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Cottan-Bimbang National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 10.39am

Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 11.25am to Mon 31 May 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 10.39am.

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage - Hastings-Macleay area

Several parks in the Hastings-Macleay area are closed due to flood and storm damage.

Camping is not permitted in closed parks.

These closures are due to widespread flooding and extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities. Parks will be reopened as soon as they are safe to access. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 May 2021, 2.49pm

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closure

Burraga Swamp walking track is closed following the recent weather event.

The NSW Forest Corporation has closed Mt Allyn Forest Road due to land slips. Mt Allyn Forest Road is the only access to Burraga Swamp.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300 or Scone office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Mon 10 May 2021, 8.00am to Thu 13 May 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 May 2021, 5.05pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for road maintenance

A number of areas are closed while road maintenance is underway. They include:

  • Dangars Gorge precinct, including Dangars Falls picnic area and Dangars Gorge campground - closed Monday 10 May to Wednesday 12 May 2021
  • Apsley Falls precinct, including Apsley Falls picnic area and Apsley Falls campground - closed Wednesday 12 May to Thursday 13 May

Tia Falls and Wollomombi Falls are alternative destinations during this period.

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

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 11.49am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 May 2021, 4.31pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May and Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information, please call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5030.

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Applies from Tue 9 Feb 2021, 4.15pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 May 2021, 3.36pm

Closed areas: Campground and trail closed

Gummi Falls campground and Bullock Brush trail are currently closed for upgrades. This closure may be extended depending on weather conditions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call NPWS Barrington Tops area office on 02 6540 2300 or 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 May 2021, 8.43am

Other incidents: No road access to Barrington Tops National Park from Gloucester

The main access roads to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester are closed until further notice due to storm and flood damage.

Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park and Honeysuckle picnic areas. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road. Campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau may be accessed from the western side via Scone. Road re-open dates are unknown at this stage.

For latest traffic information, please visit www.livetraffic.com. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 4 Mar 2021, 9.00am to Tue 14 Sep 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 1.01pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 15 March to Tuesday 14 September 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information email or call the NPWS Hunter Central Coast office on 0436 003 303.

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Applies from Tue 6 Apr 2021, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 12 May 2021, 2.08pm

Safety alerts: Access Corker trail and Upper Rocky Crossing walk via Allyn River Road

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has temporarily closed Williams Top Road due to trail damage.

To access Corker trail (from Lagoon Pinch picnic area) and the upper end of Rocky Crossing walk (from Williams Top picnic area) please use Allyn River Road - take Salisbury Road and Salisbury Gap Road from Dungog. 4WD vehicles are recommended due to the rough and slippery surface.

Council access roads cross causeways that may be impassable during heavy rain.

For more information call the Gloucester NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 12.56pm

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 Mon 10 May 2021, 12.56pm to Fri 25 Jun 2021, 1.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 May 2021, 12.34pm

Other planned events: Closed areas for aerial spraying program

A number of areas will be closed for an aerial herbicide spraying operation between Monday 10 May 2021 and Friday 25 June 2021. For public safety, the areas being treated will be closed on the day they are sprayed. Advice on specific areas to be closed will be provided a week prior to spraying.

This spraying program is being carried out to control bitou bush on headlands and beaches in:

  • Booti Booti National Park
  • Saltwater National Park
  • Tomaree National Park
  • Myall Lakes National Park (including Broughton Island)
  • Darawank Nature Reserve
  • Khapphinghat Nature Reserve
  • Stormpetrel Nature Reserve
  • Little Broughton Island Nature Reserve
  • and some adjoining Crown Lands

The program is expected to take 8 to 10 days to complete, weather dependent.

The herbicide used is Metsulfuron methyl 600WG. NPWS staff will be present during the helicopter spray operation. Please ensure you follow the advice on all warning signs and the directions given by staff.

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

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 2.19pm to Fri 14 May 2021, 2.21pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 6.09pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to severe weather event

This park is closed due to the severe weather event that included heavy rain, damaging winds and consequential widespread flooding. 

For your safety, please avoid this reserve. NPWS is conducting condition assessments of access roads and visitor precincts to determine the extent of the damage and to rectify safety issues.

This closure will be reviewed weekly, however it is expected some reserves will be impacted for an extended period due to extensive damage.

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

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Applies from Fri 30 Apr 2021, 12.46pm to Mon 31 May 2021, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 May 2021, 6.06pm

Closed parks: Willi Willi National Park closed due to flood damage

Willi Willi National Park is closed due to extensive flood damage to roads, bridges, walking tracks and picnic areas. 

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Applies from Fri 30 Apr 2021, 10.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 11.04am

Other planned events: Bridge repair works - Breinerville precinct

Repair works are underway to replace 2 bridges in the Breinerville precinct that were damaged in the 2019/2020 bushfires.

If you plan to take New England wilderness walk, please watch out for heavy machinery and observe road signage. Both sites are easily diverted by walking down the creek below the bridges. For further information contact NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.   

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 11.25am to Mon 31 May 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 10.39am

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage - Hastings-Macleay area

Several parks in the Hastings-Macleay area are closed due to flood and storm damage.

Camping is not permitted in closed parks.

These closures are due to widespread flooding and extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities. Parks will be reopened as soon as they are safe to access. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

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Applies from Mon 12 Apr 2021, 10.13am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 10.10am

Closed parks: Dooragan National Park closed

Dooragan National Park remains closed to vehicles as the access road via Captain Cook Bicentennial drive is closed.

For council road closure updates visit Road and bridge closures - Flood impacts. Laurieton walking track remains closed until Monday 31 May 2021.

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Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.52pm to Mon 31 May 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Apr 2021, 4.44pm

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flood damage

The following roads are closed due to flood damage:

  • Rimau Road
  • Cockerawombeeba Road

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Wed 28 Apr 2021, 9.54am to Mon 14 Jun 2021, 9.56am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Apr 2021, 10.02am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Program - Post Fire Pest Relief Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 10 May to Sunday 23 May 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information please email or call the Manning Great Lakes Office on (02) 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 1 Apr 2021, 2.41pm to Fri 11 Jun 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Apr 2021, 2.37pm

Closed areas: 4WD beach access and Indian Head campground closed

The following areas are closed:

  • Kylies Beach 4WD access is closed due to flood damage.
  • Indian Head campground remains closed until Friday 11 June 2021.
  • Kylies Hut and Metcalfes walking track remain closed until it's safe to re-open

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 10.37am

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk - Not suitable during rain or high river levels

The Bellinger River catchment has experienced above average rainfall over the past few months and river levels can rise quickly with rain.  River crossings on the Wilderness Walk become extremely dangerous when river levels rise and walkers may become stranded.

Do not do the walk during periods of high river levels or forecast rainfall.

Check the Bureau of Meteorology for river levels and rainfall before setting off.

For more information, contact the NPWS Coffs Cast office on phone 66520900.

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Applies from Mon 30 Nov 2020, 3.05pm to Mon 31 May 2021, 3.05pm. Last reviewed: Sat 17 Apr 2021, 9.28pm

Closed areas: The Chalet and The Residence

The Chalet and The Residence will be closed for renovations from Monday 1 February to Monday 31 May 2021.

For more information, please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 12 Mar 2021, 12.58pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Mar 2021, 11.38am

Closed parks: Yessabah Nature Reserve permanently closed

Access to Yessabah Nature Reserve is permanently closed to unauthorised personnel. The former quarry area has limestone rock faces that are unstable and prone to rock fall. Other areas of the reserve are geologically unstable. 

Do not access this park. For further information call the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6711.

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Applies from Thu 4 Mar 2021, 9.00am to Tue 14 Sep 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 8.07am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 15 March to Tuesday 14 September 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information please email or call the NPWS Hunter Central Coast office on 0436 003 303.

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Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Dec 2020, 1.59pm

Closed areas: Yellow Gully trail closed

Yellow Gully trail in Queens Lake Nature Reserve is closed due to a damaged bridge, from Thursday 17 December 2020 until further notice.

All main visitor areas remain open.

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

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Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Nov 2020, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Camping at Bretti Reserve

Bretti Reserve is a MidCoast Council-managed camping area. It is not attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service Bretti Nature Reserve.

For information about camping at Bretti Reserve please call the MidCoast Visitor Information Centre in Gloucester on 02 6538 5252.

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Applies from Thu 28 May 2020, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Sat 29 Aug 2020, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Walking track closures due to bushfire damage

Five Islands, Duck Holes, and Moor Creek walking tracks remain closed until dangerous tree works are complete, a pedestrian bridge is reinstalled (Five Islands) and tree risk assessment is completed.

Many infrastructure items, including signs and creek crossings, are yet to be reinstalled.

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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/cottanbimbang-national-park/local-alerts

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