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Columbey State Conservation Area

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Applies from Tue 28 Jul 2020, 3.16pm to Tue 18 Aug 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Aug 2020, 3.14pm

Closed areas: 4WD beach access closed

Beaches in Myall Lakes National Park are closed to vehicles, including:

  • Mungo Beach 4WD access to the Big Gibber
  • Bennetts Beach from the southern park boundary to Dark Point
  • Lighthouse Beach at Seal Rocks

These beaches have been impacted by the recent weather, making them unsafe for vehicles. The closure will be reviewed on Tuesdays weekly.

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Applies from Wed 5 Aug 2020, 12.55pm to Wed 12 Aug 2020, 8.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Aug 2020, 3.36pm

Closed areas: Ramsar Road closed

Ramsar Road within Hunter Wetlands National Park is closed from 8am, Tuesday 4 August until 8am, Thursday 13 August 2020. This is for road maintenance with heavy plant in use.

Please note these road closure dates may be extended, depending on weather conditions. 

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Aug 2020, 3.16pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed

NPWS is working to reopen all campgrounds and accommodations where possible. However, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings or for other reasons such as fire or flood damage.

From 1 June, all reopened campgrounds and campsites will require a booking to be made before you visit.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.58pm to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 12.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 10.25am

Closed areas: Broughton Island campground closure

Broughton Island campground in Myall Lakes National Park will be closed from Wednesday 29 July until Friday 25 September 2020 for the replacement and upgrade of the public toilet.

The island will remain open to day visitors. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Thu 11 Jun 2020, 2.07pm to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 8.51am

Safety alerts: Jerusalem Creek trail pedestrian bridge damaged

Jerusalem Creek trail currently has a damaged pedestrian bridge. A diversion is in place. Please take care and follow on-site signs.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 4.46pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Aug 2020, 1.28pm

Closed areas: Youngville campground toilet is closed

The Youngville campground toilet in Mount Royal National Park is closed for repair.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.33pm to Thu 1 Oct 2020, 2.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Aug 2020, 9.47am

Other planned events: Korsmans campground - Limited campsites

A number of campsites at Korsmans Campground are temporarily unavailable due to recent upgrade works. Works include defining and levelling campsites, replacement of wood fireplaces and improvements to drainage and access to sites.  

For further information, call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Wed 24 Jun 2020, 1.53pm to Mon 14 Sep 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 11.36am

Closed areas: Bungarie Bay campground closed for maintenance

Bungarie Bay campground will be closed indefinitely for redevelopment and maintenance.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

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 Mon 1 Jun 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 9.18am

Closed areas: Barrington Tops seasonal 4WD trail closures

The following 4WD trails are closed to all public vehicles from Monday 1 June 2020 to Wednesday 30 September 2020 for the winter seasonal closure:

  • Barrington trail - south
  • Barrington trail - central
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

Vehicle access to Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds and associated walking tracks and facilities is closed during this time. Visitors can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks and facilities on foot or by bicycle.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact either the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300, the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 1 Jun 2020, 1.06pm to Fri 18 Sep 2020, 1.06pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.28pm

Closed areas: Dees Corner campground closed due to upgrade works

Dees Corner campground is closed from Monday 11 May 2020 until further notice due to upgrade works.  For further information, please call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 7 Apr 2020, 10.34am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Fingal Island access trail and Point Stephens Lighthouse - closed to vehicles

The Fingal Island access trail and Point Stephens Lighthouse are closed to vehicles.

The sea conditions at the spit are variable, unpredictable and subject to change at short notice. People have drowned attempting to cross the Fingal Spit, and even at low tides the spit can be impacted by fast-moving water.

For more information call 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: Thu 21 May 2020, 12.13pm

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.

The 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 Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not accessible by 2WD vehicles.  4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.04pm

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, 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 Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

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 consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

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 Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 May 2020, 9.58am

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 Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and potential vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed. For more information, call the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9.16am. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Apr 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks walking track

Ocean Rocks walking track in Tomaree National Park is closed due to landslide from Thursday 20 February 2020. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

All main visitor areas, including Tomaree Summit walk, will remain open. You can still access Tomaree Head via Tomaree Summit walk.

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 12.31pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 8.21am

Safety alerts: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting operation

An aerial and ground baiting operation will take place in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area, Wallabadah Nature Reserve, Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve and National Park, Crawney Pass National Park, Curracabundi National Park and State Conservation Area, Mernot Nature Reserve, Monkeycot Nature Reserve and Watchimbark Nature Reserve from Tuesday 31 March to Wednesday 30 September 2020. Meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison will be used. The program is for the control of wild dog and foxes. Baiting locations are identified by signs.

Please remember that domestic pests are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300 or the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Upper Avon Road closed

Upper Avon Road in Berrico Nature Reserve is currently closed to all vehicles between Berrico Road and Berrico Creek Road. This is due to the failure of an old log culvert. NSW National Parks is working on fixing the problem as soon as possible, depending on resource availability and the weather. For more information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Mar 2020, 10.28am

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

All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay access areas are closed to driving. Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA). The RVA is located south of the Lavis Lane access, and is now open for dune driving.

Be aware of tides. At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable. Plan your trip so that you travel at low tide. If the beachfront is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes.

We recommend that 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 Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.01am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

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 Central Coast area 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 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.00am

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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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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