Back to previous page

The Cells State Conservation Area

Open, check current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 25 July 2022, 4.43pm

Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 4.43pm.

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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 5 Jul 2022, 9.00am to Wed 17 Aug 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Aug 2022, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Campground closed due to heavy rainfall and flooding

Jacky Barkers campground is closed until 12am Tuesday 16 August 2022 due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

This closure may be extended and is weather-dependent.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local Walcha office on 02 6777 4700, or the Armidale office on 02 6738 9100.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Aug 2022, 3.58pm

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 NSW Forestry Corporation until further notice due to serious damage caused during a weather event.

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 picnic area and Dilgry Circle intersection. 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.

Affects 2 parks and 22 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 3.44pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 5.38pm

Closed parks: Willi Willi National Park and Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve closed due to flooding

Willi Willi National Park is closed until Wednesday 30 September 2022 due to widespread flood damage.

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

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 3.22pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 3.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 5.37pm

Closed parks: Bago Bluff National Park closed due to severe flood damage

This park is closed until Wednesday 31 August 2022 date due to widespread flood damage.

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

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 28 Jul 2022, 9.00pm to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 9.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Aug 2022, 10.23am

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program in Barrington Tops National Park from Sunday 31 July to Monday 30 January 2023.

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.

For more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 20 May 2022, 2.22pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 4.43pm

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.

Affects 22 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 25 Jul 2022, 10.29am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jul 2022, 4.25pm

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.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 5.22pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 12.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Jul 2022, 11.09am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is inaccessible by vehicles until furthe rnotice, due to the closure of Mount Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest as a result of wet weather.

The road will re-open when conditions allow. For more details, please visit the Forestry Corporation NSW website or contact the local park office.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 17 Jul 2022, 8.28am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.31am

Safety alerts: 4WD or SUV recommended for Gloucester Tops Road in wet weather

NPWS recommends that access to Gloucester Tops Road past the campground should be via 4WD or SUV only, during wet weather. The combination of on-going wet weather and recent roadworks has meant some sections of the road may becoming slippery in wet conditions.

NPWS apologies for any inconvenience. For more information contact the local office on 02 6538 5300.

Affects 1 park and 9 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 18 Mar 2022, 11.49am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.32am

Closed areas: Blue Gum Loop trail part closure

Part of the Blue Gum Loop trail is closed due to recent storm damage and dangerous trees. NPWS is working to clear the trail and reopen as soon as possible.

The following areas are currently open:

  • Williams River picnic area and part of Blue Gum Loop trail (including 250m accessible section to first steel bridge)
  • Rocky Crossing walk (access via Williams River picnic area due to Forestry Corporation closure of Williams Top Rd)
  • Jerusalem Creek trail and picnic area

Take care and follow onsite signage.

For more information contact NPWS Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Information Centre on 02 4992 2212.

Affects 1 park and 8 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 3.32pm

Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed

Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:

  • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
  • Corker trail
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
  • Rocky Crossing walk

For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.

Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.

For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

Affects 1 park and 7 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 21 Jun 2022, 3.31pm to Fri 26 Aug 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Graham Allan walk closed at recreation ground

Access from Graham Allen walk to the riverside recreation area (MCC) is closed for upgrade works within the adjacent council-managed recreation area.  The Graham Allen Walk remains open from the Isabella Street and Farquhar Street entrances.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 8 Jul 2022, 1.20pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 1.23pm. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Jul 2022, 1.27pm

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.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 12.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.32am

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles from Monday 30 May 2022 due to the annual winter closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Thunderbolts trail (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road)
  • Tugalow trail

The following areas also closed to vehicles during this time:

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

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks, lookouts 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 office on 02 6540 2300. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 2 parks and 11 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 13 Oct 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 7.32am

Other planned events: Camping at Bretti Reserve

Bretti Reserve is a MidCoast Council managed campground. 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 1800 802 692.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 11.28am

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 and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Jul 2022, 11.28am

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.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 3 Jun 2022, 10.19am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jun 2022, 10.29am

Safety alerts: Access to Bird Tree Picnic Area - 4WD only

Access to Bird Tree Picnic Area is currently affected by a landslip on Grey Gum Ridge Road, and wet conditions due to ongoing recent rainfall. It is not suitable for 2WD access. 

4WDs can access Bird Tree Picnic Area by using Haydons Road off the Pacific Highway, which then joins Stoney Creek Trail and Grey Gum Ridge Road to access the picnic area from the north. There is no access on Grey Gum Ridge Road south of Bird Tree Picnic Area (towards the towers) due to a significant land slip.  

For further information please contact the Port Macquarie NPWS Office on (02) 6588 5555. 

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 9.58am to Tue 6 Dec 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jun 2022, 1.33pm

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 in:

  • 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

 

From 06/06/2022 to 06/12/2022 

 

Aerial Baiting is scheduled for 06/06/2022 to 10/06/2022

 

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 or the Hastings/Macleay area office on 02 6588 5555.

Affects 4 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 2.28pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 2.32pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 9.10am

Closed areas: 4WD Kylies Beach access closed

The 4WD beach access at Kylies campground is closed until further notice due to flood and storm damage. 

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

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

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

Contact

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.

View all alerts for NSW