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Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Applies from Mon 30 Nov 2020, 12.00am to Wed 2 Dec 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Nov 2020, 11.59am

Closed areas: Jerusalem Bay track closure

Great North walk (Jerusalem bay track) between Cowan Station and Hawkesbury River Station will be closed on Wednesday 2 December for track maintenance works. For more information, contact the North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 20 Oct 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 3.31pm

Other planned events: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - increased visitation

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels to not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines. 

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. However, Bobbin Head playground remains closed while upgrade works are completed.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak periods of 10am to 2pm.
  • Be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors. It is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

From Tuesday 1 December 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 30 to 50 people, including children. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

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

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.38pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Akuna Bay boat ramp - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.35pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.39pm

Other planned events: The Basin campground and picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.31pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.38pm

Other planned events: Salvation Creek picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.24pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.32pm

Other planned events: Resolute picnic area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.21pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 1.32pm

Other planned events: Barrenjoey Lighthouse area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Sep 2020, 3.27pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 10.58am

Other planned events: West Head area - increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • be prepared to move on if it is no longer possible for you to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Thu 24 Sep 2020, 10.03am to Mon 21 Dec 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 9.05am

Closed areas: Bouddi coastal walk upgrade

Bouddi coastal walk will be closed between Little Beach and Mourawaring Moor trail from Monday 12 October to Monday 21 December 2020.

This is to ensure the safety of visitors and contractors during track upgrade and construction works on Bouddi coastal walk (Little Beach walking track). No pedestrian access is possible and no detour is in place during this closure. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 12.00pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve public access season

Muogamarra Nature Reserve will not be opened to the public this August or September 2020 to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The nature reserve is a protected site so visitation is strictly limited to registered opportunities for cultural and environmental learning. Following risk assessment processes, it has been determined that the safest course of action is to suspend public access, including face-to-face guided tours in 2020.

We look forward to recommencing a public access season for this reserve in 2021.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.43am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 8.05am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes.

The operation is continuous and ongoing. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours.

Call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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-kuringgai-chase-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.

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Emergency services

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