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New England Wilderness walk

New England National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.10pm

Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 9.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.10pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed due to storm and flood damage

The following areas are closed until Friday 1 July 2022 due to severe storms and flooding and damage to park infrastructure:

  • New England Wilderness trail
  • All park roads except Point lookout precinct

Thungutti campground, The Residence, The Chalet and Toms Cabin are all open.

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.

Applies from Wed 30 Mar 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.10pm.

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flooding - Coffs Area

Most national parks and reserves in the Coffs Coast area are closed until at least Friday 1 July 2022 due to widespread flooding and severe weather as risk assessments and repairs are undertaken. 

Access to hard-roofed accommodation on-park remain open.

Access to campgrounds at Doon Goonge in Chaelundi National Park and Thungutti campgrounds in New England National Park have are open.

As parks, roads and other facilities are assessed as safe, they will be reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

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, call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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 12 May 2022, 12.00am to Thu 19 May 2022, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 2.59pm

Closed areas: Wollomombi Falls walking track (part) and lookout closed for repairs

Lookouts and walking tracks past the Eagle View lookout near Chandler Falls and Chandler River areas are closed, and pedestrian bridges are under repair.

For further information, please contact the local NPWS office in Armidale on 6738 9100 or Walcha office on 6777 4700.

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Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 2.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 5.05pm

Closed areas: The Junction campground closed

The Junction campground is closed due to wet weather and flood damage. At this stage the area will remain closed until Friday 1 July 2022.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 1.51pm to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 2.51pm

Other planned events: 1080 ground and aerial baiting program

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be doing a 1080 ground and aerial baiting program from Monday 11 April to Monday 4 July 2022 in this park.

The operations will use a combination of manufactured and meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. Signs will be placed at the entry to all the baiting locations. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 2.05pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 2.31pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 2.39pm

Other planned events: 1080 ground and aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Sunday 23 May to Sunday 31 July 2022.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the 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 Armidale NPWS area office for more information on 67389100.

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Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 1.19pm to Mon 30 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 1.39pm

Safety alerts: Safety Alert - closed roads and floodwaters

The area has experienced widespread heavy rain. Please drive to conditions and be aware roads and crossing may become flooded or damaged. For the latest advice on road closures visit the Live traffic website and continuously check for park closures.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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Applies from Mon 16 May 2022, 12.00am to Sun 22 May 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 12.40pm

Closed areas: East Kunderang Homestead closed

East Kunderang Homestead is closed from Monday 16 May to midnight, Sunday 22 May 2022 for weed control and due to hazardous road conditions.

For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6738 9100, or the Walcha office on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 9.30am to Sun 22 May 2022, 11.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 12.40pm

Closed areas: Halls Peak campground and picnic area closed

Halls Peak campground and picnic area are closed until midnight, Sunday 22 May 2022 due to rainfall and hazardous road conditions.

For further information, contact the local NPWS office in Armidale on 02 6738 9100, or the Walcha office on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Fri 8 Apr 2022, 10.54am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 11.45am

Other planned events: Areas closed for upgrades

NPWS is undertaking upgrades to Eagles Nest walking track and the two Point lookout platforms. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 2 May 2022 and are planned for completion by October 2022, weather permitting.

During construction, the following areas will be closed for public safety:

  • Eagles Nest walking track
  • Weeping Rock track east of the lower Lyrebird junction
  • One of the two lookout platforms.

Park visitors will be able to access one of the lookout platforms, and all other walking tracks at Point lookout.

For further information please contact Coffs Coast Area on 02 6652 0900. 

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Applies from Fri 8 Apr 2022, 12.00am to Thu 29 Sep 2022, 7.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 4.05pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program in Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve using manufactured or meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be conducted between 11 April and 5 June 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). 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 NPWS Coffs Coast Area office on (02) 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 8 Apr 2022, 12.00am to Sun 5 Jun 2022, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 4.02pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program in Deer Vale Nature Reserve using manufactured or meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be conducted between 11 April and 5 June 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). 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 NPWS Coffs Coast Area office on (02) 6652 0900.

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Applies from Wed 4 May 2022, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.33pm

Closed areas: Western Nymboi Binderay National Park closed

The western side of Nymboi Binderay National Park (west of Nymboida River) is closed until at least Friday 1 July 2022 due to severe wet weather and road damage. 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 Thu 7 Apr 2022, 9.08am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.10pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to storm and flood damage

The following areas are closed until Friday 1 July 2022 due to severe storms and flooding and damage to park infrastructure:

  • New England Wilderness trail
  • All park roads except Point lookout precinct

Thungutti campground, The Residence, The Chalet and Toms Cabin are all open.

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 30 Mar 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 1.10pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flooding - Coffs Area

Most national parks and reserves in the Coffs Coast area are closed until at least Friday 1 July 2022 due to widespread flooding and severe weather as risk assessments and repairs are undertaken. 

Access to hard-roofed accommodation on-park remain open.

Access to campgrounds at Doon Goonge in Chaelundi National Park and Thungutti campgrounds in New England National Park have are open.

As parks, roads and other facilities are assessed as safe, they will be reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are / may also be closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

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, call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 3.19pm to Sat 28 May 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 May 2022, 10.08am

Closed areas: Youdale Hut campground and picnic area closed

The following areas are closed from Monday 2 May to 10am Saturday 28 May 2022 due to construction:

  • Youdale Hut campground
  • Youdale Hut picnic area

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office Walcha on 02 6777 4700 or Armidale 02 6738 9100.

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 May 2022, 2.38pm

Closed areas: Sections of New England NP closed

Southern sections of the New England National Park are closed due to flood event impacts.  Hickeys Creek Road and West End Road are closed until further notice.

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 2 May 2022, 12.15pm

Closed areas: Walk with the Birds boardwalk closed for maintenance

Walk with the Birds boardwalk is closed for maintenance until further notice. You can still access Wonga walk, the Glade and Crystal Shower falls.

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

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 7.00am to Tue 31 May 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 2 May 2022, 11.53am

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 2 May until Tuesday 31 May 2022, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in early March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall event causing dangerous conditions.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Grafton area office.

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Applies from Wed 16 Mar 2022, 2.12pm to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 May 2022, 10.42am

Closed areas: Campground and picnic area closed due to flood-damaged roads

Chaelundi campground and picnic area is closed until 8am Monday 1 August 2022 due to widespread and continued flooding and flood damage.

There is no road access past the intersection of Misty Creek Road and Jordans Fire Trail. Please leave your vehicle here and proceed on foot.

This is a remote and isolated area with no mobile phone reception, so please ensure you are well prepared before setting out on foot. Be aware that roadside drains may be muddier than they appear, particularly after continuing rain, so please check before driving or parking around drainage works.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.

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 Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 May 2022, 1.43pm

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 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 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 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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