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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Applies from Fri 21 Dec 2018, 4.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Dec 2018, 4.19pm

Other planned events: Alcohol Free Days

A temporary alcohol ban will be in place within Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve on four key dates this summer. Alcohol consumption will not be permitted within the reserve on:

  • Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018
  • New Year’s Eve, Monday 31 December 2018
  • New Year’s Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019
  • Australia Day, Saturday 26 January 2019

The ban will be in force all day for the full 24hr period for all of the days listed.

The temporary alcohol ban applies to all parts of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, including the north bank of the Brunswick River near Harrys Hill (also known as Christmas Beach), and the Brunswick River picnic area at the mouth of Marshalls Creek (also known as the Oyster Lease). NPWS officers will be on-site to supervise the ban with support from NSW Police.

The aim of the temporary alcohol ban is to promote a safe and relaxed atmosphere while protecting the environment, and to avoid the anti-social behaviour that has occurred in previous years on these days.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call NPWS on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Wed 21 Nov 2018, 2.51pm to Fri 21 Jun 2019, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Sat 8 Dec 2018, 3.32pm

Other planned events: Online booking commencement

As of Wednesday 21 November 2018, campsites at Cutters Camp Campground are no longer available upon arrival. Reservations must be made via the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website, or by phoning the call centre.

To book, visit the NPWS Mebbin National Park webpage and click the 'Book Now' button.

Alternatively you can call 1300072757.

NPWS appreciates your cooperation with the new booking reservation system. Your camp fees will be reinvested into ongoing upgrades to Cutters Camp Campground.

 

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Applies from Thu 13 Dec 2018, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Dec 2018, 4.29pm

Closed areas: Newton Drive Mount Nardi

Some areas of this park are closed from Thursday 13 December to Friday 14 December due to engineering works.  All public vehicle and pedestrian access into the site will be closed for this period. Access to walking tracks in this section is also closed.

This closure will remain unless extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 3 Dec 2018, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Dec 2018, 2.26pm

Other planned events: Online booking commencement

As of Wednesday 12 of December 2018, campsites at Sheepstation Creek and Forest Tops campgrounds will no longer be available upon arrival. Reservations must be made via the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website, or by phoning the call centre.

To book, visit the NPWS Border Ranges National Park webpage and click the 'Book now' button. Alternatively you can call 1300 072 757.

NPWS appreciates your cooperation with the new booking reservation system. Your camp fees will be reinvested into ongoing upgrades to Sheepstation Creek and Forest Tops campgrounds.

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Applies from Wed 10 Oct 2018, 3.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Nov 2018, 9.03am

Closed areas: Lynches Creek Road closed

Lynches Creek Road is currently closed for bridge replacement work. Alternative access to Border Ranges National Park is via Grady's Creek Road, Simes Road and Forest Road. Simes Road is not considered suitable for caravans or motorhomes.

Tweed Range Scenic Drive and Brindle Loop Road are open to traffic. Please take caution travelling along new roadworks.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, 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 Thu 13 Sep 2018, 11.02am to Sun 30 Jun 2019, 10.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Oct 2018, 4.57pm

Closed areas: Toilet removed at Broadwater Beach picnic area

The toilet at Broadwater Beach picnic area has been removed due to extensive vandalism and will be replaced by June 2019. The picnic area and beach access remains open. 

For more information, please contact 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 Thu 12 Jul 2018, 9.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Aug 2018, 8.52am

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 Tue 20 Mar 2018, 2.42pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Sep 2018, 8.51am

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 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: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.15pm

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: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.14pm

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: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.15pm

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: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.14pm

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 6639 8300.
  • 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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Emergency services

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For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer