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Katoomba area

Blue Mountains National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 18 February 2020, 5.48pm

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.48pm.

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park remain closed due to the bushfire and/or flood damage and associated hazards:

Katoomba area

  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail and cycle route
  • Wentworth Pass, National Pass and Valley of Waters tracks where floods have damaged creek crossings.
  • Dardanelles Pass where landslides have destroyed the track
  • Prince Henry (between Solitary Restaurant and Tarpeian Rock) and Leura Cascades track due to landslides and flood damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle camping areas
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, or Mount Solitary routes
  • Rock climbing areas around the Grose and Narrowneck (all burnt sites including Bowens Creek, Bell Super-crag and Diamond Falls)
  • The Six Foot Track remains closed between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Cox’s River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds) due to dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event that has exacerbated the recent bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall.
    Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the currently closed sections of track before the end of the February.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur)

Blackheath area

  • Grand Canyon
  • Access roads and lookouts around the Grose Valley (including Mount Hay, Victoria Falls, Hat Hill Road (Perry's) and Point Pilcher.
  • Access tracks into and around the Grose Valley (including Perrys, Mount Banks, Mount Hay, Flat Top, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Lockleys Pylon, Victoria Falls and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Perrys, Green Gully (Dunphy's), Acacia Flat camping areas.
  • Walking tracks around Blackheath (including Walls Cave, Grand Canyon, Hanging Rock/Burramoko, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk, Pulpit Rock, and Western Rim)

Glenbrook area

  • Glenbrook precinct, including Euroka, Mount Portal, Jelly Bean, Blue Pool, Woodford-Oaks fire trail, Nepean lookout and fire trail, Redhands Cave and fire trail

Mount Wilson

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson, Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley (including all Wollongambe, Serendipity, all Bell Creek, all DuFaurs, all Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen, Birrabang, Dalpura, Hat Hill, Pilcher, Katoomba Creek, Fortress and Butterbox (Mount Hay).

Lower Grose area

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow campground and surrounding area.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

Katoomba area

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls lookouts and cliff top walking tracks (where not impacted by other closures)
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • The Six Foot Track is currently open between the Explorer’s Tree at Katoomba and Guyvers Bridge (just west of Megalong Road).
  • Conservation Hut cafe
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail (and Sublime Point Trail)
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail (no walking tracks or descents open)
  • Empress
  • Murphy's and Ingar Camping Areas - walk in access only
  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrowneck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrowneck unburnt areas.
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum swamp

Blackheath area

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Information Centre, Fairfax track, Evans lookout, Braeside fire trail (not walk), Walls Cave
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass Roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

 

NPWS will be progressing assessments, treating sites for tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.38pm.

Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide

The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.

For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 9.04am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 2.46pm.

Safety alerts: Rain and flooding

Heavy rains have damaged many tracks and roads in the park and rain is expected to continue. Canyons and creek crossings are flooded. The soil water table is saturated. Therefore water levels could rise to dangerous levels at short notice. Some crossings are already impassable due to flood debris and infrastructure damage. Natural surface roads could be slippery or impassable. Landslips, treefall and rockfall are more likely in these conditions.

Visitors are advised to plan accordingly and avoid flooded or unstable areas. Visitors may have to navigate muddy conditions, unclear paths, fallen trees, flood debris and washouts. Visitors should not cross creeks or rivers when they are flooded or water is over stepping stones.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 12.07pm.

Closed areas: Dunphys campground

Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12.16pm.

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jan 2020, 11.50am.

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.26pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm.

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm.

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

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

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

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

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

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

Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.54pm.

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

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

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
19 February 2020 Closed areas Undercliff, Den Fenella and Wentworth Pass tracks closed Details

Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 9.23am

Undercliff, Den Fenella and Wentworth Pass walking tracks will be closed due to a helicopter lifting in materials from Wednesday 19 to Thursday 20 February 2020. For more information contact the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.48pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park remain closed due to the bushfire and/or flood damage and associated hazards:

Katoomba area

  • Kings Tableland Road from Queen Victoria Hospital to McMahons Point including Andersons fire trail and cycle route
  • Wentworth Pass, National Pass and Valley of Waters tracks where floods have damaged creek crossings.
  • Dardanelles Pass where landslides have destroyed the track
  • Prince Henry (between Solitary Restaurant and Tarpeian Rock) and Leura Cascades track due to landslides and flood damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle camping areas
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, or Mount Solitary routes
  • Rock climbing areas around the Grose and Narrowneck (all burnt sites including Bowens Creek, Bell Super-crag and Diamond Falls)
  • The Six Foot Track remains closed between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Cox’s River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds) due to dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event that has exacerbated the recent bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall.
    Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the currently closed sections of track before the end of the February.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur)

Blackheath area

  • Grand Canyon
  • Access roads and lookouts around the Grose Valley (including Mount Hay, Victoria Falls, Hat Hill Road (Perry's) and Point Pilcher.
  • Access tracks into and around the Grose Valley (including Perrys, Mount Banks, Mount Hay, Flat Top, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Lockleys Pylon, Victoria Falls and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Perrys, Green Gully (Dunphy's), Acacia Flat camping areas.
  • Walking tracks around Blackheath (including Walls Cave, Grand Canyon, Hanging Rock/Burramoko, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk, Pulpit Rock, and Western Rim)

Glenbrook area

  • Glenbrook precinct, including Euroka, Mount Portal, Jelly Bean, Blue Pool, Woodford-Oaks fire trail, Nepean lookout and fire trail, Redhands Cave and fire trail

Mount Wilson

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson, Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley (including all Wollongambe, Serendipity, all Bell Creek, all DuFaurs, all Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen, Birrabang, Dalpura, Hat Hill, Pilcher, Katoomba Creek, Fortress and Butterbox (Mount Hay).

Lower Grose area

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow campground and surrounding area.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:

Katoomba area

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls lookouts and cliff top walking tracks (where not impacted by other closures)
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
  • The Six Foot Track is currently open between the Explorer’s Tree at Katoomba and Guyvers Bridge (just west of Megalong Road).
  • Conservation Hut cafe
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail (and Sublime Point Trail)
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail (no walking tracks or descents open)
  • Empress
  • Murphy's and Ingar Camping Areas - walk in access only
  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrowneck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrowneck unburnt areas.
  • Faulconbridge Point
  • Blue Gum swamp

Blackheath area

  • Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Information Centre, Fairfax track, Evans lookout, Braeside fire trail (not walk), Walls Cave
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass Roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

 

NPWS will be progressing assessments, treating sites for tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 4.38pm

Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide

The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.

For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 14 Feb 2020, 2.16pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Feb 2020, 4.06pm

Closed parks: Pitt Town Nature Reserve closed due to high water levels

This park is closed due to high water levels. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 2 March 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4580 2700.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 10.41am to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Feb 2020, 9.58am

Closed parks: Bents Basin State Conservation Area - storm damage

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed due to storm damage. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 30 March 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 9.04am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 2.46pm

Safety alerts: Rain and flooding

Heavy rains have damaged many tracks and roads in the park and rain is expected to continue. Canyons and creek crossings are flooded. The soil water table is saturated. Therefore water levels could rise to dangerous levels at short notice. Some crossings are already impassable due to flood debris and infrastructure damage. Natural surface roads could be slippery or impassable. Landslips, treefall and rockfall are more likely in these conditions.

Visitors are advised to plan accordingly and avoid flooded or unstable areas. Visitors may have to navigate muddy conditions, unclear paths, fallen trees, flood debris and washouts. Visitors should not cross creeks or rivers when they are flooded or water is over stepping stones.

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Applies from Tue 11 Feb 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 12.07pm

Closed areas: Dunphys campground

Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 2.54pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Feb 2020, 2.54pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to flooding

This park is closed due to flooding. There are dangerous conditions in the park due to roads and trees impacted by flood waters. The park is closed to vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. The closure will be reviewed Wednesday 19th February 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or local NPWS office 02 4720 6200.

 

 

 

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Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.34am to Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Feb 2020, 4.32pm

Closed parks: Cattai National Park closed due to flood damage

Cattai National Park is closed due to flood damage. The closure will be reviewed on Monday 30 March 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Sat 8 Feb 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Sat 8 Feb 2020, 4.28pm

Closed areas: Scheyville National Park horse riding trails closed

Scheyville National Park horse riding trails are closed until further notice due to heavy rains.

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Applies from Thu 6 Feb 2020, 7.20pm to Sun 23 Feb 2020, 12.42pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 1.06pm

Closed parks: Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve is closed until Monday 24 February 2020. The recent bushfires and heavy rainfall may result in landslides and rockfalls reaching the road. 

Six Foot track remains closed between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Coxs River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds). This is due to the dangerous conditions caused by recent rainfall and bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall. Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening closed sections of the track before the end of February.

For further information visit the Jenolan Caves website or Live traffic NSW for updates on road conditions.

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Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 1.26pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and/or flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and/or flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.

Please note that Gunguddy campground (Dunns Swamp) is now open.

Six Foot track is:

  • Open: between the Explorers Tree at Katoomba and Guyvers Bridge (just west of Megalong Road).
  • Closed: between Guyvers Bridge to the Jenolan Caves (including Cox’s River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds). This is due to the dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event and bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and tree fall. Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the closed sections of track before the end of the February.

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Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jan 2020, 11.50am

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.26pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jan 2020, 12.59pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Nov 2019, 7.25am

Closed areas: Coorongooba campground closed due to bushfire

Some parts of this park are closed due to bushfire. The closed areas are:

  • Coorongooba campground
  • Capertee River trail
  • Glen Davis Shale Mine

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This fire is called Running Stream Fire.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Thu 3 Oct 2019, 10.41am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 11.09am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of foxes in Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve and the northern section of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

This baiting program will run from Thursday 3 October 2019 to Tuesday 31 March 2020. It will reduce the impacts of foxes on native animals including the threatened brush-tailed rock wallaby.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don't touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure that they don't enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area, we suggest muzzling them. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary advice.

For more information, contact the local park office on: 02 6336 6200 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 8.07am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Tue 17 Sep 2019, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 3.55pm

Fire bans: Solid fuel fire ban - all Central West national parks

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Friday 27 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020 unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Wed 3 Jul 2019, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 11.22am

Safety alerts: Plateau walking track - detour around unsafe bridge

A short section of Plateau walking track is closed due to an unsafe bridge. Walkers can take a 25m detour across natural rock surfaces to avoid any danger. Please follow the directions of the signs in place and use the marked detour route.

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Applies from Mon 11 Feb 2019, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 1.30pm

Other incidents: No canoeing in Thirlmere Lakes National Park

It's not possible to canoe in Thirlmere Lakes National Park due to low lake water levels.

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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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Applies from Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Nov 2018, 3.05pm

Safety alerts: 4WD access only to Ben Bullen trail and Baal Bone Gap picnic area

The Ben Bullen trail and Baal Bone Gap picnic area is suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. There are large ruts and washed out sections in the Ben Bullen State Forest that are not suitable for low clearance vehicles. For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000. 

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Applies from Tue 25 Sep 2018, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 12.30pm

Closed areas: Bicentennial trail closed

Bicentennial trail is closed due to drought conditions. Crown Lands has advised the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW National Parks) that, due to lack of water and feed, it is strongly advised that visitors do not undertake the trek along the trail with horses. 

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

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Applies from Sat 26 May 2018, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 11.03am

Other planned events: Deep Pass campground toilet closed

The toilet at Deep Pass campground is temporarily closed due to capacity limitations. Planning for a  new toilet  facility is currently underway. 

Please use minimal impact  camping practices in this area. Large groups should consider camping at alternative sites. Groups in excess of 20 people require approval from the NPWS Oberon area office.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

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

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

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

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

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12.54pm

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond 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 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

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

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 10.32am

Closed areas: Pipeline track

The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Sylvia Falls, Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH