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Hat Head National Park

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Last reviewed: Wed 11 August 2021, 2.09pm

Applies from Wed 11 Aug 2021, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 2.09pm.

Closed areas: Green Island walking track closed for tree maintenance

The Green Island walking track is closed until further notice for hazardous tree maintenance following the recent hazard reduction burn.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Macleay office on 02 6561 6700.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 22 Nov 2021, 4.05pm to Sat 30 Apr 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 8.58am

Closed parks: Park closed due to landslip

This park is closed from Monday 22 November 2021 due to a landslip on Captain Cook Bicentennial Drive. Please check back for updates.

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

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Applies from Thu 13 Jan 2022, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Jan 2022, 3.20pm

Safety alerts: Hunters Road - 4WD only

Hunters Road is closed to 2WD vehicles. The road has been damaged by extended wet weather on recent roadworks and is only suitable for 4WD.

Repair works are scheduled for February 2022.  Please take care and drive to the conditions.

For more information, contact Coffs Coast Area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sat 8 Jan 2022, 9.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jan 2022, 3.56pm

Safety alerts: Point Lookout Road - 4WD only

Point Lookout Road is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is very wet and slippery in sections because of ongoing wet weather.

Take care and drive safely. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 6 Jan 2022, 2.47pm to Thu 20 Jan 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jan 2022, 12.34pm

Safety alerts: General flooding and storm warnings

Please be aware of widespread rain across NSW which may result in rivers and creeks rising rapidly. Roads can become slippery and dangerous.

Please adhere to road and campground closures. Never drive through flooded roads and causeways. Take care and drive safely.

Please check local government area websites for local road closures. For more information, contact the NPWS Walcha area office on 02 6777 4700 or the NPWS Armidale area office on 02 6738 9100.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.52pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 2.47pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. It will be ongoing in the park between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 28 February 2022. The program is being undertaken to protect threatened shorebirds.

The baiting area will be identifiable 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 location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 5.15am to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 3.15pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 2.46pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using buried meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. It will be ongoing between Sunday 15 August 2021 and Monday 28 February 2022 in Bongil Bongil National Park. The program is being undertaken to protect threatened shorebirds.

The baiting area will be identifiable 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 location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please call Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Sat 1 Jan 2022, 11.04am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 11.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 12.15pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

The following parks area are closed until Friday 1 April 2022 due to flood and storm damage:

  • Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve
  • Willi Willi National Park

Access and camping is not permitted in closed parks.

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

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Applies from Sat 1 Jan 2022, 10.57am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 12.07pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

The following parks area are closed until Friday 1 April 2022 due to flood and storm damage:

  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Kumbatine State Conservation Area
  • Maria National Park

Access and camping is not permitted in closed parks.

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

 

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Applies from Thu 18 Mar 2021, 8.45am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Nov 2021, 3.48pm

Safety alerts: New England Wilderness Walk wet weather warning

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 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Tue 2 Nov 2021, 1.52pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Nov 2021, 3.11pm

Closed areas: Cockeawombeeba Road closed due to flood damage

Cockerawombeeba Road is closed due to extensive flood damage.

Repairs and maintenance are being completed by Forestry Corporation. Please check back for updates.

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

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Applies from Wed 11 Aug 2021, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 2.09pm

Closed areas: Green Island walking track closed for tree maintenance

The Green Island walking track is closed until further notice for hazardous tree maintenance following the recent hazard reduction burn.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Macleay office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Sun 16 May 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 8.03pm

Other incidents: Cedar Park toilet

The toilet at Cedar Park has been damaged by a fallen tree and is out of order. NPWS are working towards a replacement and there are no other toilet facilities available at the picnic area. 

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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 Mon 1 Mar 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Mar 2021, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Area permanently closed - Mermaid Pools

Access to Mermaid Pools is permanently closed including for swimming. Sudden large swells and tides create major waves that wash over the rocks and pools.

Do not access this area. The severe conditions at this site have caused a number of significant injuries and deaths in the past.

Mermaid Pools have never been a designated visitor site due to the extreme nature of the surf and tides at this location. There is no approved public access walking track to Mermaid Pools.

For further information call the NPWS Verges Creek area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Thu 17 Dec 2020, 2.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jan 2021, 9.32am

Closed areas: Roto House closed

The historic Roto House within Roto House Historic Site is closed for until further notice. Reopening planning is underway for after the Covid restrictions change.

The grounds and carpark of Roto House Historic Site remain open to the public.

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

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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/hat-head-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system, please bring correct change.

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Emergency services

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