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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 3.09pm to Thu 23 Sep 2021, 3.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Mungo Beach closed to vehicles

4WD beach access within Myall Lakes National Park is currently closed from Tuesday 7 September until Friday 17 September 2021, unless the closure needs to be extended.

The beach is severely eroded from recent high seas, making it unsafe for 4WD access. Staff will monitor the condition regularly and update this alert. 

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

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Applies from Mon 16 Aug 2021, 9.23am to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

A number of NPWS campgrounds and accommodation are closed until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

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Applies from Thu 16 Sep 2021, 2.59pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 4.33pm

Other incidents: Neranie campground barbeques closed

The barbeques at Neranie campground are currently being repaired and will not be in operation until Friday 1 October 2021.  Please bring your own gas stove for your cooking requirements. 

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Applies from Thu 16 Sep 2021, 9.55am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 9.55am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 3.15pm

Closed areas: Campground closed due to tree risk

Mackaway Bay campground is closed until Sunday 31 October 2021 due allow for tree risk assessments following significant flooding.

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Sep 2021, 2.14pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 2.06pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for maintenance

The following campgrounds are closed until Friday 1 October 2021 for road maintenance:

  • Bungarie Bay campground
  • Violet Hill campground

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Sep 2021, 2.02pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Sep 2021, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for flood repairs

The following campgrounds are closed until Friday 1 October 2021 for flood repairs:

  • Freshwater campground
  • Rivermouth campground
  • White Tree Bay campground

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 12.13pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Sep 2021, 3.38pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for hazard reduction burn

Some parts of this park are closed for hazard reduction burning from Friday 10 September to Sunday 12 September 2021: The closed areas are:

  • Firebreak Behind Sassin Crescent
  • Firebreak Behind Dangar Circuit
  • All areas within Medowie South HR between Sassin Cr, Dangar Cct and Coachwood Drive

This closure may be extended. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called NPWS HR Medowie South. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 13 Sep 2021, 10.48am to Wed 22 Sep 2021, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Sep 2021, 3.26pm

Closed areas: Lookouts closed for helicopter operation

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 13 September to Wednesday 22 September due to the helicopter delivery of walking track materials. The closed areas are:

  • Monkey Face lookout
  • Gap Creek lookout
  • The section of walking track between the two lookouts

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.47pm to Mon 4 Oct 2021, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Yuelarbah walking track partially closed for maintenance

Yuelarbah walking track is closed for maintenance and upgrades from Leichhardt’s lookout to the beach. A detour is in place on the Yuelarbah management trail to the beach.

For your safety, please avoid Yuelarbah walking track from Leichhardt’s lookout to the beach until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the local office on 02 4946 4100.

 

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Applies from Fri 27 Aug 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Sep 2021, 10.08am

Closed areas: Wangi Wangi Point - closures

Some parts of this park are closed from Saturday 28 August to Thursday 30 September 2021 while maintenance works are carried out on the Wangi Wangi Point steps next to the boat ramp. 

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

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Applies from Mon 30 Aug 2021, 10.24am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 5.33pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 3.20pm

Other planned events: Pest control program

National Parks and Wildlife Services will be undertaking a wild dog trapping program in Myall Lakes National Park from Monday 30 August to Sunday 10 October 2021. The program will be conducted along roads and management trails within the park including:

  • Crawford River Road
  • Nerong Road
  • Cabbage Tree Road
  • Knob Road
  • Boundary Road
  • Red Peppermint management trail
  • Burdekins management trail
  • Boomerang management trail
  • Mount Chapman management trail 
  • Devils Hill management trail
  • Gooch's management trail
  • Apple Tree management trail
  • Gilberts management trail
  • Gorong management trail
  • Rooty Creek management trail
  • Sugarloaf management trail

The program is part of a wider ongoing program in conjunction with Local Land Services, Forestry Corp, Mid Coast Council and private landholders. It is coordinated through the Bulahdelah District Pest Animal Control Group.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected by the program if they enter the park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Sep 2021, 7.55pm

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 Ruins site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Tue 20 Jul 2021, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 8.16am

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to landslide

Brunkerville trail is closed due to a landslip during recent flooding event. Repair works are planned and the trail will re-open once the works are complete.

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

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Applies from Sat 10 Jul 2021, 1.11pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Aug 2021, 11.52am

Closed areas: Gap Creek and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks closed

The three walking tracks from Gap Creek picnic area are currently closed due to storm damage and a planned major upgrade to Gap Creek Falls walking track. Work is currently underway and will continue until the end of October 2021.

Due to the dangerous nature of the work no visitors will be permitted. Alternative bushwalks are located:

  • At Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Via Georges Road to Great North walk 
  • In adjacent State Forest areas.

The work consists of the removal of encroaching and fallen vegetation, installation of 300 new sandstone steps to the base of Gap Creek Waterfall, the repair of drainage controls and the removal of dangerous overhanging rocks.

The aim is to improve and make walking tracks safer for all visitors to Watagans National Park.

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Aug 2021, 10.23am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks
  • The Climbers walking track

NPWS is currently assessing a commissioned geo-technical report on the landslide to determine the best options for repair prior to tendering for a contractor. A quote has been accepted for the road repair and this work will start next month. The entry gate is currently locked and no visitor access is permitted.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Fire trails, roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

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

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Jul 2021, 9.03am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 3.18pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Jul 2021, 9.02am

Safety alerts: Notice of pest management program

A pest management program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be undertaken between Saturday 1 May to Sunday 31 October 2021. 

The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between the Monday 10 May and Friday 14 May 2021.

All baiting locations will be identified 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 location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please contact the local office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 20 Mar 2021, 12.30pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Jun 2021, 11.10am

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track damaged

Wreck Beach walking track is closed due to heavy rain undermining the walking track causing significant damage to steps and landings. The closure will be in place for an extended period until repairs are undertaken.

Barriers and signage are in place for visitor safety. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 8.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 3.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock. This program is carried out as part of the following Blue Mountains Branch Pest Management Strategies: Western Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan & Post Fire Aerial Baiting Program.

All baiting locations will be identified 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 email or call the NPWS Bulga Office on (02) 6574 5555

Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Awaba Bay Foreshore walk partial closure

The section of Awaba Foreshore walk between the Northern Boundary fire trail and Alexander's picnic area is closed from Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice, due to a landslip.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 8.50am to Sat 7 May 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 2.07pm

Closed areas: Sunnyside campground closed

Sunnyside campground will be closed indefinitely until major works have been completed.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 1.46pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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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 Fri 25 Sep 2020, 1.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground closed

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground in Karuah National Park are closed while Little Mountain Road is being upgraded. The road is impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 May 2020, 12.13pm

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.

The 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast 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 Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9.16am. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Apr 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks walking track

Ocean Rocks walking track in Tomaree National Park is closed due to landslide from Thursday 20 February 2020. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

All main visitor areas, including Tomaree Summit walk, will remain open. You can still access Tomaree Head via Tomaree Summit walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

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 Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/awabakal-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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