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Mount Budawang trail

Budawang National Park

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 3.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 4.43pm

Safety alerts: Dangerous creek and river crossings following heavy rains

Due to recent heavy rainfall in the last 48 hours, NPWS advises all park users to avoid entering creek or river crossings to access areas of the park. Creek and river levels are currently at flood level and will likely take several days to drop.

NPWS also advises all park users to avoid using 4WD trails in Deua National Park this weekend after this recent rainfall event, as trails may become impassable and traffic may cause significant trail damage.

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 4.43pm

Safety alerts: Dangerous creek and river crossings following heavy rains

Due to recent heavy rainfall in the last 48 hours, NPWS advises all park users to avoid entering creek or river crossings to access areas of the park. Creek and river levels are currently at flood level and will likely take several days to drop.

NPWS also advises all park users to avoid using 4WD trails in Monga National Park this weekend after this recent rainfall event, as trails may become impassable and traffic may cause significant trail damage.

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 12.24pm to Mon 10 May 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 1.56pm

Closed areas: East Rim Walking track closed due to heavy rainfall

East Rim walking track in Morton National Park is closed due to a severe weather event that included heavy rain. The walking track is expected to reopen at 5pm, Monday 10 May 2021.

NPWS will be conducting condition assessments to determine the extent of the damage and to rectify safety issues.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 20 Apr 2021, 9.12am to Mon 16 Aug 2021, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Apr 2021, 3.41pm

Other planned events: Aerial pest management program

An aerial pest management program will be conducted between Sunday 8 August to Saturday 14 August 2021 for the control of deer, goats, feral pigs and other pests. The following affected reserves will be closed;

  • Bungonia National Park
  • Bungonia State Conservation Area
  • Nadgigomar Nature Reserve
  • Part of Morton National Park, west of the Shoalhaven River including Caoura Ridge, Long Point, Badgerys, Matodoro Ridge and all associated walking tracks, lookouts and Shoalhaven gorge.
  • Kerrawary Nature Reserve
  • Jerralong Nature Reserve
  • Tarlo River National Park

Please note the Bungonia National Park front gate and camping ground will close Friday 6 August 4pm and reopen by Monday 16 August 8am 2021. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call NPWS Illawarra Highlands Area on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Apr 2021, 10.14am

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of Morton National Park remains closed due to bushfire damage and to protect the safety of our visitors.

However, the following areas are now open:

  • North of the Shoalhaven River, including Kangaroo Valley, the following walks and lookouts are accessible:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • Echo Point lookout
    • Grand Canyon lookout
    • Tooths lookout
    • Fairy Bower Falls track and loop walk to top of falls
    • East and West Rim tracks
    • Manning lookout
    • Kangaroo River walking track
    • Three Views walking track
       
  • South of the Shoalhaven River to Braidwood Road, including the Ettrema wilderness wrea. The following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Sassafras
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
       
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang wilderness area. The following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul.
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout. Toilet is non-operational.
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle. Toilet is non-operational at Cooyoyo campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy.
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim. Toilet is non-operational at Burrumbeet Brook campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground
    • Folly Point

An overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update.

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Caution should be taken as risks may still be present.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 19 Apr 2021, 3.38pm to Tue 19 Oct 2021, 3.38pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Apr 2021, 4.03pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 19 April to Tuesday 19 October 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Bimberamala National Park
  • Budawang National Park
  • Bungonia State Conservation Area
  • Bungonia National Park
  • Colymea State Conservation Area
  • Conjola National Park
  • Jerrawangala National Park
  • Morton National Park
  • Morton State Conservation Area
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Parma Creek Nature Reserve

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Nowra office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Fri 16 Apr 2021, 1.46pm to Sat 16 Oct 2021, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Apr 2021, 2.12pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Friday 16 April to Saturday 16 October 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Berlang State Conservation Area
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Deua National Park
  • Egan Peaks Nature Reserve
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Yurramie State Conservation Area

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 3.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Apr 2021, 1.13pm

Closed areas: Boundary fire trail closed at Mongarlowe River crossing

Boundary fire trail is currently closed to all traffic at the Mongarlowe River crossing. Recent significant flood damage at this river crossing has made it impassable.

It is not safe to cross at this location. Please follow signage directions and do not drive around any closure barriers. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Assessments and rectification works are scheduled, and the crossing will remain closed until these are completed. NPWS will be reviewing the closure and will update when completed. Please check this website for updates or changes. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 22 Dec 2020, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Apr 2021, 5.15pm

Closed areas: Araluen Road partial closure and campground access

Currently, the following campgrounds can only be accessed via Braidwood:

  • Deua River campground
  • Bakers Flat campground and,
  • Dry Creek campground

Araluen Road is partially closed due to essential roadworks.  

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Apr 2021, 5.16pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to bushfire recovery works

The following areas in Deua National Park are closed:

  • Bendethera Caves walking track and cave access is closed due to significant fire damage. All track markers were destroyed by fire and are yet to be replaced. It is dangerous to walk off designated tracks in Karst areas. Please do not enter this area.
  • Mongamula East fire trail
  • Oulla Creek fire trail
  • Hanging Mountain lookout

These areas are closed due to substantial bushfire recovery works. Please keep out of the closure signs and any cordoned off areas. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 9.28am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campgrounds are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin on the Shoalhaven River, this section may be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Mar 2021, 12.34pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to significant bushfire damage and recovery works

Many areas in Monga National Park remain closed due to significant bushfire damage and recovery works. The closed areas include:

  • Mongarlowe River picnic area
  • Penance Grove boardwalk
  • The Corn trail  
  • Woodleigh fire trail

Do not enter areas where road barriers are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 19 Feb 2021, 5.05pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Mar 2021, 9.11am

Closed areas: Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track closed

Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track in Morton National Park are closed from Friday 19 February to Wednesday 30 June 2021. The closure is due to upgrade works on the road, carpark and track.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm

Other planned events: 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on NPWS estate within the Fitzroy Falls area.

Burial of used baits and products will occur from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Wednesday 14 April 2021. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil, clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

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. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

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 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.14pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Feb 2021, 3.01pm

Closed areas: George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks

George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks are closed due to bushfire damage.

You can still visit George Boyd lookout and picnic areas by car. Do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 4.24pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.17am

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed west of George Boyd lookout

12 Mile Road is closed west of George Boyd lookout. Please do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Thu 21 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 12.43pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Wednesday 14 October 2020 and Wednesday 14 April 2021 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. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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. 

For further information please call the NPWS Highlands office on 024887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 4 Dec 2020, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 9.59am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campsites are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin may be be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 8 Nov 2020, 6.28pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until mid 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2019, 5.03pm

Safety alerts: Some fire trails not suitable for trailer access

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place for some time to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in Deua National Park. However, due to ongoing damage to trails as a result of continued inappropriate use of 4WDs towing trailers on these signposted trails, NPWS is now prohibiting the use of trailers on the following trails in Deua National Park:

  • Dampier Mountain trail
  • Oulla Creek trail
  • Minuma Range trail
  • Merricumbene trail
  • Mongamula trail
  • Dry Creek trail

It is now an offence to tow trailers on these trails. The penalty for towing trailers on these trails is a $300 penalty infringement notice, or higher if the matter is taken to court. By keeping trailers away from these identified trails, you reduce the safety risk to yourself and others, reduce damage to the park environment and your assets and reduce park maintenance costs, a benefit to everyone. Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Road and Bendethera trail. From Braidwood, this increases travel time by about 30 minutes to 1 hour. For more information, please contact NPWS Narooma on (02) 4476 0800.

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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/mount-budawang-trail/local-alerts

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