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Cooks Nose walking track

Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

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Last reviewed: Thu 28 November 2019, 10.21am

Applies from Mon 18 Nov 2019, 9.32am to Mon 9 Dec 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 10.21am.

Closed parks: Barren Grounds Nature Reserve closed due to high fire danger

This park is closed up to and including Monday 9 December 2019 due to forecast high fire danger conditions. This closure will be extended if high fire danger conditions continue. 

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

Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am.

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

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Applies from Mon 18 Nov 2019, 9.32am to Mon 9 Dec 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 10.21am

Closed parks: Barren Grounds Nature Reserve closed due to high fire danger

This park is closed up to and including Monday 9 December 2019 due to forecast high fire danger conditions. This closure will be extended if high fire danger conditions continue. 

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Nov 2019, 3.06pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Nov 2019, 11.32am

Closed areas: Gerroa picnic area closed for track maintenance

Gerroa picnic area is closed for maintenance of the entrance track from Tuesday afternoon, 19 November to Friday afternoon, 22 November 2019. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Nowra area office on 02 4428 6300, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am

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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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.

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Applies from Thu 20 Jun 2019, 12.17pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jun 2019, 4.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting underway

A 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program is underway in Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo from Friday 14 June to Saturday 14 December 2019. Areas with 1080 baits are signposted.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because 1080 is poisonous to domestic animals, like dogs

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves.

NSW National Parks is conducting this program to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby.

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Applies from Thu 20 Jun 2019, 12.13pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jun 2019, 1.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

An ongoing 1080 fox baiting program is underway in this park from Thursday 20 June to Friday 20 December 2019. This baiting uses 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations. All bait stations in this park are permanently baited throughout the year.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because 1080 is poisonous to domestic animals, like dogs

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves.

NSW National Parks is conducting this program in these areas to protect a number of threatened species. For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Thu 20 Jun 2019, 12.11pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jun 2019, 1.38pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

An ongoing 1080 fox baiting program is underway in this reserve from Thursday 20 June to Friday 20 December 2019. This baiting uses 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations. All bait stations in this reserve are permanently baited throughout the year.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because 1080 is poisonous to domestic animals, like dogs

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves.

NSW National Parks is conducting this program in these areas to protect a number of threatened species. For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Mon 25 Mar 2019, 12.45pm to Mon 30 Dec 2019, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2019, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Part of Budderoo National Park closed - pest control program underway

A small block of Budderoo National Park (Lot 7006 DP 1002504) is closed from Monday 25 March to Sunday 30 December 2019. NSW National Parks will be running a feral goat pest control program to protect threatened plant species on the site. The block is only accessible from Parishs Road, Upper Kangaroo River.

For safety reasons, no visitors will be allowed to enter, remain or pass through this block. All other parts of Budderoo National Park remain unaffected by this work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 6 May 2019, 5.02pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jun 2019, 2.55pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NPWS will be conducting a 1080 baiting program for foxes from Monday 13 May 2019 to Friday 20 December 2019. The 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) will be buried baits which will be laid continuously in various locations across:

  • Conjola National Park
  • Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
  • Meroo National Park
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Jervis Bay National Park (Lake Wollumboola and Warrain Beach)
  • Seven Mile Beach National Park
  • Comerong Island Nature Reserve

​​​​​This baiting program is in accordance with 1080 Wild Dog Baiting provisions in the Pesticide Control (1080 Liquid Concentrate and Bait Products) Order 2017.

Precautions will be taken to minimise the risk to pets and other non-target species. Please remember, it is an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act to allow domestic animals into national parks and nature reserves. It is also an offence to interfere with the wild dog control program.

For further information, please call the NPWS Ulladulla office on 02 4454 9500 or the NPWS Nowra office on 02 4428 6300 during business hours.

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Applies from Wed 19 Dec 2018, 12.06pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Jan 2019, 3.23pm

Other planned events: Carrington Falls reopened for public access

The Carrington Falls precinct in Budderoo National Park has reopened after remedial work to repair infrastructure damaged by fire. There may be minor temporary disruptions during 2019 as work continues with some partial closures in place. This may limit access to the staircase and some sections of Carrington Falls and the loop track. 

Please obey any signs and barriers. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on 02 4887 7270 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 10 Dec 2018, 2.35pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 2.28pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jan 2019, 1.18pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 ground baiting and ejector program targeting foxes is underway in Eurobodalla National Park, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Bournda National Park and nature reserve, Gulaga National Park, Ben Boyd National Park and South East Forest National Park. The program is ongoing throughout the entire year. Visitors are reminded that 1080 is harmful to domestic animals. There are 1080 warning signs at entrances and exits throughout the reserve areas. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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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/walking-tracks/cooks-nose-walking-track/local-alerts

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Cooks Nose lookout walk, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government