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Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve

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Applies from Mon 8 Aug 2022, 11.48am to Mon 29 Aug 2022, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Aug 2022, 4.47pm

Closed areas: Bells trail closed due to storm damage

Bells trail is closed until Monday 29 August 2022, weather-permitting, to allow storm damage repair works to take place. There will be no vehicle or visitor access to Bells trail during this time.

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

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Applies from Tue 5 Jul 2022, 9.00am to Wed 17 Aug 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Aug 2022, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Campground closed due to heavy rainfall and flooding

Jacky Barkers campground is closed until 12am Tuesday 16 August 2022 due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

This closure may be extended and is weather-dependent.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local Walcha office on 02 6777 4700, or the Armidale office on 02 6738 9100.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Aug 2022, 3.58pm

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by NSW Forestry Corporation until further notice due to serious damage caused during a weather event.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park picnic area and Dilgry Circle intersection. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jul 2022, 9.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 9.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 10.23am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program in Barrington Tops National Park from Sunday 31 July to Monday 30 January 2023.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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 more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 5.22pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jul 2022, 11.09am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is inaccessible by vehicles until furthe rnotice, due to the closure of Mount Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest as a result of wet weather.

The road will re-open when conditions allow. For more details, please visit the Forestry Corporation NSW website or contact the local park office.

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Applies from Sun 17 Jul 2022, 8.28am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.31am

Safety alerts: 4WD or SUV recommended for Gloucester Tops Road in wet weather

NPWS recommends that access to Gloucester Tops Road past the campground should be via 4WD or SUV only, during wet weather. The combination of on-going wet weather and recent roadworks has meant some sections of the road may becoming slippery in wet conditions.

NPWS apologies for any inconvenience. For more information contact the local office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 18 Mar 2022, 11.49am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.32am

Closed areas: Blue Gum Loop trail part closure

Part of the Blue Gum Loop trail is closed due to recent storm damage and dangerous trees. NPWS is working to clear the trail and reopen as soon as possible.

The following areas are currently open:

  • Williams River picnic area and part of Blue Gum Loop trail (including 250m accessible section to first steel bridge)
  • Rocky Crossing walk (access via Williams River picnic area due to Forestry Corporation closure of Williams Top Rd)
  • Jerusalem Creek trail and picnic area

Take care and follow onsite signage.

For more information contact NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Information Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 3.32pm

Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed

Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:

  • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
  • Corker trail
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
  • Rocky Crossing walk

For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.

Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.

For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 12.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.32am

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles from Monday 30 May 2022 due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks, lookouts and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and facilities on foot or by bicycle.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 11.28am

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 11.28am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's 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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Local alerts

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

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