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Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

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Current alerts in this area

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 Sat 24 Jul 2021, 10.47am to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Sat 24 Jul 2021, 10.52am

Closed areas: Currawong and Bus Stop car park closures

Currawong Flat and Bus Stop car parks will be closed for essential maintenance from Mon 26/7/2021 to Thursday 22/7/2021 with no vehicle access, however the picnic grounds associated with these car parks are still accessible on foot. Wattle Forest picnic area will be impacted by this closure also.

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Applies from Tue 20 Jul 2021, 8.34am to Tue 27 Jul 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Sat 24 Jul 2021, 9.18am

Closed areas: Picnic area and walking tracks closed

The following areas are closed for road maintenance works from Tuesday 20 July to Tue 27 July 2021:

  • Carrington Falls picnic area
  • Carrington Falls walking track
  • Izaards lookout track

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

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Applies from Mon 12 Jul 2021, 9.39am to Wed 4 Aug 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for maintenance

A number of areas in this park will be closed while maintenance work is underway:

  • The North Walk and cycle track - closed from Monday 12 July to Wednesday 4 August 2021
  • Toilets at Beach Road picnic area  - closed from Wednesday 21 July to 4 August 2021

You can access the toilets at Gerroa picnic area while the Beach Road toilets are closed. On-site signage will provide further information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jul 2021, 2.15pm to Mon 16 Aug 2021, 2.16pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 12.48pm

Closed parks: Park Closed due to flood damage

Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve are closed due to flood damage. Roads into and throughout the park are also closed. Repairs are currently underway.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 9.21am

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 or storm damage, road or track works:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Part of National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Lindemans Pass is closed where it crosses Leura Falls Creek, due to track works.
  • Part of Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades and the Bridal Veil View East lookout track junction is closed Mondays to Fridays only, for 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.
  • Part of Prince Henry Cliff walk between the Fern Bower junction and Tallawalla lookout is closed due to a major landslide and track maintenance. Walkers can exit/enter via Silver Mist picnic area. (Note: Walkers can still access Fern Bower via Solitary Restaurant.)
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Murphys Glen (campground and picnic area), Bedford Road and Bedford Creek trail is closed for road surface upgrades. It is expected to open Friday 30 July 2021, weather depending. 
  • Andersons fire trail is closed to all traffic, cyclists and walkers from Kings Tableland Road to Bedford Creek from Monday 12 July 2021 to Monday 16 August 2021 August for trail repair works.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Ingar campground is therefore closed to vehicles. Walkers and cyclists permitted where they do not traverse private property.
  • Six Foot track is closed where managed by Crown Lands due to COVID-19. NPWS-managed sections are open. See Six Foot track alert for further details. 

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley,  Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage to infrastructure and landslides after storms.
  • Perrys Lookdown campground, due to dangerous tree.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock tracks are closed due to fire and flood damage and associated repairs.
  • Pierces Pass Road is closed due to storm damage. Walkers and cyclists permitted. 

Canyons and rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock climbing area and all other areas that require access along closed walking tracks or roads.
  • Wollangambe 1 Canyon closed due to a dangerous whirlpool.

Note: All canyons except Wollangambe 1 are open. Visitors should exercise caution, as recent flooding may have left debris or moved rocks.

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 Sun 18 Jul 2021, 4.11pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Jul 2021, 3.56pm

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest closed due to Covid-19

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, including all walking tracks and facilities, is closed until Saturday 31 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff in line with current NSW Health orders.

Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.09pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.32pm

Safety alerts: Glenbrook precinct closed to vehicles

Glenbrook precinct is closed to vehicles due to COVID-19 restrictions. Parking is available at the main park entry gate. 

Euroka campground is closed.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please review the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 6.05pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains Heritage Centre closed

The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre is closed to visitors due to the COVID restrictions. You can still call the Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 during office hours or phone 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 5.24pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID restrictions

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

A number of NPWS campgrounds have been closed due to the COVID restrictions. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 5.45pm

Closed areas: Area closures for rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed for rifle range operations on the following days:

  • Saturday 31 July 2021
  • Sunday 1 August 2021
  • Wednesday 15 September to Sunday 19 September 2021

Further closures may occur with little or no notice. 

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

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

For more information, contact the local office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Wed 14 Jul 2021, 5.36pm to Fri 13 Aug 2021, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Sat 24 Jul 2021, 3.56pm

Closed areas: George Boyd picnic area and walking tracks closed

The George Boyd area of Morton National Park is closed for post fire maintenance from Tuesday 13 July to Friday 13 August 2021.

There is still vehicle access to George Boyd Lookout.

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

 

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Applies from Mon 28 Jun 2021, 10.51am to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 5.39pm

Closed areas: Audley Visitor Centre closed due to COVID-19

Royal National Park Visitor Centre at Audley is closed until Saturday 31 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff in line with current NSW Health orders.

Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Thu 15 Jul 2021, 12.50pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 5.06pm

Closed areas: Picnic areas closed due to COVID-19 lockdown

In line with current NSW Health orders, access to Malabar Headland National Park is available for exercise purposes only. Benches and picnic areas are closed. Please keep moving through the national park. Do not sit and stay.

Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information”.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 1.15pm to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 5.05pm

Closed areas: Picnic areas closed due to COVID-19

All picnic areas in this park are closed from Sunday 27 June until Saturday 31 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff in line with current NSW Health orders. Please comply with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local national park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 1.16pm to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 5.04pm

Closed areas: Picnic areas closed due to COVID-19

Edmondson Regional Park picnic area is closed from Sunday 27 June until Saturday 31 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff in line with current NSW Health orders.

Please comply with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local national park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Thu 15 Jul 2021, 4.26pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 4.30pm

Closed areas: Picnic areas closed during COVID-19 lockdown

In line with current NSW Health orders, access to Kamay Botany Bay National Park is available for exercise purposes only. Benches and picnic areas are closed. Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Mon 28 Jun 2021, 10.46am to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until Saturday 31 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff in line with current NSW Health orders. Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Tue 29 Jun 2021, 12.25pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 1.31pm

Closed areas: Girrahween Park and Turrella Reserve closed

In line with current NSW Health orders, access to Wolli Regional Park is available for exercise purposes only. Benches and picnic areas are closed. Please keep moving through the national park. Do not sit and stay.

Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information”.

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Applies from Tue 29 Jun 2021, 11.54am to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 2.41pm

Closed parks: Closed areas: Picnic areas closed during COVID-19 lockdown

In line with current NSW Health orders, access to Kamay Botany Bay National Park is available for exercise purposes only. Benches and picnic areas are closed. Please ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local National Park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 1.05pm to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 12.57pm

Closed areas: Leacock picnic area and shelters closed

Leacock picnic area, including the shelters, is closed from Sunday 27 June to Saturday 17 July 2021 to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, in-line with current NSW Health Orders. Please comply with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting your local national park during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Fri 19 Feb 2021, 5.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Jul 2021, 5.29pm

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 Friday 29 October 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 Fri 2 Jul 2021, 9.17am to Sun 15 Aug 2021, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Jul 2021, 2.20pm

Other planned events: Pest control program

A ground-based pest management program is happening in this park from Friday 2 July to Sunday 15 August 2021. The program is targeting feral pigs and aims to reduce their impact on water quality and biodiversity. There may be temporary changes to access.

For more information please call the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai area Glenbrook office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 6.00am to Thu 29 Jul 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Jul 2021, 9.36am

Closed areas: The Coast track closed at Burning Palms

The Coast track at Burning Palms will be subject to closures due to a major upgrade taking place from Monday 22 March to 29 July 2021.

The track will be closed from 8am Monday to 4pm Thursday every week during the closure period. The track will remain open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

These works will affect access to:

  • Figure 8 Pools
  • Palm Jungle loop track
  • The Coast track between Burning Palms and Otford lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please visit the Environment, Energy and Science website or contact the Royal National Park Visitors Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Jun 2021, 12.57pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

Various sections along the walking tracks in Malabar Headland National Park will close during May to September 2021 for upgrades:

  • Access from the south is open to Boora Point only
  • Access from the north is open to Magic Point only

Additional information will be posted as the work progresses.

Please note the entire Boora Point walking track (eastern sections of the national park) is closed when the ANZAC Rifle Range is in use. 

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.51am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Jun 2021, 11.59am

Other planned events: Poison 1080 wild dog and fox control program notice

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  Saturday 26 June 2021 to Thursday 30 November 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 1 Jan 2021, 4.24pm to Tue 31 Aug 2021, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Jun 2021, 4.39pm

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 Wed 23 Jun 2021, 12.49pm to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 12.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jun 2021, 2.18pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 28 June and Tuesday 28 December 2021 in Nattai National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 5.46pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed - Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Thu 21 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 5.44pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between Wednesday 14 October 2020 and Thursday 21 October 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. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Tue 20 Apr 2021, 9.12am to Mon 16 Aug 2021, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 12.27pm

Other planned events: Aerial pest management program

An aerial pest management program will be conducted between Sunday 8 August to Saturday 14 August 2021 for the control of deer, goats, feral pigs and other pests. The following parks, reserves and areas will be closed:

  • Bungonia National Park
  • Bungonia State Conservation Area
  • Nadgigomar Nature Reserve
  • Part of Morton National Park, west of the Shoalhaven River including Caoura Ridge, Long Point, Badgerys, Matodoro Ridge and all associated walking tracks, lookouts and Shoalhaven gorge.
  • Kerrawary Nature Reserve
  • Jerralong Nature Reserve
  • Tarlo River National Park

The Bungonia National Park front gate and campground will be closed at 4pm on Friday 6 August and reopen by 8am, Monday 16 August 2021. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Illawarra Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 12.01am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 9.21am

Closed areas: Closed areas for pest animal management program

Some areas of Royal National Park will be closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable pest animal management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Audley Precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive

Visitors who have approved bookings to camp can still access their campsites during these times.

For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Mon 26 Apr 2021, 1.23pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Jun 2021, 6.35pm

Closed areas: Wattamolla lower loop carpark and picnic area closed

The Lower Loop carpark and picnic area are closed for upgrades until October 2021. Access through Wattamolla for the Royal Coast track will be available and signposted. Access to the beach, amenities building, upper carpark areas and Providential Point will remain open.

Large vehicles and buses over 8.8 metres cannot access Wattamolla. Buses should not enter Wattamolla Road from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. There is no safe area to park or manoeuvre at Wattamolla or along Wattamolla Road. All other vehicles can enter Wattamolla and park in carparks numbers 2 to 5 (parking is limited during peak periods).

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

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Applies from Tue 8 Jun 2021, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Jun 2021, 6.35pm

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale coastal repairs

Coastal protection works are underway to the western section of the Bonnie Vale picnic area (near campground entrance). The walking track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale is open to pedestrians. Access to Deeban Spit will be impacted. Please stay on the track and avoid the fenced work area.

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Sat 17 Jul 2021, 4.29pm

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest may close at short notice

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 Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 12.18pm

Other planned events: Notice of 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 Thursday 14 October 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. 

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: Mon 17 May 2021, 4.25pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting an ongoing 1080 ground baiting operation for control of foxes from Wednesday 14 October 2020 to Thursday 14 October 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. 

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 13 May 2021, 8.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 3.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock. This program is carried out as part of the following Blue Mountains Branch Pest Management Strategies: Western Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan & Post Fire Aerial Baiting Program.

All baiting locations will be identified 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please email or call the NPWS Bulga Office on (02) 6574 5555

Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 11.20am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Jun 2021, 1.03pm

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. 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 Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Apr 2021, 12.59pm

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

The road to Cape Solander and the whale watching platform will be closed from Monday 3 May to late July 2021. Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Apr 2021, 10.14am

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
    • Echo Point lookout
    • Grand Canyon lookout
    • Tooths lookout
    • Fairy Bower Falls track and loop walk to top of falls
    • 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 wrea. 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.
    • 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
    • Folly Point

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 Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Apr 2021, 2.56pm

Safety alerts: Advanced navigation required for Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track

Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track has been damaged by fire, storms and flooding. The trail is overgrown with significant understorey brush and grass growth.

Fallen trees, vegetation covered loose rocks and burnt out stump holes may result in slips, trips and falls. Advanced navigation skills are required to undertake this trail.

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Applies from Mon 19 Apr 2021, 3.38pm to Tue 19 Oct 2021, 3.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 10.47am

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 wild dogs and foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 19 April to Tuesday 19 October 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Bimberamala National Park
  • Budawang National Park
  • Bungonia State Conservation Area
  • Bungonia National Park
  • Colymea State Conservation Area
  • Conjola National Park
  • Jerrawangala National Park
  • Morton National Park
  • Morton State Conservation Area
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Parma Creek Nature Reserve

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 Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 May 2021, 3.43pm

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 Sun 28 Mar 2021, 8.17am. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Apr 2021, 11.03am

Safety alerts: Mount Solitary/Ruined Castle walking tracks affected by flood

Mount Solitary and Ruined Castle walking tracks are flood affected. Caution is advised when entering these areas. Hazards that may be present include fallen trees, washed-out drainage and creek lines, landslides, unstable surfaces and changes to track condition.

A high level of preparedness is required. Please exercise caution in remote areas.

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Apr 2021, 1.35pm

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite. It will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Bonnie Vale picnic area and Bonnie Vale boat ramp are open and safe for visitors.

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 9.28am

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 Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Mar 2021, 2.02pm

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 Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm

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, 3.35pm. 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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