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Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 22 October 2020, 2.57pm

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Oct 2020, 2.57pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NSW National Parks office.

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Applies from Sun 25 Oct 2020, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 10.45am

Closed areas: The Oaks trail closure

Some parts of this park are closed to vehicles from Sunday 25 October to Tuesday 27 October 2020 due to wet weather conditions. The closed areas include:

  • The Oaks fire trail
  • Nepean lookout
  • Red Hands Cave

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

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Applies from Sun 25 Oct 2020, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Oct 2020, 11.25am

Closed areas: Fire trail closures due to maintenance

The following fire trails are closed from Monday 26 October to Monday 16 November 2020 to allow safe completion of important fire trail maintenance works prior to summer:

  • Springwood Ridge
  • Bees Nest Hill 
  • Shaws Ridge

Please note that Blue Gum Swamp fire trail will remain open during this period with access via Whitecross Road gate, Winmalee only.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting routine fire trail maintenance in the Winmalee area. This closure may be extended further subject to weather conditions. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 23 Oct 2020, 9.00am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 11.22am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Oct 2020, 11.20am

Closed areas: Murphys Glen campground and picnic area

Murphys Glen campground and picnic area will be closed until further notice due to predicted rainfall. The national park boundary gate will be closed on Bedford Road Woodford and the area will remain open to walkers and cyclists

For more information please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Oct 2020, 9.18am

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

NPWS is working to reopen walking tracks, campgrounds and accommodation where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire/flood damage.

All campgrounds and campsites require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Golden Stairs and Federal Pass between Scenic World and Golden Stairs, due to a new landslide.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk. Detour via Cliff Drive.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking tracks, due to fire damage.
  • Kanangra to Katoomba closed south of Coxs River, Katoomba to Mittagong closed south of Coxs River.

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.
  • Murphy's Glen campground due to forecast wet weather

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top (between Barrow lookout and Evans lookout), Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon, closed below Pylon), due to fire damage.
  • Perrys, and Acacia Flat campgrounds are closed.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath, including Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • The Range fire trail to Wombeyan Caves Road is open (although Wombeyan Caves remain closed).

Canyons

  • Nil

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed and damaged walking tracks

 

THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE OPEN:

Katoomba

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls walking tracks, where not affected by other closures.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route, fire trail and Tarros Ladder
  • Mount Hay Road, Fortress Ridge, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay summit and Butterbox Point
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • Six Foot track is open to walkers.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Kedumba campground
  • McMahons lookout

Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Bells Line of Road

  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (social distancing required)
  • Evans lookout, Grand Canyon
  • Govetts Leap, Fairfax walking track, Govetts Loop track, Cliff Top track between Govetts Leap and Barrow lookout
  • Braeside fire trail and walking track
  • Anvil Rock, Wind Eroded Cave - vehicle access and walking tracks
  • Perrys Lookdown lookout (no access down into Grose Valley) open to walkers and cyclists only.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass via Burra Korain Flat campsite, and Asgard Swamp
  • Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Grose Valley track upstream of Pierces Pass
  • Mount Banks (cycle route and summit walk)
  • Walls lookout and Rigby Hill tracks
  • Dunphys/Green Gully campsite
  • Breakfast Creek, Medlow Gap, Wild Dog Mountains (north of Coxs River)

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Yerranderie

 

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Oct 2020, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings, or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.

From 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2020, 12.24pm to Wed 28 Oct 2020, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Mount Portal management trail

Mount Portal management tail is closed for road maintenance from Wednesday 21 October to Wednesday 28 October 2020. The affected areas include:

  • Portal Waterhole
  • Tunnel View lookout
  • Mount Portal lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 16 Oct 2020, 10.50am to Wed 18 Nov 2020, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Oct 2020, 10.21am

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program for wild dog control

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting baiting using approved meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program will be from 16 October to 18 November 2020 within Burragorang State Conservation Area (Silverdale, Werrombi and Oakdale area) and Nattai National Park (Lakesland and Oakdale area).

This program is part of a joint control program being coordinated by NPWS in conjunction with the Greater Sydney Local Land Services to assist with the ongoing management of wild dog impacts on production properties.

Domestic animals may be affected. 1080 poison is lethal to cats and dogs. Residents should restrain domestic animals and ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. It is recommended that working dogs are muzzled if they are required to work near the baiting location during or after poisoning operations. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Baits may remain active after the dates specified.

Warning signs will be displayed to notify the public about the poison program. Visitors are reminded not to handle or disturb any baits.

Please contact the Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4632 4500 or visit the NPWS web page alerts if you have any queries.

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Applies from Wed 14 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Sat 19 Dec 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Oct 2020, 3.27pm

Closed areas: Undercliff Track - part closure

Undercliff track is closed between Fletchers lookout and the base of Princes Rock link track from Wednesday 14 October to Saturday 19 December 2020. The closure is due to walking track maintenance.

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Applies from Wed 7 Oct 2020, 9.18am to Wed 18 Nov 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Oct 2020, 2.45pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting baiting using approved meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program will be from Wednesday 7 October to Wednesday 18 November 2020 in Upper Nepean State Conservation Area (in the vicinity of Diamond Fields Road, Mittagong), Joadja Nature Reserve and Bangadilly National Park.

This program is part of a joint control program being coordinated by NPWS in conjunction with the South East Local Land Services to assist with the ongoing management of wild dog impacts on production properties.

Domestic animals may be affected. Poison 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Residents should restrain domestic animals and ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. It is recommended that working dogs are muzzled if they are required to work near the baiting location during or after poisoning operations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance. Baits may remain active after the dates specified.

Warning signs will be displayed to notify the public about the poison program. Visitors are reminded not to handle or disturb any baits.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Thu 24 Sep 2020, 3.56pm to Mon 16 Nov 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Oct 2020, 2.27pm

Closed parks: Upper Nepean State Conservation Area closed

Upper Nepean State Conservation Area is closed for ground pest control operation

This area will be closed from Wednesday 16 September to Monday 16 November 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4720 6200.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 3.17pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 3.17pm

Fire bans: Goulburn River National Park part park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces in Spring Gully and Big River campgrounds.

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 9.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 2.10pm

Fire bans: Wollemi National Park part park fire ban

A part park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Campfires are permitted in the following campgrounds unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • Colo Meroo
  • Coorongooba
  • Dunn's Swamp Ganguddy
  • Newnes
  • Wheeny Creek

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the NSW Rural Fire Service or the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Oct 2020, 2.28pm

Closed parks: Guula Ngurra National Park closed

Guula Ngurra National Park is closed. NSW National Parks plans to open the park within 3 months, after building works and campground facilities are completed. This closure will be reviewed on Thursday 26 November 2020.

Only the Mount Penang section of Guula Ngurra is open, including Mount Penang loop walk, which was formerly part of Bangadilly National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 1 Sep 2020, 11.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Sep 2020, 4.24pm

Safety alerts: McMahons Lookout Road conditions

McMahons Lookout Road is currently very rough. It is not recommended for 2WD or low profile vehicles. This is the result of erosion caused by fires and flooding in January 2020. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 11.51am

Closed areas: Golden Stairs to Scenic World

Golden Stairs to Scenic World is closed due to a major landslide. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Entering this area could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2020, 3.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Aug 2020, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Kanangra-Boyd National Park part park closure

The majority of Kanangra-Boyd National Park remains closed due to fire and flood damage.

  • Only Kanangra Walls Road, Kanangra Lookout, Waterfall walk to top of Kalang Falls and Boyd River campground are open. Campers must book online before arriving at the campground.
  • Six Foot track is open. Please register with Crown Lands and Think Before You Trek before you you walk this track.

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 2.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The operation will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison. The program will be continuous and ongoing from Monday 27 July to Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 9.58am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 11.57am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program is ongoing from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (Including Bullnigang and Millnigang trails)

All baiting locations will be signposted. 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 call the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Abercrombie River National Park - campground bookings

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Abercrombie River National Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Wed 1 Apr 2020, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 May 2020, 3.31pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

We wish to advise that aerial and ground fox baiting programs using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be conducted in parts of Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve and Kanangra-Boyd National Park from Monday 1 June 2020.

Aerial 1080 poison meat baits will be laid entirely within the boundaries of these parks. Properties adjacent to these parks may be in the vicinity of baits.

This program will supplement the ongoing monthly ground fox baiting program currently being conducted until 30 October 2020.

These baiting programs aim to reduce the threat posed by foxes to endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies and other native animals, especially after the recent extensive bushfires.

Please do not touch baits or ejector devices .Penalties apply for non-compliance. 1080 poison is lethal to pets, including dogs and cats. Pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Working dogs should be muzzled if they are required to work on or near the baiting locations, during and after poisoning. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. 

Please contact Trent Forge on 02 4784 7308 or Michaela Jones on 02 4784 7302 if you have any questions about the program.

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