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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track

Brisbane Water National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 6 February 2024, 9.37am

Applies from Sat 1 Jul 2023, 8.12am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Feb 2024, 9.37am.

Closed areas: Kariong Brook Waterhole and Waterfall Closed

The waterhole and waterfall at Kariong Brook is closed until further notice due to risk of rockfall.

The adjacent Great North Walk will remain open.

Signs are in place around the closed area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
4 March 2024 Closed areas Great North Walk Closed between Rifle Range and Tommos Loop Fire Trails Details

Applies from Mon 4 Mar 2024, 5.00am to Fri 22 Mar 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Feb 2024, 3.56pm

The Great North Walk will be closed between Rifle Range Fire Trail and Tommos Loop Fire Trail from Monday 4 March to Friday 22 March while high risk rockfall mitigation works are undertaken.

The closed area includes:

  • Kariong Brook
  • Myron Brook
  • Pedestrian through access from Wondabyne to Patonga
  • Pedestrian through access from Somersby to Patonga

The following sections of the Great North Walk will remain open:

  • Wondabyne to Somersby (via Scopas Peak)
  • Staples Lookout to Patonga via Tommos Loop Fire Trail and Mount  Wondabyne

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

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 1.07pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please be aware of the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 23 Jan 2024, 3.49pm to Wed 28 Feb 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 10.03am

Closed areas: Surface maintenance works in Berowra Valley National Park

NPWS are currently undertaking surface maintenance works on the Berkeley trail in Berowra Valley National Park. There trail will be closed between Ti Tree Cres Berowra, north to Joalah Cres Berowra. The will be no access from 7am to 5pm weekdays until the 28 February 2024. However the trail can be accessed after hours and on weekends. Please follow all directional signage displayed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 22 Feb 2024, 7.00am to Fri 5 Apr 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2024, 2.21pm

Closed areas: Rocky Point Trail closed for Central Coast Council maintenance works

Some parts of this park are closed from Thursday 22 February to Friday 5 April 2024 for Central Coast Council to undertake urgent pipeline repair works. The closed areas are:

  • Rocky Point trail
  • Allen Strom Lookout

Signs will be in place around closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2024, 2.09pm to Tue 27 Feb 2024, 3.15pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Feb 2024, 1.03pm

Closed areas: Bobbin Head power outage 27 February 2024

There will be a power outage at Bobbin Head on Tuesday 27 February 2024 from 7am to 3pm for essential powerline maintenance. The power outage will affect:

  • Bobbin Inn Cafe
  • Gibberagong Education Centre
  • Bobbin Head Visitor Centre
  • The Station. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 6 Apr 2023, 8.04am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Feb 2024, 3.10pm

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Apple Tree Bay to the Mt-Ku-ring-gai access track. There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works. 

The Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai is open for use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 6 Feb 2024, 3.44pm to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Feb 2024, 10.43am

Other planned events: Sphinx Memorial repair works

Repair works are underway at the Sphinx Memorial from Monday 12 February to June 2024. There will be changed access to the memorial for the duration of these works. The carpark and the Sphinx track remain open. Please follow directions of signs and contractors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 12 Feb 2024, 7.00am to Fri 5 Apr 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 8.43am

Closed areas: Duckholes trail closed for upgrades

Duckholes fire trail is closed from Monday 12 February 2024 to Friday 5 April 2024 for upgrades. Do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 2.15pm to Thu 28 Mar 2024, 2.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Feb 2024, 10.02am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program from Thursday 1 February 2024 to Thursday 28 March 2024 in Bouddi National Park. The operation will use 1080 (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 Girrakool area office for more information on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.14pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.33pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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 9451 3479 or Lane Cove area office on 8448 0400 during business hours. For after-hours enquiries, contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.07pm to Tue 4 Feb 2025, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Feb 2024, 4.12pm

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 12.16pm to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Feb 2024, 4.12pm

Closed areas: Orchard campground closure

Marramarra Creek Orchard campground in Marramarra National Park will be closed from Tuesday 13 February until Tuesday 30 April 2024 for essential maintenance works, weather permitting. Marramarra Creek Main campground remains open for bookings. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 12.14pm to Fri 29 Mar 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Feb 2024, 4.12pm

Closed areas: Gibberagong walking track partial closure

Gibberagong walking track is partially closed until further notice from Grosvenor Street fire trail to the Rainforest track. The Gibberagong boardwalk is open. There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 8.00am to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Jan 2024, 8.39am

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

The last 850m of Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only.

This section is not suitable for 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 need to walk the last 850 metres to access the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Mon 19 Feb 2024, 12.00am to Thu 14 Mar 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jan 2024, 10.59am

Closed areas: Mill Creek campground closed

Mill Creek campground within Dharug National Park is closed for amenity upgrades from Monday 19 February to Thursday 14 March 2024.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6574 5555.

 

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Applies from Tue 13 Jun 2023, 6.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jan 2024, 10.23am

Closed areas: Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track closed

Somersby Falls picnic area and walking track, including access to the waterfalls will be closed until 30 June 2024 while the picnic area is being upgraded.

The proposed upgrade will improve visitor safety, accessibility and protect sensitive cultural heritage.

Consider visiting the nearby Girrakool picnic area less than 5 minutes away which also has waterfalls, walking tracks and a well established picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Area Office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm to Sun 11 Aug 2024, 11.58am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Dec 2023, 4.03pm

Closed areas: No access to Old Wagstaffe trail 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 Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sun 17 Sep 2023, 5.00pm to Fri 9 Aug 2024, 8.09am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2024, 2.12pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve closed

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time.

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

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

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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/wondabyne-to-patonga-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas in Brisbane Water National Park close in the evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 7am to 6pm at other times
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

     

     

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay machines that accept both card and coins, or you can pay via the Park'nPay app.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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