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Gap Beach walking track

Hat Head National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 5 December 2019, 8.12pm

Applies from Fri 6 Dec 2019, 12.01am to Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 8.12pm.

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Applies from Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4.05pm to Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Nov 2019, 6.19pm.

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Hastings Macleay area

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 6 Dec 2019, 12.01am to Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 8.12pm

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Affects 7 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 5 Sep 2019, 11.59pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Nov 2019, 11.18am

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Coffs Coast area

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.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4.05pm to Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Nov 2019, 6.19pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Hastings Macleay area

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.

Affects 6 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 10 Nov 2019, 3.01pm to Fri 6 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 12.30pm

Closed parks: Park closed - Emergency bushfire conditions

This park and all national parks in the Hastings Macleay area are closed from Sunday 10 November to midnight Friday 6 December 2019 due to emergency bushfire conditions. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555 or 02 6566 6168. Or, visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Affects 4 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 15 May 2015, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 May 2017, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Potential rock falls - Little Bay and Trial Bay

The granite cliffs surrounding Trial Bay and Little Bay are prone to rock fall. Do not climb cliffs or walk close to cliff edges. For further information please call Trial Bay Gaol on (02) 6566 6168.

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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/gap-beach-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Gap Beach track, Hat Head National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty/NSW Government