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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 12 Jul 2018, 9.49am. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Jul 2018, 10.35am

Other planned events: Black Rocks campground - changed access from the Pacific Highway

Access to Black Rocks campground from the Pacific Highway via The Gap Road has changed.

The turnoff to The Gap Road has permanently closed as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Access to The Gap Road is now via Tuckombil Road, which runs parallel to the highway. 

The turnoff to Tuckombil Road is 2km south of the southern end of the town of Woodburn. Follow Tuckombil Road south for 1.8km, then turn left onto The Gap Road. Black Rocks campground is 20km south along The Gap Road. 

Please drive slowly along The Gap Road because it is unsealed.

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Applies from Wed 13 Jun 2018, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jun 2018, 12.22pm

Closed areas: Tweed Range Scenic Drive and Brindle Creek Loop Road closure

Tweed Range Scenic Drive and Brindle Creek Loop Road will be closed from Tuesday 26 June 2018 until Monday 1 October 2018 to carry out flood recovery works. 

Sheepstation Creek campground and associated walking tracks will remain open. 

Kyogle Council have advised that Lynches Creek Road is currently closed for bridge replacement work. Alternative access is via Grady's Creek Road, Simes Road and Forest Road. Simes Road is not considered suitable for caravans or motorhomes. The areas affected by this closure include:

  • Antarctic Beech picnic area
  • Brindle Creek walking track
  • Brindle Creek picnic area
  • Falcorostrum Loop walking track
  • Forest Tops campground
  • Helmholtzia Loop walking track
  • Red Cedar loop
  • Pinnacle walk and lookout
  • Brindle Creek Loop Road
  • Bar Mountain circuit
  • Bar Mountain lookout
  • Bar Mountain picnic area
  • Blackbutt lookout picnic area

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on (02) 6632 0000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10.39am to Fri 14 Dec 2018, 10.24am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jun 2018, 10.43am

Other planned events: Fox baiting program in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve

Fox baiting will continue in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, north of the Brunswick River until Friday 14 December 2018. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be controlling the introduced predator, European Red Fox, using buried 1080 ground baits. 1080 canid ejectors may also be used during this period if necessary.

1080 warning signs are at main entrance points to the nature reserve where fox baits are being laid. This includes:

  • North Head Road
  • Harry's Hill
  • North wall, Brunswick River
  • North Beach (also known as Christmas Beach)
  • Oyster Lease Road
  • Brunswick River picnic area

Fox control is essential to help protect threatened beach-nesting shorebirds in this reserve during their breeding seasons. These are the Beach Stone-curlew (Critically Endangered) and the Pied Oystercatcher (Endangered). Dogs are prohibited in national parks and nature reserves. All visitors and pet owners should be aware of the risk of lethal 1080 poisoning to dogs and keep their domestic animals to designated areas. Always avoid bait stations and ejectors.

For more information about fox control in this nature reserve, contact NPWS Tweed Byron Area Murwillumbah office on (02) 6670 8600.

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Applies from Tue 20 Mar 2018, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Mar 2018, 2.55pm

Other incidents: Gas BBQs not operational

The gas fueled BBQs are no longer operational at Minyon Falls picnic area and Minyon grass picnic area. The gas bottles in both locations have been stolen and facilities vandalised. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has consistently replaced gas bottles and secured the gas bottle lock up facilities. We apologies for any inconvenience and recommend visitors to bring their own portable gas BBQ equipment for the medium term. NPWS is seeking alternative options for the 70 litre gas bottles, which have continuously been stolen over the past three years. For further information please contact the Richmond River area office on (02) 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 15 Mar 2018, 9.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Mar 2018, 12.32pm

Safety alerts: Wild pigs - take care

Pig activity is currently high in Bundjalung National Park. If you see any pigs please call NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on (02) 6627 0200. If possible, let us know the date, time and where you saw any pigs.

Please note: Pigs can carry serious diseases, which can spread to humans. Do not touch pigs, soil or water where pigs have been foraging. Do not use water from any creeks in the park.

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Applies from Fri 3 Nov 2017, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10.42am

Closed areas: Partial Closure - Cutters Camp Campground

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be carrying out major changes to Cutters Camp campground over the coming months. The first stage of the upgrade is now complete:

  • Due to the upgrade works, there will be no gas barbecues provided. Minimal wood barbecues will be available in the lower campground and picnic area only. Please bring your own gas cooker or firewood.  
  • Cutters hut shelter will be closed from Thursday 2 November 2017 until further notice. No entry to the hut is permitted while it is closed. 

As upgrade works continue through the coming months, further closures may occur. These will be posted as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience while this important work is being done.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tweed-Byron area office on (02) 6670 8600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 6 Apr 2017, 11.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Aug 2017, 9.46am

Closed areas: Tweed Range scenic drive closure update

Tweed Range scenic drive is open from Sheepstation Creek to Bar Mountain. Access to Tweed Range scenic drive is only via Lynches Creek Road from Wiangaree. There is currently no access from the Barkers Vale entrance. All roads, walking tracks and lookouts within the park are open. The affected extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on (02) 6632 0000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jul 2017, 7.00am to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Apr 2018, 8.58am

Safety alerts: Ilmenite stockpile removal and site rehabilitation

Visitors to Black Rocks campground should expect to encounter large trucks on The Gap Road. This is part of a major project to remove a sand mining tailings stockpile from the park and restore the area to a natural ecosystem. Park visitors are asked to slow down and exercise caution while driving along The Gap Road. No works associated with this project will be undertaken on weekends, public holidays or NSW school holidays. The truck movements are expected to continue until June 2020. For more information or to report any incidents please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on (02) 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 19 Mar 2017, 3.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Jun 2017, 10.02am

Closed areas: Pedestrian beach access track closed

Some areas of this park are temporarily closed due to storm damage until further notice. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • Pedestrian access track to beach near Black Rocks near Site 8 in Black Rocks campground

Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 1 Sep 2015, 4.41pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Aug 2016, 12.55pm

Other incidents: Black Rocks campground - aircraft noise

Attention for campers at Black Rocks regarding periodic aircraft noise over the campground. The Department of Defence has a training area within Bundjalung National Park north of Black Rocks campground. Aircraft may fly over the campground from time to time. Please ring 1300 333 3623 or consult the Department of Defence website for more information.

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Applies from Fri 28 Nov 2014, 11.33am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Jul 2016, 1.20pm

Closed areas: Closure Gamma Garra pedestrian bridge

Gumma Garra pedestrian bridge is closed due to safety issues until further notice. The walking tracks at Gumma Garra will not be accessible until the bridge is repaired. For more information, please contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 23 Sep 2014, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Oct 2016, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Peates Mountain Road closed

Peates Mountain Road is closed at Rummery Park campground. There is no vehicle access to Gibbergunyah Range Road via Peates Mountain Road. The walking track to Peates Mountain remains open. For more information, please contact the NPWS Alstonville office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 15 Sep 2014, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Aug 2016, 1.01pm

Closed areas: Black Rocks campground - No 4WD Beach access

Partial closure. No 4WD beach access from Black Rocks campground. Due to significant storm damage, the 4WD beach access at Black Rocks campground is closed. Vehicles may still drive along Ten Mile Beach north from the Shark Bay 4WD beach access, but cannot exit at Black Rocks.There are no other beach access points on Ten Mile Beach other than Shark Bay 4WD beach access. No 4WD access north of Black Rocks campground.

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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/cape-byron-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6620 9300.
  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre carpark. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour in the lower lighthouse carparks and at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer