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Tomaree National Park

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Last reviewed: Thu 4 April 2024, 1.03pm

Applies from Wed 20 Mar 2024, 3.23pm to Fri 28 Feb 2025, 1.02pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 1.03pm.

Safety alerts: Dangerous sea and unsafe swimming conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at unpatrolled beaches in Tomaree National Park. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming at several locations within the park.

Many of the beaches are remote, unpatrolled and have dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

NPWS recommends swimming at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags at the following locations:

- Fingal Beach

- One Mile Beach

- Anna Bay

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely

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Applies from Wed 10 May 2023, 9.00am to Tue 14 May 2024, 2.01pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 6.06pm.

Closed areas: Ocean Rocks track closed until further notice

Ocean Rocks track on Tomaree Head is closed beyond the picnic area from Monday 8 May 2023 until further notice.

This track has a highly unstable landslip. Please do not use this track under any circumstances.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4984 8200.

Applies from Tue 14 Dec 2021, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.36am.

Closed areas: Box Beach carpark night closure

Box Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 10pm to 5am daily. The gate will be locked during these times.

The Box Beach access road is also closed to vehicles during this period.

A fee will be charged for vehicles exiting after 10pm. Please call Certis Security on 1300 370 145 for assistance. For more information, please contact the local Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200.

Applies from Mon 2 Aug 2021, 1.52pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 11.18am.

Closed areas: Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site closed

The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages Ruins site is closed to pedestrian access for public safety reasons. Please do not enter the site under any circumstances.

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

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 4.31pm

Safety alerts: Frazer Beach access stairs (near campground) closed due to extensive erosion

Frazer Beach access stairs are temporarily closed due to extensive erosion. Works will be scheduled to stabilise and fix these stairs as soon as possible. Until then the stairs will remain closed. NPWS apologises for this inconvenience. 

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Applies from Mon 11 Mar 2024, 8.38am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.12am

Safety alerts: Bombala Walking Track

Upgrade works will be occurring on Bombala Walking Track between Monday 26th February and Tuesday 2nd April 2024. The work will address beach access, erosion and drainage issues, rehabilitation of a decommissioned track section and upgrading sections of track surface.

The walking track will remain open to the community during the work.

For the safety of the community and workers, please follow any directions by contractors and NPWS staff.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 23 Feb 2024, 11.50am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 3.47pm

Other planned events: Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing Walking Track Works

Track works will occur on Blue Gum Loop and Rocky Crossing walks between March and June 2024. Temporary closures will occur and will be posted as a separate alert. Be aware of contractors and machinery operating in the area and follow any onsite signage or directions from staff or contractors.

For more information contact Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300. 

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3.08pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 11.18am

Closed areas: Timber Beach and Timber Beach walking track are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Timber Beach walking track is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. This area is extremely eroded and hazardous and this closure is in place to keep the public safe. 

The are has limited access for emergency services and carrying out rescues is extremely difficult and puts rescuers in danger.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

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Applies from Tue 19 Mar 2024, 9.11am to Tue 4 Jun 2024, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 10.28am

Safety alerts: Visitor Safety Alert: Feral Horses

Feral horses move through this campground day and night. Campers at Little Murray and Polblue campgrounds should set up tents as close to their vehicles as possible.

 

Aggressive horse behaviour can pose a safety risk for visitors. Aggressive behaviour includes snorting, head bobbing, stomping front legs, ears erect, aggressive stance and approaching in an aggressive manner.

 

What to do around aggressive horses:

· avoid the animals, especially if a stallion is present and there are mares nearby

· retreat to your vehicle

· wave your arms around and make lots of noise

· walk in a group rather than as an individual

· always be aware of your immediate surroundings.

 

Please report any such interaction or aggressive horse behaviour to NPWS Gloucester on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 27 Feb 2024, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Apr 2024, 3.24pm

Closed areas: Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

The Blue Gum Hills Playground will be closed from Thursday 29 February 2024 to Thursday 31 May 2024 while the Playground upgrades occur.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.39am to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.58am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Quarry Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Quarry Trail from Tuesday 2nd April 2024 until Tuesday 30th April 2024.

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Cessnock Road along Quarry Trail to the intersection of Wakefield Road in the north.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.50am to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.57am

Safety alerts: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area - Ryhope Trail - Road Maintenance

Planned road maintenance is scheduled for Ryhope Trail from Tuesday 2nd April 2024 until Tuesday 30th April 2024. 

 

Heavy plant and machinery will be operating from the intersection of Wakefield Road along Ryhope Trail to the intersection of Quarry Trail in the east.

 

Pedestrians and vehicles should take caution when accessing this area.

 

For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter Area office on (02) 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 28 Dec 2023, 7.31am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Mar 2024, 9.02am

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp Walk Closed

Burraga Swamp walking track is currently inaccessible to vehicles due to closure of Mt Allyn Rd. Forestry Corporation of NSW has closed the road due to a failed bridge. The reopening date is not known at this stage. For more information, phone Gloucester NPWS Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Mar 2023, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Mar 2024, 9.03am

Closed areas: Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge

Dead Mangrove Creek Bridge, off Cobbans Track on Ash Island is closed from Thursday 9 March 2023 until further notice due to the bridge needing maintenance

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office (02) 4946 4100

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 7.00am to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Mar 2024, 9.01am

Closed areas: Polblue Swamp Track partially closed for track maintenance

The southern section of Polblue Swamp Track will be closed from Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April while the walking track is being upgraded. Other sections of the track will remain open, however completing the loop circuit will not be possible during this period.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Barrington Tops Area Office 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 6 Oct 2022, 1.29pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 1.55pm

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure

The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.

Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 15 Mar 2024, 1.18pm to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 1.19pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 11.46am

Other planned events: Yacaaba Headland walking track upgrade

NPWS is upgrading Yacaaba Headland walking track in Myall Lakes National Park between March and August 2024 to address extensive erosion and risks to public safety. The track will remain open for the majority of the upgrade. Please follow safety signs and stay out of construction and revegetation areas. Check this alert for updates before your visit.

For further information, contact the NPWS Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300 or via email.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2024, 3.35pm to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 3.36pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2024, 4.42pm

Other planned events: Demolition of Elizabeth Bay amentities block

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be demolishing the amenities block within the Elizabeth Bay picnic area. NPWS has determined that the Elizabeth Bay amenities block is dilapidated, unhygienic and does not meet NSW Health and Safety regulation standards or the Australian Building Code for a public toilet facility. The amenities have reached a point that it is no longer financially viable to continue to maintain and repair them. The amenities have been closed for approximately the last 3 years.

Works are estimated to begin early to mid April and will involve the establishment of a works compound, the safe demolition of the amenities block, concrete path and garden bed. Work will also include the disconnection of the water main and removal of the water meter.

To gain access to undertake the works the old telegraph poles and supports around the carpark area will be removed and then replaced with sandstone blocks to accommodate cars and trailers to the entire extent of the area. The area will be tidied up and a new surface laid to the carpark.

Access to the boat ramp and carpark will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. Works are expected to take 4 – 6 work days. (weather permitting). NPWS contractors will undertake works Monday to Friday only during the hours of 7am to 5pm to keep impacts to local residents to a minimum.

 

If you would like any further information, please contact Stacy Wilson, Ranger Central Coast Area on 4972 9029. Alternatively, you can email stacy.wilson@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2024, 10.31am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.32am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.19am

Closed areas: Wallarah National Park - Fire Trail Maintenance

The Wallarah Powerline Trail, Cabbage Tree Trail and Appletree Trail will be closed within Wallarah National Park for essential fire trail maintenance from mid-Februrary to June 2024. Access to these trails is not permitted during operations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area Office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 11.26am

Other planned events: Temporary access closures to trails at Middle Camp - Catherine Hill Bay - Munmorah State Conservation Area for external developer construction works.

Middle Camp DA/2238/2017 - has begun works in the Catherine Hill Bay area adjacent to lands managed by Munmorah State Conservation Area. These works due to the location now has temporary closures to access trails for Munmorah SCA. This is necessary for the contractor managing this development in order to maintain a safe construction site and public safety.

NPWS apologises for the inconvenience and are unable to provide alternate access.

This temporary closure affects: 

  1. Collier fire trail
  2. Powerline fire trail and 
  3. Middle Camp fire trail

Please be advised that these closures will not stop access to fire vehicles in emergencies and does not cause a safety concern.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.

 

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Applies from Thu 29 Feb 2024, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Sat 30 Mar 2024, 5.20pm

Closed areas: 4WD Trail Closures

Some 4WD trails remain closed after the annual seasonal closure period (from 1 June to 30 September) due to trail conditions. The following 4WD trails remain closed:

  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail - between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road
  • Barrington Trail south past the Junction Pools Trail.

 

This closure does not effect public vehicle access to the Barrington Tops plateau campgrounds.

 

Walkers and mountain bikers are still permitted to utilise these trails while it is closed to public vehicles.

 

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

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Applies from Wed 14 Feb 2024, 10.39am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2024, 7.33am

Closed areas: Pinny Beach footbridge closed

The Pinny Beach footbridge will be closed until further notice for essential repairs. The coastal walking track will remain open with access south and north of the bridge by detouring around Pinny Lagoon. Take care when traversing Pinny Lagoon during periods of high tidal activity. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS Central Coast Office on (02) 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 12 Oct 2022, 1.02pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Feb 2024, 9.32am

Closed areas: Ferny Creek campground closed

Ferny Creek campground is closed until further notice due to a collapsed bridge on the access road.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm to Thu 7 Oct 2027, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 9.08am

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area.

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 29 Dec 2023, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 6.06pm

Safety alerts: Dangerous water conditions

Please do not swim or enter the water at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Tragically, people have drowned while swimming here.

The beach is remote, unpatrolled and has dangerous rip currents, unexpected large waves and sudden drop offs. Ocean conditions can change rapidly.

Mobile phone service is also limited here - you may not be able to call for help if you need it.

SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS AT BIRUBI POINT SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AT ANNA BAY.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit - and to return home safely.

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Applies from Fri 17 Dec 2021, 7.22pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Jan 2024, 7.53am

Safety alerts: Wallingat campground access

Wallingat campground access is off The Lakes Way via Sugar Creek Road and River Road. Do not use Barbies Road or Link Road which are inaccessible to vehicles.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 27 Dec 2022, 12.56pm to Mon 2 Dec 2024, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Mungo track detour due to flood damage

The boardwalk between Tamboi trail and Brambles Green campground is closed due to flood damage.

Walkers on the Mungo Track can take the detour at Mungo Brush. Please follow the walking track to the beach and then walk south for 4km. Take the slashed management trail which connects the beach to Mungo Brush Road to re-join the Mungo track.

For further information, please call Manning Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 15 Sep 2022, 10.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Feb 2024, 11.20am

Closed areas: Little Mountain campground and Little Mountain Road closed for repair

Little Mountain Road and Little Mountain campground are closed while Little Mountain Road is being repaired. The road is impassable.

Barricades are in place around the closed areas. Tattersalls campground and Double Wharf picnic area remain open.

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

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Applies from Wed 7 Dec 2022, 5.39pm to Mon 27 Jan 2025, 5.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Mar 2024, 9.20am

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves

Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.

The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.

Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.

For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Mar 2024, 12.25pm

Closed areas: Little River trail closed due to storm damage

Little River trail in Ghin-Doo-Ee National Park is closed until further notice due to significant storm damage. NPWS is working on repairing the damage as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Great Lakes area office on 02 6591 0300.

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Applies from Thu 8 Jun 2023, 6.07pm. Last reviewed: Sat 4 Nov 2023, 10.32am

Safety alerts: Damaged Bridge on Lone Pine Rd

Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Drews Road in Wallaroo State Forest is closed while damage to a bridge is being repaired. 

 

The Common picnic area is still accessible by 4WD only, from Limeburners Creek Road via Callaghans Trail and Lone Pine Rd.

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Applies from Wed 31 May 2023, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 May 2023, 1.19pm

Safety alerts: Use caution for beach front driving

Beach driving conditions remain variable due to changing swell, tides and weather conditions. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when driving and to check conditions before travel.

Please remember to:  

  • Look out for soft sand, erosion, wash outs and drop-offs.
  • Avoid driving through sea water, foam or large pools of water. Driving conditions can change rapidly. Several vehicles on this beach have ended up in the ocean or swamped by water.
  • Check conditions before arriving, and if in doubt save your visit for another day.

Please follow the directions of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and/or signage. Do not drive over the frontal dune or any vegetation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 8.46am

Closed areas: Morisset Picnic Area Closed

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 3 Aug 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 9.29am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Mar 2024, 7.18am

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 Wed 3 Aug 2022, 12.57pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Mar 2024, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety

Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.

Before rock fishing you should always:

Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.

If you’re in doubt don’t go out.

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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/tomaree-national-park/local-alerts

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