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Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park

Brisbane Water National Park

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Applies from Tue 25 Jan 2022, 4.10pm to Fri 15 Apr 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 4.32pm

Closed areas: Berowra walking track closed for maintenance

Berowra walking track is closed for maintenance from Sunday 30 January to Friday 15 April 2022 inclusive.

There is no access to Apple Tree Bay from either Berowra or Mount Ku-ring-gai during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 26 Jan 2022, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 4.27pm

Other planned events: Coasters Retreat pile burn

Coasters Retreat RFS Brigade will be undertaking a pile burn on Sunday 30 January on the foreshore land at Coasters Retreat, weather permitting.

Smoke may be visible from the Basin campground, adjacent waterways and vantage points within Ku-ring-gai Chase NP.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jan 2022, 1.47pm

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 2022.

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

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Wed 13 Apr 2022, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Jan 2022, 8.53am

Closed areas: Mill Creek campground, picnic area and walking tracks closed - early 2022

From Monday 7 February to Wednesday 13 April 2022, Mill Creek campground, Mill Creek picnic area, the Grass Tree Circuit and 11km Walking Track will be closed for an upgrade to Mill Creek Road. There will be no access for vehicles, pedestrians or camping.

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Applies from Tue 4 Jan 2022, 3.31pm to Fri 4 Mar 2022, 3.41pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 3.42pm

Safety alerts: Lemon Tree Road Jilliby SCA - Roadworks Commencing

Lemon Tree Road in Jilliby SCA will be closed from Wednesday 5th January to Friday 4th March 2022 to continue the essential repair of this access road. The work will recommence from the corner of Yambo Forest and continue north for 10kms to the corner of Prickly Ridge Road. Visitors are asked not to venture into this area as the road work continues. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact NPWS - Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 17 Dec 2021, 10.49am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 1.43pm

Safety alerts: Potential closure on busy days due to high visitation

Putty Beach picnic area is a popular visitor area which on sunny days may become overcrowded, causing traffic congestion and safety concerns. At busy times the access to Putty Beach picnic area may be limited by NPWS or closed completely. Penalties apply for non-compliance with NPWS regulations and parking restriction notices.

For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 8.15am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of 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 Mon 1 Nov 2021, 8.38am to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 10.06am

Other planned events: Electricity transmission tower maintenance works

Structure refurbishment work will be undertaken on towers within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between November 2021 and January 2022. Tracks and trails will remain open, but there will be some slight increase in vehicle movement during this time. 

Please contact the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or send an email for more information. 

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Applies from Sun 25 Apr 2021, 11.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 3.35pm

Other planned events: Orchard Park shelter restoration

The shelters in Orchard Park at Bobbin Head will be undergoing restoration works from Monday 26 April 2021. As the work is complex, it is unsure when the shelters will reopen. 

Signage and security fencing will be erected around closed shelters as they are progressively repaired. Not all shelters will be closed at once, so you can use the remaining shelters while construction works are completed. 

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 9.52am

Closed areas: Barbecue and picnic facilities closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

NPWS campgrounds, accommodation, visitor centres, guided tours and high-visitation areas like barbecue and picnic facilities are closed in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 for further information. 

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 3.59pm

Other planned events: Notice of pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Fire trails, 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 Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 7.39am

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 Thu 14 Jan 2021, 11.10am to Tue 1 Mar 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 2.20pm

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closed

Some parts of Big Yengo National Park are closed for repair until Tuesday 1 March 2022 following significant storm and fire damage. Trails, fords, buildings and other infrastructure need to be repaired to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

The closed areas are:

  • Big Yango House
  • Blue Gums campground
  • Mountain Arm campground
  • Big Yango loop trail
  • Yango walking track

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

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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 Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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

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