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Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park

Glenbrook area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Applies from Thu 24 Sep 2020, 3.56pm to Mon 16 Nov 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Sep 2020, 5.08pm

Closed parks: Upper Nepean State Conservation Area closed

Upper Nepean State Conservation Area is closed for ground pest control operation

This area will be closed from Wednesday 16 September to Monday 16 November 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4720 6200.

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Sep 2020, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

NPWS is working to reopen campgrounds and accommodation where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire/flood damage.

From Monday 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, COVID-19, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk
  • Golden Stairs and Federal Pass between Scenic World and Golden Stairs, due to a new landslide
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking tracks due to fire damage
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes, Kanangra to Katoomba closed south of Mobbs Swamp (Yellow Pup spur), Katoomba to Mittagong

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top (between Barrow Lookout and Evans Lookout), Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon), due to fire damage
  • Perrys, Burra Korain and Acacia Flat campgrounds closed
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath, including Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • The Range fire trail to Wombeyan Caves Road is open (although Wombeyan Caves remain closed).
  • Oberon-Colong Stockroute is only open to Mount Werong campground

Canyons

  • Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay are closed. All other canyons are open.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed and damaged walking tracks

 

THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE OPEN:

Katoomba

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail
  • Narrow Neck fire trail and Tarros Ladder
  • Mount Hay Road, Fortress Ridge, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay summit and Butterbox Point
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • Six Foot track is open to walkers
  • Kedumba Valley road to Kedumba campground
  • McMahons lookout

Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Bells Line of Road

  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (social distancing required)
  • Evans lookout, Grand Canyon, Govetts Leap, Fairfax walking track, Cliff Top track between Govetts Leap and Barrow Lookout
  • Braeside fire trail and walking track
  • Anvil Rock, Wind Eroded Cave - vehicle access and walking tracks
  • Perrys Lookdown lookout (no access down into Grose Valley) open to walkers and cyclists only.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls road, walking track to Victoria Falls (no access beyond base of falls) and Asgard swamp
  • Mount Banks (cycle route and summit walk)
  • Walls lookout and Rigby Hill routes
  • Dunphys/Green Gully campsite 

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Yerranderie

 

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 3 Sep 2020, 3.54pm to Fri 2 Oct 2020, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Sep 2020, 11.23am

Closed areas: Areas closed for Bowen Mountain South West Hazard Reduction

Part of Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to hazard reduction burning from Friday 4 September to Friday 2 October 2020. The closed areas are:

  • The Bowen Mountain south precinct and associated fire trails in Blue Mountains National Park including:
    • Southern fire trail
    • Bowen fire trail
    • Chippers dozer line

The hazard reduction burn was conducted on Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2020 but due to hazardous trees some areas remain closed. These areas will continue to be assessed regularly.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called Bowen Mountain South West Hazard Reduction. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Sep 2020, 4.26pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings, or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.

From 1 June 2020, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 1.35pm to Mon 19 Oct 2020, 1.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Sep 2020, 3.19pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for track maintenance - Winmalee area

The following areas will be temporarily closed for track from Friday 28 September to Monday 21 October 2020:

  • Springwood Ridge fire trail
  • Grose Head South lookout
  • Bees Nest Hill fire trail
  • Shaws Ridge fire trail
  • Blue Gum Swamp fire trail in Blue Mountains National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are conducting route fire trail maintenance in the Winmalee area during this time. These areas are closed to all visitors, including walkers, horses, bicycles and other vehicles, so these important fire trail works can be completed safely.

This closure may be extended further depending on weather conditions.

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Applies from Tue 1 Sep 2020, 11.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Sep 2020, 4.24pm

Safety alerts: McMahons Lookout Road conditions

McMahons Lookout Road is currently very rough. It is not recommended for 2WD or low profile vehicles. This is the result of erosion caused by fires and flooding in January 2020. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 11.51am

Closed areas: Golden Stairs to Scenic World

Golden Stairs to Scenic World is closed due to a major landslide. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Entering this area could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 2.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The operation will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison. The program will be continuous and ongoing from Monday 27 July to Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.04pm

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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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 9.58am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 11.57am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program is ongoing from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (Including Bullnigang and Millnigang trails)

All baiting locations will be signposted. 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 call the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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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/red-hands-cave-walking-track-blue-mountains-national-park/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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Red Hands Cave, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government