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Waalimma picnic area

South East Forest National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 11 July 2024, 9.40am

Applies from Mon 10 Jun 2024, 8.00am to Fri 27 Sep 2024, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 9.40am.

Closed parks: Notice of 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program using fresh meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 10th June to Friday 27th September 2024. The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be undertaken in:

  • South East Forests National Park
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve

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 further information, please call the NPWS Bombala office on 02 6458 5900.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 8 Dec 2023, 2.21pm to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 12.34pm

Closed areas: Light to Light walk

Light to Light walk is currently closed between Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay until August 2024 to allow for track upgrades. These closures will impact plans to complete the return-walk. This closure will not affect Saltwater Creek or Bittangabee campgrounds.

If you're booking your walk through a licensed tour operator, you can expect that these operators are being regularly informed by NPWS, so that track closure impacts can be planned for and managed.

Please monitor NPWS alerts for track closures, be prepared to modify your itinerary while track upgrades are being completed and consider transport options to divert around closed sections of the walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 9 Jul 2024, 3.39pm to Mon 16 Sep 2024, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jul 2024, 4.16pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 winter fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing winter ground baiting program from Monday 15 July 2024 to Sunday 15 September 2024. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of feral foxes.

The program will take place in areas of Kosciuszko National Park including:

  • Main range area
  • Perisher valley
  • Dead horse gap
  • Munyang

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

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.

Please contact the local NPWS area office for more information on (02) 6450 5555.

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 12.50pm to Mon 31 Mar 2025, 7.37am. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 7.39am

Closed areas: Transmission Track closed due to post-bushfire damage

The Transmission Track, Talbingo is closed due to post-bushfire damage. The track is closed and is not suitable for vehicle access due to erosion issues. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Tumut NPWS office (02) 6947 7087.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2024, 11.57am to Thu 31 Oct 2024, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Jul 2024, 8.51am

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet closed for winter

Rawson Pass toilet will be closed from Friday 3 May 2024 to the end of winter. Seamans Hut toilet will remain open all winter.

You are encouraged to carry out your human waste when toilets are not available on the Main Range. Please refer to these resources for more information:

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 1 Jul 2024, 12.51pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 12.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Jul 2024, 1.07pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 1 July 2024 to Monday 30 September 2024. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and/or foxes.
The program will take place in:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Beowa National Park
  • Berlang State Conservation Area
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve
  • Bournda National Park
  • Bournda Nature Reserve
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Deua National Park
  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forest National Park
  • Wadbilliga National Park

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to baiting locations. 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Thu 4 Apr 2024, 5.12pm to Thu 31 Oct 2024, 5.13pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Jul 2024, 7.15pm

Safety alerts: Guthega Road - changed speed limit due to road works

The speed limit on Guthega Road has been reduced to 60km for the entirety of the road. This is due to road works taking place from 8 April to 31 October 2024, and an increase in heavy and light vehicle movements.

Please abide by all traffic control signage and observe all directions from NPWS staff and contractors.

Your destination is still accessible. To assist in planning your journey safely, please allow extra time in your travel plans and drive to conditions.

For more information, call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Fri 31 May 2024, 12.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 10.49am

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closure

The entire Thredbo Valley Track from Thredbo Village to Gaden Trout Hatchery is closed to all cyclists from 5th of June 2024 to the 7th of October 2024.

Maintenance works are underway between Thredbo Resort and Ngarigo Campground. As such, this section is closed to all visitors.

Walkers are still permitted on the track from Ngarigo Campground to Gaden Trout Hatchery.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Jindabyne NPWS office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Tue 4 Jun 2024, 8.05am to Fri 4 Oct 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jul 2024, 9.26am

Closed areas: Behrs Flat campground, Old Geehi campground, Geehi Walls trail and Major Clews trail closed

The following areas are closed for winter from Wednesday 5 June to Friday 4 October 2024:

  • Behrs Flat campground
  • Old Geehi campground
  • Geehi Walls trail
  • Major Clews trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Thu 30 May 2024, 4.16pm to Fri 4 Oct 2024, 4.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Jul 2024, 10.03am

Closed areas: Winter Road Closures For Kosciuszko National Park

Some roads and trails in this park are closed to public vehicle use for the winter period. The closed road and trail areas are:

  • Kosciuszko Road, between Perisher Valley and Charlotte Pass - CLOSED
  • KNP5 - Khancoban to Cabramurra Road - CLOSED
  • Kings Cross Road, between Mt Selwyn and Cabramurra - CLOSED
  • Black Jack Trail - CLOSED
  • Manjar Trail - CLOSED
  • Grassy Flats Trail - CLOSED
  • Murray Gates Trail - CLOSED

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

Chains must be carried in Kosciuszko National Park in winter (4WDs exempt).

All motorists should be prepared and equipped for sudden changes in road and weather conditions in Alpine areas.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jun 2024, 8.00am to Fri 27 Sep 2024, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 9.40am

Closed parks: Notice of 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program using fresh meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 10th June to Friday 27th September 2024. The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be undertaken in:

  • South East Forests National Park
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve

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 further information, please call the NPWS Bombala office on 02 6458 5900.

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Applies from Tue 16 Apr 2024, 9.08am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jul 2024, 10.37am

Other planned events: Merambego Trail Roadworks

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking essential fire trail maintenance works on Merambego Trail, throughout April, May and June 2024. The trail will be closed to visitors. 

Please obey all directions from NPWS staff and contractors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For any further queries, please contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on (02) 6450 5555.

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Applies from Tue 7 May 2024, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jul 2024, 9.24am

Other planned events: Tom Groggin campground - upgrade works

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and contractors will be undertaking upgrade works at Tom Groggin campground throughout May and June 2024. These works will include additions to campground facilities and rehabilitation planting.

For more information please contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555. 

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Applies from Thu 4 Apr 2024, 7.00am to Fri 4 Oct 2024, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 9.05am

Closed areas: Sections of Kosciuszko National Park closed for feral animal control

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial shooting operations in Kosciuszko National Park (KNP). Horses, deer, pigs and other feral animals will be targeted. The operations require the closure of the area of KNP north of the Snowy Mountains Highway and east of the Goobarragandra Powerline Road to the KNP boundary between Thursday 4 April 2024 and Friday 4 October 2024 inclusive (this includes the usual winter closure period from 10 June to 4 October, 2024).

All tracks, trails, campgrounds, huts, picnic areas and accommodation nodes within the closure area will be closed during this period, including:

  • Bullocks Hill campground 
  • Cooinbil Hut campground 
  • Cooinbil Hut Horse Camp 
  • Ghost Gully campground 
  • Long Plain Hut campground 
  • Magpie Flat campground 
  • Old Snowy campground 
  • Perkins Flat campground 
  • Rocky Plain campground 
  • Wares Yards campground 
  • Blue Waterholes campground 
  • Cooleman Mountain campground 
  • Long Plain Hut Horse Camp 
  • Broken Cart campground 
  • Dubbo Flats campground 
  • Currango Homestead precinct
  • Clarke Gorge walking track
  • Nichols Gorge walking track
  • Australian Alps Walking Track North of the Snowy Mountains Highway to the KNP boundary
  • National Trail North of the Snowy Mountains Highway to the KNP boundary
  • Hume Hovell Walking Track from the KNP park boundary to the park boundary at Thomas Boyd track head

A map of the closure area is available at: 

Map of northern Kosciuszko National Park closure area April to October 2024 (nsw.gov.au)

Closure notices will be placed at relevant access points in KNP, penalties apply for non-compliance.

For inquiries on the management of wild horses please email the wild horse team.

We appreciate your patience while this important work is being carried out. If you would like any further information about closed areas, please email or call NPWS on 02 6947 7025.

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Applies from Fri 22 Mar 2024, 2.13pm to Sun 22 Sep 2024, 2.14pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Jun 2024, 8.33am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

A baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be conducted from Friday 22 March 2024 until Sunday 22 September 2024 in Kosciuszko National Park.

The program will be conducted in the northern precinct of the park, which includes the following areas:

  • Goobarragandra
  • Blowering foreshores
  • Big Talbingo/ Buddong

Entry into baiting locations will be 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.

For further information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Wed 1 May 2024, 12.00am to Fri 1 Nov 2024, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Apr 2024, 3.17pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from 1st May 2024 to 1st November 2024 . The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of feral animals including wild dogs and foxes.

The program will take place in Kosciuszko National Park and Clarkes Hill, Bogandyera and Jingellic Nature Reserves.

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.

Please contact the local Khancoban NPWS area office for more information on 02 60708400.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 8.07am to Fri 31 Jan 2025, 8.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 May 2024, 11.12am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program in the north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park, Scabby Range and Yaouk Nature Reserves within the Adaminaby/Yaouk wild dog control area.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2024 and 31 January 2025, and will use meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserve. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Mon 5 Feb 2024, 12.00pm to Fri 9 Aug 2024, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jul 2024, 8.47am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Friday 9 February 2024 and Friday 9 August 2024. These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of these animals on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas. Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.

This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park:

  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Corrowong

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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 further information, please call the Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Fri 5 May 2023, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 3.22pm

Safety alerts: Powerline out of service in Jagungal Wilderness Area

Happy Jacks Plain and sections of the Jagungal Wilderness Area are affected by powerline damage. The 11kva powerline that runs through these areas was damaged during the 2019/2020 fires with burnt poles and downed powerlines. It is out of service and will be removed from the park. Please keep a safe distance from any broken wires on the ground and broken stay wires from power poles. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office. 

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Applies from Wed 4 May 2022, 11.29am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 9.00am

Closed areas: Tantangara Reservoir partial closure

Some parts of Tantangara Reservoir will be closed intermittently until further notice for Snowy 2.0 construction activities involving controlled blasts. Full exclusion zones will be established prior to and during blast operations. The closed areas are:

  • Areas of Tantangara Reservoir adjacent to the Snowy 2.0 construction site.
  • Tantangara Reservoir boat ramp, adjacent to the Tantangara Dam wall.
  • For up-to-date timings on controlled blasts please see notifications on the Future Generation website.

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

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Applies from Fri 29 Sep 2023, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Nov 2023, 6.17am

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park closed sites

A number of sites in Kosciuszko National Park are closed or may have other restrictions until further notice.

Road/trail closures

The following roads and trails are closed until further notice:

  • Geehi Dam/Olsens Road
  • Grassy Flat trail

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which burnt during the 2019/2020 fires remain closed. These areas include:

  • Wolgal and Pattinson's Huts

Huts that burnt down in the 2020 fires

These locations remain open, but the following huts or buildings have been lost:

  • Bradley/O'Brien's Hut, Brooks Hut, 4 Mile Hut, Happy's Hut, Harvey's Hut (under repair), Linesman's No.3 Huts, Round Mountain Hut, Vickery's Hut (under repair), and Dry Dam Ski Shelter.
  • Warning: Please take care as there may be broken glass/nails that are uncovered since NPWS made records and cleaned up these sites. Please do not disturb the sites or remove artefacts.

Snowy 2.0 works affecting access to Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam

  • Access to the southern end of Tantangara Reservoir via Quarry trail is closed to the public.
  • Access to the southern end boat ramp is open, but may be subject to short-term closures.
  • Current boating and camping access to Tantangara Reservoir will still be available at access points on the northern end of the reservoir, via Port Phillip and Dam trails.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am to Mon 1 Feb 2027, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jul 2024, 10.32am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to Snowy 2.0 works

The following areas are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 works from Monday 25 February 2019 until early 2027, unless the closure is extended or removed:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4WD trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm to Sun 30 Mar 2025, 12.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jul 2024, 10.32am

Other planned events: Ongoing increased traffic and roadworks

There is an increase in heavy and light vehicle movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway (between Cooma to Tumut) and Link and Tantangara Roads within Kosciuszko National Park. This traffic will continue for a number of years and involves the use of specialised heavy vehicle combinations for transporting materials associated with the Snowy 2.0 project and other projects in the region.

There will also be ongoing maintenance and upgrades to roads in the area as part of the project, particularly along Link and Tantangara Roads. 

To assist in planning your journey safely, please check for alerts on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website. 

For more information, call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Wed 17 May 2023, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 8.55am

Closed areas: Bullocks Hut closed

Several buildings in the Bullocks Hut complex are closed until further notice for restoration works. Please do not enter the construction sites.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600 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/waalimma-picnic-area/local-alerts

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