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Salt Caves picnic area and Pilliga lookout tower

Pilliga National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 20 November 2019, 4.09pm

Applies from Thu 21 Nov 2019, 12.01am to Thu 21 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4.09pm.

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 Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Nov 2019, 5.34pm.

Closed parks: Pilliga Forest closed

Due to the severe fire weather forecast conditions, all visitor areas within the Pilliga Forest are closed until further notice. This closure includes all walking tracks, visitor picnic areas and campgrounds.

Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 3.56pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Nov 2019, 8.52am.

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10.11am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Nov 2019, 7.02pm

Fires - Advice: Kaputar Fire

There is a fire in this park called Kaputar Fire. 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 21 Nov 2019, 12.01am to Thu 21 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4.09pm

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.

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Applies from Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Nov 2019, 5.34pm

Closed parks: Pilliga Forest closed

Due to the severe fire weather forecast conditions, all visitor areas within the Pilliga Forest are closed until further notice. This closure includes all walking tracks, visitor picnic areas and campgrounds.

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Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 3.56pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Nov 2019, 8.52am

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.

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Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 12.00am to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 11.04am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is undertaking 1080 ground baiting of foxes within Warrumbungle National Park.

This baiting program will run from Tuesday 8 October until Friday 8 November 2019. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park and neighboring stock.

There will be 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 cats. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure that they don't enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary advice.

For more information, contact the local park office on: 02 6842 1311 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 10.29am to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 10.33am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in the Ukerbarley Aboriginal Area and Ukerbarley State Conservation Area.

This baiting program will run from Tuesday 8 October until Friday 8 November 2019. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park as well as neighboring stock.

There will be 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 cats. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure that they don't enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary advice.

For more information, contact the local park office on: 02 6842 1311 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Wed 25 Sep 2019, 12.09pm to Wed 23 Sep 2020, 11.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Sep 2019, 12.46pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

Australian Wildlife Conservancy carries out continuous 1080 fox baiting in Pilliga State Conservation Area and the Gilgai section of Pilliga National Park. This applies from Monday 23 September 2019 to Wednesday 23 September 2020.

Fox baits and Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) are laid across the entire state conservation area north of Railway Survey Road and west of Pickaxe Road.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. All neighbours and visitors to the park must be aware that 1080 baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. We recommend that dogs in the area where baiting is underway be restrained or muzzled at all times. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, please contact the Australian Wildlife Conservancy on 02 6792 3613 or the NPWS Castlereagh area office on 02 6843 4000.

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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/salt-caves-picnic-area-and-pilliga-lookout-tower/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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Salt Caves Picnic Area, Pilliga National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary