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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Last reviewed: Fri 21 August 2020, 1.24pm

Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm.

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 8.21am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 6.10pm

Closed areas: Yena carpark closed to vehicles

Yena carpark is closed to vehicles for essential works on Friday 5 March 2021.

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 10.35am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 6.04pm

Closed areas: Malabar Headland National Park (western section) closed for hazard reduction burn

The western section of Malabar Headland National Park, including Western Escarpment Track, is closed from Monday 8 March 2021 for a hazard reduction burn (weather permitting).

The planned hazard reduction burn will be undertaken by NPWS and Fire & Rescue NSW.

Please note:

  • The hazard reduction burn is approx. 6ha within the western precinct of Malabar Headland National Park
  • Ignition will take 1 day, mop up 2 to 3 days
  • This is a strategic hazard reduction burn which will help protect the park and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties
  • All walking tracks in the western section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed during the activity. They will remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.
  • Drivers are advised to take care on nearby roads if there is reduced visibility due to smoke.
  • The suburbs of Malabar and La Perouse may be effected by smoke
  • We thank our neighbours for their understanding
  • These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW
  • This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government’s $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in NSW national parks, where conditions allow.
  • For more information, please contact NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) during office hours
  • For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.
  • More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service at Fires near me

This burn is called Pioneers Park Hazard Reduction Burn.

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 Thu 4 Mar 2021, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 5.31pm

Hazard reduction burns: Gulguer HR

There is a fire in this park called Gulguer HR. 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 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 4.36pm

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campgrounds are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin on the Shoalhaven River, this section may be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 8.51am to Mon 19 Apr 2021, 2.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 3.15pm

Closed areas: Murphys Glen campground closed to vehicles due to wet weather

Due to road conditions the road to Murphys Glen campground and picnic area is closed to vehicles until further notice. Walkers and cyclists permitted.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Mar 2021, 2.04pm

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes 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 Mon 18 Jan 2021, 11.36am to Tue 9 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Mountain Avenue fire trail closed

Mountain Avenue fire trail is closed to pedestrians and vehicles from Monday 18 January up to and including Tuesday 9 March 2021, due to routine fire trail maintenance. Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 6.18am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Potter Point Road closed to vehicles

Potter Point Road is closed to vehicles for essential works that will be happening all day on Friday 5 March 2021.

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Applies from Wed 3 Feb 2021, 6.00am to Fri 26 Mar 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Undercliff walking track closed

Undercliff walking track will be closed from the base of Princes Rock link track to Fletchers lookout from Wednesday 3 February to Friday 26 March 2021 for walking track maintenance.

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Applies from Thu 4 Mar 2021, 1.36pm to Fri 9 Apr 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 2.44pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting program targeting wild dogs in Blue Mountains National Park, Glenbrook Precinct. Signs advising of the baiting program will be displayed at entrances to the National Park where baits are located.

The baiting program will begin on or shortly after 8 March 2021 and will continue for a period of one month.

It is a requirement of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 that domestic animals/pets are not permitted on 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.

1080 baits will be used in accordance with the 1080 Pesticide Control Order and Pesticide Act and Regulation.

For further information please call NPWS Glenbrook Office on 4720 6200.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 2.11pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Golden Stairs, due to rockfall (track repair works in progress).
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades and Tarpeian Rock track junction is closed Tuesdays to Fridays only, until Friday 28 May 2021, due to track maintenance. There is no pedestrian access between Katoomba and Leura within the national park. Walkers accessing Leura Cascades from the east must return by the same route.
  • Prince Henry Cliff Walk between Merriwa Street exit and Honeymoon lookout is closed Tuesdays to Fridays only, until Friday 10 December 2021, due to track maintenance.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Bridal Veil View (east) track is closed for track maintenance.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar campground can only be accessed via Andersons or Bedford Creek trails on foot, not via Ingar Road. 

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage.
  • Perrys lookdown campground, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock, due to fire and flood damage.
  • Wollangambe One Canyon, due to a dangerous whirlpool.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock and all areas that require access along closed walking tracks.

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.48pm to Fri 26 Mar 2021, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Mar 2021, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Golden Stairs closed due to major landslide

Golden Stairs is closed due to a major landslide. Federal Pass and Ruined Castle cannot be accessed by this route. Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary can be accessed via Kedumba Pass or Furber Steps.

Rock removal, scaling and site remediation has occurred and NPWS crews have commenced construction work. The work involves track repair and installation of handrailing, which is due for completion in March 2021. Site assessments have determined that further rock falls are possible. Please do not enter this area, as it could be life threatening.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 11 Feb 2021, 11.01am to Mon 15 Mar 2021, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Mar 2021, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Faulconbridge Ridge fire trail closure

Faulconbridge Ridge fire trail will be closed until Monday 15 March 2021. The closure is to enable NPWS to undertake essential work to improve its fire trail network to provide safer access for firefighters.

Please note:

  • The dates of the temporary closure are subject to change. Check this alert regularly.
  • Faulconbridge Ridge fire trail is closed to all activities
  • Do not enter closed areas for safety reasons. Please follow all signage, barriers and directions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 26 Feb 2021, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Feb 2021, 3.56pm

Closed areas: Erskine Range (W5) trail closed

Erskine Range (W5) trail is closed for road maintenance works from McMahons Lookout Road to the Warragamba Dam.

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Applies from Thu 25 Feb 2021, 3.55pm to Wed 17 Mar 2021, 3.56pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Feb 2021, 3.16pm

Closed areas: W4I fire trail closed

W4I fire trail is closed for fire trail maintenance from Thursday 26 February to Monday 8 March 2021.

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

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Applies from Fri 19 Feb 2021, 5.05pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Mar 2021, 9.11am

Closed areas: Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track closed

Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track in Morton National Park are closed from Friday 19 February to Wednesday 30 June 2021. The closure is due to upgrade works on the road, carpark and track.

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.54pm to Tue 1 Jun 2021, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Feb 2021, 2.02pm

Closed areas: Cave Creek picnic area and walking track closed

Cave Creek picnic area and walking track are closed until June 2021, while maintenance works are completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 02 4588 2400.

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Applies from Mon 22 Feb 2021, 10.39am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Feb 2021, 10.36am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 22 February to Wednesday 30 June 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Seven Mile Beach National Park
  • Comerong Island Nature Reserve
  • Jervis Bay National Park
  • Woollamia Nature Reserve
  • Conjola National Park
  • Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve
  • Meroo National Park
  • Murramarang National Park

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Nowra office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Tue 15 Dec 2020, 7.00am to Mon 15 Mar 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Feb 2021, 12.37pm

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal repairs will be carried out to the western section of the Bonnie Vale picnic area (near the campground entrance) to stabilise scouring. The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. We ask that visitors stay on the track and keep clear from the fenced work site.

For more information call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 26 Nov 2020, 2.49pm to Thu 8 Apr 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Feb 2021, 4.06pm

Closed areas: Yeramba Lagoon loop track partially closed

Yeramba Lagoon loop walking track in Georges River National Park is closed from behind Henry Lawson Drive down to the lagoon.

The pedestrian bridge over the lagoon runout channel has been removed while the weir is being worked on. This section of track is impassable and has been closed off.

This section is expected to reopen in late February 2021.

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Feb 2021, 4.19pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe closed

Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe is closed. Light refreshments are available for purchase from the Visitor Centre. The precinct, including all walks are open to visitors. No portable barbecues are permitted.

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Applies from Wed 27 Jan 2021, 10.48am to Fri 26 Mar 2021, 10.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Feb 2021, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Linden Ridge fire trail - Linden (north)

Linden Ridge fire trail will be closed from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 26 March 2021 while NPWS undertakes essential work to improve its fire trail network to provide safer access for firefighters.

Please note:

  • The dates of the temporary closure are subject to change. Check this alert regularly.
  • This area is closed to all activities
  • Do not enter closed areas for safety reasons. Please adhere to all signage, barriers, and directions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on 02 4588 2400.

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Mar 2021, 10.41am

Closed areas: Audley boatshed - conservation and repair works

The Audley Boatshed will be undergoing important conservation and repair works. Boat hire is suspended and the boatshed, its slipway and a part of the carpark to the west will be closed during this period. Allambie Flat picnic area and carpark remains open. Details on these works are available from the Audley Precinct upgrades webpage.

For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 25 Jan 2021, 1.45pm to Fri 2 Apr 2021, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 11.43pm

Other incidents: Alcohol free zones

The following parks are all alcohol free zones from Thursday1 October 2020 to Thursday 1 April 2021:

  • Sydney Harbour National Park (including the harbour islands)
  • Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Malabar Headland National Park
  • Wolli Creek Regional Park

Milk Beach, Queens Beach and Hermit Point (part of the Hermitage Foreshore) are included in these alcohol free zones and are closed to all groups of10 or over. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Vaucluse area office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 4.30pm

Other planned events: 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on NPWS estate within the Fitzroy Falls area.

Burial of used baits and products will occur from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Wednesday 14 April 2021. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil, clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways, in accordance with Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.03pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 4.27pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting an ongoing 1080 ground baiting operation from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Wednesday 14 April 2021 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes in the Carrington Falls, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private properties and Crown road reserves with permissions. 

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS office at Fitzroy Falls on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 1.21pm

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 the 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 Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 3.51pm

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.14pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Feb 2021, 3.01pm

Closed areas: George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks

George Boyd Rainforest and lookout walks are closed due to bushfire damage.

You can still visit George Boyd lookout and picnic areas by car. Do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 10.20am

Closed areas: Malabar Headland Anzac Rifle Range

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. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday from 7.30am
  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Monday 11 January through to Sunday 17 January 2021 
  • Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021

Please note: 

  • ANZAC Rifle Range is booked for shooting from Monday 11 January to Sunday 17 January 2021.
  • Normal Club shooting day Saturday 16 January 2021
  • The 2020 Queens Championships are scheduled to be held from Saturday 23 January to Monday 25 January 2021.

3. 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

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.

 

Contacts

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

To contact the NPWS area office, call 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 7 Jan 2021, 11.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.21am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Feb 2021, 10.03pm

Closed areas: Kurnell exhibition and theatre areas closed

The exhibition area of Kamay Botany National Park Visitor Centre is closed to ensure COVID-19 safety is appropriately managed for visitors. This closure will be reviewed monthly. Please check the website for updated information. 

You can still access Kurnell Visitor Centre for information, retail purchases and park pass sales. Signage is in place around the closed areas inside the building.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 4.24pm to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.17am

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed west of George Boyd lookout

12 Mile Road is closed west of George Boyd lookout. Please do not enter the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Thu 21 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jan 2021, 12.43pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Wednesday 14 October 2020 and Wednesday 14 April 2021 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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. 

For further information please call the NPWS Highlands office on 024887 8244.

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Applies from Mon 14 Dec 2020, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 11.36am

Closed areas: Macquarie Rivulet - Jump Rock track closed

Access to Macquarie Rivulet (also known as “Jump Rock”) is not permitted. The track is steep and eroded, and contains unstable surfaces, cliffs and drop offs.

There is a high risk of injury from falls from heights. Do not enter the closed areas of this park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 7.51am to Wed 30 Jun 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 11.46am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Wednesday 30 June 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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.

For further information, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Fri 4 Dec 2020, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 9.59am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campsites are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin may be be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.16pm

Fire bans: Goulburn River National Park part 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)

Campfires are permitted in steel fireplaces in Spring Gully and Big River campgrounds.

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.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 9.20am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 12.19pm

Fire bans: Wollemi National Park part park fire ban

A part 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)

Campfires are permitted in the following campgrounds unless a Total Fire Ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • Colo Meroo
  • Coorongooba
  • Dunn's Swamp Ganguddy
  • Newnes
  • Wheeny Creek

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the NSW Rural Fire Service or 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.

Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Jan 2021, 2.14pm

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, 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.

Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Dec 2020, 2.26pm

Closed areas: Most of Morton National Park closed

Most of Morton National Park remains closed due to bushfire damage and to protect the safety of our visitors.

However, the following areas are now open:

  • North of the Shoalhaven River, including Kangaroo Valley, the following walks and lookouts are accessible:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • East and West Rim tracks
    • Manning lookout
    • Kangaroo River walking track
    • Three views walking track
  • South of the Shoalhaven River to Braidwood Road, including the Ettrema Wilderness area. The following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Sassafras
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang Wilderness Area. The following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul.
    • Mount Bushwalker (temporary opening, please re-check this alert before setting out for the park).
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout. Toilet is non-operational.
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle. Toilet is non-operational at Cooyoyo campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy.
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim. Toilet is non-operational at Burrumbeet Brook campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground

An overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update.

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Caution should be taken as risks may still be present.

Do not enter the closed areas of this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 2 Nov 2020, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.52pm

Other planned events: Ferry wharf reinstatement

Transport for New South Wales are currently undertaking land-based investigations in support of the reinstatement of the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell within Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

These areas are still open to the public, however there may be some minor disruptions to some areas of usual access and parking. To find out more about this project please visit the Transport for NSW website.

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 8 Nov 2020, 6.28pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until mid 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Nov 2020, 10.39am

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest

Minnamurra Rainforest is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity or due to the car park reaching capacity.  We encourage you to plan your visit outside the peak periods of 11am to 2pm. 

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 9.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Thursday 27 August 2020 and Wednesday 31 March 2021 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 14 Aug 2020, 12.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 1.24pm

Safety alerts: Diversion on Mount Keira Ring track

The staircase on the western side of Mount Keira Road at the junction of Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive has been closed off for repairs. Please follow the relevant signage for a slight detour to the ring track at the crossing of Queen Elizabeth Drive.

If completing the loop in a clockwise direction: head north uphill of the closed staircase for roughly 50m until you come to an opening by the road. Take care crossing the road at this point and re-join the track at the usual entry point to the eastern side of the loop.

If completing the loop in an anticlockwise direction: when you get to Queen Elizabeth Drive crossing head north for roughly 50m from the point of entry to the western side of the loop. Re-join the track at this point.

For more information, please contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jun 2020, 5.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jul 2020, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Six Foot Track - camping registration

If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands (e.g. on Six Foot Track) from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.

To register fill in the online form and submit.

This link can be emailed or sent by text message. The form can be submitted on a smartphone or computer.

This is requiered to comply with the Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 8.15am

Closed areas: Access to Macquarie Rivulet via top of Macquarie Pass not permitted

Access to Macquarie Rivulet from Mount Murray, at the top of Macquarie Pass is not permitted. If you access the rivulet from the top of the escarpment, you will be trespassing on private property and this action may result in police involvement.

The recommended access points for Macquarie Rivulet are via Clover Hill Road and from the Cascades/Rivulet carparks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188.

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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 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/illawarra-escarpment-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the South Coast region
  • 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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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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