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Munmorah State Conservation Area

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 23 January 2023, 1.45pm

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.29pm to Sun 12 Feb 2023, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.45pm.

Closed areas: Moonee Beach walking track closed for upgrade works

Moonee Beach walking track will be closed from 30 January until 10 February 2023. Works will be carried out to widen this track and improve access. 

Access to Moonee Beach will be via Hooey Street or Moonee Beach fire trail only.

For further information contact the local NPWS area office on 4972 9000

Penalties apply for non-compliance

Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 8.47am.

Closed areas: Timber Beach Walking Track closed due to flood damage

The Timber Beach walking track is closed until further notice. The track is impassable due to recent severe storm damage causing hazardous conditions. For visitor safety this track is currently closed to the public. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.43pm.

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 9.21am.

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The South Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Jan 2023, 8.18am.

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 23 Jan 2023, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.26pm

Closed areas: Area closed for upgrade - Crackneck Lookout precinct upgrade

Crackneck Lookout precinct in Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed during access upgrade works from Monday 30 January to 30 May 2023.

Hilltop Street from Yaruga Street to the lookout will be closed to the public (only open for residents). 'The Coast' walking track will remain open with alternate routes in place throughout the works.  This alternate route will change in location as works progress but will remain open with potentially very short temporary closures as the track route is altered.

For more information you can look at the Crackneck Lookout access upgrade website or call the local area office on 4972 9000.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Sun 31 Dec 2023, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 9.46am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • 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, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

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  • Spring/summer open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–9pm, from the start of the NSW school holiday period in September (Friday) until the last day of the NSW autumn school holidays.

    Autumn/winter open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–7pm, from 1 May until the day before the start of the NSW September school holidays (Thursday).

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

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