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Mares Forest National Park

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Last reviewed: Thu 29 July 2021, 1.52pm

Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.51am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Jul 2021, 1.52pm.

Other planned events: Poison 1080 wild dog and fox control program notice

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from  Saturday 26 June 2021 to Thursday 30 November 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
26 October 2021 Closed parks Park closed for aerial pest control operation Details

Applies from Tue 26 Oct 2021, 12.00pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Sep 2021, 4.18pm

Mares Forest National Park will be closed from 12pm Tuesday 26 October to 5pm Friday 29 October 2021 for an aerial pest control operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kanangra Area office on 02 6336 6200.

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 14 Oct 2021, 8.20am to Mon 18 Oct 2021, 7.30am. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Oct 2021, 3.38pm

Closed areas: The Oaks fire trail closed to vehicles

The Oaks fire trail is closed until Monday 18 October 2021. This is due to the trail surface conditions at the Ironbarks picnic area junction which is restricting vehicle access. Walkers can still access:

  • Red Hands Cave
  • Jack Evans track
  • Nepean kookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Sat 16 Oct 2021, 10.58am to Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.59am. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Oct 2021, 11.16am

Closed areas: Wentworth Falls to McMahons Point closed for road works

Wentworth Falls to Machons Point Trail in Blue Mountains National Park is closed for road maintenance from the 15th of Oct 2021 until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Visitor Centre 4787 8877.

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Oct 2021, 5.18pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire or storm damage, road or track works:

Katoomba and Leura 

  • Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Lindemans Pass is closed where it crosses Leura Falls Creek, due to track works.
  • Part of Prince Henry Cliff walk between the Fern Bower junction and Tallawalla lookout is closed due to a major landslide and track maintenance. Walkers can exit/enter via Silver Mist picnic area. Note: Walkers can still access Fern Bower via Solitary Restaurant.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Six Foot track is closed where managed by Crown Lands due to COVID-19. NPWS-managed sections are open.

Wentworth Falls

  • Wentworth Falls picnic area will be closed to vehicle traffic from Tuesday 31 August 2021 for road repairs. Pedestrians are permitted along walking tracks.   
  • Part of National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Ingar campground is therefore closed to vehicles. Walkers and cyclists permitted where they do not traverse private property.
  • McMahons Lookout Road is closed to all public access from Wednesday 13 October to Monday 18 October 2021 for road repairs, and there is no access to McMahons lookout.  

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage to infrastructure and landslides after storms.
  • Perrys lookdown campground, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock tracks are closed due to fire and flood damage and associated repairs.
  • Pierces Pass Road is closed until Friday 26 November 2021 to all traffic, including walkers and cyclists, for road repairs.  

Woodford, Hazelbrook, Lawson, Bullaburra 

  • From Monday 20 September to Saturday 22 October 2021, Monday to Friday, there's no public access to Woodford State Conservation Area via Windbourne Road (L6) and Clearview Parade.

Canyons and rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock climbing area and all other areas that require access along closed walking tracks or roads.

Note: All canyons are open. Visitors should exercise caution, as recent flooding may have left debris or moved rocks.

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it's too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

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

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 6.35pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 2.02pm

Closed areas: Areas closed to visitors

All caves at Wombeyan Karst Reserve and Abercrombie Karst Reserve are closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

All walking tracks at Wombeyan Karst Reserve are closed until further notice due to flood damage.

Grove Creek cabins at Abercrombie Karst Reserve are also closed until further notice due to rock fall.

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

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Applies from Tue 5 Oct 2021, 7.32am to Fri 22 Oct 2021, 5.33pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 1.05pm

Closed areas: Rusden Head walk closed

The Rusden Head walk in Morton National Park is closed for track maintenance from Tuesday 5 October to Friday 22nd October 2021.

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

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.13pm

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, 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 8 Oct 2021, 5.34pm to Wed 1 Dec 2021, 5.35pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 5.15pm

Closed areas: Burralow Creek campground closed due to flood damage

Burralow Creek campground is closed to all vehicles from Thursday 1 July 2021 until further notice due to significant flood damage and damage to fire trails.

Paterson Range fire trail and Tabaraga Ridge fire trail are also closed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 8.09pm to Tue 23 Nov 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 3.49pm

Closed areas: Pierces Pass walking track and fire trail closed

Pierces Pass walking track and fire trail is closed from Monday 11 October to Friday 26 November 2021 for road repairs. There is no public access. 

For more information contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 10.02am to Tue 9 Nov 2021, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Oct 2021, 12.30pm

Closed parks: Park closed for operational maintenance

Yerranderie Regional Park, including all accommodation and camping, is closed for operational maintenance until Tuesday 9 November 2021. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kanangra area office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Oct 2021, 2.58pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to damage

The following campgrounds are closed due to fire and/or flood damage:

  • Heartbreak Hill campground
  • Colo Meroo campground
  • Dingo Dell

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 2.21pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Oct 2021, 11.29am

Closed areas: Walking track closed for aerial pest control operation

The Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) walking track is closed from 12pm Monday 25 October to 12pm Friday 29 October 2021, for an aerial pest control operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Upper Mountains Area office on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jan 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Oct 2021, 11.52am

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:
    • Bonnie View and Beauchamps lookouts
    • Erith coalmine loop walk
    • Lovers walking track
    • Mount Carnorvon walking track
    • Echo Point lookout
    • Grand Canyon lookout
    • Tooths lookout
    • Fairy Bower Falls track and loop walk to top of falls
    • 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
    • Ettrema Wilderness walks starting from Yalwal
    • Old Burrier fire trail
       
  • South of Braidwood Road, including the Budawang wilderness area. The following walking routes and lookouts are accessible:
    • Pigeon House Mountain, Didthul
    • Rusden Head
    • Florence Head
    • Pointer Gap lookout - toilet is non-operational
    • Porters Creek Dam
    • The Castle - toilet is non-operational at Cooyoyo campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy.
    • Wog Wog
    • Scenic Rim - toilet is non-operational at Burrumbeet Brook campground. Please bury waste per Budawangs walking and camping strategy
    • Monolith Valley
    • Mount Tarn
    • Styles Creek
    • Redground
    • Folly Point

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

Most of Morton National Park has been bushfire-affected. Please be cautious, as risks may still be present.

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 Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Sep 2021, 2.57pm

Other planned events: Abercrombie River National Park - 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 Abercrombie River 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 Fri 7 Feb 2020, 12.27pm to Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Sep 2021, 12.05pm

Other planned events: Notice of 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 National Parks land within the Fitzroy Falls area.

The burial of used baits and products will happen from Thursday 23 September 2021 to Tuesday 22 March 2022. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil and 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 the 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. 

For more information, email or call the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Sat 18 Sep 2021, 1.19pm to Fri 29 Oct 2021, 1.20pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Sep 2021, 5.43pm

Closed areas: George Boyd Rainforest walk closed

George Boyd Rainforest walk is closed for bushfire rehabilitation works from Friday 17 September to Friday 29 October 2021.

George Boyd lookout and picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Sat 18 Sep 2021, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 10.28am

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road closed

The 12 Mile Road from George Boyd lookout to Main Road 92 is closed due to flood damage

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

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 4.20pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Oct 2021, 5.48pm

Closed parks: Guula Ngurra National Park closed

Guula Ngurra National Park is closed. NSW National Parks plans to open the park within the next 3 months, after building works and campground facilities are completed. This closure will be reviewed on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Only the Mount Penang section of Guula Ngurra is open, including Mount Penang loop walk, which was formerly part of Bangadilly National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Wed 18 Aug 2021, 6.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 9.38am

Closed areas: Gordon Falls to Pool of Siloam track closed - Tuesday to Friday

The walking track between Gordon Falls picnic area and Pool of Siloam is closed Tuesdays to Fridays from Wednesday 18 August 2021 to Thursday 31 March 2022 for track upgrade works.  

Visitors can access Pool of Siloam from Pool of Siloam and Lyrebird Dell walking tracks.

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Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 4.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 11.03am

Other planned events: Notice of herbicide treatment program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and WaterNSW will be conducting a herbicide treatment program between Tuesday 3 August 2021 and Wednesday 2 February 2022.

This treatment will mainly affect Lake Yarrunga foreshore areas along the Kangaroo River. The program involves the use of Grazon 3A for the control of the weed Ludwigia longifolia.

For further information, please email the Illawarra Highlands Area office or call 02 4887 8244. 

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Applies from Fri 19 Feb 2021, 5.05pm. Last reviewed: Wed 14 Jul 2021, 5.29pm

Closed areas: Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track closed

Mount Bushwalker Road and walking track in Morton National Park are closed from Friday 19 February to Friday 29 October 2021. The closure is due to upgrade works on the road, carpark and track.

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

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Applies from Sat 26 Jun 2021, 7.51am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 7.52am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Jul 2021, 1.52pm

Other planned events: Poison 1080 wild dog and fox control program notice

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a strategic ground and aerial baiting program for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The operations will involve the use of meat, manufactured products and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPE’s) containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from  Saturday 26 June 2021 to Thursday 30 November 2021 in the following parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Abercrombie National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Gardens of Stone National Park
  • Wollemi National Park
  • Blue Mountains National Park
  • Turon National Park
  • Marrangaroo National Park
  • Mares Forest National Park
  • Kanangra-Boyd National Park
  • Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

These programs have been designed to meet NPWS priority conservation and state focused biosecurity issues. All baiting locations will be signposted.

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, call the NPWS Kanangra area on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Wed 23 Jun 2021, 12.49pm to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 12.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 9.22am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 28 June and Tuesday 28 December 2021 in Nattai 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 Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jul 2020, 12.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 5.46pm

Closed areas: Cafe closed - Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre

The cafe at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

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Applies from Fri 7 Feb 2020, 11.15am to Thu 21 Oct 2021, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 5.44pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between Wednesday 14 October 2020 and Thursday 21 October 2021 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. 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. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 8.00am to Wed 17 Nov 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Jun 2021, 3.37pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing aerial and ground baiting program in this park from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The operation will involve the use of meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

This program is designed to minimise the impact of foxes on wildlife, especially after the recent extensive bushfires, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on neighbouring stock. This program is carried out as part of the following Blue Mountains Branch Pest Management Strategies: Western Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan & Post Fire Aerial Baiting Program.

All baiting locations will be identified 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please email or call the NPWS Bulga Office on (02) 6574 5555

Applies from Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Apr 2021, 2.56pm

Safety alerts: Advanced navigation required for Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track

Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track has been damaged by fire, storms and flooding. The trail is overgrown with significant understorey brush and grass growth.

Fallen trees, vegetation covered loose rocks and burnt out stump holes may result in slips, trips and falls. Advanced navigation skills are required to undertake this trail.

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Applies from Mon 19 Apr 2021, 3.38pm to Tue 19 Oct 2021, 3.38pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 10.47am

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 and foxes. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 19 April to Tuesday 19 October 2021.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Bimberamala National Park
  • Budawang National Park
  • Bungonia State Conservation Area
  • Bungonia National Park
  • Colymea State Conservation Area
  • Conjola National Park
  • Jerrawangala National Park
  • Morton National Park
  • Morton State Conservation Area
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Parma Creek 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 call the NPWS Nowra office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 May 2021, 3.43pm

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes 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 Wed 15 Jul 2020, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Apr 2021, 10.17am

Closed areas: Bungonia Caves closed

All caves in Bungonia National Park and Bungonia State Conservation Area are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Speleological groups and other registered organisations operating under a COVID Safety Plan may apply for conditional entry via email.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre on 02 4887 7270.

Please note:

  • These unique environments are mostly enclosed places with minimal airflow and high levels of humidity. They contain multiple surfaces where dust and other airborne matter can easily settle. By their nature, they also make the important task of cleaning and sanitising related infrastructure (such as handrails) much more difficult.
  • The close physical interactions that are required for recreational caving (in 'wild caves') means that the application of the standard precautions recommended to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission cannot be applied.
  • For these reasons, NPWS developed a strategy for the reopening of caves which was based on an assessment of risk. 
  • Options for allowing access to wild caves by speleological groups operating under a COVID Safety Plan are also being assessed.
  • Approval for access to caves for critical maintenance and/or research purposes is considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 9.28am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campgrounds are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin on the Shoalhaven River, this section may be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Mar 2021, 2.01pm

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 the 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 Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Feb 2021, 9.16am

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

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

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 11.25am

Closed areas: Spring Creek Canyon closed due to rockfalls

Spring Creek Canyon in Bungonia State Conservation Area 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 Fri 4 Dec 2020, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jan 2021, 9.59am

Closed areas: Campground closures and changed conditions

The following campsites are closed:

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck
  • Sawyers
  • Tigersnake
  • Beehive upper and lower
  • Burrawang
  • Hideaway

Due to recent heavy rains campgrounds between Caringal and Wirritin may be be affected by flood debris and steep sand walls to access the sites. Please use caution and move onto another campground if there are issues.

There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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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/mares-forest-national-park/local-alerts

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