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Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 5 December 2019, 3.20pm

Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 2.16pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to dangerous fire conditions

This park is closed due to current fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm to Sat 29 Feb 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 12.02pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - areas now open

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
  • Evans Leap lookout
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls walking tracks including Federal Pass between Scenic World and Fern Bower
  • Conservation Hut
  • Empress Falls and canyon
  • Euroka campground, Jellybean, Blue Pool and Mount Portal
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum Swamp
  • Ingar and Murphys Glen campgrounds
  • Woodford - Oaks trail
  • Narrow Neck (Glenraphael Drive as far as the locked gate only – not safe beyond this point)
  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Victoria Falls Road fire trail
  • Nellies Glen

The following areas and locations in Blue Mountains National Park remain CLOSED due to the bushfires and hazards: 

  • Tracks and canyons in and around the Grose Valley and north of the Bells Line of Road (including Grand Canyon and Vale of Avoca)
  • There is no access permitted into the Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley, Grose Valley or any other remote areas
  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail are closed
  • Glenbrook precinct is closed (except Euroka and sites listed above as open)
  • Narrow Neck is closed past the locked gate
  • There is no access to Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs or Mount Solitary

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 2 Oct 2018, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 4.59pm

Closed areas: Ingar campground closed to vehicles

Ingar campground and Ingar Road are closed to vehicle access due to private property building works. The closure is indefinite because it relates to access through the private property. No opening date can be advised. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Ingar Road and Ingar campground can still be accessed by walkers and cyclists. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 8.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jan 2020, 9.08am

Fires - Advice: Green Wattle Creek

There is a fire in this park called Green Wattle Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 6.22pm

Fires - Advice: Ruined Castle

There is a fire in this park called Ruined Castle. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 5 Jan 2020, 9.46am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 5.29pm

Fires - Advice: Erskine Creek Fire

There is a fire in this park called Erskine Creek Fire. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 5.13pm

Fires - Advice: Grose Valley

There is a fire in this park called Grose Valley. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 26 Oct 2019, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jan 2020, 4.02pm

Fires - Advice: Gospers Mountain

There is a fire in this park called Gospers Mountain. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 25 Nov 2019, 6.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 4.08pm

Fires - Advice: Little L Complex

There is a fire in this park called Little L Complex. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).

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

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Applies from Wed 4 Dec 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jan 2020, 9.54pm

Fires - Advice: Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky

There is a fire in this park called Upper Turon Rd, Palmers Oaky. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Thu 19 Dec 2019, 7.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Dec 2019, 9.44am

Closed parks: Jenolan Caves closed due to fire conditions

Due to serious bush fire conditions, all activities at Jenolan Caves have been temporarily suspended from 7pm on Wednesday 18 December until and including Friday 31 January 2020. This includes the hotel, café, restaurant, cave tours and bushwalks.

For public safety, the RMS has closed all roads in and out of Jenolan. When conditions are safer, we will resume business as usual. We sincerely apologise if this temporary closure has affected your holiday arrangements. When we reopen, we will happily reschedule or arrange a refund.

For further information visit the Jenolan Caves website, the Rural Fire Service for information on the fire conditions, and Live Traffic NSW for updates about road conditions.

Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.57pm

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 26 Sep 2019, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jan 2020, 9.29am

Other incidents: Access to Dunphys campground restricted - Galong Creek bridge, Megalong Road, gross load limit

The Gross Load Limit on the timber bridge over Galong Creek in Blue Mountains National Park is 2.5 tonne. This will restrict access to Dunphys campground. For more information call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 4.31pm

Closed areas: Avoid remote areas of park until fire conditions improve

NSW National Parks advises visitors to avoid remote areas of all parks in this area until fire conditions improve. For further information contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.54pm

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/nature-track/local-alerts

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Nature track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/OEH