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Wattle Forest picnic area

Royal National Park

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Applies from Tue 5 Oct 2021, 3.14pm to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 2.06pm

Closed areas: Wattamolla lower loop carpark and picnic area

Wattamolla Lower Loop carpark and picnic area are closed for upgrades until 20 December 2021.

The following areas are open:

  • Access to the Royal Coast track through Wattamolla 
  • Access to the beach, amenities building, upper carpark areas and Providential Point

Large vehicles and buses over 8.8 metres cannot access Wattamolla. Buses should not enter Wattamolla Road from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. There is no safe area to park or manoeuvre at Wattamolla or along Wattamolla Road.

All other vehicles can enter Wattamolla and park in carparks numbers 2 to 5 (parking is limited during peak periods).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 12.46pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed during the following times due to rifle range operations:

  • Every Saturday - ANZAC Rifle Range Club
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month – Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia
  • Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 January 2022 (Queen's Competition)
  • Last shooting day for 2021 will be Saturday, 18th December.
  • First shooting day for 2022 will be Saturday, 8th January.

 

Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Tue 30 Nov 2021, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Nov 2021, 3.43pm

Other planned events: Georges River National Park - Heritage Vehicle Trail closed

Heritage Vehicle Trail (and Moon Bay Fire Trail) is/are closed to pedestrians from 6/12/21 to 23/12/21. Moon Bay Fire Trail is being resurfaced

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 2.36pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2022.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Noise monitoring stations will be set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne to check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels. It is not expected to be high.

For more information, visit the project webpage or call the NPWS Sydney South area office on 02 9337 5511. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.28am to Tue 4 Jan 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 10.24pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public on the following days:

  • From 8am Friday 31 December 2021 to 7am Saturday 1 January 2022 (New Years Eve).
  • From Monday 13 March to Tuesday 29 March 2022 (Due to a special event).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.23am to Thu 23 Dec 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 10.20pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public due to exclusive events on the following dates:

  • Friday 10 December 2021
  • Monday 13 December to Wednesday 22 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Sunday 26 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Friday 31 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Sunday 3 April 2022, 8am to 8pm.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 12.03pm

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or contact the local area office email.

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Nov 2021, 12.55pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

The eastern part of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on Monday 15 November 2021 from 7am to 4pm due to helicopter operations. The Western Escarpment remains open. This work is delivering walking track upgrades.

The walking track upgrades in the southern section of Malabar Headland National Park are now complete.

Works are underway between the northern entrance and Boora Point, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Please note:

  • Access from the north is closed
  • Access from the south is open to Boora Point only
  • The Western Escarpment remains open

For more information visit this web page or call the local NPWS office on 02 9337 5511.

The entire Boora Point walking track (eastern sections of the national park) is closed when the ANZAC Rifle Range is in use.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 3.59pm

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures for upgrade works

A number of areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed while upgrades are underway:

  • North Head Scenic Drive - closed to vehicles past NPWS carpark 1 from 25 October 2021 to January 2022. North Head Scenic Drive will then be closed to vehicles at the Bella Vista Café from January to February 2022.
  • Fairfax walking track - closed from 18 October to late November 2021
  • NPWS carpark 2 - closed from Monday 25 October 2021
  • There is no bus or large vehicle access past Q station

These closures may be extended without notice.

Parking at the North Fort is open. The North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4.30, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 1.07pm to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 1.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Bradleys Head – Booraghee Amphitheatre closed to vehicles

Bradleys Head – Booraghee Amphitheatre is closed to vehicles from Friday 17 December to Saturday 18 December 2021 between 12pm and 6pm due to a special event.

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

Construction of a new whale watching platform is underway at Cape Solander. The road to Cape Solander, parking and the whale watching platform are closed. Walking tracks remain open.

Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 9.24am

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities. For your safety and to help conserve the landscape, please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 12.30pm

Closed areas: Areas closed on North Head

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road
  • Fairfax lookouts

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • North Head Scenic Drive
  • Fairfax walk
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, call the local park office on 02 9451 3479, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.30pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.37pm

Closed areas: Royal Coast Track closed at Otford, Monday to Thursday

The Royal Coast Track will be closed Monday to Thursday for upgrade works near Otford lookout from 6 September to early December 2021. The track will remain open Friday to Sunday. When closed, visitors will not be able to access Figure 8 Pools, the Werrong Beach Track or the Palm Jungle Loop Track from the Otford lookout. When closed, Coast Track walkers will have to exit the track at Garawarra Farm. Visitors can still access Figure 8 Pools from Garawarra Farm at any time.

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Applies from Tue 31 Aug 2021, 7.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Aug 2021, 12.01pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Tuesday 31 August 2021 and Thursday 31 March 2022 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 4.06pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle & North Headlands (North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station).

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Middle Head office on 9960 6266 or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Apr 2021, 1.35pm

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite. It will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Bonnie Vale picnic area and Bonnie Vale boat ramp are open and safe for visitors.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 3.51pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.08am

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food

Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.

Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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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/wattle-forest-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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