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Bents Basin State Conservation Area

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Last reviewed: Fri 27 November 2020, 2.11pm

Applies from Mon 19 Oct 2020, 8.00am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 2.11pm.

Other planned events: Bents Basin campground and picnic areas - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • Be prepared to move on if it's no longer possible to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Nov 2020, 5.17pm

Closed areas: Golden Stairs to Scenic World closed

Golden Stairs to Scenic World is closed due to a major landslide. Construction works have commenced and will be ongoing until Friday 18 December 2020. This involves rock removal, scaling and site remediation. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Entering this area could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.00am to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Nov 2020, 4.04pm

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Applies from Sun 25 Oct 2020, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Nov 2020, 11.15am

Closed areas: Track closures - Winmalee area

The following fire trails are closed from Monday 26 October to Sunday 13 December 2020 to allow safe completion of important fire trail maintenance works prior to summer:

  • Blue Gum Swamp fire trail
  • Shaws Ridge fire trail

The entire Whitecross Road/Blue Gum Swamp Winmalee Precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed from Monday 30 November to Sunday 13 December 2020 for fire trail maintenance works involving use of heavy earthmoving equipment.

This closure may be extended, depending on weather conditions. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Nov 2020, 4.20pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

NPWS is working to reopen walking tracks, campgrounds and accommodation where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire/flood damage.

All campgrounds and campsites require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Golden Stairs and Federal Pass between Scenic World and Golden Stairs, due to a new landslide and clearing works underway.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Kiah lookout and Amphitheatre track - Tuesday to Friday until Friday 18 December 2020 due to track maintenance. There is no access between Katoomba and Leura Cascades within the national park. This section is open Saturday to Monday. Walkers accessing Leura Cascades from the east must return by same route.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking tracks, due to fire damage and rockfall works..
  • Kanangra to Katoomba closed south of Coxs River, Katoomba to Mittagong closed south of Coxs River.
  • McMahons Road and lookout closed for roadworks from Friday 13 November 2020.

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Queen Victoria Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Cliff Top (between Barrow lookout and Evans lookout), Bridal Veil Falls, Rodriguez Pass, and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon, closed below Pylon), due to fire damage.
  • Perrys Lookdown
  • Perrys, and Acacia Flat campgrounds are closed.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath, including Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • The Range fire trail to Wombeyan Caves Road is open (although Wombeyan Caves remain closed).

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed and damaged walking tracks

 

THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE OPEN:

Katoomba

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point
  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls walking tracks, where not affected by other closures.
  • Mount Hay Road, Fortress Ridge, Lockleys Pylon, Mount Hay summit and Butterbox Point
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • Six Foot track is open to walkers.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Kedumba campground
  • Murphy's Glen campground
  • Glenraphael Drive, Narrow Neck cycle route, fire trail and Tarros Ladder are open

Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Bells Line of Road

  • Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (social distancing required)
  • Evans lookout, Grand Canyon
  • Govetts Leap, Fairfax track, Govetts Loop track, Cliff Top track between Govetts Leap and Barrow lookout
  • Braeside fire trail and walking track
  • Anvil Rock, Wind Eroded Cave - vehicle access and walking tracks
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass via Burra Korain Flat campsite, and Asgard Swamp
  • Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Grose Valley track upstream of Pierces Pass
  • Mount Banks (cycle route and summit walk)
  • Walls lookout and Rigby Hill tracks
  • Dunphys/Green Gully campsite
  • Breakfast Creek, Medlow Gap, Wild Dog Mountains (north of Coxs River)

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Yerranderie

 

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing 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.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 19 Nov 2020, 10.59am to Mon 14 Dec 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Nov 2020, 11.53am

Closed areas: Road closure - Faulconbridge Ridge fire trail

Faulconbridge Ridge fire trail is closed from Monday 23 November to Sunday 13 December 2020 to allow safe completion of important fire trail maintenance works before summer.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting routine fire trail maintenance in the Winmalee area. This closure may be extended further subject to weather conditions. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the local office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm to Tue 15 Dec 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Nov 2020, 9.20am

Closed areas: McMahons Road and lookout closed, Kings Tableland roadworks

McMahons Road and lookout will be closed for roadworks from Friday 13 November until Friday 4 December 2020. This applies to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Roadworks will also be underway on Kings Tableland Road south of the old Queen Victoria Hospital from 24 November until 4 December 2020. Modified traffic conditions and delays could be experienced. Visitors should avoid the area. Residential and essential work-related access will be provided. 

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Applies from Mon 2 Nov 2020, 8.39am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Nov 2020, 4.16pm

Closed areas: Mount Portal and Tunnel View lookouts closed for track maintenance

Mount Portal and Tunnel View lookouts are closed for track maintenance. The road leading to Tunnel View and Mount Portal lookouts will be closed from Monday 2 November 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 30 Oct 2020, 2.50pm

Fire bans: Goulburn River National Park part 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)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces in Spring Gully and Big River campgrounds.

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Mon 19 Oct 2020, 8.00am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 2.11pm

Other planned events: Bents Basin campground and picnic areas - Increased visitation

This is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity required by COVID social distancing guidelines.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of peak periods of 10am to 2pm
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park
  • Be prepared to move on if it's no longer possible to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 3.17pm

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Thu 1 Oct 2020, 9.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 2.10pm

Fire bans: Wollemi National Park part park fire ban

A part 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)

Campfires are permitted in the following campgrounds unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • Colo Meroo
  • Coorongooba
  • Dunn's Swamp Ganguddy
  • Newnes
  • Wheeny Creek

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the NSW Rural Fire Service or the local park office before bringing a gas 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 Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Aug 2020, 2.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The operation will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison. The program will be continuous and ongoing from Monday 27 July to Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.04pm

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 Wed 1 Jul 2020, 9.58am to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 11.57am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs.

The program is ongoing from Wednesday 1 July 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Abercrombie River National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park (Including Bullnigang and Millnigang trails)

All baiting locations will be signposted. 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 call the NPWS Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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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/bents-basin-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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