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Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park

Brisbane Water National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 8 November 2022, 9.01am

Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.01am.

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will reopen as soon as it is safe.

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.

Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Sun 5 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.21pm.

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 6 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 20 Nov 2022, 12.00pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 8.11am

Closed areas: Area closed for campground upgrade

Finchley campground is closed for an upgrade from 12pm, Sunday 13 November until 2pm, Friday 9 December 2022.

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

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 5.00am to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.58am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrade

The Bouddi Coastal walk is closed between Mount Bouddi track and Old Quarry trail from Tuesday 20 September until Friday 16 December 2022 for track works. There is no access to this part of Bouddi Coastal walk during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Girrakool area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 9.31am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Sat 26 Nov 2022, 9.01am

Closed areas: Elvina Trail closed for upgrade works

Elvina trail will be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 9 December 2022. The trail will be open after 5pm and on weekends. This is so upgrade works can be completed.

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

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 10.33am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Sat 26 Nov 2022, 9.01am

Closed areas: Basin campground access affected by trail upgrade works

The Basin trail will be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 16 November to Friday 9 December 2022. This is so upgrade works can be completed. During this time, visitors can only access the Basin campground and picnic area by ferry or private vessels.

The Basin trail will be open and the campground and picnic area accessible on weekends, and after 5pm on weekdays.

The following areas will also be closed 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but will be open on weekends:

  • The Basin Aboriginal engraving site
  • The Mackerel trail

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

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Applies from Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 12.48pm

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between the Cherry Lane trackhead and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Nov 2022, 8.31am

Closed areas: Fire trails and roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Sun 6 Nov 2022, 10.45am

Other planned events: Temporary fencing at West Head lookout

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place in late 2022 through to early 2023.

Please do not enter the fenced area. Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Fri 28 Oct 2022, 4.21pm to Fri 23 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Nov 2022, 8.36am

Safety alerts: Hazardous trail conditions in Marramarra National Park

Please be advised that there are hazardous trail surface conditions on the Canoelands Ridge trail and the Gentlemans Halt track in Marramarra National Park due to essential transmission line maintenance works. Please proceed with caution. For further information contact the local Area office on (02) 8448 0401.

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Applies from Mon 24 Oct 2022, 9.35am to Sun 4 Dec 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Oct 2022, 9.40am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from ongoing rainfall events.

The road has a tendency to develop deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

The road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe and repair work has been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 8.12am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road fire trail closure

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of The Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road.

This trail is dormant and not open for public use. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 8.13am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 6.15am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Oct 2022, 7.32am

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closure

The Big Yango precinct in Yengo National Park is closed from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Wednesday 1 March 2023 for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi/Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 19 Sep 2022, 7.00am to Sun 5 Mar 2023, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.21pm

Other planned events: Notice of fire trail maintenance program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking fire trail maintenance works in Brisbane Water National Park from Monday 19 September 2022 for a period of up to 6 months (pending suitable weather conditions).

The maintenance work will repair damaged drainage assets and infrastructure that supports and is essential to the ongoing operation of the trails.

Trails will remain open for the duration of the construction works, with adequate signage and diversions (if required) in place.

Please contact the the local Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 for more information.

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Applies from Tue 25 Jan 2022, 4.10pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 11.57am. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 8.05am

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closure

Berowra walking track, from Berowra to Apple Tree bay, including the Mount Ku-ring-gai access track, is closed until further notice.

There is a significant threat of rockfalls due to slope instability, caused by recent weather events. NPWS will further assess the track and carry out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Nov 2022, 8.47am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022 in the following parks:

  • Dharug National Park
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Wollemi State Conservation Area
  • Yengo National Park  

An aerial baiting program will also be conducted in these parks from Monday 5 September to Friday 16 September 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.

Please contact the local Bulga NPWS office for more information on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm to Wed 1 Feb 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 9.20am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10.44am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Oct 2022, 7.59am

Closed areas: Muirs lookout picnic area closed

NPWS has closed Muirs lookout and picnic area effective from Monday 20 June 2022. 

Factors contributing to the closure include:

  • road access is not suitable for 2WD vehicles and has been damaged and eroded following heavy and ongoing rainfall
  • visitor facilities, including picnic tables and toilets, are unsafe and outdated
  • toilets don’t meet NPWS and health standards
  • views from the lookout to the coast have diminished due to grown tall trees and vegetation. 

The surrounding area, including Watagans National Park and neighbouring state forests, have alternative sites for lookouts and picnic areas.

The closest lookouts are located off Mt Faulk Road to the north and include Heaton, Hunter and Macleans lookouts.

For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2022, 8.40am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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Applies from Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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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/great-north-walk-brisbane-water-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas in Brisbane Water National Park close in the evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 7am to 6pm at other times
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

     

     

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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