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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 9 July 2021, 3.29pm

Applies from Mon 12 Jul 2021, 3.01pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jul 2021, 3.29pm.

Other planned events: 1080 fox control and shorebird protection program - Richmond River area

From Tuesday 13 July to Friday 17 December 2021 NSW National Parks will be running a 1080 pest management program in the following parks:

  • Richmond River Nature Reserve
  • Broadwater National Park
  • Bundjalung National Park 

There will be signs at baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 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.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

For more information call the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 1.49pm.

Closed areas: 4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve closed

4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve will be closed as of Wednesday 31 March 2021. Recreational vehicles are prohibited from entering the reserve from this date.

This follows the multi-tenure closure of South Ballina Beach to recreational vehicles by Crown Lands, Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council and NPWS, due to ongoing concerns about public safety and impacts to the environment and Aboriginal heritage values. For more information see this document.

Pedestrian access to the beach via Richmond River Nature Reserve will remain unrestricted. Secured vehicle access will be maintained for emergency services, commercial fishers, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bandjalang Aboriginal Corporation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information on the closure of Richmond River Nature Reserve to recreational vehicles, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 25 Jun 2021, 11.05am to Mon 9 Aug 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 2.01pm

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum closed

Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

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Applies from Tue 20 Jul 2021, 8.36am to Tue 27 Jul 2021, 8.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Jul 2021, 4.26pm

Closed areas: Rosewood loop walking track closed

Rosewood loop walking track is temporarily closed due to a large tree across track. 

Booyong track remains accessible. Please use caution as there may be further trees across track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kyogle NPWS office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.52pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 4.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Jul 2021, 3.55pm

Closed areas: Mount Nardi - Newton Drive closed

Access to Mount Nardi via Newton Drive is closed for road repairs to a landslip. Newton Drive (within the park) is expected to be closed until the end of September 2021. 

All public vehicle and pedestrian access into the site is closed.

The Historic Nightcap track is still accessible from Rummery Park campground.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 11 Apr 2021, 8.18am to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 5.03pm

Closed areas: Access to Rummery Park campground

Access into Rummery Park campground is via Nightcap Range Road (via Durroughby) only. Due to upgrade works at the Minyon Falls precinct, Minyon Drive is closed and will remain closed until the end of October 2021.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 7.00am to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Minyon Falls precinct closed

Minyon Falls precinct and Minyon Grass picnic area are closed for upgrades from Monday 1 March 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021.

The closure has been extended until Sunday 31 October 2021, due to COVID-related material delays, weather and design issues.

The closed areas include:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area (including Minyon Falls lookout)
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track and all access points to the track
  • Boggy Creek track

Access to Rummery Park campground will be via Nightcap Range Road. Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

With the exception of the closed tracks, the multi-use trail network will still be accessible from the Telephone Road trailer carpark via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

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

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Applies from Mon 12 Jul 2021, 3.01pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Jul 2021, 3.29pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox control and shorebird protection program - Richmond River area

From Tuesday 13 July to Friday 17 December 2021 NSW National Parks will be running a 1080 pest management program in the following parks:

  • Richmond River Nature Reserve
  • Broadwater National Park
  • Bundjalung National Park 

There will be signs at baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 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.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

For more information call the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Jul 2021, 5.38pm

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks associated with the summit walking track, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Some of the best views of Wollumbin can be found along Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park. You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 8.44am to Sat 30 Oct 2021, 8.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Jul 2021, 3.36pm

Closed areas: Eastern park entrance closed

The eastern end of the Tweed Range Scenic Drive at Barkers Vale is currently closed due to a landslip affecting part of the road near Bar Mountain. The road is closed between this entrance and the Bar Mountain picnic area. Visitors can only access the Tweed Range Scenic Drive from the western end of the park via Wiangaree. 

All other campgrounds, lookouts and picnic areas remain open. The Brindle Creek Loop Road is open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 17 Jun 2021, 12.35pm to Mon 16 Aug 2021, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jun 2021, 2.05pm

Other planned events: Campsites and walking track temporary closure

Some parts of Black Rocks campground will be closed temporarily while Jerusalem Creek walk is being upgraded.

The closed areas are:

  • Jerusalem Creek walk - closed Tuesday 10 August to Friday 13 August 2021
  • Jerusalem Creek remote campsites 50 and 51 in Black Rocks campground precinct - closed Sunday 8 August to Monday 16 August 2021

Sites 1 to 49 in Black Rocks campground precinct will remain open. Jerusalem Creek paddle route will remain open.

Please comply with signage and directions from NPWS staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, email or call the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Jun 2021, 2.04pm

Other planned events: Notice of noise from RAAF training operations

If you plan to visit Bundjalung National Park, you may experience loud aircraft noise due to RAAF training operations from the nearby Evans Head air weapons range in the park.

Aircraft activities may be heard and seen over Black Rocks campground and from Jerusalem Creek paddle route and walking track.

Please note:

  • The RAAF schedule of planned air operations is available on the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.
  • RAAF schedules for the Air Weapons Range in Bundjalung National Park can change at short notice due to weather or other operational considerations.
  • Aircraft may not utilise the range every day of scheduled operations.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200, or visit the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.

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Applies from Fri 18 Jun 2021, 9.01am to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 9.02am. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Jun 2021, 1.25pm

Closed areas: Byrrill Creek walking track - section closed

Some parts of Byrrill Creek walking track and its extension in Mebbin National Park will be closed from Monday 21 June to Friday 30 July 2021, while the track is being extended and upgraded.

The following areas will remain open:

  • All main visitor areas 
  • Cutters Camp campground and picnic area

Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: 4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve closed

4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve will be closed as of Wednesday 31 March 2021. Recreational vehicles are prohibited from entering the reserve from this date.

This follows the multi-tenure closure of South Ballina Beach to recreational vehicles by Crown Lands, Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council and NPWS, due to ongoing concerns about public safety and impacts to the environment and Aboriginal heritage values. For more information see this document.

Pedestrian access to the beach via Richmond River Nature Reserve will remain unrestricted. Secured vehicle access will be maintained for emergency services, commercial fishers, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bandjalang Aboriginal Corporation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information on the closure of Richmond River Nature Reserve to recreational vehicles, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain circuit and lookout closed

Bar Mountain circuit and lookout are closed for maintenance until further notice. Bar Mountain picnic area remains open.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

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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/richmond-river-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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