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Applies from Wed 12 Aug 2020, 1.23pm to Fri 3 Dec 2021, 4.17pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 10.24pm

Closed areas: Roads and tracks closed due to weather

The following tracks and roads are closed to due to track conditions following heavy rainfall:

  • Jemisons Point track
  • Bogola Head Road
  • Honeysuckle Road
  • Plovers Lane 

Please do not enter these areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 19 Nov 2021, 12.59pm to Fri 3 Dec 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 11.39am

Safety alerts: Caution advised accessing Deua National Park due to wet weather

4WD trails in Deua National Park may become impassable due to recent heavy rains and the current forecast for further heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours.

Sections of some roads and trails have been damaged by recent heavy rain, and verges are still soft and susceptible to further damage. NPWS advises to drive with caution at all times.

Creeks and rivers may flood, and crossings may not be safe to enter.

We advise that you avoid visiting the Bendethera area over this weekend, as river levels may rise with forecast rain.

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Applies from Sun 28 Nov 2021, 7.00pm to Mon 6 Dec 2021, 5.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Nov 2021, 5.25pm

Closed areas: Plovers Lane closed for pest control program

Plovers Lane will be closed between 7pm to 5am from Sunday 28 November to Monday 6 December 2021 for a pest control operation.

This operation will target foxes and aims to reduce their impact on threatened shorebirds. This operation will involve shooting. The closed area will be signposted and warning signs and barriers will be placed at all relevant access points. Please avoid the area during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Eurobodalla area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 10.48am to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Nov 2021, 3.33pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrade

The Durras Lake Discovery trail is closed from Tuesday 7 September to Tuesday 17 December 2021 while the walking track is being upgraded.

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

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Applies from Tue 23 Nov 2021, 2.21pm to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 2.22pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Nov 2021, 3.24pm

Closed areas: Lake road closed for works

Lake Road is closed due to road works from Tuesday 23 November to Friday 17 December 2021.

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

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 4.29pm

Safety alerts: Trailer access prohibited on some fire trails

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place for some time to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in the park. However, inappropriate use of signposted trails by 4WDs towing trailers is continuing, and is causing ongoing damage. Therefore, NPWS is now prohibiting the use of trailers on the following trails in Deua National Park:

  • Dampier Mountain trail
  • Oulla Creek trail
  • Minuma Range trail
  • Merricumbene trail
  • Mongamula trail
  • Dry Creek trail

It is now an offence to tow trailers on these trails. The penalty for towing trailers on these trails is a $300 penalty infringement notice, or higher if the matter is taken to court. 

By keeping trailers away from these identified trails, you benefit everyone by reducing:

  • the safety risk to yourself and others
  • damage to the park environment and your assets
  • park maintenance costs. 

Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Road and Bendethera trail. From Braidwood, this increases travel time by about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

For more information, please contact NPWS Narooma on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Tue 22 Dec 2020, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 12.52pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds inaccessible via Araluen Road

The following campgrounds are closed and inaccessible from both Braidwood and Moruya, due to major landslips on Araluen Road:

  • Deua River campground
  • Bakers Flat campground
  • Dry Creek campground

These campgrounds will remain closed until Araluen Road is restored. Please note also:

  • There is no access to Dry Creek campground via Merricumbene fire trail.
  • Vehicle access into and out of Deua National Park via Araluen Road is also not possible until further notice.

NPWS is monitoring the situation on a regular basis via Eurobodalla Shire Council updates.

For further information about the restoration of Araluen Road, email or call the Eurobodalla Council on 02 4474 1000, or visit the Council website.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 11.57am to Fri 28 May 2027, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 11.24am

Safety alerts: Bingie Dreaming track - Closed and open coastal lakes and lagoons

Bingie Dreaming track crosses openings to several Intermittently Closed and Open Coastal Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLS). Openings of these lakes and lagoons are often unpredictable and can be quite dramatic. Please be aware that although lakes are usually only open for short periods (weeks), they can be impassable when open.

The Coila Lake opening is at the southern end of Bingie Dreaming track. Please check if this lake is open before you set out. If the opening is impassable, you won't be able to access the village of Tuross to complete the walk.

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Applies from Thu 4 Nov 2021, 2.23pm to Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Nov 2021, 4.40pm

Safety alerts: Caving systems closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

All caving systems in this park are currently closed to access due to COVID-19 safety requirements. This includes the Bendethera, Wyanbene and Marble Arch caves.

These unique environments are mostly enclosed spaces with minimal airflow and high levels of humidity. By their nature, the important task of cleaning and sanitising related infrastructure can't be guaranteed to COVID-safe standards. Recreational caving in 'wild caves' inhibits social distancing and the standard precautions recommended to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For these reasons, NPWS has developed a strategy for the reopening of caves which is based on an assessment of risk.

Options for allowing access to wild caves by speleological groups operating under a COVID Safety Plan are also being assessed. Approval for access to caves for critical maintenance and/or research purposes is considered on a case-by-case basis. Speleological groups and other registered organisations operating under a COVID Safety Plan may apply for conditional entry via email. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For any further queries call the local office on 02 4476 0800, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or the Parks Info Line on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Nov 2021, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to bushfire recovery works

The following areas in Deua National Park are closed:

  • Bendethera Caves walking track and cave access is closed due to significant fire damage. All track markers were destroyed by fire and are yet to be replaced. It is dangerous to walk off designated tracks in Karst areas. Please do not enter this area.

The following areas are also closed due to substantial bushfire recovery works: 

  • Mongamula East fire trail
  • Oulla Creek fire trail
  • Hanging Mountain lookout 

Please follow the directions on closure signs and do not enter any cordoned-off areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Sun 17 Oct 2021, 12.01am to Sun 17 Apr 2022, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 4.53pm

Other planned events: Notice of 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. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Sunday 17 October 2021 to Sunday 17 April 2022.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Berlang SCA
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Berlang State Conservation Area
  • Deua National Park
  • Egan Peaks Nature Reserve
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Yurramie State Conservation Area

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.18am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damage and recovery works

Many areas in Monga National Park remain closed due to significant bushfire damage and recovery works. The closed areas include:

  • Mongarlowe River picnic area
  • The Corn trail  
  • Woodleigh fire trail

Do not enter areas where road barriers are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 15 Oct 2021, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 5.28pm

Closed areas: Roads closed

The following roads are not open to traffic:

  • Dam Road
  • Link Road
  • Pebbly Beach Road
  • Higgins Creek Road

This is because bridges on these roads are missing due to fire damage.

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Applies from Fri 27 Aug 2021, 1.43pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Oct 2021, 3.15pm

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 and wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Wednesday 1 September 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021 .

The baited parks and reserves include:

  • Meroo National Park
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Narrawallee Nature Reserve
  • Conjola 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.

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

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Applies from Mon 5 Jul 2021, 12.59pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Sep 2021, 8.57am

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 and wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 5 July 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Gulaga National Park
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • South East Forest National Park (Yowaka Section)

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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