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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 8 November 2016, 9.29am

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

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, 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 Fri 8 Mar 2019, 5.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 12.24pm

Fires - Advice: Colley Plateau Fire

There is a fire in this park called Colley Plateau Fire. 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 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 Fri 15 Mar 2019, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2019, 12.23pm

Safety alerts: Kingiman fire rehabilitation work - road closures

There will be heavy machinery works along roads in the Mount Kingiman, Croobyar area in Morton National Park, to repair damage caused by the Kingiman fire in August 2018. Some roads may be temporarily closed during the works, including:

  • Kingiman Road
  • Elephant Road
  • Carriages Road/Northern Buffer trail

For further information call the NPWS Ulladulla area office on 02 4454 9500.

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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 Tue 19 Feb 2019, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Mar 2019, 10.21am

Closed areas: Part of Minnamurra Rainforest Loop walk closed

The Minnamurra Rainforest Loop walk will be partially closed due to construction work from Tuesday 19 February 2019. The walk will be closed from the second bridge to the outdoor classroom. The Falls walk will remain open. 

For more information, please call the Minnamurra Rainforest Visitor Centre on 02 4236 0469 or the Illawarra-Highlands area office on 02 4224 4188.

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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 Mon 4 Mar 2019, 7.30am to Thu 11 Apr 2019, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2019, 12.06pm

Closed areas: Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track, carpark and access road closed

Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track, carpark and access road will be temporarily closed from Monday 4 March to Thursday 11 April 2019. These areas will be closed so that steel ladders and platforms near the summit of the mountain can be repaired and upgraded.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the NPWS Ulladulla office on 02 4454 9500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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 Wed 19 Dec 2018, 12.06pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Jan 2019, 3.23pm

Other planned events: Carrington Falls reopened for public access

The Carrington Falls precinct in Budderoo National Park has reopened after remedial work to repair infrastructure damaged by fire. There may be minor temporary disruptions during 2019 as work continues with some partial closures in place. This may limit access to the staircase and some sections of Carrington Falls and the loop track. 

Please obey any signs and barriers. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on 02 4887 7270 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 2.22pm to Fri 29 Mar 2019, 2.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 12.11pm

Closed areas: Upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track temporarily closed

The upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track, between Fairy Bower walking track and Tooths lookout walking track, is temporarily closed due to potential land slip concerns. Visitors can access Bundanoon Creek via Tooths lookout walking track and lower Bundanoon Creek walking track.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 4.14pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 1.50pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program underway

A 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program is underway in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2018.

Baits have been placed on private properties, council reserves, the NSW National Parks estate, the Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land. Areas with 1080 baits are sign-posted with dates and information about the baiting methods.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because 1080 is poisonous to domestic animals, like dogs.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the 1080 program in these areas to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to find out more about them.

Please refer to the cross-hatched areas on the attached map which shows land within 1km of any baiting stations.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 4.08pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 1.49pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

There is a 1080 fox baiting program in this park from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2019. 1080 baits are buried and above-ground ejector devices are also at bait station locations.

  • Do not touch the bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas, because 1080 is poisonous to domestic pets like dogs.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the program to protect the threatened species in this area.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 3.57pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 12.11pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

1080 fox baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2019.

Baits have been placed on private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land. Areas with 1080 baits are sign-posted with dates and information about the baiting methods. Baits are buried and above ground ejector devices found at bait station locations.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because your dog could be poisoned.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the program in these areas to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to find out more about them.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 4.01pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 12.11pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program underway

1080 fox and wild dog baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2019.

Baits have been placed on private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land. Areas with 1080 baits are sign-posted with dates and information about the baiting methods.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because your dog could be poisoned.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the program in these areas to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to find out more about them.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 3.50pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 3.50pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 12.11pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting underway

1080 fox and wild dog baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2019.

Baits have been placed on private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land. Areas with 1080 baits are sign-posted with dates and information about the baiting methods.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because your dog could be poisoned.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the program in these areas to protect the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to find out more about them.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 4.04pm to Fri 14 Jun 2019, 4.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 12.11pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

There is a 1080 fox baiting program in this reserve from Friday 14 December 2018 through to Friday 14 June 2019. 1080 baits are buried and above ground ejector devices found at bait station locations.

  • Do not touch bait or ejector devices.
  • Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because your dog could be poisoned.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting the program to protect the threatened species in this area.

For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

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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 Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Wed 24 Oct 2018, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Nov 2018, 2.48pm

Closed areas: Elephant Road bridge closed

Parts of Elephant Road (Croobyar area, 4km west of Milton) are closed due to bridge damage incurred during the Kingiman wildfire.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Ulladulla area office on 02 4454 9500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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 Tue 7 Aug 2018, 4.00pm to Sun 30 Jun 2019, 3.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Oct 2018, 3.21pm

Safety alerts: Walkers in Bundanoon - take extra care

The walking tracks, steps, staircases and boardwalks to Glow Worm Glen at Bundanoon are ageing and often damp. Visitors, please take extra care.

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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 Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Feb 2019, 12.18pm

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area is permanently closed due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 8244 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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Applies from Wed 11 Oct 2017, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Nov 2017, 3.32pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control program

NPWS will be conducting a wild dog control program from October 2017 to October 2018 for wild dogs. The program will include trapping and the use of 1080  (sodium fluoroacetate) poison baits. The program will be undertaken in the Sassafras-Tolwong-Touga area of Morton National Park. Visitors are advised not to touch traps or baits. Please be aware that domestic pets could be affected as 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners and landowners must ensure their pets and working dogs do not enter baited reserves. For further information contact the NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4428 6300 during business hours.

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  • Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. However, it is recommended that bushwalking only be undertaken during daylight hours because of the presence of cliff edges and other hazards.

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Escarpment, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer