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Snow Gum picnic area

Coolah Tops National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 31 January 2023, 10.37am

Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 9.49am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.37am.

Closed areas: Closed areas

Coolah Tops National Park has experienced above-average rainfall over the past 12 months which has caused delays in finalising works in the park.

 Hildegard Road creek crossing is closed because it's too high for 2wd drive vehicles to cross. 

The following areas are also closed due to ongoing wet weather:

  • Norfolk Falls Link track is closed between Bald Hill Falls and Norfolk Falls
  • Bald Hill Road is closed because of storm damage 
  • All roads beyond the seasonal gate and forest road are closed because of dangerous trees
  • Grass Trees track entrance via the Barracks campground is closed because of track damage
  • Breeza lookout is closed because of dangerous trees 
  • Snow Gums walking track is closed because of dangerous trees and damage to the track
  • Bundella Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees 
  • Racecourse Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees 

Please continue to check this website for updates about areas that are opening.

Forest Road between Coolah Creek Road and the entrance of Coolah Tops National Park has been heavily affected by rain, the steeper slopes have been affected the most. However, the park is still accessible.

Forest Road is managed and maintained by the Warrumbungles Shire Council. Please refer any inquiries concerning this road directly to the council.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Pilliga Discovery Centre in Baradine at 02 6843 4011

Applies from Mon 12 Dec 2022, 6.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.16am.

Other planned events: Fire ban: 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, 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 Wed 11 Jan 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 3.44pm.

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

NPWS has put in place a park fire ban for Coolah Tops National Park which remains in effect until the end of March. 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 the 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)

For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

The commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a Total Fire Ban for particular areas within NSW or statewide, this can change on a daily basis. 

If a Total Fire Ban is declared, different rules apply. If you would like any further information in relation to Coolah Tops National Park please contact the

NPWS Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre at 6843 4011.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. 

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 4 Feb 2023, 12.00am to Sat 4 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 5.17pm

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 Mon 24 Oct 2022, 1.36pm to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 11.19am

Closed areas: Big River and Spring Gully campgrounds closed due to poor unsealed road conditions.

The following areas are closed until Friday 3 March 2023 due to road conditions:

  • Spring Gully campground
  • Big River campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Mudgee office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 1.08pm to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 11.17am

Closed areas: Spring Gully Drive is closed until 28th February 2023

Spring Gully Drive of Goulburn River National Park is closed until 3 March 2023 due to unsealed road conditions.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 3 Feb 2023, 10.46am to Sat 4 Feb 2023, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 10.53am

Closed areas: Areas Closed for Aerial pest control program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial pest control operation between 6am, Monday 30th January 2023 to 6pm Friday 3rd February 2023.

This program will target feral pigs, goats and deer as part of a state-wide conservation program and NPWS Bushfire Recovery Strategy. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals, including threatened species. Other pest animals, including foxes, cats, rabbits and wild dogs, will be targeted if observed during the operation.

Warning closure signs will be placed at visitor entry points to areas of the park. Please do not enter closed areas during this time. Middlebrook Road will also be closed at the park boundary approximately 1.2km east of Middlebrook Quarry and no backcountry hiking is permitted from this point during the operation.

Please note: Washpools campground and day use area will remain open

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information phone 6540 2300

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Applies from Mon 5 Dec 2022, 9.49am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.37am

Closed areas: Closed areas

Coolah Tops National Park has experienced above-average rainfall over the past 12 months which has caused delays in finalising works in the park.

 Hildegard Road creek crossing is closed because it's too high for 2wd drive vehicles to cross. 

The following areas are also closed due to ongoing wet weather:

  • Norfolk Falls Link track is closed between Bald Hill Falls and Norfolk Falls
  • Bald Hill Road is closed because of storm damage 
  • All roads beyond the seasonal gate and forest road are closed because of dangerous trees
  • Grass Trees track entrance via the Barracks campground is closed because of track damage
  • Breeza lookout is closed because of dangerous trees 
  • Snow Gums walking track is closed because of dangerous trees and damage to the track
  • Bundella Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees 
  • Racecourse Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees 

Please continue to check this website for updates about areas that are opening.

Forest Road between Coolah Creek Road and the entrance of Coolah Tops National Park has been heavily affected by rain, the steeper slopes have been affected the most. However, the park is still accessible.

Forest Road is managed and maintained by the Warrumbungles Shire Council. Please refer any inquiries concerning this road directly to the council.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Pilliga Discovery Centre in Baradine at 02 6843 4011

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Applies from Mon 12 Dec 2022, 6.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.16am

Other planned events: Fire ban: 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, 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 Wed 11 Jan 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Jan 2023, 3.44pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

NPWS has put in place a park fire ban for Coolah Tops National Park which remains in effect until the end of March. 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 the 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)

For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

The commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a Total Fire Ban for particular areas within NSW or statewide, this can change on a daily basis. 

If a Total Fire Ban is declared, different rules apply. If you would like any further information in relation to Coolah Tops National Park please contact the

NPWS Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre at 6843 4011.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. 

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 9.00pm to Tue 14 Mar 2023, 9.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program from 8th October 2022 to 7th April 2023 in the following reserves:

  • Barrington Tops National Park / State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve / State Conservation Area
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawney Pass National Park
  • Curracabundi group of reserves
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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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/snow-gum-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Coolah Tops National Park in the Country NSW region
  • Coolah Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations. The eastern end of the park is regularly closed during wet weather due to slippery road conditions.

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Emergency services

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