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McKeown's Valley walking track

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Feb 2023, 10.03am

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.
  • Honeymoon lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Cascades and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Fern Bower, Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass tracks are closed due to track maintenance from Wednesday 1 February to Friday 3 February;
  • Pool of Siloam walking track is closed Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February for a helicopter operation.
  • Gordon Falls walking track and lookout and Golf Links lookout are closed Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February for a helicopter operation.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Cliff View lookout and Echo Point from Monday 6 February for upgrade works.
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk between Tallawalla Lookout and Solitary Restaurant closed Wednesday 1 February to Friday 2 February
  • 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.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • 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.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January for upgrades.
  • 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.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
  • The track connecting the Rocket Point Loop to Chester and Little Switzerland Trails will be closed from 0800 Wed 8-2-2023 to 17-2-2023 due to track works.  

Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Victoria Falls walking track and day use area will be closed on Friday 0th February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening March 2023).
  • Govetts Creek access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout. Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
  • Pulpit Rock Track and Popes Glen track to Boyds Beach from Govettts Leap will be closed on Friday 10th February 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30th January until Friday10th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

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.

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Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.53am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Abercrombie River National Park & State Conservation Area are closed till Friday 3rd March 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.

Bummaroo Ford remains OPEN

Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 9.26am

Safety alerts: Colong-Oberon stock route - 4WD only access

The 4WD Colong Oberon historic stock route to Yerranderie is only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Some creek crossings may be inaccessible for vehicles with low clearance.

Please drive carefully and be aware of road conditions. For more information, call the Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 1100.

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Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Fri 10 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.56am

Closed areas: Blue Gum Swamp fire trail closed

Blue Gum Swamp fire trail in Blue Mountains National Park is closed from Monday 23 January 2023 to Friday 10 February 2023, for flood damage repairs.

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

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.11am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Jan 2023, 4.30pm

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 28 February 2023 due to flooding events and track conditions:

  • Beefsteak Creek
  • Budthingaroo
  • Mumbedah
  • Ben Lomond 
  • Gilbraltar 

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

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Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.24pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Closed areas: Govetts Leap lookout

The visitor precinct at Govetts Leap lookout in Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath is closed for upgrades from Thursday 11 August 2022 to February 2023.

The carpark and lookout will be closed during construction.

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and the toilets at Govetts Leap lookout will remain open.

Access to walking tracks will be provided to tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly. Check the NPWS alerts page for updates.

The works include improvements to the lookout and carpark, and construction of new accessible pathways in the area.

The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on the DPE Blue Mountains Community Engagement webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 3 Nov 2022, 10.57am to Mon 1 May 2023, 10.58am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.51am

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: Wed 1 Feb 2023, 12.02pm

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no 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 Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 8.31am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400.

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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/mckeowns-valley-walking-track/local-alerts

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