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Washpool National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 20 June 2022, 5.01pm

Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 5.01pm.

Safety alerts: Road closure and safety advice - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Spirabo Forest Way is closed at the north-western end of Washpool National Park (from Scrub Road at Tenterfield) due to major damage from ongoing wet weather.

Access to Four Bull Hut should is by Mount Spirabo Road from the New England Highway at Bolivia, or from Ten Mile Road in the south from Deepwater, through Capoompeta National Park. All road conditions in these parks are degraded due to recent heavy rains and flooding, and access on all open roads is limited to 4WD only, and is currently unsuitable for the towing of horse floats.

Please be cautious and drive to road conditions. Do not attempt to access the reserves while towing a horse float.

For further information contact the local NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 1.51pm to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 4.16pm.

Other planned events: 1080 ground and aerial baiting program

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be doing a 1080 ground and aerial baiting program from Monday 11 April to Monday 4 July 2022 in this park.

The operations will use a combination of manufactured and meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. Signs will be placed at the entry to all the baiting locations. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 3.44pm.

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed until further notice due to the demolition of a bridge from a past flooding event.

The closed areas include the 4WD access to North Washpool, an area also known as Washpool rest area, entering from Baryulgil onto Collum Collum Road. The bridge is washed away at the junction of Washpool Creek and Collum Collum Road.

Please note:

  • Washpool National Park’s 2WD entrance off Gwydir Highway onto Coachwood Drive and Washpool Forest Way is open.
  • Bellbird campground, Coombadjha campground and the Granites lookout and picnic areas are accessible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Glen Innes area office on 02 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 10 Nov 2021, 9.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 1.36pm

Safety alerts: Doon Goonge campground access

Access to Doon Goonge campground is best from the north or south via Chaelundi Road and then Quartz Road.

It is also not possible from the east on Chandler Creek trail, due to a major washout on Chandler Creek.

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

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 5.01pm

Safety alerts: Road closure and safety advice - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Spirabo Forest Way is closed at the north-western end of Washpool National Park (from Scrub Road at Tenterfield) due to major damage from ongoing wet weather.

Access to Four Bull Hut should is by Mount Spirabo Road from the New England Highway at Bolivia, or from Ten Mile Road in the south from Deepwater, through Capoompeta National Park. All road conditions in these parks are degraded due to recent heavy rains and flooding, and access on all open roads is limited to 4WD only, and is currently unsuitable for the towing of horse floats.

Please be cautious and drive to road conditions. Do not attempt to access the reserves while towing a horse float.

For further information contact the local NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 1.46pm

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to flooding

The overnight wilderness walk and Bicentennial National trail require several river crossings. The catchment is currently full and experiencing intermittent flooding. River conditions can change rapidly without warning. Please avoid entering fast flowing rivers and streams.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 1.45pm

Safety alerts: Ugly Corner Falls track damage

Ugly Corner Falls walking track is damaged due to flooding. Surfaces may be uneven due to erosion.

Please follow all signage and don't enter areas that are fenced off. Due to recent rainfall creek levels can change rapidly. It is unsafe to swim or attempt to cross rivers that are flooded.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 1.26pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 1.57pm

Other incidents: Magistrate trail closed to heavy vehicles

Magistrate trail in Capoompeta National Park is closed to heavy vehicles until further notice, due to flood damage.

For further information please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 13 Jun 2022, 9.33am to Sat 13 Aug 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jun 2022, 9.39am

Closed areas: Link Road Closed due to damaged road surface.

Link Road is closed due to damaged road surface. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Sun 1 May 2022, 2.00pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 6.23pm

Closed areas: T-Ridge Road and Nymboida River campground closed

The following areas are closed:

  • T-Ridge Road
  • Nymboida River campground

This is because the Old Glenn Innes Road (the public road access to these areas) has been closed by Clarence Valley Council. Road closure information is available on this web page

The planned reopening of T-Ridge Road and Nymboida River campground is on Thursday 30 June 2022, and will be based upon Clarence Valley Council reopening the Old Glen Innes Road. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Grafton area office on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Tue 3 May 2022, 10.00am to Thu 28 Jul 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jun 2022, 12.13pm

Closed parks: Nymboida National Park closed due to severe rainfall event

Nymboida National Park is closed from Tuesday 3 May until Tuesday 15 June 2022, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in early March 2022. 

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to the severe rainfall event causing dangerous conditions.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Grafton area office.

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Applies from Fri 3 Jun 2022, 8.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jun 2022, 10.08am

Other planned events: Notice of works, potential short delays

Walking tracks in this park are being upgraded until Thursday 30 June 2022. Please be aware there may be some minor delays in the picnic area carpark. Heavy, noisy machinery will be used as a part of this work.

All walking tracks, campsites and the picnic area will remain open during these works.

Please follow any signage or directions from contractors surrounding these works, and do not cross any barriers that may be in place.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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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.

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Applies from Mon 2 May 2022, 7.00am to Tue 2 Aug 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jun 2022, 11.33am

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 2 May until Tuesday 2 August 2022, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in early March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall event causing dangerous conditions.

This park will re-open as soon as it is safe, after assessments and remedial works occur. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Grafton area office.

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.32pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jun 2022, 4.05pm

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of the following parks and reserves has been extended until Monday 29 August 2022 due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events:

  • Boatharbour Nature Reserve
  • Bundjalung State Conservation Area
  • Bungabbee Nature Reserve
  • Bungawalbin National Park, Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Davis Scrub Nature Reserve
  • Dubay Nuraham Aboriginal Area
  • Hogarth Range Nature Reserve
  • Jackywalbin State Conservation Area
  • Little Pimlico Island Nature Reserve
  • Muckleewee Mountain Nature Reserve
  • North Obelisk Nature Reserve
  • Tabbimoble Swamp Nature Reserve
  • Uralba Nature Reserve
  • Wilsons Nature Reserve
  • Yarringully Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.37am to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.43am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 4.36pm

Closed parks: Richmond Range National Park closed

Richmond Range National Park is closed until further notice due to damage sustained in recent floods. This closure will be reviewed on Monday 26 September 2022. 

For safety reasons, neighbour access to Western Boundary trail is limited to 4WD vehicles only. No trucks or heavy plant/machinery are permitted.

Access from Peacock Creek Road is strictly closed, with access only available from the south via the Bruxner Highway.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 1 Apr 2022, 4.19pm to Sat 31 Dec 2022, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.51am

Closed areas: Limited access to Mount Babyl trail

Access to Mount Babyl trail it limited due to landslips and storm damage. 

There is no access to Mount Babyl trail from the north via Peacock Creek Road/Sextonville Road due to a major landslip on Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive.

Access from the south is limited to LV 4WD only due to a rockfall which has only been partly cleared on Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive. Extreme care should be taken when driving through the rock fall area and the road should not be used during wet weather.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 1.51pm to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 4.16pm

Other planned events: 1080 ground and aerial baiting program

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be doing a 1080 ground and aerial baiting program from Monday 11 April to Monday 4 July 2022 in this park.

The operations will use a combination of manufactured and meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. Signs will be placed at the entry to all the baiting locations. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 16 Mar 2022, 2.12pm to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 May 2022, 10.42am

Closed areas: Campground and picnic area closed due to flood-damaged roads

Chaelundi campground and picnic area is closed until 8am Monday 1 August 2022 due to widespread and continued flooding and flood damage.

There is no road access past the intersection of Misty Creek Road and Jordans Fire Trail. Please leave your vehicle here and proceed on foot.

This is a remote and isolated area with no mobile phone reception, so please ensure you are well prepared before setting out on foot. Be aware that roadside drains may be muddier than they appear, particularly after continuing rain, so please check before driving or parking around drainage works.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 26 Apr 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 8.49am

Closed parks: Access road closed due to roadworks

Basket Swamp National Park is closed until further notice due to weather damaged access roads. Please check back for updates.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 10.56am to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Apr 2022, 11.14am

Other planned events: 1080 ground baiting program

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be doing a 1080 ground baiting program in this park from Monday 11 April to Monday 4 July 2022.

The operations will use a combination of manufactured and meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. Signs will be placed at the entry to all the baiting locations. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Mon 4 Apr 2022, 3.44pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 May 2022, 9.12am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flooding

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

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

Applies from Thu 4 Nov 2021, 8.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 10.54am

Closed areas: Yabbra National Park closed

Yabbra National Park is closed to public access until further notice due to damage from recent weather events and roadworks happening on Joes Box Road, South Yabbra Road, Yabbra Plains Road and Pocupar Road. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Kyogle park office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 3.44pm

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed until further notice due to the demolition of a bridge from a past flooding event.

The closed areas include the 4WD access to North Washpool, an area also known as Washpool rest area, entering from Baryulgil onto Collum Collum Road. The bridge is washed away at the junction of Washpool Creek and Collum Collum Road.

Please note:

  • Washpool National Park’s 2WD entrance off Gwydir Highway onto Coachwood Drive and Washpool Forest Way is open.
  • Bellbird campground, Coombadjha campground and the Granites lookout and picnic areas are accessible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Glen Innes area office on 02 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 23 Feb 2022, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Mar 2022, 9.21am

Safety alerts: Upper Ebor Falls - Toilets closed

The public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls carpark will be temporarily closed during park infrastructure upgrades. Please note that toilets are available, including disabled access, at the Lower Ebor Falls carpark area, by following the access road past the Upper Falls parking area.

Thank you for your patience during this time. For more information, contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Tue 14 Sep 2021, 12.14pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 12.15pm. Last reviewed: Sun 24 Oct 2021, 3.47pm

Other planned events: Notice of pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat and manufactured bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be conducted between 13 Sept 2021 until 30 June 2022.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Clarence area office in Grafton on 02 6641 1500.

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Applies from Fri 17 Sep 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Oct 2021, 9.07am

Safety alerts: No access from the north on Chaelundi Road

Access to Chaelundi campground, the Escarpment walk and Misty Creek lookout in Guy Fawkes River National Park is only possible from the southern end of Chaelundi Road at Dundurrabin. Chaelundi Road from the northern end is closed due to bridge damage sustained in bushfires.

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

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Applies from Mon 29 Jun 2020, 3.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 2.00pm

Other incidents: Camping requirements

If you plan to stay at the campground in Butterleaf National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or to complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like the campground in Butterleaf National Park.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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Applies from Mon 29 Jun 2020, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 1.29pm

Other incidents: Long Point or The Green campgrounds - Booking info

If you plan to stay at Long Point or The Green campgrounds in Warra National Park you will need to fill in a Trip Intention Form before you leave home.

All NPWS campgrounds now require you to make an online booking before you stay, or complete a Trip Intention Form for those that are remote and do not have a dedicated webpage, like Long Point and The Green campgrounds.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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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/washpool-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Washpool National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glen Innes area. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

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Emergency services

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