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Dharawal Nature Reserve

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 8 November 2016, 9.30am

Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am.

Closed areas: No public access permitted. Reserve located entirely within Sydney Catchment Area

This park is entirely located within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area Zone. There is no public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office for further information on (02) 4223 3000.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 19 Mar 2019, 2.02pm to Wed 20 Mar 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2019, 2.41pm

Other planned events: Delays on The Coast track - helicopter operations

There will be short delays on The Coast track between Thelma Head and Burning Palms on Wednesday 20 March 2019, 8.30am to 5pm. This is due to helicopter operations. All areas will remain open. You'll be guided through these sections of the track by NPWS staff. Please follow their instructions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 12.00pm to Tue 30 Apr 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 10.29am

Other planned events: Herbicide application - aquatic weeds

A weed spraying operation will be undertaken on the Hacking River in Audley NSW upstream of Audley weir. The operation is targeting Senegal tea and Ludwigia weeds with herbicides metsulfuron-methyl and glyphosate. Herbicide application trials for yellow water poppy will also be undertaken using various herbicides. For further information on pesticide applications or general information about the program, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2019, 10.02am to Fri 22 Mar 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2019, 11.27am

Closed areas: Bents Basin closed to all water activities

Bents Basin (the basin or swimming hole) in Bents Basin State Conservation area is closed to all water activities. This includes where the water enters and leaves the basin. Rising water levels mean it is unsafe for water activities, including swimming. This is due to recent rains in Sydney’s southwest and the Nepean River catchments.

This closure will remain in place until conditions return to normal, and may be extended. Any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Cumberland area office on 02 4580 2700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 19 Mar 2019, 7.00am to Sat 30 Mar 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2019, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Caves Creek visitor area and walking trail closed

Caves Creek visitor area and Caves Creek walking track are closed for maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. Alternatively, visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 6 Mar 2019, 4.21pm to Tue 2 Apr 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Mar 2019, 1.43pm

Closed areas: Part park closure for hazard reduction burn

Some remote areas of this park are closed due to planned hazard reduction activities. The closed area is north of Oberon Colong stock route and south of Kowmung River, between Ruby Creek and Waterfall Creek.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Oberon office on 02 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 11 Feb 2019, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Feb 2019, 5.02pm

Other incidents: No canoeing in Thirlmere Lakes National Park

It's not possible to canoe in Thirlmere Lakes National Park due to low lake water levels.

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Applies from Fri 25 Jan 2019, 12.51pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 12.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Feb 2019, 9.32am

Closed areas: Northern end of Leacock Regional Park closed

The northern end of Leacock Regional Park is closed due to asbestos contamination. There is no health risk unless asbestos fragments are disturbed, so we request that no persons enter this location unless the closure is removed. Any closure extensions will be posted as soon as possible.

The closed area is the northern end of Leacock Regional Park bounded by Leacocks Lane, Hume Highway, Casula Road and approx. 200m from Bellbird walking track. The closed areas are clearly signposted.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 14 Jan 2019, 11.23am to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Mar 2019, 4.16pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Monday 14 January 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019. This park fire ban will remain in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. 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 Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Summer traffic in Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is busy throughout January 2019. As car parks become full at Wattamolla Beach, Garie Beach, Audley and Bonnie Vale, temporary road closures may be implemented. When parking is full, traffic will only be permitted to travel through the park. Traffic controllers and NSW Police will be on-site managing access. 

For the most up to date information about which sections of the park are closed please follow our twitter account.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Sat 1 Sep 2018, 12.01pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Feb 2019, 10.00am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park from Saturday 1 September 2018 and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019, unless otherwise extended or removed.

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 Sat 1 Sep 2018, 12.01pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Feb 2019, 9.59am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Gardens of Stone National Park

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Saturday 1 September 2018 to Tuesday 19 March 2019. This ban will remain unless otherwise extended or removed. 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 Tue 4 Sep 2018, 1.09pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Jan 2019, 7.32am

Fire bans: Fire ban - Yengo National Park

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 Mogo campground, Big Yengo (Blue Gums and Mountain Arm campgrounds) and Finchley campground. 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 are under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There is 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 Tue 4 Sep 2018, 1.11pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Jan 2019, 7.35am

Fire bans: Fire ban - Parr State Conservation Area

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 Heartbreak Hill campground. 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 are under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There is 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 Sun 22 Oct 2017, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Jan 2019, 2.24pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway at Towra Point Nature Reserve, and will finish on Saturday 31 March 2019.

The program is part of the NPWS FoxTap program, and is designed to control foxes to assist in recovery of little terns and pied oystercatchers. 

1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats.

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Applies from Tue 2 Oct 2018, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Ingar campground closed

Ingar campground and Ingar Road are closed to vehicle access due to private property building works. The closure is indefinite because it relates to access through the private property. No opening date can be advised. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Ingar Road and Ingar campground can still be accessed by walkers and cyclists.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Jan 2019, 12.39pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

Access to walking tracks between Cape Banks and Henry Head will be affected from September 2018 to March 2019 due to track upgrades.

  • Cape Banks bridge to island will be closed from Monday 4 February 2019 to Wednesday 6 February 2019 for the construction of pathway and concreting.
  • The track from Cape Banks to Henry Head is closed.
  • Cape Banks walking track is open, but there is no access to Henry Head. Expect some delays due to construction.
  • Henry Head walking track is open to Cruwee Beach. The track is closed from Cruwee Beach to Cape Banks.

NSW National Parks apologises for any inconvenience this might cause. For more information please call the NPWS Nielsen Park office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Feb 2019, 12.02pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades walking track. Visitors can still walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant on Cliff Drive via this longer track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Jan 2019, 8.58am

Closed areas: National Pass, Wentworth Pass and Roberts Pass closed

National Pass, Wentworth Pass and Roberts Pass remain closed for an extended period following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is investigating carefully how the geological hazards can be dealt with so that visitors can return to these areas in the future. However a definite time frame is not known because the issues are complex. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Valley of Waters track is open to the base of Empress Falls. Empress Canyon is also open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Feb 2019, 3.44pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice.

2. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday
  • 1st Sunday of the month. However, Sunday 3 March 2019 is Clean Up Australia Day, and there will be no shooting on that day.
  • 3rd Sunday of the month. However, Sunday 21 April 2019 is Easter Sunday, and there will be no shooting on that day.
  • Thursday 25 April 2019 (Anzac day)

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only (Boora Point walking track).

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association.

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call 02 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.29am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to rock falls

Some areas of this park are closed to public access due to rock fall hazards. Closed areas are: 

  • The northern section of the Mt Keira Ring track that extends west from the Mt Pleasant track to the stairs leading up to Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • All areas above Mt Keira Ring track to Mt Keira summit, except for the Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mt Keira.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188.

View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB).

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access to areas located within the Sydney Catchment Area

Some areas of this park are closed as they are located within a Water Catchment Special Area.  These areas are closed to the public except with the consent of the Sydney Catchment Authority. Closed areas include the South Eastern section of the park, between the Southern Freeway and the Princes Highway. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra Area Office on (02) 4223 3000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access permitted. Reserve located entirely within Sydney Catchment Area

This park is entirely located within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area Zone. There is no public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office for further information on (02) 4223 3000.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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/dharawal-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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