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Washpool National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 13 January 2023, 11.17am

Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Wed 31 May 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 11.17am.

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

Spirabo Forest Way is open from the north-western end of Washpool National Park (from Scrub Road at Tenterfield), and is restricted to 4WD only. If entering the Four Bull Hut area with a horse float then entry and exit should be from this direction.

Access south of Four Bull Hut is unsuitable for horse floats, and requires 4WD with high ground clearance.

Access to Four Bull Hut via the following routes is also by 4WD only, in vehicles with high ground clearance:

  • Mount Spirabo Road from the New England Highway at Bolivia
  • Ten Mile Road in the south from Deepwater, on Spirabo Forest Way through Capoompeta National Park

The above accesses roads remain unsuitable for towing of horse floats. These roads are unsuitable for low clearance 4WDs or AWD vehicles.

Please be cautious and drive to road conditions. For further information, contact the local NPWS Northern Tablelands area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Jan 2023, 9.55am.

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 Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.04pm to Fri 3 Mar 2023, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 1.41pm

Closed parks: Chaelundi NP, SCA & FR closed for pest operation

Chaelundi National Park, State Conservation Area and Flora Reserve, will be closed to all park users for pest control operations from midnight Friday 17 February to midnight Sunday night 19 February 2023. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact NPWS Coffs Coast Area office on (02) 6652 0900.

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Applies from Thu 1 Sep 2022, 9.57am to Tue 31 Jan 2023, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 10.47am

Closed parks: Parks closed due flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 2 May until  Friday 30 June 2023, due to widespread damage following rainfall and flooding in March 2022.

Many creek crossings, roads and trails are closed and impassable due to a severe rainfall/ flooding event.

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 Wed 28 Sep 2022, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Jan 2023, 10.25am

Closed areas: Doon Goonge campground closed

Doon Goonge campground is closed for public safety and is expected to re-open in mid-March 2023.

Alternate nearby campgrounds include Dalmorton, Thungutti, Cod Hole and Platypus Flat, that can be booked on the NPWS website.

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

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Applies from Tue 15 Nov 2022, 12.00pm to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 11.18am

Safety alerts: Road damaged from flooding

Please exercise caution when driving on Blatherarm Road between the first and second Blatherarm campgrounds, as the road is damaged due to flooding in the area.

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

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Jan 2023, 11.17am

Safety alerts: Changed conditions due to ongoing unpredictable flooding

The Guy Fawkes River catchment area is at risk of unpredictable flooding, which can occur without warning.

This includes Bicentennial National trail, the overnight wilderness walk, and any other travel along the river corridors.

It is strongly advisable to delay visiting until conditions are more favourable, unless well prepared.

Flooding can leave walkers and horse riders stranded for extended periods. This is a remote location with no roads or mobile phone reception. Ensure you are well prepared for unforeseen extended isolation. Carry extra food and have a communication plan in place with friends or family. Helicopter evacuation is the only safe retrieval method in most of the reserve.

In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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. 

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 Sun 1 Jan 2023, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 9.16am

Safety alerts: 4WD Access Only

Butterleaf Road, the access road into Butterleaf NP through the adjoining State Forest, is in very poor condition, and access is restricted to 4WD only. Please exercise caution and drive to conditions.

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

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Applies from Tue 20 Dec 2022, 3.44pm to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 3.45pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Jan 2023, 4.14pm

Closed areas: Richmond Range National Park

Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive, Cambridge Plateau picnic area and Peacock Creek campground are open For use. 4WD recommended for access to Peacock Creek campground.

 

The following areas will remain closed:

  • Culmaran Valley track
  • Cambridge Plateau loop walk

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 9 Jan 2023, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 9.08am

Closed areas: Bald Rock walk to the base of Bald Rock closed

Bald Rock Summit walking track will be closed to the base of Bald Rock from 8am Monday 9 January 2023. This closure is to support the installation of a new pedestrian bridge as part of upgrade works along the track to make the walk more accessible to all visitors. This closure includes the walking route directly up and down the face of Bald Rock.

Bungoona walk to the summit will remain open during this time, which is a more gradual climb around the side of Bald Rock to the summit.

For your safety please follow any directions from signage or staff on site. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area office on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Fri 9 Dec 2022, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Jan 2023, 10.19am

Closed areas: Fire trails closed due to damage from flooding

Carpet Snake and Duck Creek fire trails are currently closed due to damage from flooding.

NPWS will reopen the trails as soon as it is safe to do so.

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

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Applies from Mon 31 Oct 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Jan 2023, 9.37am

Closed areas: Upper Ebor Falls closed for construction

The Upper Ebor Falls precinct is closed from November 2022 until June 2023 (subject to change) to allow NPWS to rebuild facilities lost in the 2019/2020 bushfires, including a new viewing platform. During this time there will be no access to the following areas:

  • Upper Ebor Falls picnic area
  • Upper Ebor Falls lookout
  • Public toilets at Upper Ebor Falls
  • Walking track between Upper and Lower Ebor Falls picnic areas
  • Ebor Village walking track

The Lower Ebor Falls picnic area and toilets will remain open, with limited views of Ebor Falls.

Additional public toilets are located on the eastern side of  Waterfall Way at  Ebor Sports ground.

Please do not enter construction areas and follow all signage or directions from staff and contractors.

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 Fri 21 Oct 2022, 9.38am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Jan 2023, 9.58am

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of this park has been extended until Tuesday 28 February 2023, due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events.

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 Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 8.53am

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 17 Aug 2022, 12.02pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Dec 2022, 3.02pm

Closed parks: Yabbra National Park closed

Yabbra National Park is closed until further notice. The closure is due to damage from recent weather events, and roadworks on Joes Box, South Yabbra, Yabbra Plains and Pocupar Roads.

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 29 Jun 2020, 2.26pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.18am

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

If you plan to stay at Long Point or The Green camping areas 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 camping areas.

Read more about COVID safe camping here.

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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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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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