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Columbey State Conservation Area

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 4 January 2023, 9.40am

Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 9.40am.

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 4.41pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
  • Honeymoon lookout is closed from Thursday 19 January 2023 due to upgrade works.
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to ongoing subsidence.
  • Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January for upgrades.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Andersons or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening February 2023)
  • No access to Perry's Lookdown Day Use Area from COB Wednesday 25th January 2023 until Tuesday 31st January COB to allow for helicopter operations.  Parking available along Hat Hill Rd. 
  • No access to walkers Perry's Lookdown waking track or day use area on Tuesday 31st January 2023 to allow for helicopter operations.  
  • No vehicle access to Pierces Pass picnic area from Monday 16 until Friday 27 January 2023 to allow for roadworks. Parking is available at top carpark.  Pierces Pass walking track remains open.  
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, Govetts Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides. 
  • Burra Korain Camping area remains closed due to landslides and rock falls.  
  • Pulpit walking track is open to Cripps lookout.  Track remains closed to Pulpit Rock lookout (Govetts Leap to Cripps lookout is open). Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Lawson Ridge Fire Trail is closed to all vehicles including pedestrians from Monday 30th January until Friday10th February 2023 to allow for road repairs.  

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.41pm to Sat 28 Jan 2023, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.57pm

Closed areas: Samurai Beach and campground night closure (7am-7pm)

Samurai Beach and campground in Tomaree National Park will be subject to an overnight closure between 7pm-7am for 3 nights during the Australia Day period (Wednesday night January 25, Thursday night January 26 and Friday night January 27, 2023). This will assist management of visitors during this busy period, and be enforced by NPWS staff, security guards and a locked gate.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.52pm to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 3.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.56pm

Closed areas: Gun Emplacement closed for maintenance.

The World War II Gun emplacement (closest to the lookout) located in Tomaree National Park is closed for maintenance from Saturday January 28 until Sunday January 29, 2023.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 49848200

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Applies from Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.30pm to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 3.40pm

Safety alerts: Worimi Conservation Lands - caution

Worimi Conservation Lands is currently open to 4WD vehicles, but please exercise caution as the beach is recovering from recent high tides. Do not drive through sea water or whitewash, and look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop offs. If in doubt, turn around and drive back the way you came.

Please follow the directions of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel on the beach front, and do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Central Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.01pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.35am

Closed areas: Gummi Falls campground closed for upgrade

Gummi Falls campground is closed from Saturday 1 October 2022 for upgrades - the length of this closure is very weather dependent.

This closure also means there is no vehicle access to Bullock Brush, Tugalow and Thunderbolts (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road) trails.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.35am

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Update Dec 2022: NPWS is planning for works to commence on the three bridge replacements in Feb 2023, with the whole program anticipated to be completed (weather dependant) by the end of March 2023.

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 23 Dec 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Dudley Beach Road – Australia Day traffic management

Dudley Beach road will have traffic management in place on Thursday 26 January (Australia Day), Friday 27 January and Saturday 28 January 2023.

The road will be closed to vehicle traffic intermittently when car parking spaces are full. The road will re-open to vehicles when spaces are made available. Pedestrian access via Dudley Beach Road will be unaffected.

Traffic management is required to manage visitor safety and ensure access for emergency services if required.

NPWS recommend visitors limit disruptions and road closures by planning their trip. Consider visiting Dudley beach outside peak periods, car-pool where possible and limit your stay to two hours.

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.29am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides on this road and nearby Mount Faulk Road. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored in late March 2023 (prior to Easter). A new major landslide on nearby Mount Faulk Road on Thursday 7 July 2022 has also affected access for planned heavy plant repair machinery to reach and repair the Bangalow Road landslips. However work is scheduled to start on both landslips on 11th February 2023.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 12.11pm to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.40am

Safety alerts: Watagans National Park and Heaton State Forest - Changed access

Watagan Forest Road remains the only vehicle access road into and out of Watagans National Park and the adjacent Heaton State Forest for the remainder of 2022 and up to the end of June 2023. This is due to major landslips on both Mount Faulk Road and Watagan / Heaton Road.

Access to both Watagan Forest Road and Heaton Sate Forest is either via Martinsville Hill Road, Martinsville or Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty from Friday 23 September 2022.

The following visitor areas will be accessible via Watagan Forest Road:

  • Boarding House Dam picnic area
  • Gap Creek and Monkey Face lookouts
  • Georges Road lookouts
  • Heaton lookout
  • Taylors Road lookout
  • Watagan Forest Headquarters campground
  • Macleans lookout
  • Hunters lookout

Please note:

  • Bangalow Road and Gap Creek campgrounds remain closed to repair a major landslip near the entry gate.  
  • If rain persists it may again be necessary to close Watagan Forest Road for driver safety and to minimise damage to the newly repaired road.

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

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jul 2022, 10.30am to Thu 1 Jun 2023, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Mount Faulk Road closed due to major landslip

Mount Fault Road is closed until further notice due to a major landslip below Bangalow Road.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access into Heaton State Forests or Watagans National Park due to the landslip, which has removed a larger section of the access road . Please avoid the area due to the high safety risk. Repair work is schedule to begin mid February 20223

Road barriers are in place on Mount Faulk Road below Bangalow Road  and the corner of Mount Fault Road and Monkey Face Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the Forestry Corporation of NSW website.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 9.00am

Closed parks: Reserves closed due to severe weather event

Update Dec 2022: Contractors have commenced work on the landslips in Berrico NR, with the bridge/culvert works to follow. The Glen Rd remains closed due to a number of failed bridges/culverts.

A number of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service reserves are closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from severe weather event. These include:

  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • The Glen Nature Reserve

Landslips, collapsed bridges and culverts and hazardous trees have been reported across many areas. For your safety, please avoid these reserves until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 8.59am

Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed

Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:

  • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
  • Corker trail
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
  • Rocky Crossing walk

For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.

Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.

For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 5.22pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 8.59am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is closed, including the carpark area. This is due to the closure of Mount Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest as a result of wet weather and land slips.

The road reopening date is not known at this stage. For more details, please visit the Forestry Corporation NSW website or contact the local park office.

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Applies from Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.38pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 2.43pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Jan 2023, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Brunkerville trail closed due to flooding

Brunkerville trail is closed due to impacts caused by weather incidents. 

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. 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, contact the Lower Hunter Area office 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Tue 17 Jan 2023, 6.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.51pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Jan 2023, 12.25pm

Closed areas: BJs and It Happens mountain bike tracks temporarily closed

BJs and It Happens Mountain bike tracks are temporarily closed to Friday 28th February 2023 for track upgrade works.

Detours area available via High Roller and Dr Seuss mountain bike tracks. These works are part of the Glenrock Mountain Bike Trail (MTB) network improvement program. Information about the upgrade works and other visitor improvements in Glenrock SCA can be found here.

Please help the contractors by respecting the closure of the tracks and adhering to signage on park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 13 Jan 2023, 2.29pm to Fri 24 Feb 2023, 2.29pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.15am

Closed areas: Barrington Trail (south) closed for essential road works

Barrington Trail (south) will be closed from 23 January to 24 February 2023 to allow for essential road works to be undertaken. Little Murray and Junction Pools Campgrounds will also be closed during this period.

Junction Pools, Black Swamp and Careys Peak can still be accessed via the Link Trail or the Corker walking tracks during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Gloucester Office on 6538 5300 or Scone Office on 6540 2300.

 

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Applies from Tue 8 Nov 2022, 12.38pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.48am

Safety alerts: Hickson Street walking track damaged - Proceed with caution

Hickson Street walking track has structural damage, at the beach interface, as a result of recent coastal erosion and weather events.

Please take care and proceed with caution when in the area. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100

 

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Jan 2023, 3.44pm

Closed areas: The Mungo Track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

You will need to follow the detour on The Mungo Track at Mungo Bush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km.

Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join The Mungo Track route. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes Area Office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Wed 4 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 3.01pm

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track closed

Wreck Beach walking track is closed due to heavy rain undermining the walking track causing significant damage to steps and landings. The closure will be in place for an extended period until repairs are undertaken.

Barriers and signage are in place for visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 2 Nov 2022, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.35am

Safety alerts: Use caution on roads in Karuah National Park

Hobarts Forest Road and Tattersalls Campground Road are in rough condition due to erosion caused by recent heavy rain events.

In wet conditions these roads may be boggy and difficult to navigate in a 2WD vehicle.

Repairs are scheduled to begin in February 2023. Please use caution and drive to the conditions.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.57am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.00am

Closed areas: Roads and Trails Closed due to 4WD Damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations.

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 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.49am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road/Heaton Road closed due to landslips

Watagan Road (also known as Heaton Road) is closed until further notice due to a major landslip on the Cessnock Council section.

There is no access from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road, Quorrobolong south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary.

This access to Olney, Heaton State Forests and Watagans National Park is closed.

For information about closures in nearby state forests, please refer to the Forestry Corporation of NSW website for closures and notices.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or Cessnock City Council on 02 4993 4100.

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Applies from Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.45pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 12.45pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.48am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Road - Partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 Sat 8 Oct 2022, 9.33am to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.47am

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure

The section of Great North walk between the Cherry Lane trackhead and Tooheys Road, Kulnura, is closed until further notice due to track and bridge damage from recent severe weather events.

For your safety, please avoid this area until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe for visitors.

Alternative bushwalking access is via Tooheys Road to Forest Road, then west to the intersection of Cherry Lane and Greta Road, Kulnura.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.46am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS 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 Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Dec 2022, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Partial closure on Lone Pine Road

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed until further notice while damage to a bridge is being repaired.

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

 

 

Signs and barricades are in place around the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Sun 8 Jan 2023, 5.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.43am

Closed areas: Mount Royal Road and Cassels Road closed due to road works

The following areas are closed to the public from Sunday 8 January to Tuesday 28 February due to repair works to storm-damaged roads:

  • Mount Royal Road
  • Cassels Road
  • Youngville Camping Area
  • Carrow Brook Walking Track
  • Pieries Peak Walking Track
  • Youngs Trail Picnic Area

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

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm to Fri 29 Dec 2023, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.19am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed.

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Sun 22 Jan 2023, 8.30am

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 16 Jan 2023, 7.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 3.49pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - North Samurai for Tomaree Coastal Walk construction

Construction work at the Northern end of Samurai Beach will begin in  Monday 16 January 2023 for approximately 4 weeks. Works will improve access to the existing North Samurai Trail and include the rehabilitation of significantly eroded corridors. The works are anticipated to take 4 weeks and are being delivered as part of the Tomaree Coastal Walk project. During this time pedestrian access to and from Samurai Beach from the North Samurai Trail will be limited.

Contractors will use Samurai Beach to access the worksite – visitors to be mindful of contractors staff, vehicles and material.

For more information, contact the NPWS office at Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200 during business hours, 08:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. 

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 9.58am

Safety alerts: Stoney Creek Road access by AWD/4WD only

Stoney Creek Road in Myall Lakes National Park has been affected by recent rain events. This has caused damage to the road, with sections of clay and several deep holes appearing within the road surface.

NPWS recommends that road access is via high clearance AWD or 4WD in dry weather.

NPWS is working on repairing the road once weather conditions permit. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6591 0300. 

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.03am

Closed areas: Road closures due to severe weather event

Some roads within Myall Lakes National Park are temporarily closed due to the impacts of recent severe weather. The closed roads are:

  • Nerong Road (southern section)
  • Masons Bend Trail
  • Goochs Road and Sugarloaf trail.

NPWS are working on repairs and will reopen the roads once completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.03am

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 2.22pm

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road fire trail closure

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of The 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 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jan 2023, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

The section of Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

To prevent further damage to the road and to protect visitor safety, please avoid this area and other trails in the reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 8.11am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 9.00pm to Tue 14 Mar 2023, 9.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program from 8th October 2022 to 7th April 2023 in the following reserves:

  • Barrington Tops National Park / State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve / State Conservation Area
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawney Pass National Park
  • Curracabundi group of reserves
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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 more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Nov 2022, 10.12am

Closed areas: Box Beach carpark night closure

Box Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 10pm to 5am daily. The gate will be locked during these times.

Box Beach Access Road is also closed to vehicles during this period.

A fee will be charged for vehicles exiting after 10pm. Please call Certis Security on 1300 370 145 for assistance.

For more information, please contact the local Nelson Bay office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 14 Sep 2022, 12.00am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.47am

Closed parks: Corrie Island Nature Reserve closed for shorebird nesting season

Corrie Island Nature Reserve will be closed from Friday 16 September 2022 to Friday 31 March 2023 for the protection of beach-nesting shorebirds.

Corrie Island is an important breeding site for endangered little terns and pied oystercatchers. The island is closed to visitors for the duration of the nesting season to reduce disturbance that can cause egg or chick deaths.

During the closure period visitors may not land anywhere on Corrie Island, and only NPWS staff and authorised volunteers are allowed on the island. Pest control activities may be undertaken on the island during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, email us or call the local park office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 9.40am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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