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Medowie State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 30 July 2019, 4.09pm

Applies from Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jul 2019, 4.09pm.

Closed areas: Medowie State Conservation Area closed to vehicles

All trails in this park are closed to vehicles due to illegal dumping and arson. Penalties apply for non-compliance. These trails are still open for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 25 Aug 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Sun 15 Sep 2019, 3.51pm

Fires - Advice: Kenneth Gully, Stewartsbrook

There is a fire in this park called Kenneth Gully, Stewartsbrook. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 12.20pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Sep 2019, 12.30pm

Closed areas: Samurai and One Mile beaches closed

Samurai Beach and One Mile Beach are closed to swimming due to a whale stranding on One Mile Beach.

Please be aware that shark activity may be increased in the area over the next 48 hours. Nearby patrolled council beaches have been closed. 

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Applies from Wed 11 Sep 2019, 9.55am to Tue 17 Sep 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Sep 2019, 10.00am

Closed areas: White Tree Bay temporary closure

White Tree Bay campground is closed until Tuesday 17 September 2019 due to essential maintenance works. We apologise for any inconvenience. For further information, please call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Mon 29 Jul 2019, 12.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jul 2019, 4.09pm

Closed areas: Medowie State Conservation Area closed to vehicles

All trails in this park are closed to vehicles due to illegal dumping and arson. Penalties apply for non-compliance. These trails are still open for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hunter Coast area office on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Wed 26 Jun 2019, 9.38am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jul 2019, 10.43am

Safety alerts: 1080 wild dog control program underway in the Dungog area

NSW National Parks will be using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for wild dog control as buried baits and capsules in ejector devices. Baits will be laid in Monkerai Nature Reserve and Black Bulga State Conservation Area from Wednesday 10 July. The program will end by Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks, state conservation areas or nature reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 poison baits and capsules are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Barrington Tops area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 5 Jun 2019, 12.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Jun 2019, 12.17pm

Safety alerts: Mount Royal Road very slippery - only suitable for 4WD vehicles

Recent rain has made Mount Royal Road very slippery, and only suitable for 4WD vehicles. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

For more information, please call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2019, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jul 2019, 10.32am

Closed areas: Annual winter closure of 4WD trails in Barrington Tops

The following 4WD trails in Barrington Tops are closed to all vehicles from Saturday 1 June to Tuesday 1 October 2019 for the annual seasonal closure:

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

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 25 May 2019, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 May 2019, 12.04pm

Hazard reduction burns: HCCO - LHUN - First Street - HR

There is a fire in this park called HCCO - LHUN - First Street - HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed.

For more information, call the NPWS Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2019, 2.35pm to Fri 29 Nov 2019, 2.15pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 May 2019, 3.54pm

Safety alerts: Roadworks on Mungo Brush Road

there will be roadworks along Mungo Brush Road between April and December 2019. Expect changed traffic conditions and possible short delays between Dark Point carpark and Stewart and Lloyds campground. Drive to traffic conditions and follow safety signs.

For more information, call the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.  

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Applies from Sat 6 Apr 2019, 11.00am to Fri 29 Nov 2019, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 May 2019, 2.45pm

Closed areas: Section of Mungo walking track closed

The section of Mungo walking track between Robinsons Crossing and the start of Brambles Green trail is closed until December 2019. This is for public safety during the road construction works on Mungo Brush Road.

For more information, please call the Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 or visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website for updates.

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Applies from Sat 6 Apr 2019, 11.00am to Fri 29 Nov 2019, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Apr 2019, 10.06am

Closed areas: Duck Hole fire trail closed

Duck Hole fire trail in Myall Lakes National Park will be closed for public safety between April and December 2019 due to roadworks. A section of Mungo Brush Road is being relocated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 or visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website for updates on the relocation.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.34am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. No vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2018. There is restricted access to the Morisset Hospital Site and Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore and Morisset picnic area. Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site.

Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 May 2019, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road

Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area and the southern section of Wyong State Forest is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage.  4WD access is available from the Jilliby Road access in the south, north to the Middle Ridge Road Intersection. 

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 1.10pm

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It has been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 8 May 2017, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2019, 4.13pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting in Barrington Tops

From Monday 18 March 2019, NSW National Parks is conducting a 1080 wild dog baiting program in Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. The program will continue for 6 months.

For further information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.21pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Watagan Forest Road within Jilliby State Conservation Area is now not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and 4WD damage. Drivers of 2WD vehicles are advised not to drive south along Watagan Forest Road from the Martinsville Hill Road intersection.

For more information, call the NPWS Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.44am

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road - some sections 4WD only

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.43am

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.18am

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.43am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

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Applies from Fri 28 Aug 2015, 11.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Feb 2019, 9.11am

Closed areas: Partial road closures – Mount Royal and Cassells Roads

Some areas of this park are closed due to road damage following recent weather conditions. The closed areas are:

  • Mount Royal Road beyond Mt Royal. The road is gated at this point.
  • Cassells Road between Fal Brook Bridge and Keegans track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bulga office on 02 6574 5555 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 24 Jul 2015, 9.46am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Aug 2016, 10.23am

Closed areas: Fingal Island Spit - Closure

Some areas of this park are closed due to weather and storm conditions. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. The closed area is:

  • Fingal Island Spit - No pedestrian or vehicle access between mainland and Fingal Island

For more information, please phone the NPWS Hunter coast area office on (02) 4984 8205 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety because they are subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

The Great North Walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked. For more information, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Safety alerts: Access to park during wet weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Wed 21 Jun 2017, 1.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 May 2019, 3.38pm

Closed areas: Crawford River Road closed - Myall Lakes National Park section

Crawford River Road in Myall Lakes National Park is closed to vehicles until further notice due to a collapsed timber bridge. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused to visitors. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 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/medowie-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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