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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 3.09pm to Thu 23 Sep 2021, 3.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 12.18pm

Closed areas: Mungo Beach closed to vehicles

4WD beach access within Myall Lakes National Park is currently closed from Tuesday 7 September until Thursday 23 September 2021, unless the closure needs to be extended.

The beach is severely eroded from recent high seas, making it unsafe for 4WD access. Staff will monitor the condition regularly and update this alert. 

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

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Applies from Mon 16 Aug 2021, 9.23am to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 4.18pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

A number of NPWS campgrounds and accommodation are closed until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

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Applies from Thu 16 Sep 2021, 2.59pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 4.33pm

Other incidents: Neranie campground barbeques closed

The barbeques at Neranie campground are currently being repaired and will not be in operation until Friday 1 October 2021.  Please bring your own gas stove for your cooking requirements. 

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Applies from Thu 16 Sep 2021, 9.55am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 9.55am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 3.15pm

Closed areas: Campground closed due to tree risk

Mackaway Bay campground is closed until Sunday 31 October 2021 due allow for tree risk assessments following significant flooding.

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Sep 2021, 2.14pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 2.06pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for maintenance

The following campgrounds are closed until Friday 1 October 2021 for road maintenance:

  • Bungarie Bay campground
  • Violet Hill campground

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Sep 2021, 2.02pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Sep 2021, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed for flood repairs

The following campgrounds are closed until Friday 1 October 2021 for flood repairs:

  • Freshwater campground
  • Rivermouth campground
  • White Tree Bay campground

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 12.13pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Sep 2021, 3.38pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for hazard reduction burn

Some parts of this park are closed for hazard reduction burning from Friday 10 September to Sunday 12 September 2021: The closed areas are:

  • Firebreak Behind Sassin Crescent
  • Firebreak Behind Dangar Circuit
  • All areas within Medowie South HR between Sassin Cr, Dangar Cct and Coachwood Drive

This closure may be extended. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called NPWS HR Medowie South. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 8 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 6.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Sep 2021, 5.13pm

Closed parks: Park closed for road upgrades

Wallingat National Park is closed from Monday 8 March 2021 until Sunday 31 October 2021 due to road maintenance.

This work is weather dependent and the closure will be reviewed in late August based on progress of the work.

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Sep 2021, 12.36pm

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas are also closed to vehicles during this time:

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

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks 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 area office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.47pm to Mon 4 Oct 2021, 1.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 2.00pm

Closed areas: Yuelarbah walking track partially closed for maintenance

Yuelarbah walking track is closed for maintenance and upgrades from Leichhardt’s lookout to the beach. A detour is in place on the Yuelarbah management trail to the beach.

For your safety, please avoid Yuelarbah walking track from Leichhardt’s lookout to the beach until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the local office on 02 4946 4100.

 

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Applies from Mon 19 Apr 2021, 6.00am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Sep 2021, 2.58pm

Other planned events: Campground amenity upgrades

The Ruins campground main amenities building will be closed from 19 April 2021 to 30 November 2021 for upgrades.

The Ruins campground will remain open during the construction period, however will operate at a 50 percent capacity. The beachside amenities building will be open providing shower and toilet facilities for campers. Campers may experience construction noise on week days between the hours of 7am to 4pm.

Please follow signage and any advice from staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area Office on 02 6591 0300 or email npws.manninggreatlakes@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Mon 30 Aug 2021, 10.24am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 5.33pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 3.20pm

Other planned events: Pest control program

National Parks and Wildlife Services will be undertaking a wild dog trapping program in Myall Lakes National Park from Monday 30 August to Sunday 10 October 2021. The program will be conducted along roads and management trails within the park including:

  • Crawford River Road
  • Nerong Road
  • Cabbage Tree Road
  • Knob Road
  • Boundary Road
  • Red Peppermint management trail
  • Burdekins management trail
  • Boomerang management trail
  • Mount Chapman management trail 
  • Devils Hill management trail
  • Gooch's management trail
  • Apple Tree management trail
  • Gilberts management trail
  • Gorong management trail
  • Rooty Creek management trail
  • Sugarloaf management trail

The program is part of a wider ongoing program in conjunction with Local Land Services, Forestry Corp, Mid Coast Council and private landholders. It is coordinated through the Bulahdelah District Pest Animal Control Group.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected by the program if they enter the park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes Area on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 5 Aug 2021, 1.42pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Aug 2021, 4.40pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

Several Parks within the Hastings Macleay area are closed due to flood and storm damage. Access and camping is not permitted.

Widespread flooding has resulted in extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities.

Closures are in place until 8am Friday 1 October 2021. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

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

Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Sep 2021, 7.55pm

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 Ruins site under any circumstances.

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

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Applies from Thu 22 Jul 2021, 1.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 10.57am

Safety alerts: 4WD/SUV recommended on Gloucester Tops Road

4WD/SUV vehicles are recommended for visitors wanting to access Gloucester Tops due to deterioration of Gloucester Tops Road.

Weight limits on Gloucester River bridge means trucks are unable to access the road to carry out repairs. The bridge will be replaced within the next year and Gloucester Tops Road will then be restored to 2WD standard. Please check back for updates.

For further information, please contact the Barrington Tops Area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Sat 20 Mar 2021, 12.30pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Jun 2021, 11.10am

Closed areas: Wreck Beach walking track damaged

Wreck Beach walking track is closed due to heavy rain undermining the walking track causing significant damage to steps and landings. The closure will be in place for an extended period until repairs are undertaken.

Barriers and signage are in place for visitor safety. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Sat 19 Jun 2021, 1.29pm

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by Forest Corp until further notice due to serious damage caused during the weather event before Easter.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park and Honeysuckle picnic areas. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 7 May 2021, 8.50am to Sat 7 May 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 2.07pm

Closed areas: Sunnyside campground closed

Sunnyside campground will be closed indefinitely until major works have been completed.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 2.01pm to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.58am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May and Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

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 call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 11.44am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.55am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May and Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

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 call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.49am

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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Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 1.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 12.23pm

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground closed

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground in Karuah National Park are closed while Little Mountain Road is being upgraded. The road is impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 9.16am. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Apr 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks walking track

Ocean Rocks walking track in Tomaree National Park is closed due to landslide from Thursday 20 February 2020. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

All main visitor areas, including Tomaree Summit walk, will remain open. You can still access Tomaree Head via Tomaree Summit walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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