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Wattle Forest picnic area

Royal National Park

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Applies from Fri 11 Jun 2021, 10.42am to Fri 2 Jul 2021, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Warumbul Road and picnic area closed

The unsealed section of Warumbul Road is closed at the intersection of Rathane Road on week days from Tuesday 15 June to Friday 3 July 2021 for road maintenance work. This means there will be no access to Warumbul picnic area on week days during the road closure. The closure may be extended if weather delays are experienced.  

The sealed section of Warumbul Road will remain open for visitors accessing the Youthworks properties and cottages. 

Pedestrians and other road users should expect increased truck movements during this time. Visitors are advised to exercise caution. 

Any extension to this closures will be advised as soon as they are known. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information email or call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre or the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 26 Apr 2021, 1.23pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Jun 2021, 10.55am

Closed areas: Wattamolla lower loop carpark and picnic area closed

Improvements to the lower loop carpark and picnic area have commenced. These works are estimated to take approximately 6 months, and the carpark and picnic area will will reopen in October 2021.

Alternative access through Wattamolla for the Royal Coast track will be available and signposted.

Access to the beach, amenities building, upper carpark areas and Providential Point will remain open.

Due to the temporary closure of the lower loop carpark, please note:

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

For more information 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 9 Jun 2021, 4.00pm

Closed areas: Area closures for rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on a number of days for ANZAC Rifle Range operations. The dates include:

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Sunday 27 June 2021
  • Monday 5 July to Friday 9 July 2021

These closures may occur with little or no notice. 

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 office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 6.06pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Jun 2021, 9.30am

Closed areas: Potter Point Road and precinct closure

Potter Point Road and precinct are closed for maintenance works from Tuesday 8 June 2021 to Thursday 10 June 2021.

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Applies from Fri 28 May 2021, 1.17pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 1.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 May 2021, 1.52pm

Closed areas: Georges Head lookout closed for upgrading

Belvedere lookout at Georges Head will be closed from Friday 28 May to Friday 30 July 2021 while upgrading is happening.

The lookout is located near the Beehive Casemates.

For more information contact the NPWS Middle Head office on 02 9960 6266.

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Applies from Mon 31 May 2021, 7.00am to Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Jun 2021, 12.01pm

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closure

Sublime Point walking track is closed for essential maintenance from 7am, Monday 31 May and will re-open at 4pm, Friday 16 July 2021. 

Part of Forest loop walk track between Sublime Point to Foothill Road will also be closed.

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 Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 May 2021, 11.17am

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 Drive past the Gunner Road carpark entrance
  • Fairfax lookouts

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • 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 9960 6266, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 7 Jun 2021, 3.46pm to Fri 2 Jul 2021, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 May 2021, 11.43am

Closed areas: No boat access to Clark Island

Clark Island wharf is closed for repair works and there will be no boat access to the wharf during this time.

Repair works are expected to be completed in early-July. Please check back for updates.

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

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 5.00pm to Sun 27 Jun 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 May 2021, 10.05am

Other planned events: Weekend trail upgrade works

Contractors will be conducting trail upgrade works in the Cawley Road trail area (including on weekends) until Tuesday 27 July 2021. Temporary track closures may be in place and machinery may be operating on the trails.

Take care and follow the instructions of traffic controllers on site.

For more information please call Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 9.53am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 9.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 May 2021, 4.06pm

Safety alerts: Notice of weed control works

Weed control work will be underway in isolated and remote areas of this park until Wednesday 30 June 2021. An authorised herbicide may be used, and signs will be in place where work is underway.

For further information call 02 9542 0669.

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 May 2021, 10.46am

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

Various sections along the walking tracks in Malabar Headland National Park will close during May to September 2021 for upgrades.

As of 6 May 2021, the closures are:

  • Access from the south is open to Boora Point only
  • Access from the north is open to Magic Point only

Additional information will be posted as the work progresses.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 11.20am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Jun 2021, 1.03pm

Closed areas: Kurnell exhibition and theatre areas closed

The exhibition area of Kamay Botany National Park Visitor Centre is closed to ensure COVID-19 safety is appropriately managed for visitors. Please check the website for updated information. 

You can still access Kurnell Visitor Centre for information, retail purchases and park pass sales. Signage is in place around the closed areas inside the building.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 4.32pm

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is closed from Tuesday 2 November 2020 to Sunday 30 January 2022.

The 1940s timber wharf has deteriorated and is unsafe to access. Installation of a new pontoon and wharf upgrades will take place from Monday 10 May 2021 to January 2022. Fort Denison remains 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

Night time works will be undertaken between Sunday 16 May to Saturday 31 July during the following times:

  • Sunday to Friday night: 8pm to 5am
  • Saturday night and public holidays: No work

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, however this 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 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Apr 2021, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

The road to Cape Solander and the whale watching platform will be closed from Monday 3 May to late July 2021. 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 Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2.49pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 9.22am

Closed areas: Yeramba Lagoon loop track partially closed

Yeramba Lagoon loop walking track in Georges River National Park is closed from behind Henry Lawson Drive down to the lagoon.

The pedestrian bridge over the lagoon runout channel has been removed while the weir is being worked on. This section of track is impassable and has been closed off.

For further information, please email or call the NPWS Royal area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.37am

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 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 Mon 15 Mar 2021, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Mar 2021, 1.00pm

Closed areas: Kamay Botany Bay National Park _ La Perouse

Partial track closure of Congwong walking trail from Anzac Parade to Henry Head Lane for track upgrade works.

Dates of works include: 22 March to 5 April 2021.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 2.56pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 12.36pm

Closed areas: The Coast track at Burning Palms - major upgrade

The Coast track at Burning Palms will be subject to closures due to a major upgrade taking place from Monday 22 March to 30 June 2021.

The track will be closed every Monday (8am) to Thursday (4pm) during the closure period. The track will remain open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

These works will affect access to:

  • Figure 8 Pools
  • Palm Jungle loop track
  • The Coast track between Burning Palms and Otford lookout

For further information please visit the Environment, Energy and Science website or contact the Royal National Park Visitors Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 10.41am

Closed areas: Audley boatshed - conservation and repair works

The Audley Boatshed will be undergoing important conservation and repair works. Boat hire is suspended and the boatshed, its slipway and a part of the carpark to the west will be closed during this period. Allambie Flat picnic area and carpark remains open. Details on these works are available from the Audley Precinct upgrades webpage.

For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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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 Sun 31 Jan 2021, 10.53am to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 10.54am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 12.47pm

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 fluoroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Monday 1 February and Saturday 31 July 2021 in Sydney Harbour National Park (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. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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 this reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head office on 02 9960 6266 (business hours), the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours) or North Head Sanctuary, Manly (Harbour Trust Lands): 02 8969 2128 (business hours).

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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 Mon 2 Nov 2020, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Ferry wharf reinstatement

Transport for New South Wales are currently undertaking land-based investigations in support of the reinstatement of the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell within Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

These areas are still open to the public, however there may be some minor disruptions to some areas of usual access and parking. To find out more about this project please visit the Transport for NSW website.

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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 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Sep 2020, 12.37pm

Safety alerts: Clark Island wharf

The decking between the main wharf and the island has a maximum capacity of 2 people at a time.

Heavy loads are not permitted on the decking until further notice. Take care when disembarking from a boat on Clark Island.

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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 Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.37am

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening and closing times

North Head Scenic Drive gate closing and opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March each year, the gate is open from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September each year, the gate is open from 6am to 6pm

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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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