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Tomaree Coastal Walk: 2 days self guided

Tomaree National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 10 June 2024, 7.56am

Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jun 2024, 7.56am.

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 16 Jul 2024, 10.22am to Tue 16 Jul 2024, 6.22pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Jul 2024, 10.24am

Other incidents: Bombah Point Ferry Closed

The Bombah Point Ferry has been closed today due to high wind conditions.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2024, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Jul 2024, 6.08pm

Closed areas: Yacaaba Headland temporary closure

Yacaaba Headland, in southern Myall Lakes National Park at Port Stephens/Hawks Nest, is temporarily closed while environmental and cultural heritage assessments are undertaken.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Yacaaba Spit Track remains open and people can continue to walk along the beach.

For further information, email or call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 17 Jun 2024, 9.51am to Wed 18 Sep 2024, 6.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jul 2024, 4.15pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for maintenance

The following campgrounds in Myall Lakes National Park are closed until Wednesday 18 September for winter maintenance:

  • Boomeri campground
  • Brambles Green campground
  • Stewart and Lloyds campground
  • White Tree Bay campground
  • Mungo South campground

Mungo North campground is open.

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

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Mon 30 Jun 2025, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 12.24pm

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Wed 5 Jun 2024, 5.08pm to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 8.31am

Other planned events: Yuelarbah Walking Track Maintenance

Yuelarbah Walking Track will have essential maintenance that will be occurring to the elevated boardwalk from Wednesday 19th June 2024. A detour will be in place on the Yuelarbah Management Trail, but this section is not wheelchair accessible.  

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.53am

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track from Monday 26th February. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.42am

Closed areas: Shaft Track

The Shaft Track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 24th June 2024 for up to the mid September 2024, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2024, 2.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jul 2024, 9.40am

Closed areas: Glenrock State Conservation Area

Closed area: Reload Track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

The track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 20th May 2024 up to end July 2024, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100 

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Applies from Mon 1 Jul 2024, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Jul 2024, 11.13am

Closed areas: Mountain bike track temporary closure due to wet weather conditions

NPWS advises riders not to use the Mountain Bike Track network due to the wet conditions. Using wet or muddy tracks causes damage and can be unsafe.

Please help protect our tracks by riding on Management Trails only in wet conditions or after rain events.

NPWS is monitoring track conditions and will re-open when considered safe and suitable.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Sat 29 Jun 2024, 12.47pm

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 11 Jun 2024, 4.05pm to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 4.06pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 4.22pm

Other planned events: Partial fire trail and track closure (north end Moonee Beach FT)

The northern end of Moonee Beach fire trail is closed for stage 1 construction works. Alternate access to Moonee Beach is via the walking track at the top of Hooey Street.

Work is expected to take several months. This work will finalise the loop of Moonee Beach fire trail and also enable emergency services such as ambulance and fire vehicles access to the back of the beach and improve rescue times for incidents.

NPWS apologies for the inconvenience and it is unfortunate that this work is taking place at the same time as the partial closure to Hooey Street due to the landslip. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000

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Applies from Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2.47pm to Mon 30 Jun 2025, 9.36am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2024, 9.37am

Safety alerts: Dangerous water conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming here.

The beach is remote, unpatrolled and has dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited here - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS AT BIRUBI POINT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AT ANNA BAY.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Sat 27 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Jun 2024, 1.11pm

Safety alerts: Tomago Wetlands in Hunter Wetlands National Park - 1080 Baiting Program - 3 June until 27 July 2024

Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Hunter Wetlands National Park at Tomago Wetlands from 3 June 2024 to 27 July 2024.

The operation will use1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

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 NPWS Lower Area Office NPWS for more information on 4946 4100

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Applies from Fri 3 May 2024, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jul 2024, 8.04am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek Road repairs

Road works have begun on Ferny Creek Road and Ferny creek campground access trail. The closure will remian in place due to inclement weather and will re-open as soon as the trail is safe to do so.

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jul 2024, 8.57am

Safety alerts: Frazer Beach access stairs (near campground) closed due to extensive erosion

Frazer Beach access stairs are temporarily closed due to extensive erosion. Works will be scheduled to stabilise and fix these stairs as soon as possible. Until then the stairs will remain closed. NPWS apologises for this inconvenience. 

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 8.57am

Closed areas: Timber Beach and Timber Beach walking track are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Timber Beach walking track is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. This area is extremely eroded and hazardous and this closure is in place to keep the public safe. 

The are has limited access for emergency services and carrying out rescues is extremely difficult and puts rescuers in danger.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jun 2024, 7.56am

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jul 2024, 8.56am

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jun 2024, 11.10am

Other planned events: Temporary access closures to trails at Middle Camp - Catherine Hill Bay - Munmorah State Conservation Area for external developer construction works.

Middle Camp DA/2238/2017 - has begun works in the Catherine Hill Bay area adjacent to lands managed by Munmorah State Conservation Area. These works due to the location now has temporary closures to access trails for Munmorah SCA. This is necessary for the contractor managing this development in order to maintain a safe construction site and public safety.

NPWS apologises for the inconvenience and are unable to provide alternate access.

This temporary closure affects: 

  1. Collier fire trail
  2. Powerline fire trail and 
  3. Middle Camp fire trail

Please be advised that these closures will not stop access to fire vehicles in emergencies and does not cause a safety concern.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2024, 10.39am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Jun 2024, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Pinny Beach footbridge closed

The Pinny Beach footbridge will be closed until further notice for essential repairs. The coastal walking track will remain open with access south and north of the bridge by detouring around Pinny Lagoon. Take care when traversing Pinny Lagoon during periods of high tidal activity. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Ferny Creek campground closed

Ferny Creek campground is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge on the access road.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Thu 7 Oct 2027, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jul 2024, 8.29am

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area.

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 7.21am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campground access

Wallingat campground access is off The Lakes Way via Sugar Creek Road and River Road. Do not use Barbies Road or Link Road which are inaccessible to vehicles.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

Walkers on the Mungo Track can take the detour at Mungo Brush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km. Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join the Mungo track.

For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jun 2024, 11.10am

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 8.38am

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.32am

Safety alerts: Damaged Bridge on Lone Pine Rd

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. 

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

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Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

Please remember to:  

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and/or signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Jun 2024, 8.17am

Closed areas: Morisset Picnic Area Closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 8.53am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jun 2024, 9.43am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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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/tomaree-coastal-walk-2-day/local-alerts

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