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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Feb 2020, 2.49pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

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

Katoomba

  • Wentworth Pass, National Pass and Valley of Waters tracks where floods have damaged creek crossings.
  • Andersons fire trail and McMahons Point.
  • There is a landslide on Dardenelles Pass - use Federal Pass instead.
  • Prince Henry (between Solitary Restaurant and Tarpeian Rock) and Leura Cascades track due to landslides and flood damage.
  • Charles Darwin walk. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, or Mount Solitary routes.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur.
  • Six Foot track remains closed between Black Range campground to Jenolan Caves due to dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall. The rain exacerbated the recent bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and dangerous trees. Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the last short section of track before the end of the February.

Blackheath

  • Some access roads and lookouts around the Grose Valley (including Mount Hay, and Point Pilcher).
  • Access tracks into and around Grose Valley (including Perrys, Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Mount Hay, Flat Top, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Lockleys Pylon and Rodriguez Pass).
  • Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds.
  • Walking tracks around Blackheath (including Walls Cave, Hanging Rock/Burramoko, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk, Pulpit Rock, and Western Rim).

Glenbrook 

  • Due to flood damage, the causeway will be closed to vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists can still go across the causeway. Caution is advised due to damage of the normal footpath. Vehicles will only be able to drive to Jelly Bean pool carpark. See list of areas open to walkers and cyclists below.

Lower Grose

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley (including, Bell Creek, Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen, Hat Hill, Jugglers, Arethusa, Fortress and Butterbox/Mount Hay).

Rock climbing areas

  • Hanging Rock, 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 now open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls lookouts and cliff top walking tracks (where not impacted by other closures)
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers between the Explorers Tree at Katoomba and Black Range campground (including Coxs River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds).
  • Conservation Hut cafe.
  • Kings Tableland Road (Andersons fire trail and McMahons Point are closed).
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail (and Sublime Point trail).
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail (no walking tracks or descents open).
  • Murphys and Ingar campgrounds - walk in access only.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.

Blackheath

  • Grand Canyon walking track.
  • Hat Hill Road is now open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys Lookdown lookout, and Perrys Lookdown campground, in addition to Wind Eroded cave and Anvil Rock lookout.
  • Govetts Leap lookout and Blue Mountains Heritage Information Centre, Fairfax track, Evans lookout, Braeside fire trail (not walk).
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout (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).

Glenbrook 

  • Glenbrook area has limited vehicle access. Cars can drive to Jellybean pool and Blue pool carparks.
  • The remaining Glenbrook area is open to cyclists and pedestrians only: Euroka, Mount Portal, Nepean lookout and fire trail, Redhands Cave and fire trail, Woodford-Oaks trail
  • Burralow campground area

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson: Wollangambe, DuFaurs, Joes, and Serendipity.  Birrabang and Dalpura are also open.  Note 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 and Grand Canyon.

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, Bell Super-crag).

 

NPWS will be progressing assessments, treating sites for 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).

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Applies from Thu 27 Feb 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.06am

Closed areas: Walking track closures

Undercliff, Den Fenella and Wentworth Pass walking tracks will be closed on Thursday 27 February 2020. The closure is to allow for a helicopter that will be lifting in materials during this time. For more information, contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.38pm

Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide

The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.

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

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Applies from Wed 12 Feb 2020, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.59am

Closed parks: Park closed - aerial pest control operations

Bungonia National Park and Bungonia State Conservation Area are closed from 9am, Wednesday 12 February to midnight Wednesday 11 March 2020. The closure is due to an aerial pest control operation, and may be extended. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 2.59pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to active bushfires in the area. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire response. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 12.07pm

Closed areas: Dunphys campground

Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Feb 2020, 9.06am

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Thursday 21 October 2019 and Wednesday 21 October 2020 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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 call the NPWS Highlands office on 024887 8244.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 2.36pm

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of this park is closed due to bushfires and aerial pest programs.

The open areas are: 

  • Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, including the East and West Rim walking tracks
  • Main Falls lookout 

All other areas in the park are closed. This includes all campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and picnic areas not listed as open.

Gambells Rest campground and picnic area, as well as Echo Point, are expected to reopen on Saturday 7 March 2020.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jan 2020, 11.50am

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.26pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

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Applies from Thu 3 Oct 2019, 10.41am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 11.09am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve and the northern section of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

This baiting program will run from Thursday 3 October 2019 to Tuesday 31 March 2020. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on native animals including the threatened brush-tailed rock wallaby.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don't touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure that they don't enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary advice.

For more information, contact the local park office on: 02 6336 6200 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 23 Sep 2019, 1.19pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 1.24pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9.38am

Closed areas: Viewing platform closed on East Rim

The first viewing platform on East Rim wildflower walking track at Fitzroy Falls is closed due to maintenance. The rest of the walking track can still be accessed. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on 02 4887 7270.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jul 2019, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 11.22am

Safety alerts: Plateau walking track - detour around unsafe bridge

A short section of Plateau walking track is closed due to an unsafe bridge. Walkers can take a 25m detour across natural rock surfaces to avoid any danger. Please follow the directions of the signs in place and use the marked detour route.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.54pm

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9.30am

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Tue 21 Apr 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.43pm

Other planned events: 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on NPWS estate within the Fitzroy Falls area.

Burial of used baits and products will occur from Thursday 21 October 2019 to Wednesday 21 October 2020. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil, clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or email npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au

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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/back-arm-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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