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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Applies from Mon 7 Feb 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Terania Creek picnic area (Protestors Falls) closed

Terania Creek picnic area and Protestors Falls will be closed until June 2023 due to flood and storm damage. No access is permitted.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop and Pholis Gap walking track, accessible from Newton Drive

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 26 May 2022, 9.08am to Fri 24 Jun 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 4.23pm

Closed parks: Park closed for repairs

Border Ranges National Park is closed until 19 June 2022 for repair and maintenance works. The closure will be reviewed on Friday 3 June 2022.

Note Border Loop lookout and picnic area are also closed for repairs and due to landslips on the Lions Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 10.30am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10.10am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 4.19pm

Closed areas: Black Rocks campground closed due to flooding

The following areas are closed until Friday 10 June 2022 due to safety concerns from impacts of flooding and severe weather:

  • Black Rocks campground
  • Jerusalem Creek paddle route
  • All walking tracks in Black Rocks campground precinct.

Alternative campground options are available at Nightcap National Park and Koreelah National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.32pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.58am

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of the following parks and reserves has been extended until Monday 29 August 2022 due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events:

  • Boatharbour Nature Reserve
  • Bundjalung State Conservation Area
  • Bungabbee Nature Reserve
  • Bungawalbin National Park, Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Davis Scrub Nature Reserve
  • Dubay Nuraham Aboriginal Area
  • Hogarth Range Nature Reserve
  • Jackywalbin State Conservation Area
  • Little Pimlico Island Nature Reserve
  • Muckleewee Mountain Nature Reserve
  • North Obelisk Nature Reserve
  • Tabbimoble Swamp Nature Reserve
  • Uralba Nature Reserve
  • Wilsons Nature Reserve
  • Yarringully Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.46am

Closed areas: Nightcap National Park partially closed

Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area are open with some closed areas and facilities due to flood damage sustained in the recent floods and impacts of ongoing wet weather. This alert will be updated on Monday 6 June.

The following areas are now open and accessible via Newton Drive or Nightcap Range Road:

  • Peate's Mountain track
  • Mount Nardi trail head
  • Mount Matheson loop
  • Rummery Park campground (only accessible via Nightcap Range Road)
  • Big Scrub loop walk (access via Rocky Creek Dam picnic area only)
  • Rocky Creek Dam walk (access via Rocky Creek Dam picnic area only)

The following areas will re-open on Monday 6 June 2022 and will only accessible via Nightcap Range Road:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area and lookout 
  • Boggy Creek walk 

The following areas remain closed until further notice:

  • Minyon Drive access road
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track
  • Whian Whian mountain bike trails

Note Minyon Drive access road is closed until 1 July 2022 due to road repair works. All visitors are to use either Nightcap Range Road or Newton Drive. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.07pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 10.29am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.30am

Closed areas: Rummery Park campground open - Sites 1-6 and Goanna group site closed

Rummery Park campground is now partially open . Sites 1-6 and Goanna group site remain closed until Friday 17 June 2022 due to wet conditions.

The campground can only be accessed via Nightcap Range Road. Minyon Drive access road remains closed for repairs until further notice. 

Walking options are limited with Peate's Mountain track the only track currently open near the campground. 

The following tracks and areas are re-opening on Monday 6 June 2022: 

  • Minyon Falls picnic area
  • Boggy Creek walking track

The following areas will remain closed until further notice due to damage sustained in the recent floods:

  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon Loop track
  • Historic Nightcap walking track
  • Whian Whian mountain bike trails

For a full list of areas and tracks closed, see Nightcap National Park alerts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Alstonville park office on 02 6670 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 1.56pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 10.20am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.20am

Closed areas: Minyon Falls visitor precinct and loop walk closed

Minyon Falls picnic area and viewing platform will be closed until Monday 6 June, pending successful completion of flood repair works and impacts of the latest weather event.

However, other walks and visitor facilities are now open:

  • Mount Nardi picnic area, Mount Matheson loop and Pholis Gap walking tracks, accessible from Newton Drive
  • Big Scrub Loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Rummary Park campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Alstonville park office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.43am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 3.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 4.59pm

Closed parks: Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve closed

Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is closed until September 2022 due damaged sustained in recent floods.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 5 May 2022, 4.34pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 4.39pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 4.44pm

Closed areas: Minyon Drive closed

Due to major road works, Minyon Drive will be closed from Monday 16 May to Monday 20 June between the park boundary and Rummery Park campground. This closure may be postponed or extended depending on weather and pending successful completion of works.

There will be no access to the park from the eastern end of Minyon Drive for the duration of the closure. All visitors are to use Nightcap Range Road to access Rummery Park campground and Peate's Mountain Track.

Minyon Falls picnic area and lookout, Minyon Grass picnic area and Minyon Loop remain closed until further notice. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Alstonville park office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 14 Feb 2022, 12.23pm to Thu 9 Jun 2022, 11.25pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed due to construction works

The following walking tracks will be closed from Monday 21 March to Thursday 26 May 2022 for construction work:

  • Little Kings track 
  • Cocked Hat track 
  • Three Sisters track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Tue 24 May 2022, 1.27pm to Tue 31 May 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 May 2022, 4.10pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to severe weather

This park is closed from Tuesday 24 May due to severe weather event.

  • Many roads are impassable due to severe weather causing dangerous conditions
  • This park will re-open as soon as it is safe

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Roads into and throughout the park are closed. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information and contact the local park office.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Sun 15 May 2022, 9.09am to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 10.34am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage and repairs.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Byron Bay area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 3.04pm to Tue 31 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 May 2022, 9.26am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Byron Bay NPWS office on 026 639 8300.

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Applies from Sat 7 May 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Sat 7 May 2022, 10.36am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flood damage

Some trails within this park are closed due to flood damage. The following Tallow Beach access trails are closed:

  • Pacific Vista Trail
  • Beachcomber North Trail
  • Scott Track
  • Sandpiper Track

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

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 12.06pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 11.44am

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park, formerly known as Mount Warning National Park, remains closed until the end of June 2022 due to the impacts of widespread flooding in the region.

The closure is also to allow further consultation with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.39am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 10.53am

Closed areas: Walk on Water walking track boardwalk closed

Due to safety concerns, the majority of the timber boardwalk over the water is closed until further notice. A small section of the timber boardwalk continues to provide access to Blue Hole via Ukerebagh track. 

For your safety, please don't enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 9.04am

Closed areas: O'Connors fire trail closed for maintenance

O'Connors fire trail is closed from Monday 10 January 2022 for maintenance and upgrades. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

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

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Jul 2021, 1.52pm

Other planned events: Notice of noise from RAAF training operations

If you plan to visit Bundjalung National Park, you may experience loud aircraft noise due to RAAF training operations from the nearby Evans Head air weapons range in the park.

Aircraft activities may be heard and seen over Black Rocks campground and from Jerusalem Creek paddle route and walking track.

Please note:

  • The RAAF schedule of planned air operations is available on the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.
  • RAAF schedules for the Air Weapons Range in Bundjalung National Park can change at short notice due to weather or other operational considerations.
  • Aircraft may not utilise the range every day of scheduled operations.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200, or visit the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.

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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 lawn 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 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

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

    Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Coach entry: $29 per coach up to 30 seats; $55 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $91 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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