Park closures warning
Back to previous page

Rainforest walking track

Hat Head National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 12 April 2021, 10.56am

Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.18pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.56am.

Closed areas: Smoky Cape campground and beach access closed

Smoky Cape campground and 4WD beach access are closed due to flood damage. Richardson 4WD trail is open.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 11.25am to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 11.07am

Closed parks: Hastings-Macleay area - All parks closed due to flooding

Parks in the Hastings-Macleay area are closed until Monday 19 April 2021. 

Camping is not permitted in closed parks.

These closures are due to widespread flooding and extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities. Parks will be reopened as soon as they are safe to access. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

Affects 3 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.18pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.56am

Closed areas: Smoky Cape campground and beach access closed

Smoky Cape campground and 4WD beach access are closed due to flood damage. Richardson 4WD trail is open.

Affects 1 park and 8 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.10pm to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.54am

Closed areas: Parts of Arakoon National Park closed

Trial Bay Gaol is closed due to flood damage. Car parking and beach access is also restricted due to erosion of the beach. Overshot Dam Loop Road is also closed due to flood damage.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Mar 2021, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Area permanently closed - Mermaid Pools

Access to Mermaid Pools is permanently closed including for swimming. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks and pools.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Mermaid Pools have never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Mermaid Pools.

For further information call the NPWS Verges Creek area office on 02 6561 6700.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 15 May 2015, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 May 2017, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Potential rock falls - Little Bay and Trial Bay

The granite cliffs surrounding Trial Bay and Little Bay are prone to rock fall. Do not climb cliffs or walk close to cliff edges. For further information please call Trial Bay Gaol on (02) 6566 6168.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

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/rainforest-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
See more visitor info

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

View all alerts for NSW