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New England Wilderness walk

New England National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 9 November 2021, 3.48pm

Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Nov 2021, 3.48pm.

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk wet weather warning

The Bellinger River catchment has experienced above average rainfall over the past few months and river levels can rise quickly with rain.  River crossings on the Wilderness Walk become extremely dangerous when river levels rise and walkers may become stranded.

Do not do the walk during periods of high river levels or forecast rainfall.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology for river levels and rainfall before setting off.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Cast office on phone 02 6652 0900.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 2 Dec 2021, 2.51pm to Sun 12 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 10.36pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to road damage

Some parts of this park are closed from Thursday 2 December 2021 to 12am Sunday 12 December 2021 due to road damage. The closed areas are:

  • Halls Peak campground
  • Riverside campground
  • Budds Mare to Riverside walking track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Armidale area office on 02 6738 9103 or the NPWS Walcha area office on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Wed 24 Nov 2021, 4.41pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 4.47pm

Safety alerts: Heavy rainfall may result in flooding

Please be aware widespread rain across NSW may result in rivers and creeks rising rapidly and damage to roads.

Please adhere to road and campground closures. Never drive through flooded roads and causeways.

Please check local government area websites for local road closures.

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Applies from Wed 10 Jun 2020, 12.00pm to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Dec 2021, 11.05am

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed due to bushfire damage

The following walking tracks are closed due to bushfire damage:

  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk
  • Warrigal walking track
  • Woolpack Rocks walk
  • Western section of Cathedral Rock track is closed Monday 25 October to Friday 17 December 2021.

The Cathedral Rock track is open, however is only accessible from Barokee, off Round Mountain Road.

Do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700. 

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Applies from Tue 23 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 4.18pm

Safety alerts: Round Mountain Road access

Round Mountain Road into Barokee campground and Cathedral Rock track can become slippery after heavy rain. Please use caution if entering the park via this entrance, and drive to conditions.

For more information contact the Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 1 Dec 2021, 10.10am to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 11.19am

Closed areas: Chaelundi campground closed due to flooding

Chaelundi campground is closed from Wednesday 1 December 2021 to 5pm, Monday 20 December 2021, due to widespread flooding.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on  02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 9.19am

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to flooding

The overnight wilderness walk and Bicentennial trail require several river crossings. The catchment is currently full and experiencing intermittent flooding. River conditions can change rapidly without warning. Please avoid entering fast flowing rivers and streams.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 9 Nov 2021, 12.52pm to Wed 15 Dec 2021, 12.54pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wonga walk partial closure due to works

Sections of the Wonga trail network are closed due to track reconstruction.

Access is available to Crystal Shower Falls from The Glade picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on Coffs Coast Area office on 02 6657 5913.

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Applies from Fri 15 Oct 2021, 2.45pm to Wed 15 Dec 2021, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Nov 2021, 11.45am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program from Monday 25 October to Monday 15 November 2021, in Deer Vale Nature Reserve. The operation will involve the use of manufactured or meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. 

The baiting area will be identifiable by signs.

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.

For further information please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Nov 2021, 3.48pm

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk wet weather warning

The Bellinger River catchment has experienced above average rainfall over the past few months and river levels can rise quickly with rain.  River crossings on the Wilderness Walk become extremely dangerous when river levels rise and walkers may become stranded.

Do not do the walk during periods of high river levels or forecast rainfall.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology for river levels and rainfall before setting off.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Cast office on phone 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 12.52pm

Safety alerts: Ebor Falls open - Facilities may be fire-affected

The Ebor Falls visitor precinct in Guy Fawkes River National Park is open. However the park is fire-affected and facilities within Ebor Falls picnic area have also been affected.

Please follow safety directions, and do not enter closed areas as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 17 Sep 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.07am

Safety alerts: No access from the north on Chaelundi Road

Access to Chaelundi campground, the Escarpment walk and Misty Creek lookout in Guy Fawkes River National Park is only possible from the southern end of Chaelundi Road at Dundurrabin. Chaelundi Road from the northern end is closed due to bridge damage sustained in bushfires.

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

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Applies from Sun 16 May 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 8.03pm

Other incidents: Cedar Park toilet

The toilet at Cedar Park has been damaged by a fallen tree and is out of order. NPWS are working towards a replacement and there are no other toilet facilities available at the picnic area. 

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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/new-england-wilderness-walk/local-alerts

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