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Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 25 September 2018, 8.13am

Applies from Mon 24 Sep 2018, 10.00am to Thu 27 Sep 2018, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 8.13am.

Safety alerts: Figure Eight Pools – high risk

  • It’s too dangerous to visit Figure Eight Pools now
  • You can’t access the rock platform because it’s covered in water and breaking waves
  • You won’t be able to see the pools or take a photo

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Applies from Mon 24 Sep 2018, 2.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Sep 2018, 3.47pm.

Safety alerts: No visitor access to Wattamolla Beach

Visitor access is not permitted to the water at Wattamolla Beach. This is due to a large whale carcass in the area and related shark activity.

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 8.51am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Sep 2018, 8.55am.

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

The Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. This closure is to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm.

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
25 September 2018 Closed areas Wattamolla visitor precinct closed Details

Applies from Tue 25 Sep 2018, 7.00pm to Wed 26 Sep 2018, 8.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 4.59pm

Wattamolla visitor precinct will be closed on Wednesday 26 September 2018 for essential park management operations. There will be no vehicle access to Wattamolla while it is closed. The closure will remain in place for the day. This closure may be extended or reduced if necessary.    

Bush walkers accessing the Coast track through Wattamolla will not be affected. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Royal National Park Visitor Centre or area office on 02 9542 0666 or 02 9542 0632, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 24 Sep 2018, 10.00am to Thu 27 Sep 2018, 10.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 8.13am

Safety alerts: Figure Eight Pools – high risk

  • It’s too dangerous to visit Figure Eight Pools now
  • You can’t access the rock platform because it’s covered in water and breaking waves
  • You won’t be able to see the pools or take a photo

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Applies from Mon 24 Sep 2018, 2.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Sep 2018, 3.47pm

Safety alerts: No visitor access to Wattamolla Beach

Visitor access is not permitted to the water at Wattamolla Beach. This is due to a large whale carcass in the area and related shark activity.

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Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 3.32pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Sep 2018, 10.46am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is underway at Towra Point Nature Reserve. 1080 poison can affect non-target species like domestic dogs and cats. The program will finish on Saturday 31 March 2019.

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am to Thu 31 Jan 2019, 8.51am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Sep 2018, 8.55am

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

The Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. This closure is to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 12 Sep 2018, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Sep 2018, 12.28pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks upgrade

Access to walking tracks between Cape Banks and Henry Head will be affected from September 2018 to January 2019 due to track upgrades.

  • Cape Banks walking track is open, but there is no access to Henry Head. Expect some delays due to construction.
  • The track from Cape Banks to Henry Head is closed.
  • Henry Head walking track is open to Cruwee Beach. The track is closed from Cruwee Beach to Cape Banks.

NSW National Parks apologises for any inconvenience this might cause. For more information please phone the NPWS Nielsen Park office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jun 2017, 11.28am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Sep 2018, 10.44am

Safety alerts: Malabar Headland Rifle Range operation schedule

1. For public safety, the eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park is closed during ANZAC Rifle Range operations.

These closures may occur with little or no notice. 

2. Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed.

3. When is the eastern section of the park closed?

  • Every Saturday 
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month
  • Wednesday 3 October 2018
  • Thursday 4 October 2018
  • Friday 5 October 2018
  • Saturday 6 October 2018
  • Sunday 7 October 2018

These closures apply to the eastern section of the park only, including Boora Point walking track.

They do not apply to the western section of the park, including Western Escarpment walking track.

The range operation schedule is provided by the NSW Rifle Association (the range authority).

4. Contacts

To contact the ANZAC Rifle Range, call (02) 9661 4532.

To contact the NPWS area office, email the Environment line or call (02) 9337 5511.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.43am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.29am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to rock falls

Some areas of this park are closed to public access due to rock fall hazards. Closed areas are: 

  • The northern section of the Mt Keira Ring track that extends west from the Mt Pleasant track to the stairs leading up to Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • All areas above Mt Keira Ring track to Mt Keira summit, except for the Dave Walsh track and the rock-climbing area on the western face of Mt Keira.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office on (02) 4224 4188.

View a map of the affected area (PDF 130KB).

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.25am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access to areas located within the Sydney Catchment Area

Some areas of this park are closed as they are located within a Water Catchment Special Area.  These areas are closed to the public except with the consent of the Sydney Catchment Authority. Closed areas include the South Eastern section of the park, between the Southern Freeway and the Princes Highway. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Illawarra Area Office on (02) 4223 3000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8.12am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 9.30am

Closed areas: No public access permitted. Reserve located entirely within Sydney Catchment Area

This park is entirely located within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area Zone. There is no public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please contact the NPWS Illawarra area office for further information on (02) 4223 3000.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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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/royal-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      02 9542 0648
      13000 PARKS 1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
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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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Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan