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Applies from Fri 21 Jun 2024, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jun 2024, 1.12pm

Closed areas: Scout Camp Road Glenrock SCA

Temporary closure of Scout Camp Road, Whitebridge, the road will be closed on the weekdays of the Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd of July 2024.

Construction will take place between the hours of 7am and 5pm, with access to the road for residents of the Scout Camp being available outside these hours.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100.

 

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Applies from Fri 21 Jun 2024, 12.14pm to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Jun 2024, 12.21pm

Closed areas: Aerial Drone Spraying in Hexham Swamp

Hexham Swamp will be having Aerial Drone Spraying on the National Paark and Local Land Services Land on Tuesday 25 June to Friday 28 June 2024.

For more information, contact the local park office 02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Thu 20 Jun 2024, 6.32pm to Mon 24 Jun 2024, 5.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jun 2024, 6.34pm

Closed areas: Samurai Beach and campground closed

As a result of excessive rain over the last few weeks, the access track to Samurai Beach is inundated with water and is closed for public safety, as is the campground, until Monday June 24. Pedestrian access is permitted to the beach.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 5 Jun 2024, 5.08pm to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.32pm

Other planned events: Yuelarbah Walking Track Maintenance

Yuelarbah Walking Track will have essential maintenance that will be occurring to the elevated boardwalk from Wednesday 19th June 2024. A detour will be in place on the Yuelarbah Management Trail, but this section is not wheelchair accessible.  

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.20pm

Closed areas: Shaft Track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

The Shaft Track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 24th June 2024 for up to 10 weeks, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.14pm to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Deluge Track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

The Deluge Track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 25th June to 28 June 2024, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2024, 2.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.09pm

Closed areas: Glenrock State Conservation Area

Closed area: Reload Track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

The track will be closed while improvements and maintenance works are being carry out.

  • The track will be closed from 20th May 2024 up to 7 weeks, dependent on weather

For the safety of contractors please follow and respect any signage and safety measures in place.

Using the track during works will cause damage and delay the reopening of the track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 4946 4100 

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 4.07pm

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track from Monday 26th February. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2024, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jun 2024, 5.20pm

Closed areas: Yacaaba Headland temporary closure

Yacaaba Headland, in southern Myall Lakes National Park at Port Stephens/Hawks Nest, is temporarily closed while environmental and cultural heritage assessments are undertaken.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Yacaaba Spit Track remains open and people can continue to walk along the beach.

For further information, email or call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 19 Mar 2024, 9.11am to Mon 1 Jul 2024, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jun 2024, 8.55am

Safety alerts: Visitor Safety Alert: Feral Horses

Feral horses move through this campground day and night. Campers at Little Murray and Polblue campgrounds should set up tents as close to their vehicles as possible.

 

Aggressive horse behaviour can pose a safety risk for visitors. Aggressive behaviour includes snorting, head bobbing, stomping front legs, ears erect, aggressive stance and approaching in an aggressive manner.

 

What to do around aggressive horses:

· avoid the animals, especially if a stallion is present and there are mares nearby

· retreat to your vehicle

· wave your arms around and make lots of noise

· walk in a group rather than as an individual

· always be aware of your immediate surroundings.

 

Please report any such interaction or aggressive horse behaviour to NPWS Gloucester on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2.47pm to Mon 30 Jun 2025, 9.36am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Jun 2024, 9.37am

Safety alerts: Dangerous water conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming here.

The beach is remote, unpatrolled and has dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited here - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS AT BIRUBI POINT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AT ANNA BAY.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely.

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Applies from Fri 31 May 2024, 7.00am to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 1.30pm

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles from Friday 31 May 2024 due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks, lookouts and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts and facilities on foot or by bicycle.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 10.48am

Other incidents: Booti Walking Track

A number of areas will be closed for an aerial weed spraying program between 3rd June and 30th June 2024. The closed areas in Booti Booti National Park will be sections of 7-Mile Beach, Northern entrance to Booti Hill and some adjoining Crown Lands.

 

Certain areas will be closed for 1-2 days while the Aerial spraying of Bitou Bush is conducted. NPWS staff will be present during the Remotely Piloted Aircraft spray operation and will patrol the closures to ensure it is cleared of people prior to spraying. Please follow safety signs and directions given by staff. The herbicide used is Metsulfuron-methyl 600WG under APVMA Permit number 12363.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

For more information, please call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Fri 28 Jun 2024, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 May 2024, 10.46am

Other incidents: Herbicide Spraying Operation Booti Booti National Park

A number of areas will be closed for an aerial weed spraying program between 3rd June and 30th June 2024. The closed areas in Booti Booti National Park will be sections of 7-Mile Beach, Northern entrance to Booti Hill and some adjoining Crown Lands.

 

Certain areas will be closed for 1-2 days while the Aerial spraying of Bitou Bush is conducted. NPWS staff will be present during the Remotely Piloted Aircraft spray operation and will patrol the closures to ensure it is cleared of people prior to spraying. Please follow safety signs and directions given by staff. The herbicide used is Metsulfuron-methyl 600WG under APVMA Permit number 12363.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

For more information, please call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 7.00am to Sat 27 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 11.25am

Safety alerts: Tomago Wetlands in Hunter Wetlands National Park - 1080 Baiting Program - 3 June until 27 July 2024

Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Hunter Wetlands National Park at Tomago Wetlands from 3 June 2024 to 27 July 2024.

The operation will use1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the NPWS Lower Area Office NPWS for more information on 4946 4100

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2024, 8.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 8.05am

Closed areas: Cape Hawke Tower closed 3/6 - 30/6/24

Cape Hawke Tower in Booti Booti National Park will be closed within a date range of 08:00am Monday 3rd June 2024 to 23:59pm Sunday 30th June 2024 for maintenance.

Cape Hawke Road will be partial closed on Monday 3rd June 2024 for the day. McBrides Beach Carpark will still remain open on this day. Do not enter at any time - fines will apply for non compliance.

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Applies from Tue 14 May 2024, 3.56pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.02pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 4.03pm

Closed areas: Wreck Beach Track Closed

Wreck Beach Track is closed due to storm damage.

 

Upgrade works are commencing on Monday May 20th to re-establish visitor access to wreck beach.

 

For more information phone your local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Tue 14 May 2024, 3.43pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.52pm

Safety alerts: Works occuring on Tomaree Headland

Contractors are undertaking maintenance and upgrade works on the visitor infrastructure on Tomaree Headland. Impacted Areas include:

- Tomaree Coastal Walk

- Tomaree Summit Walk

- WW2 Fortifications

- Connection Track

Access to Tomaree Summit will remain open during this time. Visitors are advised to acknowledge work-zone signage and follow directions from staff and contractors on site.

For more information phone the local NPWS office on; 02 4984 8200   

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Applies from Tue 14 May 2024, 3.34pm to Thu 28 Nov 2024, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.40pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks Track closed until further notice

Ocean Rocks Track on Tomaree Head is closed beyond the picnic area until further notice.

 

The track has a highly unstable landslip. Please do not use this track under any circumstances.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200 

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Applies from Fri 3 May 2024, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jun 2024, 10.51am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek Road repairs

Road works have begun on Ferny Creek Road and Ferny creek campground access trail. The closure will remian in place due to inclement weather and will re-open as soon as the trail is safe to do so.

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Applies from Wed 1 May 2024, 2.09pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 2.10pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 10.34am

Closed areas: Rocky Crossing Walk closed for pedestrian bridge replacement works

Rocky Crossing Walk is closed for pedestrian bridge replacement works. The reopening date is not known at this stage. This is for the safety of visitors and contractors and preservation of track surface in wet conditions. Blue Gum Loop Walk and Williams River Picnic Area remain open. 

For more information, phone NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Fri 23 Feb 2024, 11.50am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 10.34am

Other planned events: Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing Walking Track Works

Track works will occur on Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing walks between March and June 2024. Temporary closures may occur and will be posted as a separate alert. Be aware of contractors and machinery operating in the area and follow any onsite signage or directions from staff or contractors.

For more information contact Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Thu 28 Dec 2023, 7.31am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 May 2024, 10.34am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp Walk Closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is currently inaccessible to vehicles due to closure of Mt Allyn Rd. Forestry Corporation of NSW has closed the road due to a failed bridge. The reopening date is not known at this stage. For more information, phone Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Jun 2024, 7.56am

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 9.43am

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Wed 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2024, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Ferny Creek campground closed

Ferny Creek campground is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge on the access road.

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Applies from Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 May 2024, 7.21am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campground access

Wallingat campground access is off The Lakes Way via Sugar Creek Road and River Road. Do not use Barbies Road or Link Road which are inaccessible to vehicles.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

Walkers on the Mungo Track can take the detour at Mungo Brush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km. Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join the Mungo track.

For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.36am

Closed areas: Box Beach carpark night closure

Box Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 10pm to 5am daily. The gate will be locked during these times.

The Box Beach access road is also closed to vehicles during this period.

A fee will be charged for vehicles exiting after 10pm. Please call Certis Security on 1300 370 145 for assistance. For more information, please contact the local Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2024, 1.27pm

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jun 2024, 8.38am

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.32am

Safety alerts: Damaged Bridge on Lone Pine Rd

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. 

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

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Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

Please remember to:  

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and/or signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Sat 25 May 2024, 7.43am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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