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Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 7 August 2020, 3.02pm

Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 2.28pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.32pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Aug 2020, 3.02pm.

Closed areas: Apsley Falls Stairway and lower platforms closed

The stairway and the associated 2 lower platforms are closed at Apsley Falls. The main upper lookout remains open.

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Applies from Tue 16 Jun 2020, 2.58pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 9.37am.

Other incidents: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs in this park from Tuesday 23 June to Tuesday 22 December 2020. This program will use 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.

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.

Please contact the local area office for more information.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 11.37am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Sep 2020, 3.19pm

Fires - Advice: Brotherglen HR - NPWS

There is a fire in this park called Brotherglen HR - NPWS. 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 Sat 26 Sep 2020, 2.53pm. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Sep 2020, 3.15pm

Fires - Advice: Junction Road

There is a fire in this park called Junction Road. 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 Mon 28 Sep 2020, 10.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Sep 2020, 2.53pm

Hazard reduction burns: Repton SFAZ HR

There is a fire in this park called Repton SFAZ 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 Mon 28 Sep 2020, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Sep 2020, 11.33am

Closed areas: Port Macquarie coastal walk closed between Shelly Beach and Tacking Point Lighthouse

Port Macquarie coastal walk is closed between Shelly Beach and Tacking Point Lighthouse from Monday 28 September until further notice at the request of NSW Police. The Sea Acres boardwalk and visitor centre remain open.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jul 2020, 1.45pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Sep 2020, 3.21pm

Closed areas: Hickeys Road closed

Hickeys Road is closed due to ongoing safety works and repairs to fire damaged bridges.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Wed 10 Jun 2020, 12.00pm to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Sep 2020, 3.59pm

Closed areas: Parts of Cathedral Rock National Park closed - Bushfire damage

Some walking tracks in Cathedral Rock National Park are closed due to bushfire damage:

  • Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk
  • Warrigal walking track
  • Woolpack Rocks

Do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700. 

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Applies from Thu 10 Sep 2020, 3.57pm to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 3.58pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Sep 2020, 11.49am

Other planned events: Campers at Platypus Flat

Platypus Flat is still recovering from the 2019/20 bushfires. One of the two toilet blocks was destroyed by these fires. Until a new facility is constructed, a set of portaloos are available for campers to use in addition to the surviving toilet block.

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Applies from Mon 14 Sep 2020, 3.08pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Sep 2020, 3.25pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs in this park from Tuesday 23 June to Tuesday 22 December 2020. This program will use 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.

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.

Please contact the local area office for more information or 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 4 Sep 2020, 2.32pm to Mon 30 Nov 2020, 2.34pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Sep 2020, 2.46pm

Closed areas: The Chalet and The Residence closed until December 2020

The Chalet and The Residence are closed for renovations until early December 2020.

For more information, please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 4 Sep 2020, 12.34pm to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 12.37pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Sep 2020, 12.38pm

Other incidents: No access to Doon Goonge campground from Shannon Creek Road

Vehicle access to Doon Goonge campground and Shannon Creek forest drive is not available. The 2019/20 bushfires have resulted in major landslips on state forest, and two major bridges have been destroyed. To access the campground, use Quartz Road.

Please call the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900 with any queries.

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Applies from Mon 7 Sep 2020, 7.00am to Fri 6 Nov 2020, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Sep 2020, 1.53pm

Other planned events: Roadworks on Knodingbul Road

Roadworks will be underway on Knodingbul Road Road from Monday 7 September to Friday 6 November 2020. The road may be uneven and slippery during this time. Drive safely and follow the directions of roadwork signs and staff.

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Applies from Tue 30 Jun 2020, 9.54am to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 9.54am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.42am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to bushfire damage

Some parts of this park are closed due to extensive bushfire damage. Essential safety works are currently being carried out. The closed areas are:

  • Hastings Forest Way touring route
  • Brushy Mountain campground
  • Plateau Beech campground
  • Cockerawombeeba Road
  • Forbes River Road 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jul 2020, 1.26pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Maxwells Flat campground closure

Maxwells Flat campground in Cottan-Bimbang National Park is currently closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns until Saturday 31 October 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Wed 17 Jun 2020, 9.04am to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.59pm

Closed areas: Roto House

Roto House in Macquarie Nature Reserve is currently closed until Saturday 31 October 2020 for the safety of visitors and volunteers.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information or contact the NPWS Port Macquarie area office on 02 6588 5555.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4.00pm to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Aug 2020, 2.13pm

Closed parks: Willi Willi National Park

Willi Willi National Park is closed due to extensive bushfire damage. Hastings Forest Way is also closed due to extensive damage during recent bushfires in the area.

Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Port Macquarie office on 02 6588 5555 or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Thu 3 Sep 2020, 1.51pm

Closed parks: Most of Guy Fawkes River National Park closed - bushfire damage

Most of Guy Fawkes River National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. Upper Ebor Falls is open, so visitors can enjoy the falls. This park is fire-affected and facilities within Ebor Falls picnic area have also been affected. 

The following areas are closed:

  • Chaelundi campground
  • Dalmorton campground
  • Escarpment walk
  • Misty Creek lookout
  • Bicentennial National Trail through the entire park
  • Guy Fawkes River Wilderness areas

Please do not enter closed areas as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check this website for updates on closures.

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Applies from Wed 5 Aug 2020, 3.15pm to Sun 28 Feb 2021, 3.15pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 3.42pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using buried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program is being undertaken to protect threatened shorebirds and will be ongoing between Tuesday 11 August 2020 and Sunday 28 February 2021 in Bongil Bongil 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 NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8.17am to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 8.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 8.49am

Safety alerts: Asbestos risk on New England Wilderness walk

On the Brinerville section of the Wilderness walk there are several buildings destroyed by bushfire that contain asbestos. These sites are identified with warning signs. Walkers must not approach any destroyed buildings due to the risks from burnt/friable asbestos. The asbestos will be removed in the coming months as part of bushfire recovery works.  

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 3 Jul 2020, 7.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jul 2020, 10.20am

Safety alerts: Poor water quality in Lake Cathie and Lake Innes

Please be aware of potential poor water quality in Lake Innes and Lake Cathie. Please don't swim in Lake Cathie or Lake Innes or eat any products from either of the lakes until further notice. 

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 2.28pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.32pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Aug 2020, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Apsley Falls Stairway and lower platforms closed

The stairway and the associated 2 lower platforms are closed at Apsley Falls. The main upper lookout remains open.

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Applies from Tue 16 Jun 2020, 2.58pm to Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 9.37am

Other incidents: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs in this park from Tuesday 23 June to Tuesday 22 December 2020. This program will use 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.

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.

Please contact the local area office for more information.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.00am to Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 May 2020, 4.11pm

Other planned events: Post fire relief program - ongoing 1080 aerial and ground baiting program underway

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an aerial and ground baiting program using meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison, for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is happening between Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 30 September 2020 in Ben Halls Gap National Park and nature reserve.

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. 

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Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 12.31pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 8.21am

Safety alerts: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting operation

An aerial and ground baiting operation will take place in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area, Wallabadah Nature Reserve, Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve and National Park, Crawney Pass National Park, Curracabundi National Park and State Conservation Area, Mernot Nature Reserve, Monkeycot Nature Reserve and Watchimbark Nature Reserve from Tuesday 31 March to Wednesday 30 September 2020. Meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison will be used. The program is for the control of wild dog and foxes. Baiting locations are identified by signs.

Please remember that domestic pests are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 more information, contact the local NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300 or the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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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/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • There are 3 areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park where you'll need day use vehicle permits: Halls Peak campground and picnic area, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales Hut campground and picnic area. Day use vehicle permits can be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. If camping, permit fees are included in the campground fee.

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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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View from Budds Mare lookout, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary