Back to previous page
Print factsheet

Riverside Park

Hunter Wetlands National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 11 November 2019, 4.18pm

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 12.00am to Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.57am.

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 8.00am to Thu 14 Nov 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 4.18pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to extreme fire weather

This park and all parks in the area are closed due to current extreme fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation across the state. Please do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am.

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.

Applies from Tue 1 Oct 2019, 12.05pm to Tue 24 Dec 2019, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 12.05pm.

Other planned events: Fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Hunter Wetlands National Park on Ash Island. The baiting program will run from Tuesday 1 October to Tuesday 24 December 2019. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park.

There will 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don't touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried Penalties apply for non-compliance. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in National Parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cars. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 12.01am to Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 11.11am

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 12.00am to Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 11.04am

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 12.00am to Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.57am

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Affects 24 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 8.00am to Thu 14 Nov 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 4.18pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to extreme fire weather

This park and all parks in the area are closed due to current extreme fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation across the state. Please do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Affects 25 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am

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.

Affects 25 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 21 Oct 2019, 10.50am to Mon 30 Dec 2019, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Oct 2019, 11.28am

Closed areas: Hickson Street walking track closed

Hickson Street walking track in Glenrock State Conservation Area will be closed for track upgrades from Monday 21 October to Monday 30 December 2019.

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

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 1 Oct 2019, 12.05pm to Tue 24 Dec 2019, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 12.05pm

Other planned events: Fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Hunter Wetlands National Park on Ash Island. The baiting program will run from Tuesday 1 October to Tuesday 24 December 2019. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park.

There will 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don't touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried Penalties apply for non-compliance. Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in National Parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cars. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Sep 2019, 3.56pm

Closed areas: Medowie State Conservation Area closed to vehicles

All trails in this park are closed to vehicles due to illegal dumping and arson. Penalties apply for non-compliance. These trails are still open for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2018. There is restricted access to the Morisset Hospital Site and Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore and 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, please contact Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.18am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

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 are subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

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

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are 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, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Safety alerts: Access to park during wet weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 for more information.

Affects 1 park and 7 locations nearby. Show list

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/riverside-park/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

View all alerts for NSW
Riverside Park, Hunter Wetlands National Park. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government