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Den Fenella walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 22 February 2024, 3.28pm

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Feb 2024, 3.28pm.

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 (side track off Furber Steps) is closed for maintenance.
  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Federal Pass between Scenic World and Golden Stairs is closed due to a landslide.
  • Golden Stairs walking track will be closed to the public from March to June 2024 to allow for walking track upgrades. Exact closure dates to be confirmed.  
  • 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.
  • Leura Cascades picnic area is closed to vehicles. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • 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.
  • Mt Solitary eastern access is affected by Kedumba Valley Road closures below.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.  
  • Golden Stairs, Ruined Castle, Castle head and Mt Solitary and access to Narrowneck fire trial will be closed on Thursday 29th February 2024 to allow for helicopter operations.  This includes access to Federal Pass and Ruined Castle Campground.  

Wentworth Falls and Woodford 

  • Valley of Waters track and Empress Canyon will be closed below Nature track for stairway repairs on the Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2024. Valley of the Waters track will also remain 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.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to major landslide. 
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to landslide.
  • Kedumba Valley Road and campground will be closed until Friday 8 March 2024 for road repairs.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk into Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • Kedumba Valley campground is closed to allow for access upgrades. 
  • Murphys Glen and Ingar campgrounds will be closed during the following periods for road repairs: Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs. These closures do not apply on weekends.
  • Bedford Road, Murphys Road, Bedford Creek trail and Andersons Mountain Bike exit to Woodford will also be closed from 19 February 2024 to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs. These closures do not apply on weekends.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond the Grand Canyon carpark from Monday 26 February to Wednesday 28 February 2024. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon carpark toilets.
  • 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.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Hat Hill Road (Perrys Lookdown Rd) is closed until Friday 15 March 2024 to allow for road upgrades. This includes access to Anvil Rock lookout, Wind Eroded Cave, Perrys Lookdown walking track and Perrys Lookdown picnic area.    
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information. Pulpit Rock walking track from Popes Glen is open as far as the NPWS boundary (as shown on Google maps).
  • Victoria Falls Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2024 for helicopter operations. No access will be permitted to Victoria Falls lookout, Victoria Falls, Silver Cascades, Burra Korain Flat campground, Asgard Swamp, Asgard Head and Ikara Head.

Canyons and rock climbing 

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road or track is closed, or the site is listed in this alert.  
  • Malaita Point and Wall abseil routes are open, exit through Scenic World to Furber Stairs (no exit via Golden Stairs due to a landslide).
  • Empress Canyon will be closed on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2024 for exit track repairs. 

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

Applies from Sun 1 Oct 2023, 7.58am to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 8.14am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jan 2024, 11.02am.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed.

The following campgrounds are exempt:

  • Galong Cabins, Burralow Creek and Euroka campgrounds in Blue Mountains National Park.
  • Coorongooba, Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp, Newnes, Wheeny Creek and Colo Meroo campgrounds in Wollemi National Park.

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Feb 2024, 3.28pm

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 (side track off Furber Steps) is closed for maintenance.
  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Federal Pass between Scenic World and Golden Stairs is closed due to a landslide.
  • Golden Stairs walking track will be closed to the public from March to June 2024 to allow for walking track upgrades. Exact closure dates to be confirmed.  
  • 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.
  • Leura Cascades picnic area is closed to vehicles. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • 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.
  • Mt Solitary eastern access is affected by Kedumba Valley Road closures below.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.  
  • Golden Stairs, Ruined Castle, Castle head and Mt Solitary and access to Narrowneck fire trial will be closed on Thursday 29th February 2024 to allow for helicopter operations.  This includes access to Federal Pass and Ruined Castle Campground.  

Wentworth Falls and Woodford 

  • Valley of Waters track and Empress Canyon will be closed below Nature track for stairway repairs on the Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2024. Valley of the Waters track will also remain 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.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to major landslide. 
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to landslide.
  • Kedumba Valley Road and campground will be closed until Friday 8 March 2024 for road repairs.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk into Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • Kedumba Valley campground is closed to allow for access upgrades. 
  • Murphys Glen and Ingar campgrounds will be closed during the following periods for road repairs: Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs. These closures do not apply on weekends.
  • Bedford Road, Murphys Road, Bedford Creek trail and Andersons Mountain Bike exit to Woodford will also be closed from 19 February 2024 to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs. These closures do not apply on weekends.

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond the Grand Canyon carpark from Monday 26 February to Wednesday 28 February 2024. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon carpark toilets.
  • 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.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
  • Hat Hill Road (Perrys Lookdown Rd) is closed until Friday 15 March 2024 to allow for road upgrades. This includes access to Anvil Rock lookout, Wind Eroded Cave, Perrys Lookdown walking track and Perrys Lookdown picnic area.    
  • Pulpit Rock Reserve, lookouts and walking track are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information. Pulpit Rock walking track from Popes Glen is open as far as the NPWS boundary (as shown on Google maps).
  • Victoria Falls Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2024 for helicopter operations. No access will be permitted to Victoria Falls lookout, Victoria Falls, Silver Cascades, Burra Korain Flat campground, Asgard Swamp, Asgard Head and Ikara Head.

Canyons and rock climbing 

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road or track is closed, or the site is listed in this alert.  
  • Malaita Point and Wall abseil routes are open, exit through Scenic World to Furber Stairs (no exit via Golden Stairs due to a landslide).
  • Empress Canyon will be closed on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2024 for exit track repairs. 

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

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Applies from Wed 21 Feb 2024, 12.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2024, 1.13pm

Closed areas: Murphys Glen Camground & Bedford Road Closed

Bedford Road, Murphys Road, Bedford Creek trail will be closed from 19 February 2024 to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs.

  • Murphys Glen & Ingar campgrounds, and the Andersons Mountain Bike Route exit to Woodford will be closed during the following periods for road repairs: Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February, Monday 4 March to Thursday 7th March and Monday 11th March to Friday 14th March 2024 for road repairs. These closures do not apply on weekends.

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Applies from Fri 2 Feb 2024, 8.36am to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 8.37am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Feb 2024, 1.03pm

Closed areas: Kedumba River campground and Kedumba Pass

Kedumba River campground and Kedumba Valley Road on Kedumba Pass will be closed until the end of April 2024.

This closure is due to major road maintenance on Kedumba Valley Road (Kedumba Pass). For further information, contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sat 23 Dec 2023, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Feb 2024, 1.01pm

Closed areas: No access to parts of Federal Pass

There is no access to Federal Pass between Scenic World and the base of the Golden Stairs, as the area is unstable and dangerous. This is due to a significant landslip as a result of wet weather in late December 2023.

NPWS staff have assessed the area, and repair works have commenced. The track is expected to reopen in late March.

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Applies from Sun 1 Oct 2023, 7.58am to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 8.14am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jan 2024, 11.02am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed.

The following campgrounds are exempt:

  • Galong Cabins, Burralow Creek and Euroka campgrounds in Blue Mountains National Park.
  • Coorongooba, Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp, Newnes, Wheeny Creek and Colo Meroo campgrounds in Wollemi National Park.

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.

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Applies from Tue 21 Mar 2023, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Sat 17 Feb 2024, 6.43pm

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 in May 2024. 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 Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Feb 2024, 2.17pm

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 Sun 1 Oct 2023, 3.42pm to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 3.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Nov 2023, 12.15pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Mudgee Reserves

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed.

However the following campgrounds are exempt in the following reserves:

Capertee National Park

  • Capertee campground
  • Honeyeater Homestead
  • Capertee Homestead
  • Caretakers Cottage

Goulburn River National Park

  • Spring Gully campground
  • Big River campground


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 Sun 1 Oct 2023, 4.01pm to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 4.02pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Oct 2023, 10.54am

Fire bans: Ngula Bulgarabang Regional Park - Park Fire Ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park. 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.

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Applies from Wed 1 Nov 2023, 3.55pm to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 3.56pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2024, 8.42am

Fire bans: Kanangra Reserves

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 Sun 1 Oct 2023, 3.51pm to Sun 31 Mar 2024, 3.54pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Oct 2023, 3.55pm

Fire bans: Hawkesbury-Nattai Reserves - Park Fire Bans

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed.

However the following campgrounds are exempt in the following reserves:

Yellomudee Regional Park

  • Shaws Creek Aboriginal Place

 

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.

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/den-fenella-walking-track/local-alerts

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