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Montague Island Nature Reserve

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Applies from Thu 24 Feb 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Aug 2022, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Araluen Road closure affecting access to Deua River campgrounds

Araluen Road is undergoing a lengthy schedule or remediation roadworks by Eurobodalla Shire Council to rectify multiple landslips along the road. This may result in periodic closures of the road, impacting access to campgrounds along Deua River in Deua National Park. An indefinite closure is in place at the 43km mark at Merricumbene, meaning access in to the campgrounds from the western approach is not available.

The following campgrounds must be accessed from the Eastern (Moruya end of Araluen Road):

  • Bakers Flat campground
  • Deua River campground
  • Dry Creek campground

 For more information and updates regarding closures, please visit the Eurobodalla Shire Council website.

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Applies from Fri 29 Jul 2022, 1.49pm to Mon 17 Oct 2022, 1.50pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Aug 2022, 2.19pm

Other planned events: Notice of 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 1 August to Friday 17 October 2022.

The baited parks and reserves include:

  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Deua National Park
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve

There will be signs at the entry to 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.

Please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Thu 17 Mar 2022, 4.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Jul 2022, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire recovery

Biamanga National Park Cultural Area and Mumbulla Creek Falls Cultural picnic area are closed until further notice due to substantial bushfire recovery works.

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

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Applies from Mon 20 Dec 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Jul 2022, 4.02pm

Closed areas: Middle Mountain Road closed for repairs

Middle Mountain Road is closed until further notice for repairs.

Middle Mountain Road is the first section of the westerly approach into Bendethera Valley via Cooma Road.

Access to Bendethera campground is via Little Sugarloaf Rd and Bendethera fire trail (from the east) only.

Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff and authorised contractors.

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

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Applies from Thu 16 Jun 2022, 11.01am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Jul 2022, 9.01am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 pest management baiting 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 foxes and wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Friday 1 July to Saturday 31 December 2022.

The baited parks, reserves and state conservation areas include:

  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Gulaga National Park
  • Kooraban NP
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • South East Forest National Park (Yowaka Section)
  • Ben Boyd 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 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 3.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2022, 3.29pm

Closed areas: Wyanbene campground closed due to wet weather

Wyanbene campground is closed until further notice due to high river levels. 

The accessibility and safety issues will be reassessed by NPWS staff frequently, in conjunction with the weather conditions. Please do not enter these areas.

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

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 4.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 4.19pm

Safety alerts: Brou Lake Road - 4WD only access

Access to Brou Lake campground is currently only suitable for 4WD vehicles. Road conditions in this park are slippery and wet due to continued heavy rain events.

Please proceed with caution and drive to road conditions. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 8 Apr 2022, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 4.37pm

Closed areas: Fire trail closed due to weather damage

Mount Dromedary fire trail is closed to all vehicular access from Tuesday 12 April 2022 until further notice, due to extensive trail damage and sink holes caused by prolonged rain.

Repairs are underway and the fire trail will open when it is safe to do so. The walking trail starting from Tilba Tilba is still open and available for hiking.

Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 3.37pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 5.43pm

Closed areas: Roads closed following damage from severe weather conditions

The following areas in Eurobodalla National Park are closed until further notice due to continued heavy rain causing subsequent damage to tracks experienced during weather events:

  • Plovers Lane (Bogola Headland)
  • Jemisons Point track 

These areas are being continually assessed and will be reopened once dry enough to allow safe passage. 

Please do not enter these areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 May 2022, 2.19pm

Closed areas: Closed areas due to bushfire recovery works

The following areas are closed until further notice due to bushfire recovery works:

  • Bendethera Caves walking track and cave access - all track markers were destroyed by fire. It's dangerous to walk off designated tracks in Karst areas. Please do not enter this area.
  • Mongamula East fire trail
  • Oulla Creek fire trail 

Please follow the directions on closure signs and do not enter any cordoned-off areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 1.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 3.11pm

Closed areas: Cowdroys Road closed due to wet weather

Cowdroys Road is closed due to wet weather and unsafe access conditions.

The road will re-open when safe to do so. Please check back for updates. This closure doesn't affect access to Gillards campground. 

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 4.33pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 12.17pm

Safety alerts: Northern section of Mumbulla Creek Road 4WD only

Due to forecast heavy rainfall the northern section of Mumbulla Creek Road is 4WD only from 500m south of Wyuna trail to Tee-ridge Road.

Mumbulla Creek Road has recently been graded and some sections of this road may become temporarily impassable to vehicles due to rain, thunderstorms and vehicle damage to the road surface.

Please avoid this area until the road dries out. This closure does not affect residents of Mumbulla Creek Road as they can access their property from Dr George Mountain Road.

Please note that Biamanga Cultural Area (Mumbulla Creek Falls) is closed. Please do not not drive on Mumbulla Creek Road in an attempt to access a closed area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further 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 Tue 15 Mar 2022, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 12.17pm

Safety alerts: Mumbulla Creek Road - Access restricted

The section of the Mumbulla Creek Road road within 500m of the Dr George Mountain Road intersection has become boggy from water saturation and may become temporarily impassable to some vehicles. 

Residents should drive with care, follow onsite directional signs and where possible, minimise use of the road during this time whilst urgent repairs to maintain access are being carried out.

Large or heavy vehicles should not use this road at this time. Visitors should avoid this area until the road dries out and road repairs are completed. Please note that Biamanga Cultural Area (Mumbula Creek Falls) is closed. Please do not not drive on Mumbulla Creek Road in an attempt to access a closed area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further 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 Thu 4 Nov 2021, 2.23pm to Fri 4 Nov 2022, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 5.30pm

Safety alerts: Caving systems closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

All caving systems in this park are currently closed to access due to COVID-19 safety requirements. This includes the Bendethera, Wyanbene and Marble Arch caves.

These unique environments are mostly enclosed spaces with minimal airflow and high levels of humidity. By their nature, the important task of cleaning and sanitising related infrastructure can't be guaranteed to COVID-safe standards. Recreational caving in 'wild caves' inhibits social distancing and the standard precautions recommended to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For these reasons, NPWS has developed a strategy for the reopening of caves which is 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. 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 any further queries call the local office on 02 4476 0800, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or the Parks Info Line on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 9.37am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 9.38am. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Apr 2022, 5.15pm

Safety alerts: River crossing to access Big Hole walking track - extreme caution advised

Access to The Big Hole walking track requires a river crossing of the Shoalhaven River. 

During periods of rain, water levels of the river crossing may become too deep and fast flowing to pass, and extreme caution is advised. Visitors should not attempt crossing the river during major weather events or during prolonged periods of rain, when river levels can rise rapidly.

NPWS advises walkers to plan ahead and check the river levels in real time at NSW Office of Water - Real Time Water Data (waternsw.com.au) before setting out.

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 3.30pm

Safety alerts: Trailer access prohibited on some fire trails

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 the park. However, inappropriate use of signposted trails by 4WDs towing trailers is continuing, and is causing ongoing damage. Therefore, 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 benefit everyone by reducing:

  • the safety risk to yourself and others
  • damage to the park environment and your assets
  • park maintenance costs. 

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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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jan 2022, 6.53am

Safety alerts: Fire ban - 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 Wed 21 Oct 2015, 11.57am to Fri 28 May 2027, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Dec 2021, 11.40am

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.

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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/montague-island-nature-reserve/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the South Coast region
  • Montague Island Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    Please note: A minimum age of 5 years applies for all visitors. Montague Island is only accessible via one of NSW National Parks & Wildlife contracted commercial vessel tour operators (go to www.eurobodalla.com.au for details).

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