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Belford National Park

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Last reviewed: Fri 25 May 2018, 4.31pm

Applies from Fri 27 Apr 2018, 12.54pm to Wed 4 Jul 2018, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 May 2018, 4.31pm.

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a wild dog ground baiting program in Belford National Park. The baiting is expected to occur from Tuesday 1 May to Wednesday 6 June 2018, and will be using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) meat baits. This program runs under the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Management Plan in conjunction with the Hunter Wild Dog Associations that surround the park.

This baiting program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to mitigate the impacts of wild dogs and foxes on stock and wildlife. If you would like to become involved in the cooperative program please call the Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

All baiting will be done in accordance with legal requirements under the Pesticides Act 1999. Although not expected, some non-target animals may be affected, particularly domestic dogs. Domestic pets are not permitted in national parks and reserves. We suggest that pets be restrained to ensure that they don't enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please call ranger Ashley Deveridge on (02) 6574 5555 or email her to discuss wild dog management in the area.

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Applies from Mon 18 Jun 2018, 2.41pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jun 2018, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Beach driving closed – Worimi Conservation Lands

The stormy weather combined with current high tides has made the beach impassable to all vehicles.

Visitors can still access the 350 hectare recreational vehicle area at the southern end of the park via the Lavis Lane 4WD entry.

For your safety, please don't attempt to traverse the beach between Lavis Lane and Anna Bay as there is a real risk of vehicles becoming swamped by the sea. Driving behind the frontal dunes is also dangerous and illegal.

NPWS will continue to monitor the beach and will reopen it to four-wheel driving when conditions improve.

For further information contact the NPWS Hunter Coast area office on (02) 4984 8200 or visit the Worimi Conservation Lands website.

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Applies from Thu 14 Jun 2018, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jun 2018, 3.06pm

Safety alerts: Roads slippery on the Barrington Tops

Following recent roadworks and subsequent wet weather, the roads on the Barrington Tops - in particular Tubrabucca Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road (Scone - Gloucester Road) - have become slippery. While these roads remain open, please use extreme care when driving. Motorists are advised to avoid using Tubrabucca Road.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jun 2018, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Jun 2018, 4.10pm

Closed areas: Gloucester Falls lookout closed for upgrade

Gloucester Falls lookout will be closed from Thursday 14 June 2018 due to a major upgrade. The site will remain closed for at least a month (weather dependent) to allow these works to be completed safely.

Access to the following areas from Gloucester Tops are still open:

  • Andrew Laurie lookout
  • the Antarctic Beech forest walk
  • the River walk
  • Gloucester Tops picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 10 Jun 2018, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10.36am

Safety alerts: 1080 fox and wild dog program - Watagans National Park

A 1080 poison baiting program will commence in Watagans National Park from Monday 11 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018. The roads affected include:

  • Rope Road
  • Bowmans Road
  • Ingles Road
  • Carrolls Road
  • Turners Road

Visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in the national park at any time. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander, because dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. Owners of domestic animals that ingest the poison should seek immediate vet assistance.

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Applies from Sun 10 Jun 2018, 3.39pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10.42am

Safety alerts: Roads in Watagans National Park affected by wet weather

The roads in Watagans National Park and Jilliby Sate Conservation Area and nearby forestry areas have become slippery and hazardous due to recent wet weather. Visitors with 2WD vehicles are not recommended to travel into the Watagans National Park until the wet conditions have eased.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jun 2018, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Jun 2018, 12.33pm

Closed areas: Annual winter closure of 4WD trails on Barrington Tops

4WD trails on Barrington Tops will be closed to all vehicles from 1 June 2018 to 1 October 2018 for annual seasonal closure. The closed trails are:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail

Trail closures mean there is no vehicle access to the following campgrounds during this period:

  • Little Murray
  • Junction Pools
  • Gummi Falls

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on (02) 6545 1128 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Sat 26 May 2018, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 May 2018, 10.07am

Other planned events: Deep Pass campground toilet closed

The toilet at Deep Pass campground is temporarily closed due to capacity limitations. Planning for a  new toilet  facility is currently underway. 

Please use minimal impact  camping practices in this area. Large groups should consider camping at alternative sites. Groups in excess of 20 people require approval from the NPWS Oberon area office.

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Applies from Wed 2 May 2018, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Thu 31 May 2018, 1.51pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to hazard reduction burn

Some areas of this park are closed due to a hazard reduction burn adjacent to Newnes. The closed areas are:

  • Coke Ovens cliffs climbing area
  • The burnt area on the plateau east of Newnes to the cliffs above Rocky Creek, and south to Deanes Creek
  • Firefly and  Looking Glass canyons
  • Zobels Gully area south of Newnes (the upper section was burnt)

Visitors are advised to respect these closures because tree and rock fall will be a hazard for some time.  

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Blackheath area office on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 15 May 2018, 11.01am to Wed 31 Oct 2018, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jun 2018, 3.17pm

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

M44 ejectors will be laid in Yengo National Park from Thursday 24 May to Tuesday 30 October 2018. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are conducting a wild dog and fox control program using M44 ejectors.

Warning to visitors and neighbours:

  • Do not touch baits or ejector devices
  • 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats

Park visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted within national parks or nature reserves at any time. It is recommended that you tie your dog(s) up during this time if they like to roam. If you suspect that your domestic dog has been in the park and may have triggered a M44 ejector, get the animal to a vet immediately. Warning signs will be displayed to notify park visitors.

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Applies from Mon 7 May 2018, 1.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 May 2018, 10.53am

Other planned events: 1080 aerial baiting for wild dogs

NPWS, in conjunction with Local Land Services (LLS), will be conducting 1080 aerial baiting for wild dogs. The baiting will take place from Monday 14 until Monday 21 May 2018 in the following parks:

  • Barrington Tops National Park
  • Barrington Tops State Conservation Area
  • Towarri National Park
  • Ben Halls Gap National Park
  • Curracabundi National Park
  • Curracabundi National Park
  • Camerons Gorge State Conservation Area
  • Cedar Brush Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah National park
  • Woolooma National park
  • Brushy Hill Nature Reserve

 For further information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on (02) 6545 1128.

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Applies from Wed 25 Apr 2018, 3.59pm to Fri 27 Jul 2018, 3.56pm. Last reviewed: Thu 3 May 2018, 12.30pm

Other incidents: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a 1080 wild dog ground baiting program in Wollemi National Park as part of the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Management Plan Program.

Ground baiting is expected to occur from Monday 7 May to Saturday 30 June 2018 in the following places:

  • Widden and Baerami valleys
  • Glen Gallic and Yarrawa
  • Martindale Valley
  • Appletree Flat and Bulga.

In all these baiting locations NPWS will using ejectors with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).

This baiting program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to mitigate the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to become involved in the cooperative program please call Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

All baiting will be done in accordance with legal requirements under the Pesticides Act 1999. Although not expected, some non-target or domestic animals may be affected, particularly domestic dogs. Domestic pets are not permitted within Wollemi National Park. We suggest that pets be restrained to ensure that they don't enter the baiting location during 1080 baiting operations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please contact the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on (02) 6574 5555.

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Applies from Thu 26 Apr 2018, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Thu 3 May 2018, 1.50pm

Other planned events: FoxTAP 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program - Barrington Tops

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting 1080 baiting for foxes and wild dogs, as part of our FoxTAP program, on the plateau south of Barrington Tops Forest Road. The baiting program will begin on Monday 30 April 2018, and will run for 3 weeks. For further information call the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 27 Apr 2018, 12.54pm to Wed 4 Jul 2018, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 May 2018, 4.31pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a wild dog ground baiting program in Belford National Park. The baiting is expected to occur from Tuesday 1 May to Wednesday 6 June 2018, and will be using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) meat baits. This program runs under the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Management Plan in conjunction with the Hunter Wild Dog Associations that surround the park.

This baiting program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to mitigate the impacts of wild dogs and foxes on stock and wildlife. If you would like to become involved in the cooperative program please call the Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

All baiting will be done in accordance with legal requirements under the Pesticides Act 1999. Although not expected, some non-target animals may be affected, particularly domestic dogs. Domestic pets are not permitted in national parks and reserves. We suggest that pets be restrained to ensure that they don't enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please call ranger Ashley Deveridge on (02) 6574 5555 or email her to discuss wild dog management in the area.

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Applies from Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Mar 2018, 10.21am

Closed areas: Rainforest walk to Riverside Park - closed due to fire

Rainforest walk to Riverside Park is closed due to a fire in Hunter Wetlands National Park. This area will remain closed until a tree assessment is carried out in this area, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 3 Feb 2018, 10.36am. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10.34am

Closed areas: Firefly Canyon

Firefly Canyon is closed due to fire damage and risk of falling trees. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the 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 Mon 29 Jan 2018, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Jan 2018, 3.07pm

Fires - Advice: Gibbs Creek

There is a fire in this park called Gibbs Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 19 Dec 2017, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Dec 2017, 9.22am

Fires - Advice: Kandos State Forest

There is a fire in this park called Kandos State Forest. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 8.04am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and possible vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sat 3 Mar 2018, 3.11pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road

Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area and the southern section of Wyong State Forest is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage.  4WD access is available from the Jilliby Road access in the south, north to the Middle Ridge Road Intersection. 

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Dec 2017, 8.41am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It has been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Oct 2017, 4.10pm

Closed areas: No vehicle access to Mount Barrington

There is no vehicle access to the final 5km of Barrington trail, beyond the Junction Pools turn, due to safety issues caused by deteriorating trail conditions. Visitors can still access Junction Pools and Little Murray campgrounds. Visitors can also access Mount Barrington on foot or by bicycle. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact either the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300, the NPWS Scone area office on (02) 6545 1128 or the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6538 5252. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jul 2017, 3.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Aug 2017, 6.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted at Tomago and Hexham within Hunter Wetlands National Park. 1080 poison can affect non-target species including cats and dogs. The pubic are advised not to allow their pets to stray into these sections of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Domestic pets are not allowed in Hunter Wetlands National Park, either on a leash or off-leash. The baiting program will finish on 11 September 2017.

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Applies from Mon 8 May 2017, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jun 2018, 3.08pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting in Barrington Tops

NPWS are conducting a 1080 baiting program for wild dogs in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area for the next 6 months starting from 15 March 2018. For further information please contact either the NPWS Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on (02) 6545 1128.

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Sat 10 Jun 2017, 8.49am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

The fire trail from the Null Road intersection downhill to the private property boundary is steep and eroded. There is no road access across the grazing paddocks to Ravensdale Road in the Ravensdale Valley. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.22pm

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area has been affected by recent vehicle and storm damage. It is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Aug 2016, 12.24pm

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes 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 25 Sep 2014, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 9.40am

Closed areas: Crangan Bay

The Crangan Bay section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed pending rehabilitation of the former coal chitter fire site. For safety reasons there is no public access to this area until further notice. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.08am

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 conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Safety alerts: Road access within Jilliby SCA

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road

Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby SCA is closed to vehicles until further notice, due to severe erosion. This closure will remain in place indefinitely. Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.03am

Closed areas: Pipeline track

The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2015, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Sat 23 Jul 2016, 9.37am

Closed areas: Partial road closures – Mount Royal and Cassells Roads

Some areas of this park are closed due to road damage following recent weather conditions . Closed areas are:

  • Mount Royal Road beyond Mt Royal - the road is gated at this point.
  • Cassells Road between Fal Brook Bridge and Keegans track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bulga office on (02) 6574 5555 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: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

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 are 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.

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are 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, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Closed areas: Camping at Stockton Beach closed

Camping at Stockton Beach remains closed until further notice - Stockton Bight Camping remains closed while the area continues to recover, following severe winter storms.The beach is still open for people to visit, and there are a large variety of commercial tours available daily. For more information visit www.worimiconservationlands.com or call NPWS at Nelson Bay on (02) 4984 8200. For information on alternative accommodation options call the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800 808 900.

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