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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.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 21 Jun 2018, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jun 2018, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Lila Falls Bridge at Leura - closed

Lila Falls bridge at Leura is closed because of the risk of bridge collapse. There is no access from Leura Forest to Prince Henry Cliff Walk. 

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 14 Dec 2017, 5.09pm to Mon 31 Dec 2018, 5.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Jun 2018, 10.52am

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

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting an ongoing 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas for the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. The baiting is happening on various private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land.

All properties with 1080 baiting under this program are permanently baited throughout the year. These properties will have poison on them from Friday 15 December 2017 through to  31 December 2018. This baiting uses both 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations.

Do not touch any bait or ejector devices. All properties being baited are sign-posted with the baiting dates and information about the baiting methods being used on each property. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander, because dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to see a map of the approximate location of each bait station.

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 Mon 18 Jun 2018, 11.34am to Fri 29 Jun 2018, 11.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jun 2018, 1.17pm

Other planned events: Goarra Ridge fire trail maintenance

Contractors from the NSW Soil Conservation Service will be undertaking essential fire trail maintenance on Goarra Ridge trail in Royal National Park.

During the works there will be trucks and heavy machinery on the trail. Sections of the trail may be closed for short periods.

Please be aware of crews working along this trail and follow any requests from staff at the work sites. For further information please call the NPWS Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632.

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Applies from Mon 18 Jun 2018, 2.18pm to Mon 31 Dec 2018, 2.19pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jun 2018, 3.01pm

Other planned events: Wild dog baiting program - Morton National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking baiting of wild dogs using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits within Morton National Park. The program will take place from Monday 18 June 2018 and finish on Friday 21 December 2018.

This baiting program is in accordance with the 1080 Wild Dog Baiting provisions in the Pesticide Control (1080 Liquid Concentrate and Bait Products) Order 2017.

The program will target the following sections of the park:

  • Croobyar/Little Forest
  • 12 Mile Road
  • Kingiman Road
  • Sassafras
  • Endrick River/Alum Creek

Precautions will be taken to minimise the risk to pets and other non-target species. Please remember, it is an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act to allow domestic animals into national parks and nature reserves or to interfere with the wild dog control program.

Signs at track heads in each area will advise the start and completion date of the baiting program.

For more information on this program, please call the NPWS Ulladulla office on (02) 4454 9500.

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Applies from Mon 11 Jun 2018, 2.37pm to Mon 30 Jul 2018, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Jun 2018, 3.21pm

Other planned events: Wild Dog Baiting program

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH Parks and Wildlife) will be undertaking baiting of wild dogs using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits within Nattai National Park, Joadja Nature Reserve and Bargo State Conservation Area. The program will take place from Monday 11 June 2018 and finish on Monday 30 of July 2018.

This baiting program is in accordance with 1080 Wild Dog Baiting provisions in the Pesticide Control (1080 Liquid Concentrate and Bait Products) Order 2017.

The program will target the following areas:

  • Schott’s Ridge fire trail
  • Joadja Hill fire trail
  • West Ridge fire trail
  • South Ridge fire trail
  • Wingecarribee River trail
  • Bangadilly trail and Spring Ridge trail

This program is part of a joint control program being coordinated by NPWS in conjunction with the SE Local Land Services to assist with the ongoing management of wild dog impacts on production properties.

Precautions will be taken to minimise the risk to pets and other non- target species. Please remember, that it is an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act to allow domestic animals into national parks and nature reserves or to interfere with the wild dog control program.

Trackhead signage in each area will advise the start and completion date of the baiting program.

For more information on this program, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area office on (02) 4632 4500.

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

Safety alerts: Mount Solitary walking track safety following prescribed burn

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

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

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

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2016, 8.39am to Sun 30 Sep 2018, 8.39am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 May 2018, 5.21pm

Closed areas: Carrington Falls and Carrington Falls picnic area closed

Parts of the Carrington Falls precinct in Budderoo National Park are closed for remedial work due to bushfire damage. Construction is underway to repair damaged infrastructure caused by fire. Works are 75% complete. The following areas will be closed until Sunday 30 September 2018:

  • Carrington Falls
  • Carrington Falls loop track
  • Izzards lookout track
  • Thomas Place
  • Stevos track

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

 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 Thu 10 May 2018, 9.45am to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11.34am

Other planned events: Bents Basin Road toilet block - demolition and rebuild

Bents Basin Road toilet block is being demolished and a new toilet block is being constructed. The work begins on Thursday 10 May 2018 and will continue until Saturday 30 June 2018.

The nearest toilet facilities are located in Durawi picnic area, 240m south of Bents Basin Road picnic area. To visit them, use the walking track across the bridge.

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Applies from Mon 7 May 2018, 1.29pm to Fri 21 Dec 2018, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 May 2018, 4.09pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program - Shoalhaven area

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are conducting a fox control program using 1080 baits in a number of reserves within the Shoalhaven area. This  control work is part of the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species conservation program aimed at protecting threatened species in particular shorebirds.  All baited areas are signposted. For further information contact NPWS Shoalhaven area office on (02) 4454 9500.

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Applies from Mon 9 Apr 2018, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Apr 2018, 2.27pm

Closed areas: Falls walk closed

The Falls walk is closed due to construction work. This closure will be in place until works are completed. However, the Rainforest Loop walk remains open for visitors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Minnamurra Rainforest Visitor Centre on (02) 4236 0469 or the NPWS Wollongong area office on (02) 4224 4188. Alternatively, visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 4 Aug 2017, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Apr 2018, 10.50am

Closed areas: Ingar campground

Ingar campground and Ingar Road will be closed to vehicle access from 12pm Saturday 5 August 2017 due to private property building works. The closure is indefinite as 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 may still be accessed by walkers and cyclists. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades walking track. Visitors can still walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant on Cliff Drive via this longer track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 22 Dec 2017, 11.32am to Sat 30 Jun 2018, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Jan 2018, 11.06am

Safety alerts: 1080 disposal NPWS Fitzroy Falls Depot

NSW National Parks conduct numerous 1080 fox and wild dog baiting programs across various local national parks within the Illawarra Highlands area. Any untaken baits from these programs are collected and buried at a nominated burial pit within the Fitzroy Falls depot in Morton National Park. All bait material buried in the disposal pit are buried under at least 50cm of soil. This burial pit will continue to have 1080 bait material in it from today through to Saturday 30 June 2018.

Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not enter the Fitzroy Falls depot. 1080 is lethal to domestic dogs and cats.

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 May 2018, 10.20am

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

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

Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Valley of Waters track is open to the base of Empress Falls. Empress Canyon is also open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Nov 2017, 2.25pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway at Towra Point Nature Reserve. 1080 poison can affect non-target species (for example, dogs and cats). The program will finish on Saturday 31 March 2018.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Nov 2017, 12.17pm

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 8 Sep 2017, 11.59am to Wed 4 Jul 2018, 11.40am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 May 2018, 10.17am

Closed areas: Change in access to Wattamolla Beach and lagoon

NPWS is upgrading the track to Wattamolla Beach and lagoon. The works are part of a broader upgrade of the Coast track from Bundeena to Garie Beach. The track upgrade will be happening between September 2017 and Jul 2018. Access to the beach and lagoon during this time will be via a pontoon across the lagoon. Local Track closures will be in place where works are being undertaken.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Royal National Park Visitor Centre on (02) 9542 0648.

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

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change

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

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Feb 2018, 9.28am

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access is closed permanently from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area down to the base of the Belmore falls 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 Jun 2018, 12.53pm

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice. 

2. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday 
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month (starting Sunday 1 July 2018)
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month

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

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

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

4. Contacts

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

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call (02) 9337 5511.

 

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.29am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to rock falls

Some areas of this park are closed to public access due to rock fall hazards. Closed areas are: 

  • The northern section of the Mt Keira Ring track that extends west from the Mt Pleasant track to the stairs leading up to Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • All areas above Mt Keira Ring track to Mt Keira summit, except for the Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mt Keira.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188.

View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB).

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access to areas located within the Sydney Catchment Area

Some areas of this park are closed as they are located within a Water Catchment Special Area.  These areas are closed to the public except with the consent of the Sydney Catchment Authority. Closed areas include the South Eastern section of the park, between the Southern Freeway and the Princes Highway. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra Area Office on (02) 4223 3000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access permitted. Reserve located entirely within Sydney Catchment Area

This park is entirely located within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area Zone. There is no public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office for further information on (02) 4223 3000.

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

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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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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

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