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Thirlmere Lakes walking track

Thirlmere Lakes National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 31 March 2020, 4.49pm

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.22pm to Tue 14 Apr 2020, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4.49pm.

Closed parks: Thirlmere Lakes National Park closed

Thirlmere Lakes National Park is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 5.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10.44am.

Safety alerts: Changes conditions - flood impacted roads

Thirlmere Lakes National Park is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The trails can be rough and damaged in sections because of erosion caused by flooding in February 2020. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Apr 2020, 11.11am

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Wentworth Falls picnic area
  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Undercliff track
  • 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.
  • Andersons fire trail, McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage. Ingar campground closed to vehicles due to private access.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders and Mount Solitary walking tracks.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, closed at Tarros Ladders, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur).

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Andersons fire trail
  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Grand Canyon walking track and canyon
  • Evans lookout
  • Govetts Leap lookout
  • Hat Hill Road in BMNP closed due to floods and repairs. Lookouts open to walkers.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon) and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds. Perrys campground closed to vehicles.
  • Walking tracks around Blackheath including: Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock.

Eastern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow campground - closed to camping and vehicles.

Glenbrook

  • Closed to camping and vehicles. Jellybean pool, Red Hands cave, Nepean and Mount Portal lookouts also closed.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • All park fire trails are closed to the public including The Range fire trail, which is undergoing maintenance works and is impassable due to wet conditions.
  • Oberon-Colong stock route to Yerranderie, and Langs Road are only open for local traffic. See relevant local council for updates.
  • Mount Werong campground is closed due to fire damage.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley including Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock.
  • Rock climbing areas around Narrow Neck that have been burnt, including Castle Head and Diamond Falls.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted by other closures.
  • Overcliff at Wentworth Falls.
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers (no camping permitted). Vehicle access to Jenolan Caves is via Oberon.
  • Kings Tableland Road.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. No walking tracks or descents open.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.
  • Mount Hay Road and walking tracks. Lockleys Pylon is closed below Pylon, with no access to Grose Valley.

Blackheath and Medlow Bath

  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys lookdown, Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson including Wollangambe, Serendipity, DuFaurs, Whungee Wheengee, and Joe's. Bell Creek, Birrabang and Dalpura are also open. Conditions in canyons may have changed due to the effects of fire and flood. Check all abseil anchor points/hand lines and allow extra time.
  • Empress, Fortress, Arethusa, and Hat Hill.

Rock climbing areas

  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrow Neck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrow Neck unburnt areas.
  • Rock climbing areas in the Grose Valley (Ikara, Bowens Creek and Bell Super-crag).

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Sat 28 Mar 2020, 4.36pm

Closed areas: High visitation areas and hard roofed accommodation closed

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has temporarily closed all campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW until further notice.

All campgrounds are closed.

The following high visitation areas and hard roofed accommodation are also closed:

Blue Mountains National Park

  • Wentworth Falls picnic area
  • Govetts Leap picnic area
  • Grand Canyon walking track
  • Evans Lookout picnic area
  • Glenbrook precinct (Red Hands Cave, Jelly Bean Pool, Mount Portal and Nepean lookout)
  • Vale of Avoca area
  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre - calls and emails only

Wollemi National Park

  • Newnes picnic area
  • Glow Worm picnic area

Capertee National Park

  • Capertee Homestead
  • Capertee Cottage

Hartley Historic Site

  • Hartley Historic Visitor Centre (including the shop and gallery)
  • Hartley Courthouse
  • Old Trahlee
  • St Bernards Presbytery
  • St Bernards Church

Hill End Historic Site

  • Bald Hill Tourist Mine
  • Hill End Heritage Centre
  • Lyle Park picnic area
  • Hospital picnic area
  • Hosies, the Pines, Post Office residence

Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve

Goulburn River National Park

  • The Drip picnic area and walking track

Burragorang State Conservation Area

  • Burragorang lookout

Thirlmere Lakes National Park

  • Thirlmere Lakes picnic area

Bargo River State Conservation Area

  • Caves Creek picnic area.

Affects 3 parks and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 2.25pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NSW National Parks office.

Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 10.27am

Closed areas: Wollemi National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Wollemi National Park remain closed due to the bushfire and/or flood damage and associated hazards:

  • Newnes campground and picnic area
  • Glow Worm picnic area
  • Glow Worm walking track from Newnes campground
  • Weir-Long Cave walk is closed at junction with Pagoda Rocks walking track (Dunns Swamp)
  • River Gauging station (Dunns Swamp)
  • Bicentennial National trail – Widden to Glen Alice, Glen Alice to Jenolan
  • Deep Pass campground and canyons in Wollemi National Park
  • Newnes Industrial Ruins
  • Wheeny Creek
  • Sheepskin Hut
  • Pipeline track

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are now open:

  • Bob Turner track

Safety advice:

  • Please be aware that due to recent fires and floods there may be dangerous hazards in this park. These include falling trees and branches, flooded creeks and crossings, and debris on tracks.
  • If accessing remote areas of national parks, please visit the Think before you TREK page
  • A Solid Fuel Ban is in place until Tuesday 31 March 2020

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 9.27am

Closed areas: Goulburn River National Park - closed areas

Some areas in Goulburn River National Park are closed due to bushfire damage. The closed areas are:

  • Big River and Spring Gully campgrounds
  • Lees Pinch walking track
  • The Drip picnic area and walking track

The rest of the park remains open. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Goulburn River National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3.42pm

Closed areas: Camping not permitted

Camping, including caravans and motor-homes, will not be permitted in national parks from Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

Affects 6 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Sat 7 Mar 2020, 12.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Mar 2020, 9.30am

Closed areas: Goulburn River National Park - Aerial pest management operation

Some areas in this park are closed from 6am, Thursday 12 March 2020 until 6pm, Friday 13 March 2020 for an aerial pest control operation. The closed areas are:

  • Spring Gully campground
  • Big River campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 5.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10.44am

Safety alerts: Changes conditions - flood impacted roads

Thirlmere Lakes National Park is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The trails can be rough and damaged in sections because of erosion caused by flooding in February 2020. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 11 Feb 2019, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 1.30pm

Other incidents: No canoeing in Thirlmere Lakes National Park

It's not possible to canoe in Thirlmere Lakes National Park due to low lake water levels.

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/thirlmere-lakes-walking-track/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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Thirlmere Lakes track, Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer