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Edwards Swamp walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 24 June 2022, 12.38pm

Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 12.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 9.57am.

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles from Monday 30 May 2022 due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks, lookouts and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and facilities on foot or by bicycle.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Tue 17 May 2022, 3.45pm to Wed 6 Jul 2022, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 12.38pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial baiting program from Sunday 22 May to Sunday 5 June 2022 in the following areas:

  • Barakee National Park
  • Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Ben Halls Gap National Park and Nature Reserve
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga Nature Reserve
  • Bretti Nature Reserve
  • Camel Hump Nature Reserve
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve and State Conservation Reserve
  • Cedar Brush Nature Reserve
  • Coneac Nature Reserve
  • Copland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawny Pass National Park
  • Currcabundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Khatambuhl Nature Reserve
  • Mernot Nature Reserve
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Monkeycot Nature Reserve
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Watchimbark Nature Reserv
  • Wingen Maid Nature Reserve
  • Woko National Park
  • Woolooma National Park.

The program will involve the use of 1080 poison baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison (including meat baits and meat bait products) for the control of wild dogs and foxes. This program is designed to minimise the impacts of wild dogs and foxes on livestock and native wildlife, especially threatened species.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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 about the coordinated program please call the NPWS Barrington Tops area on 02 6540 2300 or 6538 5300.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 5 Jul 2022, 11.30am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jul 2022, 4.57pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to severe weather and flooding

This park is closed from Tuesday 5 July 2022 to 9am Friday 15 July 2022 due to widespread heavy rain, damaging winds and widespread flooding or nearby areas. Trails may be impassable and trees may fall due to the saturated ground. This park will re-open as soon as it is safe. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jul 2022, 9.46am

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, subsequent geological instability or infrastructure upgrades. As sites are re-opened, we remind visitors that these areas have been subject to long periods of high rainfall, and landslides, rockfall and treefall can occur without notice.

Please check which areas are closed before travelling.

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Mount Hay Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Golden Stairs
  • Furber Steps
  • Fern Bower
  • Federal Pass
  • Kedumba Pass and Sublime Point fire trails
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout closed from Monday 2 May 2022 due to track work
  • Lillian's Bridge track - closure at junction of Inspiration Point track. No through access to Valley of the Waters and the Conservation Hut due to a major landslide.  
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Lady Darley lookout and Cliff View lookout due to trackwork
  • Amphitheatre track
  • Bridal Veil lookout (west of Leura Cascades) is closed from 15 June 2022 to approximately the end of August 2022 for upgrade works
  • Lone Lyrebird track between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to a major washout
  • Golf Links lookout to Carleton Road, Leura, is closed Monday to Friday for trackwork
  • Dardanelles Pass loop walking track
  • Giant Stairway
  • No access from Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairs and Dardanelles Pass
  • Glenraphael Rd & Narrow Neck trail 
  • Ruined Castle walking track 
  • Six Foot Track - Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley

Wentworth Falls

  • McMahons Lookout Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Valley of the Waters track below Empress lookout
  • Wentworth Falls track below the top crossing
  • Nature track closed between Edinburgh Castle Rock and Lillian's Bridge due to landslide
  • Charles Darwin walk
  • National Pass
  • Wentworth Pass
  • No access to Conservation Hut parking area or visitor facilities
  • Kedumba River Crossing campground
  • Ingar Rd is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Rds. 

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

  • Pierces Pass Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Victoria Falls Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Hat Hill Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Grand Canyon walking track and carpark
  • Point Pilcher Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • All access tracks into the Grose Valley are closed, including Perrys Lookdown track, Shortridge Pass (Lockleys Pylon to Blue Gum), Victoria Falls walking track, Govetts Descent, Horse track, Rodriguez Pass and Pierces Pass.
  • Braeside walking track due to track work (Braeside Rd is open to cyclists and walkers.)
  • Walls Cave walking track due to trackwork
  • Evans lookout  
  • Blue Gum Forest
  • Acacia Flat campground
  • Green Gully & Dunphy's Campground are closed due to public road restrictions and flooding.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout

Lawson, Woodford, Hazelbrook

  • Murphys Glen Road closed to vehicles (open to walkers and cyclists).  
  • Murphys Glen campground closed until Friday 15 July 2022 to allow for roadworks and campground improvements
  • Empire Pass

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Empress Canyon is closed  
  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas

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.

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

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access only available from either Green Gully (Dunphy's campground) or Kanangra Walls. Narrow Neck trail is currently closed. Also note: Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.
  • Shortridge Pass from Lockleys Pylon to Blue Gum
  • Roberts Pass
  • Lindeman Pass
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks

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

Applies from Sun 3 Jul 2022, 10.09am to Fri 15 Jul 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jul 2022, 8.43am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flooding

This park, including campgrounds, is closed from 10am Sunday 3 July 2022 until 8am Saturday 9 July 2022 due to widespread flooding. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Applies from Thu 23 Jun 2022, 2.56pm to Fri 8 Jul 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.19pm

Closed areas: Gloucester Tops Road closed beyond campground

Gloucester Tops Road is closed beyond the Gloucester River campground from Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2022 for major road maintenance works.

This closure means there will be no visitor access to Gloucester Tops during this period. The original one-week closure has been extended due to predicted weather conditions and potential impacts on the recent works.

The following areas will remain open during this time:

  • Gloucester River campground and picnic area
  • the Sharpes Creek and Gloucester River walking tracks

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

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10.45am

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

The following areas are closed to public vehicle access from Tuesday 19 April to Wednesday 31 August 2022 due to significant road damage:

  • Mount Royal Road
  • Cassels Road
  • Youngville camping area
  • Carrow Brook walking track
  • Pieries Peak walking track
  • Youngs Trail picnic area

These areas will re-open as soon as they are safe.

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: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10.02am

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

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 30 May 2022, 12.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 9.57am

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles from Monday 30 May 2022 due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks, lookouts and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and facilities on foot or by bicycle.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 4.49pm

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 Wed 2 Mar 2022, 5.22pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 4.16pm

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is inaccessible by vehicle due to the closure of Mt Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest because of wet weather.

The road will re-open when conditions allow. For more details, please visit the FCNSW website or contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 11.27am

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 Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 11.23am

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 Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 11.16am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 12.38pm

Closed parks: Reserves closed due to severe weather event

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

  • Berrico National Reserve
  • The Glen National 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 Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 18 Mar 2022, 11.49am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 12.38pm

Closed areas: Blue Gum Loop trail part closure

Part of the Blue Gum Loop trail is closed due to recent storm damage and dangerous trees. NPWS is working to clear the trail and reopen as soon as possible.

The following areas are currently open:

  • Williams River picnic area and part of Blue Gum Loop trail (including 250m accessible section to first steel bridge)
  • Rocky Crossing walk (access via Williams River picnic area due to Forestry Corporation closure of Williams Top Rd)
  • Jerusalem Creek trail and picnic area

Take care and follow onsite signage.

For more information contact NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Information Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Tue 17 May 2022, 3.45pm to Wed 6 Jul 2022, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 12.38pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial baiting program from Sunday 22 May to Sunday 5 June 2022 in the following areas:

  • Barakee National Park
  • Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Ben Halls Gap National Park and Nature Reserve
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga Nature Reserve
  • Bretti Nature Reserve
  • Camel Hump Nature Reserve
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve and State Conservation Reserve
  • Cedar Brush Nature Reserve
  • Coneac Nature Reserve
  • Copland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawny Pass National Park
  • Currcabundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Khatambuhl Nature Reserve
  • Mernot Nature Reserve
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Monkeycot Nature Reserve
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Watchimbark Nature Reserv
  • Wingen Maid Nature Reserve
  • Woko National Park
  • Woolooma National Park.

The program will involve the use of 1080 poison baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison (including meat baits and meat bait products) for the control of wild dogs and foxes. This program is designed to minimise the impacts of wild dogs and foxes on livestock and native wildlife, especially threatened species.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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 about the coordinated program please call the NPWS Barrington Tops area on 02 6540 2300 or 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.55am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Wollemi National Park on the following dates:

  • Wollemi-Yengo and Mudgee areas: Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area: Monday 2 May to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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.

Please contact the local NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.50am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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.

Please contact the local NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Gardens of Stone National Park on the following dates:

  • Mudgee area from Monday 9 May 2022 to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area from Monday 2 May 2022 to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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.

Please contact the local NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000.

Local alerts

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