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Washpool National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 24 July 2017, 4.17pm

Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jul 2017, 4.17pm.

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed due to demolition of bridge from past flooding event. This closure applies until further notice. 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.

  • 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 (02) 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 2 Jul 2021, 9.00am to Fri 6 Aug 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Jul 2021, 11.30am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

Warra National Park park is closed until Friday 6 August 2021 due to flood damage and continual poor weather.

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

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Applies from Sat 9 Jan 2021, 11.54am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Jul 2021, 4.32pm

Closed areas: Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive closed

Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive is closed until the end of August 2021 due to storm damage and dangerous land slips. The following areas are inaccessible:

  • Cambridge Plateau picnic area
  • Cambridge Plateau scenic drive
  • Culmaran loop trail
  • Culmaran Valley track

There is no access to Peacock Creek campground on Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive until October 2021. Please use Sextonville Road or Peacock Creek Road.

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 9 Jul 2021, 7.00am to Fri 30 Jul 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Jul 2021, 4.29pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), in conjunction with Wongwibinda Wild Dog Association and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, will be conducting an emergency ground baiting program for the control of wild dogs.

The operations will involve the use of fresh meat containing Poison 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be continuous and ongoing from Friday 9 July 2021 to Friday 30 July 2021 in the Bees Nest trail area in the western region of Guy Fawkes River NP.

All baiting locations will be signposted.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information, call the NPWS Northern Tablelands Area on 02 6739 0700.

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Applies from Wed 7 Apr 2021, 3.06pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.38pm

Closed areas: Boonoo Boonoo River walk

Boonoo Boonoo River walk is closed until further notice due to flood damage.

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

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Applies from Fri 26 Mar 2021, 8.58am to Tue 31 Aug 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.38pm

Safety alerts: Degraded road conditions

Due to recent weather events, the condition of access roads to this park may be degraded. Please be cautious and drive to the conditions.

For further information contact the local office on 02 6739 0700. 

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Applies from Tue 4 May 2021, 2.50pm to Tue 31 Aug 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.37pm

Closed areas: Ugly Corner Falls walking track closed

The Ugly Corner Falls walking track is currently closed until further notice, due to flood damage sustained in recent weather events.

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

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Applies from Tue 15 Jun 2021, 12.00pm to Sun 1 Aug 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.37pm

Other incidents: Fire trails closed

Carpet Snake and Duck Creek fire trails are currently closed to public access due to damage from recent wet weather.

NPWS is monitoring the conditions and will reopen the trails as soon as possible.

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

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Applies from Thu 23 Jan 2020, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Jul 2021, 3.39pm

Closed parks: Most of Guy Fawkes River National Park closed - bushfire damage

Most of Guy Fawkes River National Park is closed due to bushfire damage. 

Upper Ebor Falls is open, so visitors can enjoy the falls, however the Lower Ebor Falls visitor area and escarpment walk from the Upper Ebor Falls to Lower remains closed. This park is fire-affected and facilities within Ebor Falls picnic area have also been affected. 

The section of the Bicentennial National Trail that runs through the Guy Fawkes River National Park has reopened for use.

The following areas are closed:

  • Chaelundi campground
  • Dalmorton campground
  • Escarpment walk
  • Misty Creek lookout
  • Lower Ebor Falls picnic area
  • Ebor Falls escarpment walk from Upper Ebor Falls to Lower Ebor Falls
  • Guy Fawkes River Wilderness areas

Please do not enter closed areas as it is unsafe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check this website for updates on closures.

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Applies from Thu 27 Aug 2020, 2.13pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.23am. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Jul 2021, 11.07am

Safety alerts: Limited access through Iron Pot Creek Road

Sections of Iron Pot Creek Road through Richmond Range State Forest are in very poor condition and impassable without a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. There is no through access to Toonumbar National Park from Richmond Range National Park via Iron Pot Creek Road. Therefore:

  • To access Peacock Creek campground, 2WD vehicles must use Sextonville Road. High-clearance 4WDs can also use Peacock Creek Road. There is no access via Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive as it remains closed until July 2021.
  • To access Iron Pot Creek campground use Murray Scrub Road via Kyogle only.

For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Wed 30 Dec 2020, 5.12pm. Last reviewed: Fri 18 Jun 2021, 2.42pm

Safety alerts: Changes to Peacock Creek campground vehicle access

2WD access to Peacock Creek campground is temporarily via Sextonville Road only due to wet weather impacts on Peacock Creek Road and Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive.

Please note:

  • Peacock Creek Road is high-clearance 4WD access only, due to water over creek crossings
  • Do not use Iron Pot Creek Road to access Richmond Range National Park. It is high-clearance 4WD access only due to severe road surface damage and gullying.
  • Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive remains closed until July 2021. This includes the Cambridge Plateau picnic area and associated walking tracks

For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 30 Apr 2021, 12.46pm to Sat 31 Jul 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Jul 2021, 4.15pm

Closed parks: Willi Willi National Park closed due to flood damage

Willi Willi National Park is closed due to extensive flood damage to roads, bridges, walking tracks and picnic areas. 

Applies from Tue 25 May 2021, 7.53pm to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Wed 26 May 2021, 9.20am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using red meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of Foxes and Wild Dogs.

The program will be continuous and ongoing between Sunday 30 May 2021 and Saturday 30 October 2021 in the following, parks, reserves and state conservation areas:

  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Yabbra National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • 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
  • Boonanghi Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Carrai Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Mount Seaview Nature Reserve
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve,
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi National Park.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 further information please call the following NPWS area offices:

  • Richmond River on 02 6627 0200
  • Clarence on 02 6641 1500
  • Coffs Coast on 02 6652 0900
  • Hastings/Macleay on 02 6652 0900

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Applies from Mon 17 May 2021, 10.39am to Sat 30 Oct 2021, 10.52am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 May 2021, 12.17pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting ongoing or continuous aerial and ground baiting programs from Sunday 30 May to Saturday 30 October 2021.

The program will use meat baits, meat bait products and ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. It is designed to minimise the impact of wild dogs and foxes on wildlife and neighbouring stock, especially after the recent extensive bushfires.

All baiting locations will be identified by signs.

Please remember that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2020, 8.13am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Feb 2021, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Culmaran Valley track closed

Culmaran Valley track is closed due to faults in the track on the bridge. This closure will continue until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. For further information call the NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6632 0000.

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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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Applies from Wed 26 Nov 2014, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jul 2017, 4.17pm

Closed areas: Road closure

Some areas of this park are closed due to demolition of bridge from past flooding event. This closure applies until further notice. 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.

  • 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 (02) 6739 0700 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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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