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Hat Head National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 15 November 2019, 11.01am

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 8.00am to Fri 22 Nov 2019, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Nov 2019, 11.01am.

Closed parks: Park closed due to extreme fire weather

This park and all parks in the area are closed due to current extreme fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation across the state. Please do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Sun 10 Nov 2019, 3.01pm to Mon 18 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 8.20am.

Closed parks: Park closed - Emergency bushfire conditions

This park and all parks within the Hastings Macleay area are closed from Sunday 10 November to midnight Monday 18 November 2019 due to emergency bushfire conditions. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555 or 02 6566 6168 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 10 May 2019, 1.48pm to Sun 1 Dec 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Oct 2019, 2.08pm.

Closed areas: Smoky Cape Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages closed

Smoky Cape Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages are closed for maintenance until further notice. Visitors can still access the lighthouse and lookout.

For more information, please contact npws.property@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 26 Oct 2019, 7.19pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Nov 2019, 1.24am

Fires - Advice: Crestwood Dr, Port Macquarie

There is a fire in this park called Crestwood Dr, Port Macquarie. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 18 Oct 2019, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Nov 2019, 1.20am

Fires - Advice: Rumba Complex

There is a fire in this park called Rumba Complex. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 17 Oct 2019, 4.10pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Nov 2019, 12.38am

Fires - Watch and Act: Kian Road

There is a fire in this park called Kian Road. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 16 Nov 2019, 12.01am to Sat 16 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Nov 2019, 3.12pm

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Applies from Tue 12 Nov 2019, 12.31pm to Fri 22 Nov 2019, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.48pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfires

This park is closed due to bushfire. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.42am to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10.39am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 11.02am

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires

This park and a number of other parks are closed due to bushfire. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

There are a number of fires in the area including Carrai Creek, Dingo Creek, Stockyard Flat, Doyles River, Rowleys Gorge and Yarrowitch.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6738 9100 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Sat 9 Nov 2019, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.47am

Closed areas: Point lookout area closed due to severe fire situation

Due to severe fire conditions, all visitor areas and accommodation in the Point lookout area of New England National Park are closed until further notice.

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Affects 1 park and 15 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 11 Nov 2019, 8.00am to Fri 22 Nov 2019, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Nov 2019, 11.01am

Closed parks: Park closed due to extreme fire weather

This park and all parks in the area are closed due to current extreme fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation across the state. Please do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Sun 10 Nov 2019, 3.01pm to Mon 18 Nov 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 8.20am

Closed parks: Park closed - Emergency bushfire conditions

This park and all parks within the Hastings Macleay area are closed from Sunday 10 November to midnight Monday 18 November 2019 due to emergency bushfire conditions. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555 or 02 6566 6168 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 3.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 4.03pm

Closed parks: Coffs Coast Area parks and reserves

This park or reserve is closed until further notice due to very high fire danger. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6652 0900 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.06am

Fire bans: Park Fire Bans

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) 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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For 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 Thu 31 Oct 2019, 10.14am to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.02am

Closed areas: East Kunderang and other areas closed due to bushfire

Some areas of this park are closed due to a bushfire. The closed areas are:

  • East Kunderang Homestead
  • Budds Mare campground and lookout
  • Budds Mare to Riverside lookout
  • Riverside campground
  • Green Gully track
  • Mooraback campground
  • Youdales campground and Hut and Historic site. 

Do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This fire is called Carrai Creek Fire. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 6738 9101 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 11.13am to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 11.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 9.54am

Closed parks: Werrikimbe National Park closed

Werrikimbe National Park is closed due to bushfire. Do not enter the park. Mooraback campground is closed to visitors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

This fire is called Carrai Creek Fire. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 28 Oct 2019, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 2.10pm

Closed areas: Riverside and Budds Mare closed - bushfire

Some parts of this park are closed due to bushfire. The closed areas are:

  • Riverside campground and picnic area
  • Budds Mare campground and picnic area

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 23 Oct 2019, 2.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Oct 2019, 10.48am

Other incidents: Swimming not advised around Big Hill Headland

A humpback whale carcass has washed ashore on Big Hill Headland, next to Limeburners Creek National Park. NPWS advises against swimming or surfing in the vicinity due to the increased risk of shark presence.

Surf Lifesaving NSW and DPI Shark Smart have been notified. NPWS are assisting Crown Lands to determine the most appropriate management response to this incident. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Hastings Macleay office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Tue 22 Oct 2019, 2.06pm to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 2.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.01am

Closed areas: Green Gully track closed

Green Gully track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is closed due to a bushfire. Do not enter this area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

This fire is called Carrai Creek. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 6738 9100 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 22 Oct 2019, 1.49pm to Sat 30 Nov 2019, 11.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Nov 2019, 10.02am

Closed parks: Carrai National Park closed - bushfire

This park is closed due to bushfire. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

This fire is called Carrai Creek. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6738 9100 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Tue 22 Oct 2019, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Oct 2019, 11.43am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) 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. For 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 Fri 18 Oct 2019, 4.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Nov 2019, 3.11pm

Closed parks: Dunggir National Park closed due to Kian Road and Fortescue Creek fires

Dunggir National Park is closed due to a bushfire. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This fires are called Kian Road and Fortescue Creek. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6652 0900 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Thu 5 Sep 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 1.32pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban - Coffs Coast area

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) 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. For 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 Wed 4 Sep 2019, 3.57pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 4.14pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) 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. For 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 Mon 29 Jul 2019, 3.40pm to Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Aug 2019, 4.10pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program - Gaagal Wanggaan National Park

Visitors and residents in the Scotts Head, Gumma Reserve and Nambucca areas should be aware that a 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted in Gaagal Wanggaan National Park. This program will run from Tuesday 6 August 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020.

Dogs are not permitted in NSW national parks. Non-target animals may be affected by 1080 baits. Please ensure that dogs are not exposed to the risk of poison baits.

This program is vitally important to the long-term survival of threatened and endangered shorebirds, such as the little tern.

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

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Applies from Wed 17 Jul 2019, 2.01pm to Fri 13 Mar 2020, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2019, 4.23pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program - Bongil Bongil National Park

Park visitors and residents in the Sawtell and Bundagen areas should be aware that a 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted in Bongil Bongil National Park from Monday 5 August 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020. This program is vitally important to the long-term survival of threatened and endangered shorebirds, such as the little tern.

Dogs are not permitted in NSW national parks. Non-target animals may be affected by 1080 baits. Please ensure that dogs are not exposed to the risk of poison baits.

For further information call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Tue 18 Dec 2018, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Jan 2019, 3.00pm

Closed areas: Wollomombi Falls main lookout closed

The main viewing platform at Wollomombi Falls visitor area has identified structural deterioration. It will be closed until repairs can be completed and the structure has been certified as safe.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 17 Dec 2018, 8.40pm to Mon 3 Feb 2020, 8.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Oct 2019, 2.07pm

Other incidents: Wilson River picnic area - gas barbecues not available

The gas barbecues are not in operation at Wilson River picnic area in Willi Willi National Park.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2015, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 May 2017, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Potential rock falls - Little Bay and Trial Bay

The granite cliffs surrounding Trial Bay and Little Bay are prone to rock fall. Do not climb cliffs or walk close to cliff edges. For further information please call Trial Bay Gaol on (02) 6566 6168.

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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 open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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View of beach in Hat Head National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary