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Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 10 August 2022, 4.49pm

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.49pm.

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, subsequent geological instability or infrastructure upgrades. As sites are opened, we remind visitors that these areas have been subject to long periods of high rainfall, and landslides, rockfall and treefall can occur without notice.

Please check which areas are closed before travelling.

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Giant Stairway
  • Dardanelles Pass
  • No access to Scenic World from Echo Point via Giant Stairs and Dardanelles Pass
  • Federal Pass (west of Furber Stairs)
  • Sublime Point fire trail
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout closed due to trackwork
  • Lone Lyrebird track between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to a major washout
  • Lillian's Bridge track - closure at junction of Inspiration Point track. No through access to Valley of the Waters and the Conservation Hut due to a major landslide.  
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Lady Darley lookout and Cliff View lookout due to trackwork
  • Amphitheatre track
  • Bridal Veil lookout (west of Leura Cascades) is closed until the end of August 2022 for upgrade works
  • Golf Links lookout to Carleton Road, Leura, is closed Monday to Friday for trackwork
  • Golden Stairs
  • Glenraphael Road and Narrow Neck trail due to major landslide
  • Ruined Castle walking track 
  • Six Foot Track - Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley

Wentworth Falls

  • Nature track closed between Edinburgh Castle Rock and Lillian's Bridge due to landslide
  • Valley of the Waters closed below Roberts Pass
  • Charles Darwin walk
  • National Pass
  • Wentworth Pass
  • No access to Conservation Hut parking area or visitor facilities
  • Kedumba Pass Fire Trail
  • Kedumba River Crossing campground
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads
  • Little Switzerland Drive and Chester Road Fire trails will be closed from the 8th August until the 16th September to allow for road works.  No through access to Rocket Point and Wentworth Falls.  
  • Empress Canyon is closed from Wednesday 10th August until Friday19th August to allow for track repairs.  Empress Canyon remains open on weekends.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap Lookout will be closed from Thursday11th August 2022 to February 2023 for major refurbishment
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Braeside walking track due to track work (Braeside Road is open to cyclists and walkers)
  • Evans lookout due to upgrade work
  • Perrys Lookdown campground
  • Base of Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest and Burra Korain Flat along Grose River
  • Victoria Falls walking track
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout
  • Walls Cave walking track due to trackwork
  • Green Gully and Dunphy's Campground are closed until 31st August with no access for all vehicles, cyclists and walkers due to land slips

Lawson, Woodford, Hazelbrook

  • Murphys Glen Road closed to all  vehicles (open to walkers and cyclists - weekends only) until 19th August to allow for flood repair works.
  • Murphys Glen campground closed until 31 August 2022 to allow for roadworks and campground improvements
  • Bedford Creek Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians until Friday 19th August to allow for flood repairs.  Walkers and cyclists permitted on the weekends.  

Faulconbridge, Springwood, Glenbrook

  • Martins Lookout track to Glenbrook Creek is closed for walking track works until Friday 30 September 2022
  • Euroka campground closed until Thursday 11th August 2022

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
  • Empress Canyon - Access via West St only.  Exit via Valley of the Waters to Conservation Hut.  

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access only available from Kanangra Walls. Green Gully, Dunphy's Campground and Narrow Neck trail are closed. Also note: Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks

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

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 3.01pm to Fri 9 Sep 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 6.16pm

Closed areas: Conservation Hut and Evans lookout visitor precinct upgrades - Areas closed

The following areas are closed for upgrades from Monday 2 May 2022 to late September 2022:

  • Evans lookout, Blackheath
  • Conservation Hut
  • Valley of the Waters picnic area, Wentworth Falls 

The works include construction of new accessible toilet blocks, pathways and improvements to the lookouts and carparks.

The carparks, toilets and lookouts will be closed during construction.

Walking track access will be provided to walking tracks that are open. Track closures are updated regularly, check the NPWS alerts page for updates.

The upgrades are part of the NSW government infrastructure investment. More detail can be found on this web page or by calling the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.24pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 6.07pm

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 this webpage or by calling Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 4.49pm

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, subsequent geological instability or infrastructure upgrades. As sites are opened, we remind visitors that these areas have been subject to long periods of high rainfall, and landslides, rockfall and treefall can occur without notice.

Please check which areas are closed before travelling.

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Giant Stairway
  • Dardanelles Pass
  • No access to Scenic World from Echo Point via Giant Stairs and Dardanelles Pass
  • Federal Pass (west of Furber Stairs)
  • Sublime Point fire trail
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout closed due to trackwork
  • Lone Lyrebird track between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to a major washout
  • Lillian's Bridge track - closure at junction of Inspiration Point track. No through access to Valley of the Waters and the Conservation Hut due to a major landslide.  
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Lady Darley lookout and Cliff View lookout due to trackwork
  • Amphitheatre track
  • Bridal Veil lookout (west of Leura Cascades) is closed until the end of August 2022 for upgrade works
  • Golf Links lookout to Carleton Road, Leura, is closed Monday to Friday for trackwork
  • Golden Stairs
  • Glenraphael Road and Narrow Neck trail due to major landslide
  • Ruined Castle walking track 
  • Six Foot Track - Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley

Wentworth Falls

  • Nature track closed between Edinburgh Castle Rock and Lillian's Bridge due to landslide
  • Valley of the Waters closed below Roberts Pass
  • Charles Darwin walk
  • National Pass
  • Wentworth Pass
  • No access to Conservation Hut parking area or visitor facilities
  • Kedumba Pass Fire Trail
  • Kedumba River Crossing campground
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads
  • Little Switzerland Drive and Chester Road Fire trails will be closed from the 8th August until the 16th September to allow for road works.  No through access to Rocket Point and Wentworth Falls.  
  • Empress Canyon is closed from Wednesday 10th August until Friday19th August to allow for track repairs.  Empress Canyon remains open on weekends.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap Lookout will be closed from Thursday11th August 2022 to February 2023 for major refurbishment
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Braeside walking track due to track work (Braeside Road is open to cyclists and walkers)
  • Evans lookout due to upgrade work
  • Perrys Lookdown campground
  • Base of Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest and Burra Korain Flat along Grose River
  • Victoria Falls walking track
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout
  • Walls Cave walking track due to trackwork
  • Green Gully and Dunphy's Campground are closed until 31st August with no access for all vehicles, cyclists and walkers due to land slips

Lawson, Woodford, Hazelbrook

  • Murphys Glen Road closed to all  vehicles (open to walkers and cyclists - weekends only) until 19th August to allow for flood repair works.
  • Murphys Glen campground closed until 31 August 2022 to allow for roadworks and campground improvements
  • Bedford Creek Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians until Friday 19th August to allow for flood repairs.  Walkers and cyclists permitted on the weekends.  

Faulconbridge, Springwood, Glenbrook

  • Martins Lookout track to Glenbrook Creek is closed for walking track works until Friday 30 September 2022
  • Euroka campground closed until Thursday 11th August 2022

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
  • Empress Canyon - Access via West St only.  Exit via Valley of the Waters to Conservation Hut.  

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access only available from Kanangra Walls. Green Gully, Dunphy's Campground and Narrow Neck trail are closed. Also note: Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks

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

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Applies from Thu 28 Jul 2022, 3.21pm to Fri 26 Aug 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 11.11am

Closed areas: Woodford Oaks trail closure

Woodford Oaks trail is closed between Woodford and Glenbrook on weekdays from Monday 1 August to Friday 26 August 2022 for fire trail maintenance.

The trail will remain open on Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 9 Aug 2022, 12.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Aug 2022, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Empress Canyon closed due to track repairs

Empress Canyon of Blue Mountains National Park is closed Monday to Friday from Wednesday 10 August until Friday 19 August 2022 to allow for track repairs.

Empress Canyon is open during weekends. Access is via West Street only.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jul 2022, 3.10pm to Fri 26 Aug 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 4.59pm

Closed areas: Fire trails closed for works

The following trails in Blue Mountains National Park will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 28 July to Friday 26 August 2022 for maintenance works:

  • Shaws Ridge
  • Blue Gum Swamp
  • Bees Nest Hill
  • Springwood Ridge

The trails will remain open on Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Sun 3 Jul 2022, 10.30am to Fri 12 Aug 2022, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 4.51pm

Closed parks: Jenolan Caves closed due to road conditions

The Jenolan Caves precinct will be closed from 10.30pm, Sunday 3 July 2022 to 4pm, Friday 12 August 2022. This closure is due to road conditions.

Jenolan Caves offers complete booking flexibility. Jenolan Caves staff are happy to assist by arranging alternative dates, or providing a refund for any cancellations for prepaid experiences. For more information, call 1300 76 33 11.

Applies from Sat 16 Jul 2022, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 6.41pm

Safety alerts: Grose Valley walking tracks - Experienced walkers only

Walking tracks that are open in the Grose Valley (Blue Mountains National Park) may become indistinct with fallen trees and wash outs due to recent flood events. Experienced walkers only. 

For more information, contact the NPWS Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 1.22pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Aug 2022, 9.33am

Closed areas: Dunphys campground closed due to landslip

Access along Megalong Valley Road to Dunphys campground is closed due to landslides. Blue Mountains City Council are working on the road with an expected completion date of Wednesday 31 August 2022. This closure may be extended, depending on conditions.

For more information, contact the Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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Applies from Wed 20 Jul 2022, 3.32pm to Thu 11 Aug 2022, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Aug 2022, 8.42am

Closed areas: Euroka campground closed due to flooding

Euroka campground is closed until Thursday 11 August 2022, as a result of recent rainfall. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Wed 20 Jul 2022, 10.28am to Fri 26 Aug 2022, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 3.40pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

The following parks are closed from Friday 29 July to Friday 26 August 2022 due to flood damage:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Abercrombie River State Conservation Area

Bummaroo Ford campground remains open.

The park will re-open once assessment and remediation has occurred to ensure park user safety. 

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

Applies from Fri 1 Jul 2022, 6.34am to Thu 11 Aug 2022, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Aug 2022, 6.42am

Closed areas: Burralow Creek campground closed

Burralow Creek campground is closed from Friday 1 July to Thursday 11 August 2022, inclusive, due to significant flood damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 14 Feb 2022, 7.42am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 3.55pm

Other incidents: Oaks Singles track undergoing maintenance

Maintenance works are underway on Oaks Singles track from Friday 28 January 2022, due to erosion issues and major safety concerns.

The track will undergo vegetation maintenance followed by the addition of sandstone surface. The works are to stabilise some sections and rock armouring in poorly drained sections.

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jul 2022, 5.00pm

Closed areas: Ingar Road Closed

Ingar Road is closed to all access where it traverses through private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. There is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. Campers must hike in via a publicly accessible route (via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road).    

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Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Six Foot track partial closure

The following sections of Six Foot track are closed until mid-October 2022:

  • From Explorers Tree (Katoomba) to Megalong Road due to multiple landslips, fallen trees and dangerous trees along the track presenting poor and dangerous condition.
  • Between Jenolan Caves cabins and Jenolan Caves 

This closure may be extended. Additional major upgrade works will be required over the next 12 month which may also cause walker disruption. 

Six Foot track from Megalong Road through to Cox’s River and Black Range remains open.

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

Applies from Thu 28 Apr 2022, 1.16pm to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 May 2022, 2.20pm

Other planned events: Notice of Ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Blue Mountains National Park from Monday 2nd May to Wednesday 2nd November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 6336 6200 for more information.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.55am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Wollemi National Park on the following dates:

  • Wollemi-Yengo and Mudgee areas: Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area: Monday 2 May to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.50am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Gardens of Stone National Park on the following dates:

  • Mudgee area from Monday 9 May 2022 to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area from Monday 2 May 2022 to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 NPWS Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 4.26pm

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 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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