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Awaba Bay bush regeneration

Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area

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Last reviewed: Thu 11 April 2024, 9.45am

Applies from Mon 8 Apr 2024, 1.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 9.45am.

Closed areas: Ridge walking track Wangi Wangi closed

The Ridge Walking Track in Wangi Wangi is closed from Monday 8 April to Monday 29 April 2024 while the walking track is being upgraded. 

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

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 8.46am.

Closed areas: Morisset Picnic Area Closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.31pm

Safety alerts: Frazer Beach access stairs (near campground) closed due to extensive erosion

Frazer Beach access stairs are temporarily closed due to extensive erosion. Works will be scheduled to stabilise and fix these stairs as soon as possible. Until then the stairs will remain closed. NPWS apologises for this inconvenience. 

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.12am

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track between Monday 26th February and Tuesday 2nd April 2024. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 11.18am

Closed areas: Timber Beach and Timber Beach walking track are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Timber Beach walking track is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. This area is extremely eroded and hazardous and this closure is in place to keep the public safe. 

The are has limited access for emergency services and carrying out rescues is extremely difficult and puts rescuers in danger.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Tue 27 Feb 2024, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Apr 2024, 3.24pm

Closed areas: Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

The Blue Gum Hills Playground will be closed from Thursday 29 February 2024 to Thursday 31 May 2024 while the Playground upgrades occur.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.39am to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.58am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Quarry Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Quarry Trail from Tuesday 2nd April 2024 until Tuesday 30th April 2024.

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Cessnock Road along Quarry Trail to the intersection of Wakefield Road in the north.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.50am to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.57am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Ryhope Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Ryhope Trail from Tuesday 2nd April 2024 until Tuesday 30th April 2024. 

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Wakefield Road along Ryhope Trail to the intersection of Quarry Trail in the east.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 1.55pm

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2024, 3.35pm to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 3.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2024, 4.42pm

Other planned events: Demolition of Elizabeth Bay amentities block

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be demolishing the amenities block within the Elizabeth Bay picnic area. NPWS has determined that the Elizabeth Bay amenities block is dilapidated, unhygienic and does not meet NSW Health and Safety regulation standards or the Australian Building Code for a public toilet facility. The amenities have reached a point that it is no longer financially viable to continue to maintain and repair them. The amenities have been closed for approximately the last 3 years.

Works are estimated to begin early to mid April and will involve the establishment of a works compound, the safe demolition of the amenities block, concrete path and garden bed. Work will also include the disconnection of the water main and removal of the water meter.

To gain access to undertake the works the old telegraph poles and supports around the carpark area will be removed and then replaced with sandstone blocks to accommodate cars and trailers to the entire extent of the area. The area will be tidied up and a new surface laid to the carpark.

Access to the boat ramp and carpark will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. Works are expected to take 4 – 6 work days. (weather permitting). NPWS contractors will undertake works Monday to Friday only during the hours of 7am to 5pm to keep impacts to local residents to a minimum.

 

If you would like any further information, please contact Stacy Wilson, Ranger Central Coast Area on 4972 9029. Alternatively, you can email stacy.wilson@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2024, 10.31am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.32am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.19am

Closed areas: Wallarah National Park - Fire Trail Maintenance

The Wallarah Powerline Trail, Cabbage Tree Trail and Appletree Trail will be closed within Wallarah National Park for essential fire trail maintenance from mid-Februrary to June 2024. Access to these trails is not permitted during operations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 14 Dec 2023, 3.34pm to Mon 1 Jul 2024, 1.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2024, 2.59pm

Safety alerts: Major Roadworks in Jilliby State Conservation Area - Commencing 27 December 2023

Major roadworks are scheduled to commence from Wednesday 27th December 2023 in Jilliby State Conservation Area (Southern Precinct) and part of Ourimbah State Forest.

Partial and intermittent road closures should be expected. The roads that will be affected are:

  • Red Hill Road
  • Prestons Ridge Road
  • Bradleys Point Road
  • Campbells Point Road and 
  • Tooheys Road.

 

Visitors are asked to avoid the area (if possible). Otherwise, please be aware of trucks and machinery using and working on the above roads and to drive to the conditions. Warning signs and traffic control will be in place. Work is expected to be completed by June 2024. The work is funded as part of the Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) program aimed at providing safe and strategic fire trails for fire response and access.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 16 Feb 2024, 8.25am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.18am

Closed areas: Watagans NP Campground BBQs - Out of Order

Bangalow Campground, Gap Creek Campground and Gap Creek Picnic Area BBQs are currently out of order. Repairs to these facilities will take place June 2024.  Campers and day visitors are encouraged to bring their own gas stoves during this time. 

Note gas stove BBQs are not permitted during a declared TOBAN. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contacts the NPWS Central Coast Area office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.26am

Other planned events: Temporary access closures to trails at Middle Camp - Catherine Hill Bay - Munmorah State Conservation Area for external developer construction works.

Middle Camp DA/2238/2017 - has begun works in the Catherine Hill Bay area adjacent to lands managed by Munmorah State Conservation Area. These works due to the location now has temporary closures to access trails for Munmorah SCA. This is necessary for the contractor managing this development in order to maintain a safe construction site and public safety.

NPWS apologises for the inconvenience and are unable to provide alternate access.

This temporary closure affects: 

  1. Collier fire trail
  2. Powerline fire trail and 
  3. Middle Camp fire trail

Please be advised that these closures will not stop access to fire vehicles in emergencies and does not cause a safety concern.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Mon 26 Feb 2024, 8.05am to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 8.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.18am

Safety alerts: Watagans National Park part closure for pest control shoot operation

Parts of Watagans National Park will be closed between 1700 (5pm) Monday 11th March 2024 to 0500 (5am) 26th April 2024 for wild dog and fox control ground shoot operations. These operations aim to prevent localised economic impacts and protect Brush-tailed rock-wallabies within the park. 

When active, the shoot operation area will be delineated by signage advising visitors "do not enter" during the night-time operation. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the Central Coast Area office on (02) 4972 9000 or email conservation.hccb@environment.nsw.gov.au 

 

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Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2024, 10.39am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2024, 7.33am

Closed areas: Pinny Beach footbridge closed

The Pinny Beach footbridge will be closed until further notice for essential repairs. The coastal walking track will remain open with access south and north of the bridge by detouring around Pinny Lagoon. Take care when traversing Pinny Lagoon during periods of high tidal activity. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 30 Nov 2023, 8.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Jan 2024, 10.57am

Closed areas: Click Creek FT and Congewai Link FT closed due to falling trees and trail damage after the recent wildfire.

Click Creek fire trail and Congewai Link Trail are closed due to tree fall risk and trail damage after the recent wildfire. The trails will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Jan 2024, 10.55am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 7 Dec 2023, 3.04pm to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 3.05pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.05am

Closed areas: Georges Road - Watagans NP - Part Closure

Georges Road in the Watagans NP is temporarily closed from The Narrow Pass Lookout west to the National Park boundary due to extensive road damage. Visitors are reminded to drive to the conditions along Georges Road to the Lookout and not drive past this point. NPWS plans to upgrade this trail ASAP in the new year. For further information please contact the NPWS local office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2023, 8.08am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.05am

Closed areas: Climbers Walking Track Closed after Wildfire - Watagans NP

The Climbers Walking Track between Gap Creek Camping Area and Bangalow Camping Area is closed due to the recent wildfire. Timber steps and walking track edges have been lost and the track surface is now unstable. It will take some time to repair and make safe. Visitors are asked not to use the track for their own safety. The nearby Gap Creek Waterfall track is open and available to visitors. For further information please contact the NPWS area office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 6 Oct 2023, 10.10am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.11am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.07am

Closed areas: Gap Creek Forest Walk Closed - Watagans NP

Gap Creek Forest Walk from the intersection of the Gap Creek Falls Walking Track is closed due to a landslip and unstable rocks above the track. Due to the risk visitors are asked to stay out of the area beyond the current barrier until the area can be made safe. For further information please contact the NPWS Area Office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.05am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock City Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the Georges Road intersection in the Watagans NP.

This access road to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

Work is currently underway way but will be complex, involve geotechnical planning, major earthworks and road realignment. 

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Sat 28 Oct 2023, 3.54pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 10.06am

Closed areas: Daniels Pt Road and Maculata Fire Trail Closed -Jilliby SCA

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 8 Mar 2023, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 9.59am

Closed areas: Muirs Lookout Picnic Area - Closed

Muirs Lookout Picnic Area on Prickly Ridge Road has been closed due to ageing infrastructure, obstructed lookout views to the coast and very low public visitation. Alternative picnic facilities are located nearby in Olney State Forest and Watagans National Park. Further information on other places to visit can be obtained via the NPWS or Forestry Corporation websites. 

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Thu 7 Oct 2027, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 9.08am

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area.

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Mar 2024, 9.20am

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Mar 2024, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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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/volunteer-activities/awaba%20bay%20bush%20regeneration/local-alerts

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