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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
- 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, 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.
- 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 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 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).
Affects 1 park and 28 locations nearby.