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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 Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4.12pm to Fri 26 Oct 2018, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4.57pm

Closed areas: Glenbrook Precinct closure

There is no vehicle access across Glenbrook Creek due to dangerous road conditions and flooding of the causeway. This closure applies to the public, including walkers, vehicles and cyclists. Access will be reassessed on Friday 26 October 18. The affected areas are:

  • Nepean,Tunnel View and Portal lookouts
  • Euroka campground
  • The Oaks picnic shelter
  • Red Hands Cave
  • Pisgar Ridge
  • Jack Evans track

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hakwesbury Nattai area office on 02 4720 6200 or Blue Mountains Heritage Center 02 4787 8877. Alternatively, visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 10 Oct 2018, 8.30am to Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9.25am

Safety alerts: Figure Eight Pools – high risk

  • It’s too dangerous to visit the Figure Eight Pools now
  • You can't access the rock platform because it is covered in water and breaking waves
  • You won't be able to see the pools or take a photo

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Applies from Fri 28 Sep 2018, 1.56pm to Thu 25 Oct 2018, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Oct 2018, 11.32am

Closed areas: Partial closure of Wattamolla picnic area and The Coast track

Wattamolla picnic area is partially closed on Wednesday 24 October and Thursday 25 October 2018 from 6am to 5pm due to helicopter operations.

Access to Providential Point and The Coast track will remain open, but walkers should expect delays. Visitors will be guided through affected areas during the helicopter operations.

The affected areas include:

  • Wattamolla picnic area
  • Sections of The Coast track, between Wattamolla and Curracurrang

 Access to Wattamolla lagoon and beach will remain open.

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 Sun 14 Oct 2018, 11.39am to Fri 19 Oct 2018, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Oct 2018, 12.12pm

Closed areas: Burralow Precinct closures

Tabaraga Ridge fire trail and Patterson Range fire trail are closed due to dangerous road conditions, and will remain closed till further notice. There is also no vehicle access to Burralow campground.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200 or the 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 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.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Oct 2018, 12.09pm

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: Tue 2 Oct 2018, 1.14pm

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 Tue 2 Oct 2018, 7.30am to Tue 6 Nov 2018, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 28 Sep 2018, 3.13pm

Closed areas: Partial park closure – Glenbrook Precinct

Some areas of this park are closed due to fire trail maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Oaks fire trail from Iron Barks picnic area​
  • Red Hands Cave fire trail
  • Nepean lookout and fire trail

The area is closed to vehicles only. Pedestrians and bikes can access the fire trails with care. The area will be assessed after a month to see if the trails can be re-opened.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond area office on 02 4588 2400 or Blackheath 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 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 8.51am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Oct 2018, 10.52am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

The Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. This closure is to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also 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: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 12.28pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

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

  • Cape Banks walking track is open, but there is no access to Henry Head. Expect some delays due to construction.
  • The track from Cape Banks to Henry Head is closed.
  • 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 phone the NPWS Nielsen Park office on 02 9337 5511.

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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 Fri 8 Jun 2018, 9.30am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jun 2018, 9.54am

Safety alerts: Mount Solitary walking track safety following prescribed burn

Mount Solitary walking track has recently been impacted by a prescribed burn.

Trees and branches that have burnt could continue to fall and the route may be indistinct in sections.

For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10.16am

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 28 May 2018, 10.20am

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

National Pass, Wentworth Pass and Roberts Pass have been closed due to a recent rockfall. 

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 Tue 30 Sep 2014, 4.42pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Sep 2017, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change

Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, 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 18 Oct 2018, 2.55pm

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 
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only, including Boora Point walking track.

They do not apply to the western section of the park, including Western Escarpment walking track.

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

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 Thu 4 Jun 2015, 10.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.02am

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track

The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.

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 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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