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Washpool National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 12 January 2022, 1.44pm

Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Fri 18 Feb 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jan 2022, 1.44pm.

Safety alerts: Degraded road conditions - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Please be aware road conditions are degraded due to recent heavy rains and flooding. Access on all roads is limited to 4WD only, and is currently unsuitable for the towing of horse floats.

Spirabo Forest Way is especially degraded. It runs through Capoompeta National Park from Ten Mile Road in the south, and continues through the western side of Washpool National Park where it joins Scrub Road in the north. 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 Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 3.40pm.

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 Tue 15 Jun 2021, 12.00pm to Fri 25 Feb 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Fire trails closed

The following fire trails are closed until further notice due to damage from recent wet weather:

  • Duck Creek
  • Butlermine, south of the intersection with the road to Butlers Tin Mine

Carpet Snake fire trail has reopened. However, due to trail conditions it is restricted to 4WD only, and drivers should be cautious due to rough terrain.

NPWS is monitoring the conditions and will re-open the trails as soon as possible. 

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

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 8.00am to Fri 11 Feb 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 10.04am

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 Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Fri 18 Feb 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jan 2022, 1.44pm

Safety alerts: Degraded road conditions - 4WD only and horse float restrictions

Please be aware road conditions are degraded due to recent heavy rains and flooding. Access on all roads is limited to 4WD only, and is currently unsuitable for the towing of horse floats.

Spirabo Forest Way is especially degraded. It runs through Capoompeta National Park from Ten Mile Road in the south, and continues through the western side of Washpool National Park where it joins Scrub Road in the north. 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 Wed 10 Nov 2021, 9.48am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 12.39pm

Safety alerts: Doon Goonge campground access

Access to Doon Goonge campground is not possible from the north on Chaelundi Road. This is due to bridge damage sustained during bushfires in the Dalmorton area. The best route is from the south via Chaelundi Road and then Quartz Road.

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

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Applies from Sat 1 Jan 2022, 11.04am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 11.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 12.15pm

Closed parks: Parks closed due to flood damage

The following parks area are closed until Friday 1 April 2022 due to flood and storm damage:

  • Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve
  • Willi Willi National Park

Access and camping is not permitted in closed parks.

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

Applies from Fri 15 May 2020, 8.13am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 4.49pm

Closed areas: Culmaran Valley track closed

Culmaran Valley track is closed until further notice due to faults in the track on the bridge. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Jan 2022, 4.30pm

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 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 3.40pm

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 Thu 4 Nov 2021, 8.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Nov 2021, 12.38pm

Closed areas: Roadworks and heavy equipment in park

Roads in this park will be closed to public access due to roadworks happening on Joes Box Road, South Yabbra Road, Yabbra Plains Road and Pocupar Road. Most of the works are happening on management trails that are not open to visitors, but other roads in this area will be affected by heavy equipment. The work includes vegetation management, grading and haulage. It is expected to be complete by early December 2021, weather dependant.

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Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 12.52pm

Safety alerts: Ebor Falls open - Facilities may be fire-affected

The Ebor Falls visitor precinct in Guy Fawkes River National Park is open. However the park is fire-affected and facilities within Ebor Falls picnic area have also been affected.

Please follow safety directions, and do not enter closed areas as it is unsafe to do so. 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 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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For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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