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Brisbane Water National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 11 June 2020, 8.57am

Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 11.05am to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jun 2020, 8.57am.

Closed areas: Corrumbine Creek fire trail closed for upgrade work

Corrumbine Creek fire trail, between Central Coast Highway and Bambara Road, Kariong, will be closed during upgrade works from Thursday 30 April to Tuesday 30 June 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

Applies from Mon 1 Jun 2020, 7.00am to Fri 17 Jul 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 May 2020, 2.04pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and/or meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Monday 1 June and Friday 17 July 2020 in Brisbane Water National Park and Popran National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

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 please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jul 2020, 2.34pm

Closed areas: Changes to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park precinct closures

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include:

  • Bobbin Head playground
  • The Basin trail
  • The Basin campground and picnic area
  • Mackerel service trail
  • Salvation loop and Wallaroo trails 

Berowra track, between Apple Tree Bay and the intersection of Mount Ku-ring-gai track, has now reopened. However if you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track remain uneven. 

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS staff or police.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

If you're visiting the park, please bring a card to pay vehicle entry fees.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Tue 9 Jun 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jul 2020, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Pogsons Trig trail closure

Pogsons Trig trail will be closed from Wednesday 1 July 2020 while upgrade works are undertaken to improve accessibility for fire-fighting vehicles. These works are expected to take 3 to 4 weeks to complete. During this period there will be no through track to access the Great North walk from Quarry Road in Dural. Reminder: visitors are not permitted to cross Hornsby Rifle Range to access the Great North walk. 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Mon 6 Jul 2020, 2.54pm to Tue 28 Jul 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jul 2020, 12.35pm

Closed areas: Bouddi Coastal walk - Temporary closure on Tuesday 28 July 2020

Bouddi Coastal walk will be temporarily closed on Tuesday 28 July between the Putty Beach and Maitland Bay track intersection, while helicopter operations are underway. This closure will be in place for visitor safety between 7am and 4pm.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 5.04pm

Closed areas: Closed campsites

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations 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 or flood damage.

From 1 June, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Visitor areas closed

Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include: 

  • Monday 22 June 2020 until further notice - Pogsons Trig trail will be closed while upgrade and remediation works are happening
  • Twin Beaches campground and toilet block remain closed until further notice while upgrade works are conducted
  • Tunks Ridge campground remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns 

The walking track between the end of Canoelands Ridge trail and Gentlemans Halt campground is now accessible. If you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track may be obstructed by fallen debris.

The closing of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities.

Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS contact centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Thu 11 Jun 2020, 9.17am to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Jul 2020, 9.16am

Other planned events: Warrimoo walking track closure

Warrimoo walking track is partially closed Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 29 June 2020 until mid November 2020. Essential upgrade works include helicopter operations scheduled for Monday 29 June 2020. The track will be closed from Warrimoo fire trail to the junction of Warrimoo track and Sphinx track.

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track will remain open.

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Applies from Fri 26 Jun 2020, 10.15am to Mon 20 Jul 2020, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 1.00pm

Closed areas: Resolute fire trail closed Monday to Friday

Resolute fire trail (vehicle trail) is closed Monday to Friday from Friday 26 June to Monday 20 July 2020 for maintenance. It will be open for access on weekends.

Monday to Friday, Resolute Beach and Great Mackerel Beach can only be accessed from West Head lookout via Resolute walking track. Red Hands Cave walking track remains open.

For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 9451 3479 (Monday to Friday) or Bobbin Head Information Centre on 02 9472 8949 (7 days a week).

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Applies from Wed 29 Apr 2020, 7.31am to Wed 4 Nov 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jun 2020, 10.14am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial and ground baiting program using meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program will be continuous and ongoing from Tuesday 5 May to Wednesday 4 November 2020 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Capertee National Park
  • Dharug National Park
  • Goulburn River National Park
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Yengo National Park
  • Durridgere State Conservation Area
  • Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
  • Parr State Conservation Area
  • Yango State Conservation Area
  • Wollemi State Conservation Area
  • Avisford Nature Reserve
  • Manobalai Nature Reserve
  • Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve
  • Appletree Aboriginal Area

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Bulga or Mudgee offices on 02 6574 5555 or 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jun 2020, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 14 Apr 2020, 12.51pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 12.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Jun 2020, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Some of Dharug National Park closed

Dharug National Park is closed due to fire damage except for the following areas:

  • Devines Hill
  • Finchs Line
  • Old Great North Road World Heritage walk
  • Old Great North Road bike ride
  • Donnys trail
  • Ten Mile Hollow campground
  • Simpsons track

Do not enter the remainder of the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NSW National Parks office.

Note that part of the Dubbo Gully Loop is not available as it is affected by the current closure of the Dubbo Gully Catchment Area managed by Central Coast Council. 

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Applies from Fri 29 May 2020, 1.30pm to Mon 3 Aug 2020, 1.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Jun 2020, 12.30pm

Closed areas: The Basin campground, Basin trail and Mackerel service trail closed

The following areas will be closed from Monday 1 June until Monday 3 August 2020 while upgrade works and maintenance are underway:

  • The Basin trail
  • The Basin campground and picnic area
  • Mackerel service trail

No public access is permitted. There will be no access to The Basin Aboriginal Engraving Site, Mackerel Beach to The Basin trail, West Head Road or The Basin campground.

For further information call 02 9451 3479 or 02 9472 8949.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 11.05am to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jun 2020, 8.57am

Closed areas: Corrumbine Creek fire trail closed for upgrade work

Corrumbine Creek fire trail, between Central Coast Highway and Bambara Road, Kariong, will be closed during upgrade works from Thursday 30 April to Tuesday 30 June 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sun 31 May 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10.17am

Closed areas: Tunks Ridge campground closure

Tunks Ridge campground along Quarry Trail in Hornsby remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns. 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 4 Mar 2020, 8.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 9.09am

Closed areas: Yengo National Park - closed areas

Yengo National Park is currently closed, except for the following areas which are open:

  • Circuit Flat walking track 
  • Sternbecks Gully Road
  • Old Great North Road between Mogo Creek Road and Circuit Flat Bridge
  • Finchley Trig 
  • Mogo campground from Monday 1 June 2020, a booking needs to be made before you visit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi-Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.20pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 12.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 May 2020, 10.23am

Closed areas: Bobbin Head playground closed

Bobbin Head Playground is closed for reconstruction. NSW National Parks is constructing nature-based play area with discovery themes. We thank all our visitors for their patience and support.

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Applies from Mon 1 Jun 2020, 7.00am to Fri 17 Jul 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 May 2020, 2.04pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and/or meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Monday 1 June and Friday 17 July 2020 in Brisbane Water National Park and Popran National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

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 please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not accessible by 2WD vehicles.  4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

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, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and potential vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 21 Mar 2020, 8.00am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Apr 2020, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed

Maitland Bay Visitor Centre in Bouddi National Park is closed from Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 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: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 3.53pm

Safety alerts: Marramarra Ridge public access road - drive with caution

The Marramarra Ridge public access road, from Bloodwood Road to the Marramarra Ridge trail gate, should be driven slowly and with care in 2WD vehicles. The road surface has become rough and potholed due to wear and tear, compounded by impacts from heavy rains in February 2020. Roadworks are scheduled to occur prior to July 2020.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove on 02 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Nov 2019, 3.10pm

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.00am

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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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/brisbane-water-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas within the park close of an evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 9am to 5pm every day
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

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Emergency services

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Warrah lookout, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath