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Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track

Marramarra National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 28 January 2021, 5.35pm

Applies from Mon 7 Dec 2020, 3.03pm to Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 5.35pm.

Other planned events: Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails - Roadworks

Roadworks will take place on Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 26 February 2020 between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. There will be increased heavy vehicle traffic along with heavy plant operations.

The trails will be closed while works are underway, with the exception of access for visitors booked in to stay at Marramarra Creek campgrounds. If you have a campground booking during this period, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 for access.

If you plan to walk on these trails outside of working hours, please proceed with care and follow the directions of roadwork signs. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 2.57pm.

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Staged roadworks are scheduled to occur from December 2020 to June 2021.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 1.02pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 7.35am

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

Somersby Falls picnic area is a small picnic area with narrow walkways and can be extremely busy over the summer holiday period.

To ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 Public Health Order and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, please:

  • Ensure outdoor gatherings are restricted to 30 people
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others
  • Avoid visiting during peak periods between 11am and 2pm
  • Consider visiting the nearby and much larger Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well-established picnic area.

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

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Applies from Mon 7 Dec 2020, 3.03pm to Tue 2 Mar 2021, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 5.35pm

Other planned events: Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails - Roadworks

Roadworks will take place on Marramarra Ridge and Smugglers Ridge trails from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 26 February 2020 between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. There will be increased heavy vehicle traffic along with heavy plant operations.

The trails will be closed while works are underway, with the exception of access for visitors booked in to stay at Marramarra Creek campgrounds. If you have a campground booking during this period, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 for access.

If you plan to walk on these trails outside of working hours, please proceed with care and follow the directions of roadwork signs. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 4.15pm to Tue 23 Mar 2021, 4.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 8.54am

Other planned events: Annual maintenance and inspection - NPWS Cowan courtesy moorings

Annual inspection and maintenance works are currently underway at NPWS courtesy moorings in Cowan. The moorings maybe temporarily unavailable for a short period while these works are completed.  

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.11am

Other planned events: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Increased visitation

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines. 

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors. It is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

From Thursday 31 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be reduced to 30 people, including children. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

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

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.10am

Closed areas: Update to visitor area closures

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. 

Please note the following updates:

  • Tunks Ridge campground remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns 
  • Bookings for Twin Beaches South and North campgrounds are now available online.

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Thursday 31 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be reduced to 30 people, including children. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

The closing of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities.

Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information regarding 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 23 Dec 2020, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Sun 24 Jan 2021, 3.06pm

Other planned events: Apple Tree Bay - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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 23 Dec 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 24 Jan 2021, 3.06pm

Other planned events: Bobbin Head - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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 Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Dec 2020, 5.58pm

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 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 2.57pm

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Staged roadworks are scheduled to occur from December 2020 to June 2021.

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Applies from Thu 3 Dec 2020, 9.23am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Dec 2020, 11.43am

Other planned events: Annual inspection and maintenance underway - Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay wharves, Cowan moorings

Annual inspection and maintenance works are underway at the Bobbin Head wharf, Apple Tree Bay wharf and the courtesy moorings in Cowan waters. There may be temporary or restricted access during this period. The work is expected to end by the end of 2020. 

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 8.30am

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 Wed 29 Jul 2020, 2.36pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 2.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Dec 2020, 8.50am

Closed areas: 11km walking track

11km walking track in Dharug National Park is closed. The route is hard to follow since the Three Mile Fire.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.38pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Akuna Bay boat ramp - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.35pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.39pm

Other planned events: The Basin campground and picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.31pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.38pm

Other planned events: Salvation Creek picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.24pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.32pm

Other planned events: Resolute picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.21pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.32pm

Other planned events: Barrenjoey Lighthouse area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.27pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 10.58am

Other planned events: West Head area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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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 Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.43am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.05am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes.

The operation is continuous and ongoing. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are will be signposted.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours.

Call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Sun 31 May 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10.17am

Closed areas: Tunks Ridge campground closure

Tunks Ridge campground along Quarry Trail in Hornsby remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns. 

For more information regarding 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.

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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/marramarra-ridge-to-smugglers-ridge-walking-track/local-alerts

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