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The Castles Nature Reserve

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Last reviewed: Fri 2 December 2022, 10.47am

Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 10.47am.

Safety alerts: Take care on tracks and surfaces

Erosion and surface damage has occurred on walking tracks, road surfaces within national parks of the Hastings Macleay Area following significant and prolonged rainfall events. Remediation works are scheduled as weather permits.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting these national parks. For more information, contact the local NPWS Hastings area office on 02 6588 5555 or the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Sat 1 Oct 2022, 12.41pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 9.56am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to weather damage

The following areas are closed from 1 October 2022 due to damage caused by ongoing weather events:

  • Wilsons River Bridge on Hastings Forest Way
  • North Wilson Road
  • Waterfall Walk
  • Botanic Walk

Access to the Banda Banda Aboretum is open however extreme caution should be exercised. The trail becomes very slippery in damp or even misty weather and there is an increased risk of fallen trees blocking the trail. There are limited places to turn around safely if the trail is blocked. Visitors are encouraged to walk in to the Arboretum rather than drive.

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

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Applies from Wed 30 Nov 2022, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 1.51pm

Other incidents: Poiint Lookout Road Slippery - engage 4WD on slippery sections

Poiint Lookout Road Slippery due to road grading - engage 4WD on slippery sections until road conditions dry out.

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Applies from Thu 20 Oct 2022, 9.32am to Mon 12 Dec 2022, 9.32am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2022, 2.22pm

Closed areas: Robinsons Knob Trail partially closed for works

Robinsons Knob Trail is closed for maintenance from Monday 17 October to Friday 9 December

 2022.

This closure means access the following attractions can only be accessed via the Lyrebird Track Network:

  • Wrights lookout walking track
  • Cascades walking track
  • New England Wilderness walk

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Coffs Coast Area Office on 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Dec 2022, 10.47am

Safety alerts: Take care on tracks and surfaces

Erosion and surface damage has occurred on walking tracks, road surfaces within national parks of the Hastings Macleay Area following significant and prolonged rainfall events. Remediation works are scheduled as weather permits.

Please take care and be aware of the conditions when visiting these national parks. For more information, contact the local NPWS Hastings area office on 02 6588 5555 or the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6700.

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Applies from Thu 27 Oct 2022, 1.15pm. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Oct 2022, 3.07pm

Closed areas: New England National Park walking track closures

The following areas are closed for public safety, to allow NPWS to assess and manage rockfall hazards.

  • Eagles Nest walking track
  • All access to Weeping Rock
  • The lower eastern section of Lyrebird track including Tree Fern Valley 

For further information please contact the NPWS Coffs Coast area office on 02 6652 0900.

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Applies from Fri 19 Aug 2022, 11.11am to Mon 30 Jan 2023, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 8.27am

Closed areas: Maxwells Flat campground and Causeway Road closure

The following areas are closed due to extensive road damage during recent weather events:

  • Causeway Road
  • Maxwells Flat campground

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

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Applies from Mon 25 Jul 2022, 10.29am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Tue 15 Nov 2022, 9.11am

Closed areas: Cockerawombeeba Roadand trail closed for repairs

Cockerawombeeba Road and trail are closed until further notice due to extensive flood damage.

There is no access from Plateau Beech campground south, through to Forbes River Road.

The road will re-open once the Forestry Corporation completes repairs.

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

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Applies from Fri 7 Oct 2022, 8.44am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9.15am

Closed parks: Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve closed due to flooding

Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve is closed until further notice due to widespread flood damage.

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

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.06pm to Fri 16 Dec 2022, 2.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 3.52pm

Other incidents: Oxley Highway temporary road closure

Oxley Highway between Port Macquarie and Walcha is subject to part closures on weekdays until 16 December 2022.

This may impact access to a number of national parks and reserves in the area.

Please visit Transport for NSW website for detailed information. Check Live Traffic NSW and plan your journey prior to travel.

For enquiries about the closure, please contact Transport for NSW via email or on 1800 653 092.

For more information, you can also contact the Walcha office via email or on 02 6777 4700.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 3.46pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 9.05am

Closed parks: Maria National Park closed

This park is closed until further notice due to widespread flood damage.

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

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 2.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 21 Oct 2022, 12.32pm

Closed areas: Sections of New England NP closed

Southern sections of the New England National Park are closed due to flood event impacts.  Hickeys Creek Road and West End Road are closed until further notice.

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Applies from Fri 8 Jul 2022, 1.20pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 1.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 9.05am

Closed parks: Yessabah Nature Reserve permanently closed

Access to Yessabah Nature Reserve is permanently closed to unauthorised personnel. The former quarry area has limestone rock faces that are unstable and prone to rock fall. Other areas of the reserve are geologically unstable.

Do not access this park. For further information call the NPWS Macleay area office on 02 6561 6711.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 9.58am to Tue 6 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 12.31pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial and ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing aerial and ground baiting programs from 6 June to Tuesday 6 December 2022 in the following parks:

  • Ramornie National Park
  • Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Chaelundi National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Cunnawarra National Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Dunggir National Park
  • Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area
  • Jobs Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • New England National Park
  • Ngambaa Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Serpentine Nature Reserve
  • Carrai National Park and State Conservation Area
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi National Park
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Nymboida National Park
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra Nationa Park

Aerial baiting is scheduled for Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September 2022.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local NPWS Clarence area office on 02 6645 1500, the Coffs Coast area office on 02 6650 0900, the Hastings/Macleay area office on 02 6588 5555 or the Richmond River Area Office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Sun 16 May 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Jun 2021, 8.03pm

Other incidents: Cedar Park toilet

The toilet at Cedar Park has been damaged by a fallen tree and is out of order. NPWS are working towards a replacement and there are no other toilet facilities available at the picnic area. 

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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/the-castles-nature-reserve/local-alerts

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