Lookdown waking track or day use area on Tuesday 31st January 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • No vehicle access to Pierces Pass picnic area from Monday 16 until Friday 27 January 2023 to allow for roadworks. Parking is available at top carpark.  Pierces Pass walking track remains open.  
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides. 
  • Burra Korain Camping area remains closed due to landslides and rock falls.  
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout.  Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30th January until Friday10th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 3.41pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.47am

Other planned events: Piles Creek Loop Walking Track Maintenance

Expect short delays on the eastern side of Piles Creek Loop Walking Track until 24 February 2023 while maintenance work is underway.

Follow the directions of contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Area Office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 29 Dec 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.41am

Closed areas: Kariong Brook and Waterfall Closed

Kariong Brook, including access to the waterfall and waterhole on the Great North Walk is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

Signs will be in place around closed areas.

The Great North Walk will remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.07am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.40am

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 9 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails as well as maintaining vegetation clearances.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.38am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 30 Apr 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Jan 2023, 11.21am

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed until further notice due to a landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe and repair works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.30pm to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.40pm

Safety alerts: Worimi Conservation Lands - caution

Worimi Conservation Lands is currently open to 4WD vehicles, but please exercise caution as the beach is recovering from recent high tides. Do not drive through sea water or whitewash, and look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop offs. If in doubt, turn around and drive back the way you came.

Please follow the directions of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel on the beach front, and do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

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

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Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Dudley Beach Road – Australia Day traffic management

Dudley Beach road will have traffic management in place on Thursday 26 January (Australia Day), Friday 27 January and Saturday 28 January 2023.

The road will be closed to vehicle traffic intermittently when car parking spaces are full. The road will re-open to vehicles when spaces are made available. Pedestrian access via Dudley Beach Road will be unaffected.

Traffic management is required to manage visitor safety and ensure access for emergency services if required.

NPWS recommend visitors limit disruptions and road closures by planning their trip. Consider visiting Dudley beach outside peak periods, car-pool where possible and limit your stay to two hours.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.26pm

Closed areas: Area closed for upgrade - Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works from Monday 30 January to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). 'The Coast' walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works.  This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.29am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mount Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored in late March 2023 (prior to Easter). A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 has also affected access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslips. However work is scheduled to start on both landslips on 11th February 2023.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to flooding

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents. 

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Tue 17 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 12.25pm

Closed areas: BJs and It Happens mountain bike tracks temporarily closed

BJs and It Happens Mountain bike tracks are temporarily closed to Friday 28th February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Detours area available via High Roller and Dr Seuss mountain bike tracks. These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of the tracks and adhering to signage on park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 12 Jan 2023, 10.18am to Fri 10 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 7.51am

Closed areas: Vegetation works on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails

Vegetation maintenance works will take place on Kulpas, Marramarra Creek and Marramarra Ridge trails from Monday 16 January 2023 between the hours of 7am and 5pm, weather dependent. Please be mindful of machinery on the trail and follow the directions of workers. Visitors may experience some delays.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 10.05am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 31 May 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.49am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary.

This access to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 1.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 7.56am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closure

Berowra walking track, from Berowra to Apple Tree bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track, is closed until further notice.

There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS are in the process carrying out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Dec 2022, 3.42pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • the south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • the west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please remember the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 1.45pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 12.14pm

Other planned events: Temporary fencing at West Head lookout

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place from January to June 2023.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 9.36am to Thu 31 Aug 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Sat 7 Jan 2023, 3.51pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve closed

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about the reserve, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.39pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.44am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 7.00am

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 is continuous and ongoing between 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479 or 02 8448 0440.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.36am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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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/morisset-picnic-area/local-alerts

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