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Wattle Forest picnic area

Royal National Park

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 5.18pm

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 2nd December to Saturday 3 December 2022
  • Tuesday 27th December 2022 to Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Events will be happening on those dates. 

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

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 5.04pm

Closed areas: Cape Solander reopened - Whale watching platform opening November 2022

The smaller platforms have been completed at Cape Solander, and Cape Solander Road has been reopened to enable carparking at Cape Solander.

Work continues on the main whale watching platform and shelter, which is due for completion in November 2022.

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.43pm to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 3.48pm

Closed areas: Cemetery Firetrail closed for maintenance

The Cemetery Firetrail in the La Perouse section of Kamay Botany National Park is closed for maintenance from Tuesday 29 November to Thursday 1 December 2022.

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

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2023.

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 Thu 17 Feb 2022, 3.56pm to Mon 5 Dec 2022, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Shark Beach closed during construction of replacement seawall

Replacement of the Nielsen Park seawall commenced on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Shark Beach, the promenade and kiosk are closed, and event and accommodation bookings for Nielsen Park will be suspended during the construction period.

From Tuesday 1 March 2022, the following areas are closed:

  • Shark Beach and promenade
  • Nielsen Park kiosk, restaurant, Surf Club and Halbert Pavilion 
  • Steel Point Cottage and Gardners Cottage 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 9337 5511 or visit the project web page for more information.

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Applies from Thu 27 Jan 2022, 1.23pm to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 3.28pm

Closed areas: Gardeners cottage closed due to construction

Gardeners Cottage is closed from March 2022 until further notice due to the seawall construction at Shark Beach, Nielsen Park. 

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 2.05pm

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public between 8am to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 9 December 2022 
  • Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Tuesday 3 January 2023
  • Friday 10 February to Wednesday 22 February 2023 (Sail GP event).

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

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Applies from Wed 16 Nov 2022, 11.30am to Sat 24 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Nov 2022, 2.50pm

Closed areas: Little Marley trail closure

Little Marley trail is closed Monday to Friday, from Tuesday 17 November to Friday 23 December 2022 for upgrade works.

The trail will be accessible on Saturdays and Sundays during this period. 

Signs will be in place around closed areas.  

Access to Deer Pool from Bundeena Drive is not affected but you can't continue all the way to The Coast track.

Access along The Coast track between Wattamolla and Bundeena is not affected. 

Works may be extended due to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 1.33pm

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage

Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.

This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

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Applies from Sat 13 Aug 2022, 12.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 1.33pm

Closed areas: North Era campground closed

North Era campground is closed until further notice due to the effects of flooding and nearby closures of sections of Royal Coast track.

The area will re-open once it is safe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 3.14pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

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

  • Every Saturday, 8am to 5pm
  • Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month, 8am to 5pm
  • Last shooting day for 2022 is Saturday, 17 December 2022
  • First shooting day for 2023 is Saturday, 7 January 2022

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

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • The 'rifle range in use' warning signs are displayed at the park entry (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) is open when the rifle range is in use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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 Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.15pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.57pm

Other planned events: 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 1 August 2022 and 31 January 2023 in Sydney Harbour National Park in the following areas: 

  • Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and 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 local park office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Wed 17 Aug 2022, 8.10am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Nov 2022, 2.51pm

Safety alerts: No access to some picnic tables and seats at Shark Island

Access is closed to 2 picnic tables and the seats in shelters at Shark Island. This is to allow for maintenance works to be carried out to repair these facilities. 

The pavilion, 2 other picnic tables with seats and 3 shelters (2 with limited furniture) are still available for use. Large lawn areas are still available for recreation.

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 3.37pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 7.11am

Closed areas: Trails closed in Illawarra Escarpment

The following areas are closed until further notice, due to damage from recent severe weather:

  • Mount Kembla Ring track
  • Lower Escarpment fire trail
  • Mount Pleasant management trail
  • O’Briens management trail
  • Staffords management trail

This closure maybe extended further, if rain occurs.

Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 7.10am

Closed areas: 10C management trail closed

The 10C management trail in Dharawal National Park is closed due to landslides until further notice, the trail will be re-opened when cleared and assessed as safe.

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

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Applies from Wed 9 Mar 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 7.11am

Closed areas: Jingga walking track closed due to landslide

Jingga walking track is closed until further notice. The walking track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely reopened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 7.11am

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

Sublime Point walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 21 Oct 2022, 2.41pm to Tue 3 Jan 2023, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Strickland House closure

Strickland House and grounds are closed from 8am, Friday 30 December 2022 to 8am, Sunday 1 January 2023.

For more information, call the NPWS Vaucluse area office on  02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 12.13pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 10.48am

Closed areas: Mount Keira Ring track partial closure

Mt Keira Ring track is open only between Byarong Park and Robertson Lookout Walking Track. The track section that passes below Mt Keira Lookout is still closed due to a landslip. As soon as the remainder of the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated. 

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 10.06am

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 Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 12.57pm

Closed areas: North Head partial closure

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

Do not enter the closed areas.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe (entry via North Fort)
  • Parking areas at North Fort
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 10.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 12.28pm

Safety alerts: Landslip on Lady Carrington Drive

Lady Carrington Drive has been impacted by recent rain. The surface is eroded and waterlogged. Use caution on rough and slippery surfaces.

A portion of the track has been impacted by a landslip. Please travel through this section without stopping.

For more information contact the local area office.

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Applies from Thu 25 Aug 2022, 9.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Nov 2022, 10.09am

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 Thursday 25 August 2022 and Friday 31 March 2023 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 Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 4.49pm

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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Applies from Mon 1 Aug 2022, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.53am

Closed areas: Bradleys Head toilets closed due to rockfall

The toilet block at Bradleys Head - Booraghee Amphitheatre is closed from Monday 1 August 2022 until further notice due to a rock fall.

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

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Applies from Thu 4 Aug 2022, 9.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.39am

Closed areas: The Coast track closed at Otford

The Coast track is closed at Otford due to landslips. There is no alternative route from this point.

The area at Otford will remain closed until further notice.

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

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.54am

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures

The following areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed while upgrades are underway:

  • Fairfax walking track, Fairfax Lookout, Fairfax carpark and bus stop are closed until December 2022 for the construction of new lookouts.
  • North Head Scenic Drive and loop road are open to vehicles.
  • The bus stop opposite the Bella Vista Café is open.

These closures may be extended without notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jun 2022, 4.08pm

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track condition - be cautious

Sections of Curra Moors fire trail and walking loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please be cautious, and be aware of unstable edges.

Planning for repairs is in progress.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 20 Apr 2022, 4.38pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Apr 2022, 12.13pm

Other planned events: Cadmans Cottage public tours suspended

Cadmans Cottage public tours are suspended until further notice. 

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Applies from Sun 17 Apr 2022, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 11.53am

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track closed

Werrong Beach track is closed due to a land slip. Further information will be available following a geotechnical assessment.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Feb 2022, 12.39pm

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 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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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. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    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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Emergency services

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