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Somersby Falls picnic area

Brisbane Water National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 5 January 2021, 2.15pm

Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.02pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 2.15pm.

Safety alerts: Somersby Falls COVID-19 restrictions

Somersby Falls picnic area is a small picnic area with narrow walkways and can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period.

To ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 Public Health Order and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, please:

  • Ensure outdoor gatherings are restricted to 30 people
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others
  • Avoid visiting during peak periods between 11am and 2pm
  • Consider visiting the nearby and much larger Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well-established picnic area.

For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 7 Dec 2020, 3.03pm to Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 4.29pm

Other planned events: Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails - Roadworks

Roadworks will take place on Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 26 February 2020 between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. There will be increased heavy vehicle traffic along with heavy plant operations.

The trails will be closed while works are underway, with the exception of access for visitors booked in to stay at Marramarra Creek campgrounds. If you have a campground booking during this period, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 for access.

If you plan to walk on these trails outside of working hours, please proceed with care and follow the directions of roadwork signs. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 1.53pm

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 8.52am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 9.46am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 10.02am

Safety alerts: Roads wet, slippery and damaged causing unsafe conditions

All roads in the Watagan Mountains are still currently wet and slippery after continuous rain. Please postpone your visit to all state forest and national park areas until the rain clears and roads dry out. Most roads are currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles and use of 4WD vehicles will damage the road surface. For further information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000. 

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.02pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 2.15pm

Safety alerts: Somersby Falls COVID-19 restrictions

Somersby Falls picnic area is a small picnic area with narrow walkways and can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period.

To ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 Public Health Order and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, please:

  • Ensure outdoor gatherings are restricted to 30 people
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others
  • Avoid visiting during peak periods between 11am and 2pm
  • Consider visiting the nearby and much larger Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well-established picnic area.

For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.10am

Closed areas: Update to visitor area closures

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. 

Please note the following updates:

  • Tunks Ridge campground remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns 
  • Bookings for Twin Beaches South and North campgrounds are now available online.

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Thursday 31 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be reduced to 30 people, including children. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

The closing of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities.

Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS contact centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Dec 2020, 5.58pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

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 closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 2.57pm

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Staged roadworks are scheduled to occur from December 2020 to June 2021.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 2.36pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 2.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Dec 2020, 8.50am

Closed areas: 11km walking track

11km walking track in Dharug National Park is closed. The route is hard to follow since the Three Mile Fire.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. 

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and potential vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

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 Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/somersby-falls-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas within the park close of an evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 9am to 5pm every day
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

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