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Khancoban area

Kosciuszko National Park

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Last reviewed: Thu 30 July 2020, 3.44pm

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.44pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.

Check this map to see if there are any closures before you set out.

Camping and accommodation

Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

Other closures

  • The Yarrangobilly Visitor Centre, walks and the thermal pool are open but all caves remain closed to the public.
  • Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.

Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:

  • Areas within the park:
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Bicentennial National trail. For more information visit the Bicentennial National Trail website.
    • Back country areas affected by fires. For more information please contact our visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban. 
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to annual winter or fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Olsens Lookout Road
    • Geehi Dam Road
    • Geehi Walls trail
    • Major Clews trail
    • Grassy Flats trail
    • Murray Gates trail
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road). 
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way
    • Kings Cross Road
    • Tumut Ponds trail
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area:
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road
    • Bullocks Hill trail
    • Cumberland trail
    • Long Plain Road
    • Pocket Saddle Road
    • Port Phillip trail
    • Broken Cart
    • Blue Waterholes trail
    • Four Mile trail
    • Kosciuszko Road Perisher to Charlotte Pass

These roads and trails will remain closed until the October Long Weekend or until hazardous trees are treated, debris is removed and repair work is completed.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Affects 45 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.40pm.

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

High altitude walks snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:

 

General: 

Refer to our Alpine Safety page.

Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.

Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.

Avalanche: There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.

Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk. Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.


Perisher/Main Range - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended - ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (all tracks are under snow. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes


Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip it is recommended that you carry and Skis or snowshoes
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers).
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Affects 12 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11.21am.

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.

For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 10.44am.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to exploratory works

Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 exploratory works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4wd trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Mon 8 Jun 2020, 1.59pm to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.46am.

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet

Rawson Pass toilet remains closed and will reopen when snow conditions allow. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

Affects 1 location in this park: Show list

Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am.

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seamans Hut toilet is still under construction and will remain closed for winter 2020. The construction site has several fenced compounds that will remain in place for winter. If using the area surrounding Seamans Hut or the new toilet construction site, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under snow. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600. 

Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.40am.

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020

Ski season

  • The ski season open dates are:
    • Thredbo: Open
    • Perisher: Open
    • Charlotte Pass: Open
    • Selwyn Snow Resort: Closed for 2020 due to bushfire damage

Ski season on-snow activities and access

All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park will require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a Trip Intention Form.

  • If you intend to use the ski lifts, don’t leave home without a valid pre-purchased lift pass
  • Visitors wishing to undertake on-snow backcountry activities will need to register a Trip Intention Form (TIF) with NPWS prior to their arrival. Examples of on-snow backcountry activities which can be undertaken after a TIF is lodged include backcountry snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skiing and snowboarding.

Tobogganing

  • Tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing is not permitted within Kosciuszko National Park in 2020. The COVID-safe plan prepared by Perisher Resort does not allow for tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing. Selwyn Snow Resort, which has the only other dedicated tobogganing location, is closed due to bushfire damage. There are no accessible areas in Kosciuszko National Park that will allow these activities to be safely undertaken or in accordance with the current COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

Snow play

  • NPWS is supporting resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. NPWS and the resorts are asking visitors not to visit ski resorts in 2020 specifically for snow play activities. This is because there are no areas allocated for snow play or tobogganing in 2020 due to the COVID Safe Operating Plan prepared by the resorts and supported by NPWS and the emergency services.
  • Visitors can undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location. Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities.
  • NPWS is concerned about safety management of snow play user groups, as unsafe areas along road corridors may become crowded. Visitors should ensure their activities are undertaken in a safe location.

Personal safety

  • Visitors must take responsibility for their own personal safety including staying well clear of roads, maintaining physical distancing, parking safely and obeying road safety signage such as 'No stopping' and 'No parking'.
  • Before going backcountry - lodge a Trip Intention Form, review advice at the NPWS Alpine Safety page, and it is recommended that you book a guided tour with a licensed tour operator.
  • For safe driving tips visit Transport NSW - Driving in the Snowy Mountains or How to Drive in the Snow.

Park access

  • The only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you are visiting a location where park use fees apply. Trip Intention Forms or a resort lift pass are required if you are planning on-snow sporting activities but are not a condition of entry to Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Payment at NPWS vehicle entry stations and the NPWS Perisher office will be by card only. Cash will not be accepted. Card payments are preferred at NPWS visitor centres.
  • All public carparks which are open throughout Kosciuszko National Park will operate as per previous snow seasons. Parking spaces cannot be reserved and a pre-purchased resort lift pass or a pre-registered NPWS Trip Intention Form does not assure that a parking spot will be available when you arrive.
  • To cater for an increase in backcountry activities this snow season, Cascades trail head and Dead Horse Gap carparks are available, at this stage, for day parking only.
  • As always, temporary road closures or traffic restrictions may be implemented to manage safety on roads. Please ensure that you have planned ahead and keep up-to-date on relevant alerts on ski resort webpages and Live Traffic.
  • Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes.

Affects 32 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Mon 27 Jul 2020, 10.41am to Fri 21 Aug 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 1.17pm.

Closed areas: Waterfall track - part closure

Waterfall track in Kosciuszko National Park is partly closed from Monday 27 July to Tuesday 1 December 2020. The closure is due to damage to some platforms and stairs.

You can still access the western section of the track to the Waterfall (head clockwise from the track branch). The eastern section is closed. Signs will be in place to indicate the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Affects 1 location in this park: Show list

Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 4.40pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • The north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park (within the Adaminaby/Yaouk Wild Dog Control Area)
  • Yaouk Nature Reserve
  • Scabby Range Nature Reserve

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 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 please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.15pm.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track, along with Muzzlewood loop and Bullocks walking track, are closed to all visitation due to significant tree fall and unassessed tree risk to visitors following recent heavy snow fall.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 4 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Tue 21 Jul 2020, 7.08am to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 11.39am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using bait containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program will be conducted in areas adjoining Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Schlinks Pass and Guthega areas between Tuesday 21 July and Friday 25 September 2020.

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 Jindabyne office on 02 6456 5600.

Affects 13 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.00am to Thu 12 Nov 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Apr 2020, 12.23pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve
  • The southern Precinct of Kosciuszko 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 Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

Applies from Mon 13 Apr 2020, 9.08am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 May 2020, 10.46am.

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair. For more details, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2.59pm.

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park

There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 

Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.

For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2017, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.40pm.

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office:

  • Tumut, call (02) 6947 7000
  • Jindabyne, call (02) 6450 5555
  • Khancoban, call (02) 6076 9373.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
17 August 2020 Closed areas Lower Snowy River Area closed for aerial pest control operations Details

Applies from Mon 17 Aug 2020, 10.05am to Sun 23 Aug 2020, 10.27am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 12.17pm

The lower Snowy River area of Kosciuszko National Park is closed from 9am, Monday 17 August to 5pm, Sunday 23 August 2020 for an aerial pest control operation. Closures include all campground and picnic areas from the park entry on the Barry Way to the Victorian border. Traffic management will be in place to allow through traffic but plan for possible significant delays.

  • This program will target deer and is a part of broader post fire program. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals including threatened species.
  • Other pest animals, including pigs, goats, foxes and wild dogs will be targeted if observed during the operation.

The closed areas include:

  • The lower Snowy Drive
  • Wallace Craigie lookout
  • Jacobs River campground
  • Halfway Flat campground
  • Pinch River campground
  • Jacks lookout
  • Running Waters campground
  • Willis campground and picnic area

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6450 5600.

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5 February 2021 Other planned events Thredbo Valley track closed for event Details

Applies from Fri 5 Feb 2021, 12.00am to Sun 7 Feb 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 1.22pm

Due to an event, Thredbo Valley track and surrounding areas will be closed and inaccessible from Friday 5 February to Sunday 7 February 2021.

On Friday 5 February 2021, from 8am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo and Thredbo Diggings campground
  • Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Lake Crackenback
  • Muzzlewood track

Thredbo Valley track willl remain open for out and back use from Thredbo Diggings campground toward Bullocks Flat, however there will be no access beyond the junction with the low mobility path at Bullocks Flat.

The lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back use from Gaden Trout Hatchery. There will  be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge.

 

On Saturday 6 February 2021, from 7am to 4pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Resort and Gaden Trout Hatchery

Muzzlewood track will remain open for use between Thredbo Diggings campground and the trackhead at Skitube Carpark D.

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking from Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

 

On Sunday 7 February 2021, from 6am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Diggings campground and Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking from Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat

The lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back use from Gaden Trout Hatchery. There will be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5620 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 4 locations in this park: Show list

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20 February 2021 Other planned events Thredbo Valley track closed for events Details

Applies from Sat 20 Feb 2021, 12.00am to Sun 21 Feb 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 12.47pm

Thredbo Valley track and surrounding areas will be closed or inaccessible on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March 2020.

On Saturday 20 February 2021, from 6am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track, between Thredbo Diggings campground and Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking out of Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

There will also be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge. Lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back riding only from Gaden Trout Hatchery.

 

On Sunday 21 February 2021, from 7am to 4pm, the following areas will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track  between Ranger Station and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking out of Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

Thredbo Valley Track will remain open for use between Thredbo Resort and Ranger Station.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5620 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 30 Jul 2020, 11.14am to Fri 21 Aug 2020, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Aug 2020, 4.32pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to hazardous trees

Gulaga National Park is currently closed because trees have become hazardous following recent heavy rainfall and high winds. This includes Summit walking track. Bellbrook loop track is open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Mon 3 Aug 2020, 1.23pm to Mon 10 Aug 2020, 1.24pm. Last reviewed: Mon 3 Aug 2020, 3.45pm

Closed parks: Weed control program

There is no public access to Montague Island Nature Reserve, as the entire island  is closed. The closure is due to focused weed control works run by NPWS.

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Applies from Wed 27 May 2020, 9.18am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 9.29am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 1.59pm

Other planned events: 1080 aerial pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting 2 aerial baiting programs using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The programs will start on or shortly after Wednesday 27 May 2020, and will finish on Monday 31 August 2020. The baiting will take place in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Bugong National Park
  • Budawang National Park
  • Tarlo River National Park
  • Morton National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Bungonia National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Barrengarry Nature Reserve
  • Nadgigomar Nature Reserve
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Deua National Park
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Kooraban National Park
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Coolumbooka 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 please call NPWS Merimbula office on 02 6495 5000.

Affects 14 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.

Check this map to see if there are any closures before you set out.

Camping and accommodation

Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

Other closures

  • The Yarrangobilly Visitor Centre, walks and the thermal pool are open but all caves remain closed to the public.
  • Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.

Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:

  • Areas within the park:
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Bicentennial National trail. For more information visit the Bicentennial National Trail website.
    • Back country areas affected by fires. For more information please contact our visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban. 
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to annual winter or fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Olsens Lookout Road
    • Geehi Dam Road
    • Geehi Walls trail
    • Major Clews trail
    • Grassy Flats trail
    • Murray Gates trail
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road). 
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way
    • Kings Cross Road
    • Tumut Ponds trail
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area:
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road
    • Bullocks Hill trail
    • Cumberland trail
    • Long Plain Road
    • Pocket Saddle Road
    • Port Phillip trail
    • Broken Cart
    • Blue Waterholes trail
    • Four Mile trail
    • Kosciuszko Road Perisher to Charlotte Pass

These roads and trails will remain closed until the October Long Weekend or until hazardous trees are treated, debris is removed and repair work is completed.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Affects 1 park and 45 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.40pm

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

High altitude walks snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:

 

General: 

Refer to our Alpine Safety page.

Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.

Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.

Avalanche: There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.

Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk. Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.


Perisher/Main Range - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended - ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (all tracks are under snow. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes


Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip it is recommended that you carry and Skis or snowshoes
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers).
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Sun 2 Aug 2020, 5.00pm to Thu 6 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 1.37pm

Closed areas: 1080 carpark and beach section closed

The 1080 carpark and beach section of Eurobodalla National Park is closed between 5pm and 10am, Sunday 2 August to Thursday 6 August 2020 for a ground pest control operation involving firearms.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local park office at Narooma on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11.21am

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.

For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 10.44am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to exploratory works

Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 exploratory works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4wd trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 8 Jun 2020, 1.59pm to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.46am

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet

Rawson Pass toilet remains closed and will reopen when snow conditions allow. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

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Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seamans Hut toilet is still under construction and will remain closed for winter 2020. The construction site has several fenced compounds that will remain in place for winter. If using the area surrounding Seamans Hut or the new toilet construction site, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under snow. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600. 

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Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.40am

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020

Ski season

  • The ski season open dates are:
    • Thredbo: Open
    • Perisher: Open
    • Charlotte Pass: Open
    • Selwyn Snow Resort: Closed for 2020 due to bushfire damage

Ski season on-snow activities and access

All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park will require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a Trip Intention Form.

  • If you intend to use the ski lifts, don’t leave home without a valid pre-purchased lift pass
  • Visitors wishing to undertake on-snow backcountry activities will need to register a Trip Intention Form (TIF) with NPWS prior to their arrival. Examples of on-snow backcountry activities which can be undertaken after a TIF is lodged include backcountry snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skiing and snowboarding.

Tobogganing

  • Tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing is not permitted within Kosciuszko National Park in 2020. The COVID-safe plan prepared by Perisher Resort does not allow for tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing. Selwyn Snow Resort, which has the only other dedicated tobogganing location, is closed due to bushfire damage. There are no accessible areas in Kosciuszko National Park that will allow these activities to be safely undertaken or in accordance with the current COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

Snow play

  • NPWS is supporting resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. NPWS and the resorts are asking visitors not to visit ski resorts in 2020 specifically for snow play activities. This is because there are no areas allocated for snow play or tobogganing in 2020 due to the COVID Safe Operating Plan prepared by the resorts and supported by NPWS and the emergency services.
  • Visitors can undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location. Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities.
  • NPWS is concerned about safety management of snow play user groups, as unsafe areas along road corridors may become crowded. Visitors should ensure their activities are undertaken in a safe location.

Personal safety

  • Visitors must take responsibility for their own personal safety including staying well clear of roads, maintaining physical distancing, parking safely and obeying road safety signage such as 'No stopping' and 'No parking'.
  • Before going backcountry - lodge a Trip Intention Form, review advice at the NPWS Alpine Safety page, and it is recommended that you book a guided tour with a licensed tour operator.
  • For safe driving tips visit Transport NSW - Driving in the Snowy Mountains or How to Drive in the Snow.

Park access

  • The only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you are visiting a location where park use fees apply. Trip Intention Forms or a resort lift pass are required if you are planning on-snow sporting activities but are not a condition of entry to Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Payment at NPWS vehicle entry stations and the NPWS Perisher office will be by card only. Cash will not be accepted. Card payments are preferred at NPWS visitor centres.
  • All public carparks which are open throughout Kosciuszko National Park will operate as per previous snow seasons. Parking spaces cannot be reserved and a pre-purchased resort lift pass or a pre-registered NPWS Trip Intention Form does not assure that a parking spot will be available when you arrive.
  • To cater for an increase in backcountry activities this snow season, Cascades trail head and Dead Horse Gap carparks are available, at this stage, for day parking only.
  • As always, temporary road closures or traffic restrictions may be implemented to manage safety on roads. Please ensure that you have planned ahead and keep up-to-date on relevant alerts on ski resort webpages and Live Traffic.
  • Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes.

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Applies from Tue 28 Jul 2020, 3.38pm to Tue 11 Aug 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Aug 2020, 9.48am

Closed areas: North Head campground closed

North Head campground will be closed until Tuesday 11 August 2020 following the extreme weather event experienced on the South Coast. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 28 Jul 2020, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 4.12pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to weather conditions

The following campgrounds in Mimosa Rocks National Park are closed due to recent weather condition of heavy rainfall and high winds.

  • Aragunnu campground
  • Middle Beach campground

The closure will be in place until these areas are assessed for any damage. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 27 Jul 2020, 10.41am to Fri 21 Aug 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Waterfall track - part closure

Waterfall track in Kosciuszko National Park is partly closed from Monday 27 July to Tuesday 1 December 2020. The closure is due to damage to some platforms and stairs.

You can still access the western section of the track to the Waterfall (head clockwise from the track branch). The eastern section is closed. Signs will be in place to indicate the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 1.03pm

Other planned events: Annual road grading

Temporary road closures will be in place within Mimosa Rocks National Park from Monday 27 July to Friday 14 August 2020 for road grading.

Between Monday 27 July and Friday 31 July 2020, the affected roads are:

  • Middle Beach Road
  • Nelson Lake Road/Nelson Beach Road

Roadworks will then progress to:

  • Aragunnu Road
  • Picnic Point Road (including part of Wapengo Lake Road from the private property gate)
  • Bithry Inlet Road (Penders Road)

The works are necessary to repair the road surface and drainage to ensure the roads provide suitable visitor access. For safety reasons, visitor access is prohibited to all closed areas.

Roadworks are weather dependent. It's a good idea to call ahead before travelling to Mimosa Rocks National Park to check for any closures or delays. Notification signs and temporary closures will be placed on each road until the works are complete. 

These closures may be extended, and any changes will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 4.40pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • The north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park (within the Adaminaby/Yaouk Wild Dog Control Area)
  • Yaouk Nature Reserve
  • Scabby Range Nature Reserve

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 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 please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.15pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track, along with Muzzlewood loop and Bullocks walking track, are closed to all visitation due to significant tree fall and unassessed tree risk to visitors following recent heavy snow fall.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jul 2020, 11.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 8.48am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damange

Some areas in this park remain closed due to bushfire damage.  Do not enter closed sections of the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.45pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 6.21pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 8.42am

Closed parks: Park closed - hazardous conditions and aerial and ground pest control

This park is closed due to bushfire damage. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as a result of the fires. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 28 May 2020, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 9.16am

Other planned events: Green Cape Lighthouse

Green Cape Lighthouse is closed for tours until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. The lighthouse precinct is open.

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Applies from Fri 17 Jul 2020, 12.11pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 12.14pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road, George Boyd and Granite Falls closed due to bushfire damage

12 Mile Road and all visitor sites accessed from 12 Mile road are closed due to bushfire damage.  The closed areas include:

  • 12 Mile Road
  • George Boyd lookout, picnic area and rainforest walk
  • Granite Falls lookout and walk
  • Link Road campground

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 Fri 17 Jul 2020, 12.31pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 12.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 1.24pm

Closed areas: Mount Bushwalker and nearby areas closed due to bushfire damage

All national park visitor sites accessed from Pointer Gap Road are closed due to bushfire damage. The closed areas include:

  • Mount Bushwalker walking track
  • Little Forest walking track
  • Rusden Head walking track
  • Florence Head walking track
  • Pointer Gap picnic area

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 Fri 17 Jul 2020, 12.42pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 12.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 1.23pm

Closed areas: Pigeon House Mountain Didthul closed due to bushfire damage

Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track and picnic area are closed due to bushfire damage.

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 Tue 21 Jul 2020, 7.08am to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 11.39am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using bait containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program will be conducted in areas adjoining Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Schlinks Pass and Guthega areas between Tuesday 21 July and Friday 25 September 2020.

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 Jindabyne office on 02 6456 5600.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 2.09pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jul 2020, 2.17pm

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:
    • Badgerys Spur walking track
    • Long Point walking track
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • 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 Area, the following walks, trails and lookouts are accessible:
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Tolwong Road
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Sassafras
    • Tianjara Falls lookout on the Braidwood Road
    • Old Burrier fire trail
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang Wilderness Area, the following walking routes are accessible:
    • The Castle (toilet non-operational at Cooyoyo camp - please take waste with you)
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim (toilet non-operational at Burrumbeet Brook camp - please take waste with you)
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground

Any overnight walk in Morton National Park wilderness areas requires a trip intention form at this time, as per our COVID-19 update

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 Sat 11 Apr 2020, 10.56am to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 10.13am

Closed parks: Clyde River National Park

Clyde River National Park is closed until further notice due to fire damage and hazardous conditions. Please do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jul 2020, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 10.37am

Closed areas: Barooga precinct closed

The Barooga precinct in Murray Valley Regional Park is currently closed due to Covid-19. There are border closures in place and limited access to the precinct. Camping is currently not permitted at the following campgrounds:

  • Town Beach 
  • Dunns Beach 
  • Micks Beach, and 
  • 1904 Beach

 Ski Beach day use area is also inaccessible. For more information, contact the local area office on 03 5483 9100.

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Applies from Mon 1 Jun 2020, 3.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 9.16am

Closed areas: Cowdroys Road closed

Cowdroys Road is closed for maintenance, and will remain closed until works have been completed and the road surface is stable for traffic. 

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

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Applies from Thu 25 Jun 2020, 10.44am to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 2.06pm

Closed areas: Areas closed - bushfire damage and ground and aerial pest control operations

Deua National Park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. However Berlang campground and Big Hole walking track are open for public use. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire recovery. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Jul 2020, 10.50am

Closed areas: Moira precinct - no vehicle access to Dora firewood collection area

The Dora firewood collection area within Moira Precinct has no vehicle access due to wet weather. The following roads are currently closed:

  • Intersection of Algeboia Road and Dora Road 
  • Intersection of Algeboia Road and Barmah-River Road
  • Moira-Creek Road
  • Algeboia Road

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the local area office on 03 5483 9100.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.40pm to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 2.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 10.54am

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfire damage and ground and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. The park closure includes Lake Creek campground, Wadbilliga Crossing picnic area, Wadbilliga Road and the areas listed below. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire recovery. 

Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.39pm to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 10.56am

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfire damage and ground and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire recovery. Do not enter this park.

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

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Applies from Thu 25 Jun 2020, 2.20pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 4.28pm

Closed parks: Turallo Nature Reserve closed

Turallo Nature Reserve is closed until further notice due to fire operations. Please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6229 7166 for further information. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Fri 5 Jun 2020, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 9.00am

Other planned events: Campground available for booking in Kyalite precinct

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Kyalite (Murray Valley), please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jul 2020, 4.07pm to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 26 Jul 2020, 4.40pm

Other planned events: 1080 Ground Baiting Program targeting foxes

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program for foxes using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be ongoing and continuous from July 1,2020 to December 31st, 2020. The baited reserves include:

  • South East Forests National Park
  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • Bournda National Park and Nature Reserve
  • Ben Boyd National Park
  • Gulaga National Park

There will be signs at entrance and exits to the 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 Merimbula Office on 02 6405 5000.

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Applies from Wed 17 Jun 2020, 1.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Jun 2020, 3.39pm

Closed areas: Millewa precinct - Road and campground closures

The intersection at Millewa-River Road and Fire Hut Road has been closed due to water over the road and for general maintenance purposes. Due to this closure, Scotts Beach and Paradise Beach campgrounds are closed for camping.

For more information, contact the local area office on 03 5483 9100.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 4.41pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 1.20pm

Closed areas: Most of Murramarang National Park closed

Most of Murramarang National Park is closed until further notice due to fire damage and hazardous conditions. Please do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Tue 7 Apr 2020, 3.04pm to Wed 30 Sep 2020, 3.05pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 5.29pm

Other planned events: Pest control program underway

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the South East Local Land Services are conducting a baiting program using buried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program is happening between Tuesday 7 April 2020 and Wednesday 2 September 2020. 

There are signs at all baiting locations.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 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 Illawarra Highlands area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 5 Jun 2020, 5.59am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 11.29am

Other planned events: Campground bookings

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Brindabella National Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 1.56pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 1.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 7.24am

Other planned events: Campground bookings - Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 1.48pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Jul 2020, 6.38am

Other planned events: Campground bookings - Murray Valley National Park and Murray Valley Regional Park

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Murray Valley National Park and Murray Valley Regional Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Jun 2020, 4.31pm

Safety alerts: No campfires or solid fuel fires at Middle Beach campground

For visitor safety, campfires and solid fuel fires (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) are not permitted at Middle Beach campground or picnic area.

The use of gas-fired, liquid fuel and electrical appliances will be permitted where:

  • The appliance is under the direct control of an adult
  • The appliance is placed or located in an area where there is no combustible material within 2m
  • There is an adequate water supply to extinguish fire, should it start next to the appliances.
  • It is not a Total Fire Ban

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 29 May 2020, 3.20pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jul 2020, 8.40am

Closed areas: Erith Coal Mine walking track partly closed

The bottom stair section of Erith Coal Mine walking track located in Bundanoon is closed due to flood damage. However, the remainder of this walking track is now open for use.

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Applies from Sun 29 Dec 2019, 8.14am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 3.04pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfire

Ellerslie Nature Reserve is closed due to safety risk to visitors from fire-affected dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 4 Mar 2020, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 9.45am

Closed areas: Light to Light walk

Light to Light walk is closed due to hazardous conditions and bushfire damage. 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 4 May 2020, 11.13am to Wed 4 Nov 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jul 2020, 10.56am

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. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 4 May to Wednesday 4 November 2020. The baited reserves include:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Berlang State Conservation Area 
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Deau 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.

For further information call the NPWS Merimbula Office on 02 6405 5000.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jun 2020, 10.56am

Closed areas: Spring Creek Canyon closed due to rockfalls

The Spring Creek Canyon in Bungonia National Park is closed due to rockfalls in the area.

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

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Applies from Tue 5 May 2020, 4.14pm to Thu 5 Nov 2020, 4.15pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jun 2020, 10.49am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPE’s containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Tuesday 5 May 2020 to Thursday 5 November 2020. The baited parks and reserves include:

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

All baiting locations will be signposted.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.00am to Thu 12 Nov 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Apr 2020, 12.23pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve
  • The southern Precinct of Kosciuszko 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 Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Thu 30 Apr 2020, 2.00pm to Wed 30 Sep 2020, 2.02pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 9.43am

Other planned events: Pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Local Land Services (LLS) are conducting a baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program is happening between Thursday 30 April and Wednesday 30 September 2020 in Bungonia State Conservation Area and Bungonia 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 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 Fitzroy Falls office on 02 4887 7244.

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Applies from Thu 23 Apr 2020, 3.14pm to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 10.44am

Other planned events: Pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a pest management program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will happen from Monday 27 April to Sunday 20 December 2020 in Jervis Bay National Park, Conjola National Park, Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, Meroo National Park and Murramarang 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 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 Shoalhaven area office on 02 4454 9500 or 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Wed 21 Oct 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Apr 2020, 12.06pm

Other planned events: 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 Thursday 21 October 2019 to Wednesday 21 October 2020. 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 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. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas. If you need your dogs to work in the baiting area outside of national park estate, we suggest muzzling them.

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, 11.15am to Wed 21 Oct 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 19 Apr 2020, 7.57am

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Thursday 21 October 2019 and Wednesday 21 October 2020 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. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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 Highlands office on 024887 8244.

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Applies from Fri 17 Apr 2020, 9.20am to Fri 16 Oct 2020, 9.22am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 May 2020, 4.29pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Friday 17 April and Friday 16 October 2020 in the Little Forest Plateau and 12 Mile Road/Jerrawangala areas of Morton National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Penalties apply for non-compliance. 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 Ulladulla office on 02 4454 9500.

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Applies from Mon 13 Apr 2020, 9.08am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 May 2020, 10.46am

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair. For more details, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 11.57am to Fri 28 May 2027, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 May 2020, 9.11am

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.

For more information call the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Wed 15 Jan 2020, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Jul 2020, 12.04pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfire affected areas

Gourock National Park is closed until safety and rehabilitation works are completed. For more information, contact the NPWS Queanbeyan office on 02 6229 7166.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 20 Mar 2020, 11.54am to Sun 20 Sep 2020, 11.46am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 2.15pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing in Tallaganda National Park, Tallaganda State Conservation Area and Gourock 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.

This program is part of an integrated pest control strategy, which also includes trapping and shooting, with the aim of minimising the impacts of these animals on neighbouring stock.

For further information please call NPWS Queanbeyan on 02 6229 7166.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 1.56pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 10.21am

Closed areas: Woomargama National Park - eastern end closed

The eastern section of Woomargama National Park is closed. The closure is due to the Green Valley bushfire which has resulted in damage to trails and fallen trees. This closed area includes:

  • All areas east of Tin Mines campground through to Lankeys Creek and Jingelic Road
  • Tin Mines trail east of the campsite
  • Philis trail
  • Cockatoo Creek trail
  • Mandaring trail
  • Mathewsons trail
  • Millers trail and any other trails into the reserves which enter via Lankeys Creek or the River road

Tin Mines and Samual Bollard campsites are still open and can be accessed by the Tin Mines trail off Tunnel road, Woomargama.

Please do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Thu 13 Feb 2020, 4.59pm. Last reviewed: Sat 22 Feb 2020, 9.58am

Closed areas: Northern section of park - bushfire affected

The northern section of this park is closed as trees and surrounding areas have been affected by fire. This section is north of the Lowden Road and includes Mulloon Creek campground. Do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

 

For information on closures affecting the Mulloon Firetrail contact Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council. For closures affecting Tallaganda State Forest contact Forestry Corporation NSW.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2.59pm

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park

There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 

Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.

For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2017, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.40pm

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office:

  • Tumut, call (02) 6947 7000
  • Jindabyne, call (02) 6450 5555
  • Khancoban, call (02) 6076 9373.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Apr 2020, 9.31am

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 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 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2019, 5.03pm

Safety alerts: Some fire trails not suitable for trailer access

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 Deua National Park. However, due to ongoing damage to trails as a result of continued inappropriate use of 4WDs towing trailers on these signposted trails, 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 reduce the safety risk to yourself and others, reduce damage to the park environment and your assets and reduce park maintenance costs, a benefit to everyone. 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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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/khancoban-area/local-alerts

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Olsens lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer