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Kinchega National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 14 December 2018, 11.37am

Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 11.37am.

Closed parks: Kinchega NP closed due to rain

 

Entire park closure

This park is closed due to rain. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Broken Hill office on (08) 80803200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 5 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Mon 3 Dec 2018, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Dec 2018, 3.43pm.

Safety alerts: Red level alert for blue-green algae – Menindee

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for some parts of the Sunraysia region at Menindee.

A red alert warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may come into direct contact with the water, such as swimming, as well as domestic uses, including showering and washing. Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets.

The affected areas include:

  • Lakes Wetherell
  • Pamamaroo
  • Copi Hollow  
  • Darling River

The blue-green algae at Menindee may be expected to move slowly downstream with the low flow release from Weir 32.

The species of blue-green algae identified are potentially toxic and may cause gastroenteritis in humans if consumed, and skin and eye irritations after contact. Boiling the water does not remove algal toxins.

Please do not to enter the water, do not drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the lake while this red alert level warning is in place. Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink. The above is a media release from Water NSW.

For further updates please contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8080 3200.

Applies from Fri 1 Jun 2018, 8.32am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.45am.

Closed areas: Access restrictions due to Lake Drive closure

Morton Boulka picnic area and Cawndilla picnic area and campground are closed and inaccessible due to the current condition of Lake Drive. Lake Drive is closed.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on (08) 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 2 locations in this park: Show list

Applies from Thu 16 Feb 2017, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.47am.

Closed areas: Emu Lake Drive

Emu Lake Drive that connects the Kinchega Woolshed to the Tandou / Old Pooncarie Road is currently closed. Access to the Kinchega Woolshed and Emu Lake campground is possible via Woolshed Drive. For more information, please contact NPWS Broken Hill area office on (08) 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 11.37am

Closed parks: Kinchega NP closed due to rain

 

Entire park closure

This park is closed due to rain. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Broken Hill office on (08) 80803200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 14 Dec 2018, 9.19am to Mon 17 Dec 2018, 9.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 9.19am

Closed parks: Mungo National Park closed

This park is closed due to weather conditions and heavy rain, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Buronga Office (03) 5021 8900) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

 

 

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.50am

Fire bans: Solid fuel fire ban

There is a 'no solid fuel fire policy' in the park all year round. This park fire ban will remain in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) 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. To find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves, including your responsibilities, visit NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Mon 3 Dec 2018, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Dec 2018, 3.43pm

Safety alerts: Red level alert for blue-green algae – Menindee

A red alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for some parts of the Sunraysia region at Menindee.

A red alert warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may come into direct contact with the water, such as swimming, as well as domestic uses, including showering and washing. Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets.

The affected areas include:

  • Lakes Wetherell
  • Pamamaroo
  • Copi Hollow  
  • Darling River

The blue-green algae at Menindee may be expected to move slowly downstream with the low flow release from Weir 32.

The species of blue-green algae identified are potentially toxic and may cause gastroenteritis in humans if consumed, and skin and eye irritations after contact. Boiling the water does not remove algal toxins.

Please do not to enter the water, do not drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the lake while this red alert level warning is in place. Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink. The above is a media release from Water NSW.

For further updates please contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8080 3200.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 1 Nov 2018, 1.54pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Nov 2018, 2.49pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Mungo National Park

A park fire ban is in place in Mungo National 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, hexamite) 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 NPWS Buronga office on 03 5021 8900 before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

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

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 1 Nov 2018, 2.00pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Nov 2018, 2.35pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Lower Darling Area parks and reserves

A park fire ban is in place in Euston Regional Park, Kemendok National Park, Kemendok Nature Reserve, Mallee Cliffs National Park, Murray Valley Regional Park, Nearie Lake Nature Reserve, and Tarawi Nature Reserve. The ban remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) 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. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Affects 4 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 20 Nov 2018, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 12.43pm

Closed areas: Coach and Horses campground closed - dangerous trees

Coach and Horses campground is closed for maintenance work on dangerous trees. 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 Broken Hill office on 08 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 4 Oct 2018, 9.26am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.47am

Closed areas: Mutawintji Gorge walk closure

Mutawintji Gorge walk is closed due to maintenance until further notice. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jun 2018, 8.32am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.45am

Closed areas: Access restrictions due to Lake Drive closure

Morton Boulka picnic area and Cawndilla picnic area and campground are closed and inaccessible due to the current condition of Lake Drive. Lake Drive is closed.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on (08) 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 16 Feb 2017, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Dec 2018, 11.47am

Closed areas: Emu Lake Drive

Emu Lake Drive that connects the Kinchega Woolshed to the Tandou / Old Pooncarie Road is currently closed. Access to the Kinchega Woolshed and Emu Lake campground is possible via Woolshed Drive. For more information, please contact NPWS Broken Hill area office on (08) 8080 3200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/kinchega-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Outback NSW region
  • Kinchega National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has a pay and display envelope payment system - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Lake Menindee, Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer