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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track

Brisbane Water National Park

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.20pm to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Aug 2020, 1.55pm

Closed areas: Bobbin Head playground

Bobbin Head playground is closed for renovation. NSW National Parks is constructing a nature-based play area with discovery themes. We thank all our visitors for their patience and support.

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Applies from Mon 10 Aug 2020, 2.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 5.10pm

Closed areas: Horse riding along Canoelands Ridge trail not permitted after heavy rainfall

Horse riding along the Canoelands Ridge trail is currently not permitted due to heavy rainfall and wet conditions which can damage the trail. 

For more information regarding 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 Mon 10 Aug 2020, 1.41pm to Thu 13 Aug 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Barrenjoey track

The main track to Barrenjoey Lighthouse in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is closed for emergency works from Monday 10 August to Thursday 13 August 2020. Smugglers track will remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 11.35am

Closed areas: Visitor areas closed

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include: 

  • Monday 22 June 2020 until further notice - Pogsons Trig trail will be closed while upgrade and remediation works are happening
  • Twin Beaches campground and toilet block remain closed until further notice while upgrade works are conducted
  • Tunks Ridge campground remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns 

The walking track between the end of Canoelands Ridge trail and Gentlemans Halt campground is now accessible. If you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track may be obstructed by fallen debris.

The closing of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering 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.

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

For more information regarding 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 Thu 11 Jun 2020, 9.17am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Aug 2020, 3.49pm

Other planned events: Warrimoo walking track closure

Warrimoo walking track is partially closed Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 29 June 2020 until mid November 2020. Essential upgrade works include helicopter operations scheduled for Tuesday 11 August 2020. The track is closed from Warrimoo fire trail to the junction of Warrimoo track and Sphinx track.

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track will remain open.

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Applies from Wed 22 Jul 2020, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Aug 2020, 9.51am

Closed areas: Bouddi coastal walk closure

Bouddi coastal walk will be closed between Bullimah Beach and Gerrin Point lookout from 7am, Tuesday 4 August 2020 until 4pm, Thursday 6 August 2020. The section is closed for track upgrade works. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 5 Aug 2020, 3.24pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Aug 2020, 9.17pm

Closed areas: West Head Forts and Army track

West Head Army track and Forts will be closed for maintenance from Thursday 6 August until Friday 14 August 2020. No access to the military forts is permitted.

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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 Tue 9 Jun 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 9.36am

Closed areas: Pogsons Trig trail closure

Pogsons Trig trail will be closed from Wednesday 1 July 2020 for upgrade works to improve access for fire-fighting vehicles. These works are expected to be completed by September 2020. During this closure there will be no through track to access the Great North walk from Quarry Road in Dural.

Visitors please note, you are not permitted to cross Hornsby Rifle Range to access the Great North walk. 

For more information regarding 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.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 2.36pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 2.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 5.03pm

Closed areas: 11km walking track

11km walking track in Dharug National Park is closed. The route is hard to follow since the Three Mile Fire.

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Applies from Fri 10 Jul 2020, 11.31am to Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.31am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 3.55pm

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

In the interest of public safety, Warrah Trig Road in Brisbane Water National is closed to vehicles. This is due to recent damage to the road surface. Maintenance work is planned to repair the road, pending suitable weather conditions:

  • Signs will be in place around closed areas
  • Pedestrian access is permitted

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

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jul 2020, 2.09pm

Closed areas: Changes to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park precinct closures

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include:

  • Bobbin Head playground
  • The Basin trail
  • The Basin campground and picnic area
  • Mackerel service trail

Berowra track, between Apple Tree Bay and the intersection of Mount Ku-ring-gai track, has now reopened. However if you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track remain uneven. 

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS staff or police.

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.

If you're visiting the park, please bring a card to pay vehicle entry fees.

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 Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.43am to Mon 1 Feb 2021, 10.44am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jul 2020, 12.13pm

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 Tue 28 Apr 2020, 11.05am to Fri 28 Aug 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jul 2020, 9.25am

Closed areas: Corrumbine Creek fire trail closed for upgrade work

Corrumbine Creek fire trail, between Central Coast Highway and Bambara Road, Kariong, will be closed during upgrade works from Thursday 30 April to Friday 28 August 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 29 Apr 2020, 7.31am to Wed 4 Nov 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Jul 2020, 10.19am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial and ground baiting program using meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program will be continuous and ongoing from Tuesday 5 May to Wednesday 4 November 2020 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Capertee National Park
  • Dharug National Park
  • Goulburn River National Park
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Yengo National Park
  • Durridgere State Conservation Area
  • Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Yango State Conservation Area
  • Wollemi State Conservation Area
  • Avisford Nature Reserve
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve
  • Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve
  • Appletree Aboriginal Area

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Bulga or Mudgee offices on 02 6574 5555 or 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Fri 29 May 2020, 1.30pm to Tue 1 Sep 2020, 1.51pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Jul 2020, 2.42pm

Closed areas: The Basin campground, Basin trail and Mackerel service trail closed

The following areas will be closed from Monday 1 June until Tuesday 1st September 2020 while upgrade works and maintenance are underway:

  • The Basin trail
  • The Basin campground and picnic area
  • Mackerel service trail

No public access is permitted. There will be no access to The Basin Aboriginal Engraving Site, Mackerel Beach to The Basin trail, West Head Road or The Basin campground.

For further information call 02 9451 3479 or 02 9472 8949.

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Applies from Sun 31 May 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10.17am

Closed areas: Tunks Ridge campground closure

Tunks Ridge campground along Quarry Trail in Hornsby remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns. 

For more information regarding 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.

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Applies from Sat 21 Mar 2020, 8.00am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Apr 2020, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed

Maitland Bay Visitor Centre in Bouddi National Park is closed from Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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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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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 3.53pm

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Roadworks are scheduled to occur prior to July 2020.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove on 02 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 3.10pm

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.

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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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 within the park close of an evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 9am to 5pm every day
    • 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 applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    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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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Spencer