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White Rock River picnic area

South East Forest National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 24 January 2023, 8.49am

Applies from Mon 20 Jul 2020, 11.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.49am.

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damange

Some areas in this park remain closed due to bushfire damage. Do not enter closed sections of the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 1.49pm

Closed areas: Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) closed

Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) is closed until further notice due to fire damage.

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

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Applies from Thu 19 Jan 2023, 2.36pm to Sun 19 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Aerial Pest Control Operation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking an aerial pest control operation in the Byadbo Wilderness area in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Byadbo Wilderness area will be closed from 7am to 7pm from Monday 13th February 2023 to Sunday 19th February 2023. No visitor facilities will be affected by this closure and public roads will remain open. 

This program is part of an ongoing program in the area, and is to assist in the control of pest animals including deer, pigs and goats. 

The operation could be postponed due to unfavourable weather or logistical problems. 

Warning signs will be placed at access points into the National Park. Please do not enter these areas of the park during this time. 

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2023, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 3.14pm

Other planned events: Tom Groggin Precinct - pesticide application

Contractors for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking pesticide application to treat St Johns Wort and Blackberry in the Tom Groggin precinct commencing 3 February 2023. The following areas will be affected:

  • Tom Groggin Campground
  • Tom Groggin Horse Camp
  • Grassy Flat Trail
  • Murray Gates Trail
  • Rileys Flat
  • The Bicentennial National Trail (Tom Groggin to Murray Gates)

Visitors are reminded not to eat the fruit of treated blackberry. Campgrounds and visitor assets will remain open for the duration of the treatment.

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

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Applies from Mon 16 Jan 2023, 9.38am to Wed 1 Mar 2023, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 9.30am

Closed areas: Blue Waterholes Trail closed

Blue Waterholes Trail in Kosciuszko National Park will be closed from Monday 16 January to Wednesday 1 March while road upgrade works are being undertaken. The closure will impact access to:

  • Blue Waterholes campground
  • Magpie Flat campground
  • Coolamine Homestaed day use area
  • Cooleman Mountain campground
  • Clarke Gorge walking track
  • Nichols Gorge walking track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local Tumut NPWS office ph. 02 6947 7025.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Fri 17 Feb 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 8.22am

Closed areas: Area closed for aerial pest control operation

The NPWS Cross Tenure Feral Deer Management Project will be conducting an aerial pest control operation between 6am, Monday 6 February to 6pm, Friday 17 February 2023 (weekdays only).

This program will target feral deer and aims to significantly reduce the number of feral deer on park and adjacent consenting private land. Other pest animals, including pigs, goats, foxes and wild dogs will be targeted if observed during the operation.

This program will operate in the Moonbah/Ingebyra, Cascades and Big Boggy areas of Kosciuszko National Park.

Warning signs will be placed at relevant access points into areas of park. Please do not enter closed areas during this time. Penalties may apply.

Please note: Cascades Trail will remain open. Visitors must stay within 500m of Cascades Trail. There is no access to Teddy's Hut for the duration of the shoot program.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please email or phone 1300 361 967.

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Applies from Tue 29 Nov 2022, 12.28pm to Mon 17 Apr 2023, 12.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 3.46pm

Closed areas: Lennard's Island walking track and carpark closure

Lennard's Island walking track and carpark will be closed from Monday 16 January 2023 to Monday 17 April 2023 due to upgrade works.

One carpark space is closed to the public for material storage. Workers will be present on the walking track and carpark.

Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information contact the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 6 Dec 2022, 3.57pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 9.46am

Closed areas: Partial closure Spencers Creek rest area

Spencers Creek rest area:  Partial closure for storage of materials and equipment for construction of Snowies Alpine Walk - Stage 3 and the occasional full closure for the staging of helicopter operations.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 10.21am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

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

Post-Winter closures due to wet weather trail conditions (closed until further notice)

The following roads are closed:

  • Goobragandara Powerline Road
  • Geehi Dam / Olsens Road
  • BlackJack Trail
  • Manjar Trail
  • Grassy Flat Trail

The following campgrounds are closed:

  • Dubbo Flat

Detour due to construction works 

  • Kings Cross Road and Tumut Ponds Fire Trail - access only via Snow Ridge Road near Cabramurra. No access from Link Road through Selwyn Snow Resort.

Fire-affected areas

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

  • Kiandra Court House
  • Wolgal Hut
  • Pattinson's Hut and Matthew's Cottage
  • Cabramurra township
  • Selwyn Snow Resort
  • Selwyn Snow Resort is being rebuilt following fire damage, and is currently a construction site. For your safety, public access to this area is strictly prohibited and all signage in this area must be followed.

Huts that burnt down in the 2020 fires. The location is open but there is no hut/building:

  • Bradley/O'Briens Hut, Brooks Hut, Delaneys Hut, 4 Mile Hut, Happy's Hut, Harveys Hut, Linesman's No.3 Huts, Round Mountain Hut, Vickeries Hut 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.

Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam access - Snowy 2.0 works:

  • 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 9 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Sat 11 Feb 2023, 4.04pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Jan 2023, 3.32pm

Closed areas: Kellys Plain closed for aerial weed control program

Kellys Plain (southern end of Tantangara Dam and adjacent to Tantangara Road) will be closed from 7am Monday 9 January 2023 to 7pm Saturday 11 February 2023 for an aerial weed control program targeting Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). 

The area will re-open once the program is completed. The program will occur in daylight hours using metsulfuron methyl 600g/kg.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm to Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.54pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 11.54am

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. 

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 NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 3 Jan 2023, 9.15am to Wed 15 Feb 2023, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 9.17am

Closed areas: Delany's Hut Day Use Area - Closure

Delanys Hut picnic area in Kosciuszko National Park is closed from Thursday 29 September to Tuesday 27 February 2023. The closure is to allow for the hut to be rebuilt and construction of a toilet block.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7025.

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Applies from Sun 1 Jan 2023, 1.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 1 Jan 2023, 1.28pm

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - difficult snowdrift crossings

There are still large snow drifts on the high sections of the high altitude walks (above about 2000m in altitude) in Kosciuszko National Park.  With the existing snow and with alpine weather please note the following information when visiting these areas:

 

General:

Be prepared:

  • Low visibility, extreme winds, severe storms and snowfalls can all occur without warning.
  • Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment and be prepared for extreme conditions.
  • Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care:

  • Choose your routes carefully
  • Steep and icy terrain can make travel very dangerous.
  • Deep soft spring snow can collapse underneath you - mind your steps.

 

Areas above 2000m, including higher parts of Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk and Hanells Spur walk

Expect short/ steep stretches of snow/ ice cover:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them. Sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

 

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

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Applies from Wed 14 Dec 2022, 11.57am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Dec 2022, 3.55pm

Safety alerts: Tom Groggin Horse Camp - no accessible toilets available

The accessible toilet at Tom Groggin Horse Camp is currently out of order. Portable toilets are available at Tom Groggin Horse Camp.

Accessible toilets are available at Tom Groggin campground, approximately 1km south of the Horse Camp.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jun 2022, 11.01am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.49am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Friday 1 July to Saturday 30 June 2023.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Araleun Nature Reserve 
  • Badja Swamps Nature reserve
  • Beowa National Park, formerly Ben Boyd National Park
  • Deua National Park
  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Gulaga 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

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 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.

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

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Applies from Wed 2 Nov 2022, 11.42am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 3.36pm

Closed areas: Greg Greg trail closed due to wet weather

The Greg Greg trail is closed until further notice due to storm damage and wet weather trail conditions.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park.

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

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Applies from Mon 20 Jun 2022, 3.18pm to Mon 20 Mar 2023, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 12.19pm

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 Tuesday 20 December 2022 until Tuesday 20 June 2023 in Kosciuszko National Park.

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

  • Goobragandra
  • 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 Thu 4 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Old Mountain Road walking track closed

The Old Mountain Road walking track is closed due to damage from the 2019-2020 bushfires. The walking track will remain closed until hazardous fire affected trees are removed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Tumut Visitor Centre 02 6947 7025.

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Applies from Tue 21 Dec 2021, 3.56pm to Sat 1 Jul 2023, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 1.06pm

Safety alerts: Bittangabee Storehouse closed

The historic storehouse at Bittangabee Bay is closed for safety reasons, until restoration works are complete.

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Applies from Wed 6 Jan 2021, 9.18am to Sat 1 Jul 2023, 11.31am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 1.06pm

Closed areas: Hegartys Bay campground closed

Hegartys Bay remote campground is closed until further notice due to fire damage and rehabilitation works.

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

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Applies from Sun 5 Dec 2021, 4.55pm to Sat 1 Jul 2023, 11.10am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 1.06pm

Closed areas: Jew Fish Boardwalk closure

Jewfish Boardwalk was burnt during the 2019/2020 bushfire season and is closed. Reconstruction is planned for 2022.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am to Sat 1 Feb 2025, 12.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.21am

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 2025, 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 Sun 14 Aug 2022, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Dec 2022, 9.25am

Closed areas: Elliott Way closed due to landslip

Elliott Way is closed until further notice from the Sue City gate to the Link Road gate due to a landslip. O'Hares campground on Elliott Way is accessible from Tumbarumba. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on 02 6947 7025.

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Applies from Sat 12 Nov 2022, 11.00am to Fri 12 May 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 7.49pm

Other planned events: Ongoing 1080 baiting program

A baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be conducted from Saturday 12 November 2022 until Friday 12 May 2023 in the following parks:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve

The program will also be conducted in the southern precinct of Kosiuszko National Park, which includes the following areas:

  • Geehi
  • Maragle
  • Tooma
  • Indi Range
  • Yellow Bog
  • Everards
  • Spring Creek
  • Khancoban

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 Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Tue 9 Aug 2022, 9.05am to Wed 8 Feb 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Dec 2022, 3.20pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

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 9 August 2022 until 8 February 2023. 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. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park;

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

Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.

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 office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Thu 1 Sep 2022, 10.05am to Mon 6 Mar 2023, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 9.16am

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, within the Adaminaby/Yaouk wild dog control area.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between Thursday 1 September 2022 and Tuesday 28 February 2023, 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 Wed 4 May 2022, 11.29am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.31am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 8.54am

Closed areas: Tantangara Reservoir partial closure

Some parts of Tantangara Reservoir will be closed intermittently from Sunday 1 May 2022 until further notice, whilst the Snowy 2.0 construction activities involving controlled blasts are conducted. Full exclusion zones will be established prior to and during blast operations. The closed areas are:

  • Portions 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 up-to-date notifications on the Future Generation website.

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

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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/white-rock-river-picnic-area/local-alerts

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