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Kooringa Cave

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 19 September 2023, 1.01pm

Applies from Tue 19 Sep 2023, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2023, 1.01pm.

Closed areas: Wombeyan Caves closed

Wombeyan Caves Visitor Precinct will remain closed as it is inaccessible while the local Councils repair flood damage along Wombeyan Caves Road from both directions. The road is now closed from both Mittagong and Taralga. For information refer to the Transport for NSW live traffic web page.

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

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
15 October 2023 Closed parks Closed Park - Aerial pest control operations Details

Applies from Sun 15 Oct 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 20 Oct 2023, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 9.06am

The following parks are closed from 5pm Sunday 15th October 2023 to 5:30pm Friday 20th October 2023 for an aerial pest control operation.

- Kanangra-Boyd National Park (excluding the Six Foot Track)

- Jenolan Karst Conservation Area (Jenolan Caves Visitor Precinct remains open)

- Abercrombie River NP/SCA (excluding Bummaroo Ford)

- Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

- Yerranderie State Conservation Area (Oberon-Colong historic stock route and Yerranderie Regional Park remain open)

- Mares Forest NP

- Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

- Turon National Park

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office (02) 6336 6200.

Details
29 October 2023 Closed parks Closed Park - Aerial pest control operations Details

Applies from Sun 29 Oct 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 3 Nov 2023, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 9.06am

The following parks are closed from 5pm Sunday 29th October 2023 to 5:30pm Friday 3rd November 2023 for an aerial pest control operation.

- Kanangra-Boyd National Park (excluding the Six Foot Track)

- Jenolan Karst Conservation Area (Jenolan Caves Visitor Precinct remains open)

- Abercrombie River NP/SCA (excluding Bummaroo Ford)

- Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

- Yerranderie State Conservation Area (Oberon-Colong historic stock route and Yerranderie Regional Park remain open)

- Mares Forest NP

- Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office (02) 6336 6200.

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Oct 2023, 9.06am

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Underfalls track (sidetrack off Furber Steps) closed for maintenance.
  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon Point lookout is closed due to upgrade works.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Leura Cascades/Fern Bower circuit has a minor detour due to a landslide on Prince Henry Cliff walk. You must return via Leura Cascades track.  
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls picnic area and Elysian Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Olympian Rock lookout and Tarpeian Rock track, due to a landslide. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Leura Cascades picnic area is closed to vehicles. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.   

Wentworth Falls and Woodford 

  • Wentworth Falls picnic area carpark is closed for upgrade works until mid December 2023 (weather-permitting).
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Charles Darwin walk is temporarily closed due to flood damage. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass and the Grand Stairway are closed at the top crossing from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September, from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October and from Monday 16 October to Friday 20 October 2023 due to track repairs. There will be no access to the middle crossing. Please note that part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls) was closed in 2017 due to major landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to rockfalls and landslides. Entry is not permitted due to serious risk of injury or death. Entry is not permitted into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap, Evans lookout, Grand Canyon track, or south of Acacia Flat.
  • Govetts Leap lookout car park will be closed for repair from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October (weather permitting). The lookout, tracks and toilets will remain open. 
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Perrys Lookdown access road and picnic area will be closed for upgrades from Monday 9 October until Wednesday 20 December 2023, and from Monday 5 February to Friday 23 February 2024. 
  • Anvil Rock access road and day use area will be closed for upgrades from Tuesday 3 October to Wednesday 20 December 2023 and from Monday 5 February to Friday 23 February 2024.
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. There is no walking track access past Cripps lookout. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.

Canyons and rock climbing

Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed, or the site is listed in this alert.

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

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Applies from Wed 4 Oct 2023, 12.01am to Wed 4 Oct 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Oct 2023, 3.37pm

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Applies from Fri 29 Sep 2023, 4.04pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 4.08pm

Closed areas: Kanangra-Boyd management trail closures

The following fire trails in Kanangra-Boyd National Park are closed due to flood events and current track conditions:

  • Mini Mini/Waterfall Creek
  • Beefsteak Creek
  • Gilbraltar
  • Budthingaroo
  • Mumbedah

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 29 Sep 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Sep 2023, 2.09pm

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. 

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.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2023, 2.07pm to Fri 13 Oct 2023, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Sep 2023, 2.13pm

Other planned events: Govetts Leap lookout car park closure

Govetts Leap lookout car park in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is planned to close from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. 

The lookout, walking tracks and toilets will remain open with access along the Fairfax Heritage walking track from the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.

Track closures are updated regularly. Check this alerts page for updates.

This work will complete the upgrade as part of the NSW government infrastructure investment, which includes improvements to the lookout and car park, and construction of new accessible pathways. 

For more information, visit the DPE Blue Mountains Community Engagement webpage or call Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 3 Oct 2023, 2.47pm to Fri 6 Oct 2023, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Sep 2023, 1.52pm

Closed areas: Boyd River campground closed for upgrade

Boyd River Campground will be closed from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 October 2023 while the campground is being upgraded.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Tue 19 Sep 2023, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Sep 2023, 1.01pm

Closed areas: Wombeyan Caves closed

Wombeyan Caves Visitor Precinct will remain closed as it is inaccessible while the local Councils repair flood damage along Wombeyan Caves Road from both directions. The road is now closed from both Mittagong and Taralga. For information refer to the Transport for NSW live traffic web page.

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

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Applies from Fri 25 Aug 2023, 2.48pm to Mon 30 Oct 2023, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Sep 2023, 1.38pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in the following from Monday 4th September 2023 to Sunday 17th September 2023:

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

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected and 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 more information, contact the NPWS Oberon area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 14 Sep 2023, 1.25pm to Mon 30 Oct 2023, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Sep 2023, 1.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program in Bangadilly NP, Bargo SCA, Burragorang SCA, Guula Ngurra,NP, Joadja NR, Nattai NP and Upper Nepean SCA from Monday 4th September 2023 to Sunday 17th September 2023

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local Glenbrook NPWS area office for more information on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Sun 10 Sep 2023, 12.02pm

Safety alerts: 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route - 4WD only access

The 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route to Yerranderie is only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Some creek crossings may be inaccessible for vehicles with low clearance.

Please drive carefully and be aware of road conditions. For more information, call the Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 1100.

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Applies from Wed 16 Aug 2023, 3.39pm to Thu 30 Nov 2023, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2023, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Campfire Creek (Red Hands Cave) walking track closed

Campfire Creek walking track (also known as Red Hands Cave walking track) and the adjoining Link track will be closed from Friday 1 September to Thursday 30 November 2023, for extensive flood damage repairs.

The closures will be managed in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 - The section of Campfire Creek track from Glenbrook causeway to the intersection with Link track will be closed. During this period, Link track loop will remain open (start/finish at Red Hands Cave carpark). 
  • Stage 2 - Link track loop will be closed. During this period the section of walking track from Glenbrook causeway to the Link intersection will be open.

Please note that Red Hands Cave will remain open to the public during this time, with access available via the road and Red Hands Cave carpark.

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Aug 2023, 12.30am to Fri 15 Dec 2023, 10.31am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Aug 2023, 11.53am

Closed areas: Wentworth Falls picnic area carpark closed

Wentworth Falls picnic area carpark is closed to vehicles from Tuesday 22 August 2023 to mid-December 2023 for a carpark upgrade.

Access to tracks, toilets and lookouts will remain open to walkers. More information can be found at NSW Department of Planning and Environment website or by calling the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 7.30am to Thu 2 Nov 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jul 2023, 12.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program from Tuesday 2 May 2023 to Thursday 2 November 2023 in the following areas:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Abercrombie River State Conservation Area
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern section)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area)
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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 more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Aug 2023, 10.52am

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the section of Ingar Road past the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Please do not enter private property.

This means there is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. You can access Ingar campground by hiking in via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road.

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

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Applies from Thu 25 May 2023, 12.20pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Sep 2023, 8.12am

Safety alerts: New safety barricade installed on Woodford Oaks trail

A new safety barricade has been installed at the road crossing to Red Hands Cave on Woodford Oaks trail. It's designed to slow bikes and have them ride parallel to the road before crossing so vehicles can see them.

For further information, contact the NPWS Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4.32pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 4.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Sep 2023, 3.20pm

Safety alerts: Remote walking track conditions

Remote routes within the Kanangra Wilderness Area including Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) trail have been impacted by heavy fire regrowth and flood damage.

If you plan to walk in the area, please ensure you have an appropriate level of experience, navigation skills and equipment.

Mobile reception is limited so alternative communication methods are strongly recommended.

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

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Applies from Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Sep 2023, 4.50pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track - Bowtells Bridge closure

Bowtells swing bridge on Six Foot track is closed to protect public safety. An upgrade is being planned, and the bridge is expected to reopen at the end of 2023. Signs and barriers are in place to prevent access onto the bridge.

Crown Lands, which manages the bridge, is advising track users not to attempt to cross Coxs River. Any attempts to cross the river are at your own risk and are discouraged due to the potential for slips or falls, rainfall and risk of flash flooding.

For further information visit the Six Foot track website.

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Applies from Thu 16 Mar 2023, 12.28pm to Mon 16 Oct 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Sep 2023, 7.41am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Nattai National Park. The program will be continuous and ongoing between 26 April and 27 September 2023 in Nattai National Park.

 

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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 Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Sep 2023, 7.52am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400.

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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/show-caves/kooringa-cave/local-alerts

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