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Columbey State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 30 July 2018, 3.22pm

Applies from Mon 23 Jul 2018, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jul 2018, 3.22pm.

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program

NPWS will be running 1080 wild dog and fox control from Monday 23 July 2018, for a three week period. The following areas will be affected:

  • Columbey National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area

Neighbours and members of the public are reminded that domestic dogs are not permitted with NPWS estate. For further information please contact the Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4.56pm

Closed areas: Upper Avon Road closed

Upper Avon Road within Berrico Nature Reserve is currently closed to all vehicles between Berrico Road and Berrico Creek Road due to the failure of a old log culvert. The National Parks and Wildlife Service are working on fixing the problem as soon as possible, however this is dependent upon resource availability and the weather.

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Applies from Wed 17 Oct 2018, 8.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Oct 2018, 10.25am

Closed areas: Samurai Beach - Tomaree National Park

Some areas of this park are closed due to a deceased whale at nearby One Mile Beach. NPWS are responding in conjunction with Port Stephens Council to develop strategies to manage visitor safety. The closed areas are:

  • Samurai Beach
  • One Mile Beach (Port Stephens Council)

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.  Penalties apply for non-compliance. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience. For more information, please contact NPWS Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 1 Sep 2018, 5.24pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Oct 2018, 11.24am

Fire bans: Part park fire ban

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019. The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Euroka, Burralow Creek, Green Gully, Murphys Glen, Mount Werong and Batsch Camp picnic areas and campgrounds. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2 m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 28 Sep 2018, 11.55am to Mon 17 Dec 2018, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Oct 2018, 1.11pm

Closed areas: Temporary closure of The Wells campground

The Wells campground is temporarily closed until December 2018, for essential maintenance works and improvements. The works include replacement of wood fireplaces, site raising and levelling, drainage works and site numbering.

NPWS apologises for any inconvenience. For more information, contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 27 Sep 2018, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Sep 2018, 4.16pm

Other planned events: Trails closed to vehicles due to unsafe trail conditions

Some trails are closed in this park until further notice due to unsafe trail conditions. The following trails are affected:

  • Barrington trail closed to vehicles south of the junction with Junction Pools trail
  • Tugalow trail closed
  • Thunderbolts trail closed
  • Alternative access to Gummi campground via Bullocks Brush trail

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 Sat 1 Sep 2018, 3.50pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Aug 2018, 10.22am

Fire bans: Fire Ban - Wollemi National Park

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Wednesday Sunday 31 March 2019.

The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Colo Meroo, Coorongooba, Dunns Swamp, Newnes and Wheeny Creek picnic and campgrounds.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • they're under direct control of an adult
  • the ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • there's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Mon 23 Jul 2018, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Jul 2018, 3.22pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program

NPWS will be running 1080 wild dog and fox control from Monday 23 July 2018, for a three week period. The following areas will be affected:

  • Columbey National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area

Neighbours and members of the public are reminded that domestic dogs are not permitted with NPWS estate. For further information please contact the Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Tue 12 Jun 2018, 3.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Jul 2018, 9.27am

Closed areas: Gloucester Falls lookout closed for upgrade

Gloucester Falls lookout is closed due to a major upgrade. The site is closed to visitors to allow these works to be completed safely.

Access to the following areas from Gloucester Tops are still open:

  • Andrew Laurie lookout
  • the Antarctic Beech forest walk
  • the River walk
  • Gloucester Tops picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Mar 2018, 10.21am

Closed areas: Rainforest walk to Riverside Park - closed due to fire

Rainforest walk to Riverside Park is closed due to a fire in Hunter Wetlands National Park. This area will remain closed until a tree assessment is carried out in this area, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100 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: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 8.04am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and possible vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sat 3 Mar 2018, 3.11pm

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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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Dec 2017, 8.41am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It has 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 Mon 10 Jul 2017, 3.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Aug 2017, 6.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted at Tomago and Hexham within Hunter Wetlands National Park. 1080 poison can affect non-target species including cats and dogs. The pubic are advised not to allow their pets to stray into these sections of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Domestic pets are not allowed in Hunter Wetlands National Park, either on a leash or off-leash. The baiting program will finish on 11 September 2017.

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Applies from Thu 22 Jun 2017, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Fri 30 Jun 2017, 12.23pm

Safety alerts: Damaged road bridge along Knob Road

There is a damaged bridge along Knob Road within Myall Lakes National Park. Motorists using this road will need to take extreme caution and obey all warning signage. For further information please contact the Great Lakes area office on (02) 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 8 May 2017, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jun 2018, 3.08pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting in Barrington Tops

NPWS are conducting a 1080 baiting program for wild dogs in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area for the next 6 months starting from 15 March 2018. For further information please contact either the NPWS Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on (02) 6545 1128.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Sat 10 Jun 2017, 8.49am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

The fire trail from the Null Road intersection downhill to the private property boundary is steep and eroded. There is no road access across the grazing paddocks to Ravensdale Road in the Ravensdale Valley. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.22pm

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area has been affected by recent vehicle and storm damage. It is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Aug 2016, 12.24pm

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, please contact NPWS Lakes 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 25 Sep 2014, 3.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 9.40am

Closed areas: Crangan Bay

The Crangan Bay section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed pending rehabilitation of the former coal chitter fire site. For safety reasons there is no public access to this area until further notice. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.08am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Safety alerts: Road access within Jilliby SCA

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Aug 2016, 10.09am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road

Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby SCA is closed to vehicles until further notice, due to severe erosion. This closure will remain in place indefinitely. Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2015, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Sat 23 Jul 2016, 9.37am

Closed areas: Partial road closures – Mount Royal and Cassells Roads

Some areas of this park are closed due to road damage following recent weather conditions . Closed areas are:

  • Mount Royal Road beyond Mt Royal - the road is gated at this point.
  • Cassells Road between Fal Brook Bridge and Keegans track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bulga office on (02) 6574 5555 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 24 Jul 2015, 9.46am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.23am

Closed areas: Fingal Island Spit - Closure

Some areas of this park are closed due to weather and storm conditions. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. The closed area is:

  • Fingal Island Spit - No pedestrian or vehicle access between mainland and Fingal Island

For more information, please phone the NPWS Hunter coast area office on (02) 4984 8205 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

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 are subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

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

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are 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, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8.38am

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Closed areas: Camping at Stockton Beach closed

Camping at Stockton Beach remains closed until further notice - Stockton Bight Camping remains closed while the area continues to recover, following severe winter storms.The beach is still open for people to visit, and there are a large variety of commercial tours available daily. For more information visit www.worimiconservationlands.com or call NPWS at Nelson Bay on (02) 4984 8200. For information on alternative accommodation options call the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800 808 900.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2017, 1.34pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Aug 2017, 11.11am

Closed areas: Crawford River Road - Myall Lakes National Park section

Crawford River Road within Myall Lakes National Park is closed to motor vehicles until further notice due to a collapsed timber bridge which is impassable to vehicles. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused to visitors. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on (02) 6591 0300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/columbey-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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