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Edwards Swamp walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 1.59pm

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

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout are closed due to major upgrades.
  • Mt Hay Rd will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from Monday 28th November to Tuesday 29th November 2022 inclusive, for essential road maintenance. Fortress Canyon, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay and Butterbox Canyon will not be accessible. No access to the Grose Valley.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to major subsidence.  Detour in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lillian's Bridge track is closed from Inspiration Point track to Lillians Bridge due to major upgrades. 
  • Lady Carrington lookout is closed for a major upgrade.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Echo Point and Cliff View lookout due to major upgrades.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to major upgrades on Prince Henry.
  • Amphitheatre track is closed due to track repairs.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking routes are closed due to subsidence.
  • Six Foot Track is closed from Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley. 
  • Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • McMahons Fire trail will be closed to all traffic on weekdays, from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 14th December to allow for road improvements.  Red Ridge, W5, Centre and Kedumba Walls Centre Fire trails are also included in this closure.  The area will re-open for weekends only.  
  • 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 closed where it traverses Council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Conservation Hut, carpark and Valley of Waters picnic area are closed due to major upgrades. (opening late November)
  • Kedumba Valley Road is closed south of the Sublime Point Fire Trail due to major subsidence. 
  • Kedumba River campground closed due to subsidence on the access road.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work. (opening February 2023)
  • Evans lookout is closed to vehicles for major upgrade work with detours in place. (opening early December)
  • Grand Canyon car park closed, limited parking at Neates Glen and along Evans Lookout Road. (opening mid December)
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Grose River track is closed from Blue Gum Forest to Victoria Falls. (opening mid December)
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown camping area is closed.
  • No Access to Perry's Lookdown Walking track via Hat Hill rd from Tuesday 29th November and Wednesday 28th November due to heavy vehicle movements.
  • Limited parking at Perry's Lookdown day use area from Thursday 1st December until Monday 5th December.
  • Peery's Lookdown walking track and day use area is will be closed on Tuesday 6th December for helicopter operations.

Woodford, Lawson

  • Bedford Road and Murphy's Glen camping area are closed to vehicles due to slippery conditions and to protect road surface.
  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Echo Bluff and Frederica Falls closed for a helicopter operation from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 1 December 2022.

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.

 

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • Open: K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access available via Narrow Neck lookout track, Dunphy's campground, and from Kanangra Walls. Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.

Applies from Tue 29 Nov 2022, 11.30am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.31am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 11.40am

Closed areas: Mount Royal Road and Cassels Road closed due to road works

The following areas are closed to the public from Tuesday 29 November to Friday December 30 2022 due to repair works to storm damaged roads and trails:

Mount Royal Road

Cassels Road

Youngville Camping Area

Carrow Brook Walking Track

Pierie's Peak Walking Track

Youngs Trail Picnic Area

These areas will open as soon as they are made safe

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

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Applies from Fri 28 Oct 2022, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 8.36am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to ongoing flooding

The following areas are closed from 28/10/2022 to  27/12/2022 due to ongoing flooding:

  • Karamea Homestead, Curracabundi National Park

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 8.19am

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

UPDATE Oct 2022: Work has commenced on repairing the road and renewing the access to the Barrington Tops from Gloucester. NSW Forestry Corporation anticipates the works will take about 12 weeks, weather dependant.

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by NSW Forestry Corporation until further notice due to serious damage caused during a weather event.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park picnic area and Dilgry Circle intersection. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 8.40am

Closed parks: Reserves closed due to severe weather event

A number of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service reserves are closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from severe weather event. These include:

  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • The Glen Nature Reserve

Landslips, collapsed bridges and culverts and hazardous trees have been reported across many areas. For your safety, please avoid these reserves until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 5 Sep 2022, 11.43am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 8.39am

Closed areas: Rocky Crossing walk partially closed due to works

Rocky Crossing walk is currently closed above Blue Gum loop through to the Rocky Crossing turn-off due to track works. Works have been delayed due to wet weather, and the reopening date is not known at this stage.

You can still access Rocky Crossing falls from Williams Top picnic area. Williams River picnic area and Blue Gum loop trail remain open, but take care on Blue Gum loop as contractors may be operating in the area. Follow onsite signage and directions from staff and contractors.

For more information contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 11.23am

Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed

Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:

  • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
  • Corker trail
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
  • Rocky Crossing walk

For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.

Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.

For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 5.22pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 11.23am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is closed, including the carpark area. This is due to the closure of Mount Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest as a result of wet weather and land slips.

The road reopening date is not known at this stage. For more details, please visit the Forestry Corporation NSW website or contact the local park office.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 8.49am

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.01pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 7.27am

Closed areas: Gummi Falls campground closed for upgrade

Gummi Falls campground is closed from Saturday 1 October 2022 for upgrades - the length of this closure is very weather dependent.

This closure includes access to Bullock Brush, Tugalow and Thunderbolts (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road) trails.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 21 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.27pm

Closed parks: Capertee Valley Reserve Pest Management Operation

Capertee National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park and Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area are closed from 9am, Monday 21 November to 5pm, Friday 9 December 2022 for an aerial and ground pest control operation. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Mudgee Area Office on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Mon 26 Sep 2022, 9.58am to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 7.27am

Closed areas: Mountain Maid Mine closed for works

The Mountain Maid Mine area is closed for essential remediation works from Monday 26 September to Thursday 1 December 2022.

There will be no Mountain Maid Goldmine Tours during this period. The Twilight Tours can still be booked. The Hidden Treasure walking track and Basin Loop walking track remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 7.27am

Other planned events: Camping at Bretti Reserve

Bretti Reserve is a MidCoast Council managed campground. It is not attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service Bretti Nature Reserve.

For information about camping at Bretti Reserve please call the MidCoast Visitor Information Centre in Gloucester on 1800 802 692.

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Applies from Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 8.19am

Closed areas: Barrington Trail south partial closure

Barrington Trail south is closed south of the Junction Pools trail intersection due to trail damage caused by wet weather.

Visitors can still access both Junction Pools and Little Murray camping areas by 4WD on the section of the track that is open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 29 Sep 2022, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Oct 2022, 8.51am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting and CPE program in Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve / National Park from 15th September 2022 to 14th March 2023.

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.

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 Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 9.00pm to Tue 14 Mar 2023, 9.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Oct 2022, 8.52am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program from 8th October 2022 to 7th April 2023 in the following reserves:

  • Barrington Tops National Park / State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve / State Conservation Area
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawney Pass National Park
  • Curracabundi group of reserves
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.

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 Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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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/edwards-swamp-walking-track/local-alerts

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