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Edwards Swamp walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
3 June 2024 Closed areas Notice of Aerial Shooting for Pest Animal Control Details

Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Fri 7 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 12.30pm

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conduct aerial shooting from 3 to 7 June 2024 in:

  • Barrington Tops NP (plateau area, western fall)
  • Barrington Tops SCA (plateau area)

The shooting area will be closed to all visitors when aerial shooting is underway.

Barrington Tops Forest Road, Tubrabucca Rd and Pheasants Creek Road connecting Gloucester to Scone/Tomalla will remain open for through traffic. Polblue camping and picnic areas will also remain open.

Careys Peak Lookout and Wombat Creek campground may be accessed by foot via the Link Trail or The Corker trail. Hikers MUST NOT use Careys Peak Trail west of Careys Peak Lookout or Big Hole Trail to Black Swamp.

Southern visitor areas such as Blue Gum Loop/Jerusalem Creek and Gloucester River/Gloucester Tops Precincts will remain open.

Closure signs will be placed at relevant access points to the shooting area and details of closures posted online: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/barrington-tops-national-park/local-alerts

Penalties may apply to unauthorised entry. For more information please contact the National Parks local area office on (02) 6540 2300.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 3.33pm

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.
  • Leura Falls lookout is closed from Monday 20 May for upgrade works.
  • Glenraphael Drive (Narrowneck Plateau) will be closed south of the pumping station road (abseil site) on Tuesday 21 May for a helicoper operation. 
  • Fern Bower between Prince Henry Cliff walk (Grand Cliff Top walk) and Amphitheatre track is closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Federal pass between the Cooks Crossing (Kedumba River) and the Giant Staircase is closed due to a landslide.  No access along Federal Pass from the bottom Giant Stairs to Scenic World.  
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Solitary Loop and Federal Pass west of Scenic World are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Sections of Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) and Round walk are closed between Prince Henry picnic area and Scenic World until the end of June 2024 for track maintenance. Follow detour on Cliff Drive. Access to Furber Steps is from Prince Henry picnic area (Katoomba Falls Kiosk). Detours in place..
  • Bridal Veil View lookout and track (Leura) are closed for maintenance.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk (part of Grand Cliff Top 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 (part of Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fern Bower track, Echo Tree and Flat Rock lookout, due to a landslide. Please use Cliff Drive as short detour. 
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. Roberts Pass is closed due to rockfall and landslide hazards.   
  • Six-Foot track is affected by multiple road closures.

Wentworth Falls and Woodford   

  • Valley of 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 (part of the Grand Cliff Top walk) is closed between Fletcher Street and Weeping Rock. Detours are in place to provide directions to Wentworth Falls picnic area. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of National Pass (west of Wentworth Falls middle crossing) is closed due to a major landslide and ongoing risks.
  • Wentworth Pass and Slack Stairs are closed due to multiple landslides.
  • Bedford Creek Trail will be closed Mon-Fri from 27 May to 5 July 2024 due to road repairs. There will be no access from Anderson Fire Trail or Murphies Road to Ingar Camping Area. There will be also be no exit to Woodford from Andersons Fire Trail. Trials and Camping area will be open Sat & Sun. Ingar Camping Area open Sat night only.    

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Evans Lookout Road will be closed beyond Grand Canyon car park from 7:00am Monday 20th to 6:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2024 for road repairs. There will be no vehicle access to Evans lookout during this time. Pedestrians can use the walking track to the lookout which begins at the Grand Canyon car park toilets.
  • Williams track (Govetts descent) and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rockfalls and landslides.
  • 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).

Adventure recreation, canyons, abseiling and rock climbing

Some adventure recreation areas and routes are specifically closed where the access or exit road/track is mentioned above.  

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

Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 9.42am to Fri 7 Jun 2024, 9.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 9.53am

Closed areas: WIlliams Top Road closed for repairs

Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW for repairs. The road is expected to reopen by 7 June 2024. For access to the Corker Trail (starting at Lagoon Pinch Picnic Area) use Allyn River Rd and Lagoon Pinch Forest Rd. Be aware, causeways on this route can rise quickly after rain. For more information contact Dungog Visitor Information Centre on 02 4992 2212 or NPWS Gloucester on 02 6538 5300. Note: Rocky Crossing Walk remains closed for track works.

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Applies from Mon 22 Apr 2024, 12.44pm to Wed 12 Jun 2024, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 8.18am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program in Barakee National Park, Barrakee State Conservation Area, Biriwal Bulga National Park, Bugan Nature Reserve, Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park, Goonook Nature Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tapin Tops National Park and Wallamba Nature Reserve from the 4th May 2024 to the 12th May 2024.

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 NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office for more information on (02) 6591 0300

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Applies from Tue 30 Apr 2024, 11.39am to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 8.36am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

Alert Description: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial baiting program from 4 May 2024 to 12 May 2024 in the following reserves:

  • Barrington Tops National Park/State Conservation Area
  • Towarri National Park / Wingen Maid Nature Reserve / Cedar Brush Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park
  • Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve/National Park
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve/State Conservation Area
  • Curracabundi National Park/State Conservation Area, Bretti Nature Reserve, Mernot Nature Reserve, Watchimbark Nature Reserve, Woko National Park, Monkeycot Nature Reserve, Coneac State Conservation Area, Camels Hump Nature Reserve, Khatambuhl Nature Reserve
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • The Glen Nature Reserve

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 authorised entrances to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks and most other NPWS managed land. 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 NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300 or Scone Office on 02 6540 2300 for more information.

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Applies from Fri 2 Feb 2024, 11.44am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 May 2024, 8.16am

Closed parks: Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve and National Park- Pest Control Works

Ben Halls National Park and Nature Reserve will be closed for ground pest control operation

The area will be closed from, Friday 2nd of February 2024 to 10am, until the 30th of June 2024 for periodical ground based pest control operations that will be conducted throughout this period. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Barrington Tops Area Office 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 19 Mar 2024, 9.11am to Tue 4 Jun 2024, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 May 2024, 8.54am

Safety alerts: Visitor Safety Alert: Feral Horses

Feral horses move through this campground day and night. Campers at Little Murray and Polblue campgrounds should set up tents as close to their vehicles as possible.

 

Aggressive horse behaviour can pose a safety risk for visitors. Aggressive behaviour includes snorting, head bobbing, stomping front legs, ears erect, aggressive stance and approaching in an aggressive manner.

 

What to do around aggressive horses:

· avoid the animals, especially if a stallion is present and there are mares nearby

· retreat to your vehicle

· wave your arms around and make lots of noise

· walk in a group rather than as an individual

· always be aware of your immediate surroundings.

 

Please report any such interaction or aggressive horse behaviour to NPWS Gloucester on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 2.48pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 2.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Abercrombie River National Park (NP), Abercrombie River State Conservation Area (SCA), Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve (KCR), Kanangra-Boyd NP Mares Forest NP and Turon NP.

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 Oberon NPWS area office for more information on 02 6336 6200.

Applies from Wed 1 May 2024, 2.09pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 2.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 8.35am

Closed areas: Rocky Crossing Walk closed for pedestrian bridge replacement works

Rocky Crossing Walk is closed for pedestrian bridge replacement works. The reopening date is not known at this stage. This is for the safety of visitors and contractors and preservation of track surface in wet conditions. Blue Gum Loop Walk and Williams River Picnic Area remain open. 

For more information, phone NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Fri 23 Feb 2024, 11.50am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 8.35am

Other planned events: Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing Walking Track Works

Track works will occur on Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing walks between March and June 2024. Temporary closures may occur and will be posted as a separate alert. Be aware of contractors and machinery operating in the area and follow any onsite signage or directions from staff or contractors.

For more information contact Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Wed 17 Apr 2024, 4.15pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 4.19pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2024, 8.35am

Other planned events: Williams River Picnic Area Barbeques Out of Order

Williams River Picnic Area barbeques are currently not working. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience and will repair them as soon as possible.

For more information, please call NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300.

 

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Applies from Thu 28 Dec 2023, 7.31am. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Apr 2024, 8.43am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp Walk Closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is currently inaccessible to vehicles due to closure of Mt Allyn Rd. Forestry Corporation of NSW has closed the road due to a failed bridge. The reopening date is not known at this stage. For more information, phone Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Sun 21 Apr 2024, 10.47am to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2024, 6.12pm

Closed parks: Berrico Nature Reserve closed for essential bridge repairs

Berrico Nature Reserve will be closed from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 30th June 2024 to allow contractors to undertake essential bridge repairs and replacement. The closure has been put in place for the safety of both visitors and the contractors. The planned works and this closure may be weather dependant.

 

NPWS apologies for any inconvenience.

 

For more information, please contact the local NPWS Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 2 Feb 2024, 11.39am to Thu 30 May 2024, 11.42am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Apr 2024, 2.36pm

Safety alerts: Scone Mountain National Park- Construction Work

On going Construction work within Scone Mountain National Park will start on the 5/2/2024. National Parks and Wildlife would encourage park visitors to follow any safety signage installed as part of these works.

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Applies from Fri 19 Jan 2024, 9.31am to Fri 31 May 2024, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 8.36am

Closed areas: Rockglen/Lea Hurst precincts closed for pest control operations

Western section of park closed for ground pest control operation

The western section of Curracabundi National Park (Rockglen and Lea Hurst precincts) is closed 9am, Friday 19 January 2024 to 10am, Friday 31 May 2024 for periodical ground based pest control operations that will be conducted throughout this period. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Barrington Tops Area Office 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 11 Apr 2024, 2.52pm to Fri 24 May 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 May 2024, 12.10pm

Closed areas: Park closures apply for aerial pest control program 13 May - 24 May 2024

The following areas will be closed for an aerial pest control operation, running weekdays from Monday 13 May - Friday 24 May 2024 inclusive.

  • Nattai NP
  • Nattai State Conservation Area
  • Burragorang SCA – (including Burragorang Lookout)
  • Joadja Nature Reserve
  • Jellore Flora Reserve
  • Wollondilly River Nature Reserve
  • Bangadilly NP
  • Guula Ngurra National Park
  • Upper Nepean SCA including Stage 2 lands (nth of the Tourist Road)
  • Barrallier WaterNSW freehold lands

 

Please note that these parks will be open for weekends during this period.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office (02) 4720 6200.

Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 May 2024, 8.40am

Closed areas: 4WD Trail Closures

Some 4WD trails remain closed after the annual seasonal closure period (from 1 June to 30 September) due to trail conditions. The following 4WD trails remain closed:

  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail - between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road
  • Barrington Trail south past the Junction Pools Trail.

 

This closure does not effect public vehicle access to the Barrington Tops plateau campgrounds.

 

Walkers and mountain bikers are still permitted to utilise these trails while it is closed to public vehicles.

 

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

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Apr 2024, 11.43am

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 or follow the link below.

https://barringtoncoast.com.au/directory/bretti-reserve 

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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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