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Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 9.20am

Applies from Tue 25 May 2021, 7.53pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 9.20am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using red meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of Foxes and Wild Dogs.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between Sunday 30 May 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021 in the following, parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • 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
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Carrai Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Mount Seaview Nature Reserve
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve,
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi 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 the following NPWS area offices:

  • Richmond River on 02 6627 0200
  • Clarence on 02 6641 1500
  • Coffs Coast on 02 6652 0900
  • Hastings/Macleay on 02 6652 0900

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 19 Sep 2021, 12.58pm. Last reviewed: Sat 25 Sep 2021, 4.31pm

Fires - Advice: Willi Willi Rd, Turners Flat

There is a fire in this park called Willi Willi Rd, Turners Flat. 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 Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges unsafe to all traffic. We realise the importance of this road for not only visitors but also for fire and pest management. We're working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

In addition to the above closure, Tubrabucca Road will also be closed between the Barrington Tops Forest Road and Paddys Ridge Trail for the week commencing 27th Sept 2021 while NPWS and State Forests undertake essential roadworks. Horse Swamp Campground and Polblue Falls picnic area and walk will be closed during the effected week.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Sep 2021, 12.36pm

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas are also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks and facilities on foot or by bicycle. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 20 Aug 2021, 9.38am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Sep 2021, 9.35am

Closed areas: Kylies Beach 4WD access closed

Kylies Beach 4WD access remains closed until safe to reopen.

Significant erosion occurred in the March floods. Options to reinstate beach access are being investigated.

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Applies from Thu 5 Aug 2021, 1.42pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.08am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Aug 2021, 4.40pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

Several Parks within the Hastings Macleay area are closed due to flood and storm damage. Access and camping is not permitted.

Widespread flooding has resulted in extensive damage to roads, campgrounds and other park facilities.

Closures are in place until 8am Friday 1 October 2021. Some parks will remain closed for extended periods.

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

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Applies from Thu 22 Jul 2021, 1.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 10.57am

Safety alerts: 4WD/SUV recommended on Gloucester Tops Road

4WD/SUV vehicles are recommended for visitors wanting to access Gloucester Tops due to deterioration of Gloucester Tops Road.

Weight limits on Gloucester River bridge means trucks are unable to access the road to carry out repairs. The bridge will be replaced within the next year and Gloucester Tops Road will then be restored to 2WD standard. Please check back for updates.

For further information, please contact the Barrington Tops Area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 23 Jun 2021, 2.59pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.59pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Middle Brother National Park is closed due to extensive flood damage to roads, bridges and other park facilities.

The closure is likely to be for an extended period. The park will be reopened as soon as it is safe to access.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Sat 19 Jun 2021, 1.29pm

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by Forest Corp until further notice due to serious damage caused during the weather event before Easter.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park and Honeysuckle picnic areas. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 25 May 2021, 7.53pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 9.20am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using red meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of Foxes and Wild Dogs.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between Sunday 30 May 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021 in the following, parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • 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
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Carrai Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Mount Seaview Nature Reserve
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve,
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi 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 the following NPWS area offices:

  • Richmond River on 02 6627 0200
  • Clarence on 02 6641 1500
  • Coffs Coast on 02 6652 0900
  • Hastings/Macleay on 02 6652 0900

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.49am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 12 Mar 2021, 12.58pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Mar 2021, 11.38am

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 Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Nov 2020, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Camping at Bretti Reserve

Bretti Reserve is a MidCoast Council-managed camping area. It is not attached to the National Parks and Wildlife Service Bretti Nature Reserve.

For information about camping at Bretti Reserve please call the MidCoast Visitor Information Centre in Gloucester on 02 6538 5252.

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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-cells-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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Emergency services

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