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New England Wilderness walk

North Coast, Country NSW

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 1 September 2022, 3.38pm

Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Sep 2022, 3.38pm.

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 Fri 23 Sep 2022, 8.56am to Thu 6 Oct 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 30 Sep 2022, 9.17am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flooding

Due to significant rainfall, the following areas are closed from Friday 23 September 2022 due to flooding:

  • Chaelundi campground
  • Chaelundi Falls lookout
  • Escarpment walk
  • Lucifers Thumb lookout
  • Misty Creek lookout
  • Spring Gully picnic area

These areas will re-open as soon as they are safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. 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 Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 7 Sep 2022, 3.17pm to Thu 13 Oct 2022, 3.20pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Sep 2022, 10.51am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program in Deervale Nature Reserve using manufactured or meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be conducted between 17 September and 15 October 2022.

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), should 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 NPWS Coffs Coast Area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Sep 2022, 9.58am

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to flooding

The overnight wilderness walk and Bicentennial National 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 area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.06pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.38pm

Other incidents: Oxley Highway temporary road closure

Oxley Highway between Port Macquarie and Walcha is subject to part closures on weekdays until 16 December 2022.

This may impact access to a number of national parks and reserves in the area.

Please visit Transport for NSW website for detailed information. Check Live Traffic NSW and plan your journey prior to travel.

For enquiries about the closure, please contact Transport for NSW via email or on 1800 653 092.

For more information, you can also contact the Walcha office via email or on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Wed 4 May 2022, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 3.05pm

Closed areas: Western Nymboi-Binderay National Park closed

The western side of Nymboi-Binderay National Park (west of Nymboida River) is closed until Monday 5 September 2022 due to severe wet weather and road damage. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Repairs will be carried out as conditions dry.

Moonpar Forest Drive is accessible to 4WD vehicles.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. 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 Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 9.58am to Tue 6 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Aug 2022, 2.49pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial and ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs from 6 June to Tuesday 6 December 2022 in the following parks:

  • Ramornie National Park
  • Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Chaelundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Cunnawarra National Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Dunggir National Park
  • Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area
  • Jobs Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • New England National Park
  • Ngambaa Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Serpentine Nature Reserve
  • Carrai National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi National Park
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Nymboida National Park
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra Nationa Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September 2022.

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 NPWS Clarence area office on 02 6645 1500, the Coffs Coast area office on 02 6650 0900, the Hastings/Macleay area office on 02 6588 5555 or the Richmond River Area Office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Sep 2022, 8.39am

Safety alerts: Take care on tracks and surfaces

Erosion and surface damage has occurred on walking tracks, road surfaces within national parks of the Hastings Macleay Area following significant and prolonged rainfall events. Remediation works are scheduled as weather permits.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting these national parks. For more information, contact the local NPWS Hastings area office on 02 6588 5555 or the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Wed 23 Feb 2022, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.21am

Safety alerts: Upper Ebor Falls - Toilets closed

The public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls carpark will be temporarily closed during park infrastructure upgrades. Please note that toilets are available, including disabled access, at the Lower Ebor Falls carpark area, by following the access road past the Upper Falls parking area.

Thank you for your patience during this time. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Feb 2022, 9.03am

Safety alerts: Round Mountain Road access

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

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

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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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Emergency services

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