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Golden Stairs walking track

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 3.32pm

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.
  • 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 Lookout Rd will be closed to all traffic from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Red Ridge, Erskine Range (W5) and Centre Mount Fire trails are also included in this closure.  
  • Kings Tableland Road will be closed to all traffic (apart from residential traffic)  from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Access to Andersons Fire Trail available on weekends.  
  • 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.
  • Kedumba Valley Road is closed south of the Sublime Point Fire Trail due to major subsidence. 
  • Kedumba River campground closed until Friday 9th December 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 mid 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 Perrys Lookdown day use area from Wednesday 30th November until Wednesday 7th December due to heavy vehicle movements. Limited parking along road. Pedestrian & cycle access only.
  • Perrys Lookdown walking track and day use area will be closed on Tuesday 6th December for helicopter operations. There will be no access to or from Acacia Flat campground.

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.

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.

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Applies from Fri 15 Jul 2022, 10.18am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 10.21am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Kowmung River fire trail closed

Kowmung River fire trail is closed until further notice due to heavy rainfall and rising rivers.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 1 Dec 2022, 10.55am to Wed 14 Dec 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 5.37pm

Closed areas: McMahons Lookout Road

The McMahons Lookout Road within Blue Mountains National Park is closed to all traffic including walkers, for road improvements from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 22nd December 2022.  This closure also includes Red Ridge, Erskine Range (W5) and Centre Mount Fire trails.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 47878877.   

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Applies from Thu 1 Dec 2022, 5.14pm to Thu 22 Dec 2022, 5.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 5.21pm

Closed areas: Kings Tableland Road

The Kings Tableland Road and Access to Anderson Fire Trail within Blue Mountains National Park will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 1st December until Thursday 22nd December 2022 to allow for road repairs.  Residential access permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on 47878877.  

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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 Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Nov 2022, 2.39pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

From Thursday 3 November 2022 to Monday 1 May 2023 NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting program in the following areas: 

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (southern sector)
  • Wollemi National Park (Wolgan Valley area) 
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Area
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park

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.

Please contact the local Kanangra NPWS area office at Oberon on 02 6336 6200 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 10.55am

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no access 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. Campers must hike 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 Mon 3 Oct 2022, 11.12am to Tue 10 Oct 2023, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Sat 5 Nov 2022, 9.20am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park - Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

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Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Oct 2022, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track partial closure

Six Foot track, trom Explorers Tree (Katoomba) to Megalong Road, is closed until mid-October 2022 This closure is due to multiple landslips, fallen trees and dangerous trees along the track presenting poor and dangerous conditions.

This closure may be extended. Additional major upgrade works will be required over the next 12 months, which may also cause walker disruption. 

Six Foot track from Megalong Road through to Cox’s River and Black Range remains open.

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

Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.11am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Oct 2022, 8.59am

Closed areas: Kanangra Boyd National Park fire trail closures

The following fire trails in Kanangra Boyd National Park are closed from Thursday 30 June 2022 to Tuesday 31 January 2023 due to wet weather and track conditions:

  • Morong Falls
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Waterfall Creek
  • Mini Mini

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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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/golden-stairs-walking-track/local-alerts

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