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Illawarra lookout walking track

Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 6 July 2022, 12.50pm

Applies from Mon 14 Mar 2022, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 12.50pm.

Closed areas: Illawarra lookout closed

Illawarra lookout within Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is closed until  further notice due to damage. NPWS is in the process of repairing the lookout and the lookout is expected to re-open later in 2022.

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 5.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Jul 2022, 5.10pm

Closed areas: Lyrebird Loop Walk - Partial Track Closure

Minnamurra Rainforest Lyrebird Loop Walk has a small section at the start of the track which is closed due to a landslide from the recent heavy rains, the remainder of the track remains open. Please speak to Visitor Centre Staff for more information. The closed section will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Applies from Mon 14 Mar 2022, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jul 2022, 12.50pm

Closed areas: Illawarra lookout closed

Illawarra lookout within Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is closed until  further notice due to damage. NPWS is in the process of repairing the lookout and the lookout is expected to re-open later in 2022.

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

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 1.47pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe closed

Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe is closed. Light refreshments are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre. Minnamurra Rainforest precinct, including all walks are open to visitors. No portable barbecues are permitted.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Fri 16 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jun 2022, 11.19am

Other planned events: 1080 fox ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a continual and ongoing 1080 ground baiting program for the control of foxes from Wednesday 16 March to Friday 16 September 2022 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private properties and Crown road reserves with permissions. 

There are 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 9.51am

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest may close at short notice

Minnamurra Rainforest is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity or due to the car park reaching capacity.  We encourage you to plan your visit outside the peak periods of 11am to 2pm. 

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jun 2022, 9.50am

Closed areas: Minnamurra Falls walk closed

Minnamurra Falls walk is temporarily closed and impassable due to severe rainfall causing dangerous conditions. The Falls walk will re-open as soon as it is safe. The Visitor Information Centre and Lyrebird Loop Walk remain open.

For further information phone Visitor Centre staff on 02 4236 0469.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 8.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jun 2022, 1.42pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Falls Walk closed until further notice

Minnamurra Falls Walk in Budderoo National Park is currently closed until further notice due to prolonged rainfall causing rock fall, landslides, damage to walking track infrastructure and dangerous conditions.

Lyrebird Loop track remains open, however may close at short notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Minnamurra Rainforest Visitor Centre.

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Applies from Thu 21 Oct 2021, 11.15am to Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.33am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Ground Baiting Program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between Thursday 21 October 2021 to 20 September 2022 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

All baiting locations will be 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. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Local alerts

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