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Washpool State Conservation Area

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Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 1.39pm

Applies from Fri 13 May 2022, 1.19pm to Mon 30 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 1.39pm.

Safety alerts: Safety Alert - closed roads and floodwaters

The area has experienced widespread heavy rain. Please drive to conditions and be aware roads and crossing may become flooded or damaged. For the latest advice on road closures visit the Live traffic website and continuously check for park closures.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Apr 2022, 12.32pm.

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 be 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. Please be aware 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Tue 3 May 2022, 10.00am to Thu 26 May 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 17 May 2022, 3.52pm

Closed parks: Park closed due damage from rainfall and flood event

This park is closed from Tuesday 3 May until Tuesday 26 May 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 16 May 2022, 5.00pm to Fri 20 May 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 2.39pm

Closed areas: Falls Road closed for road upgrade works

Falls Road, north of Cypress Pine campground and Casuarina trail will be closed from Tuesday 17 May to Friday 20 May 2022, while Falls Road is being upgraded. During this time some parts of the park will be closed to all visitation. The closed areas include:

  • Boonoo Boonoo Falls picnic area
  • Boonoo Boonoo Falls lookout
  • Boonoo Boonoo Falls walking track
  • Boonoo Boonoo River walk
  • Rockpool Ramble track
  • Mackays walk

This part-park closure will not affect access to Cypress Pine campground, Morgans Gully picnic area and Robinsons Cabin.

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, 1.51pm to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 2.51pm

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 Fri 13 May 2022, 1.19pm to Mon 30 May 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 May 2022, 1.39pm

Safety alerts: Safety Alert - closed roads and floodwaters

The area has experienced widespread heavy rain. Please drive to conditions and be aware roads and crossing may become flooded or damaged. For the latest advice on road closures visit the Live traffic website and continuously check for park closures.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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Applies from Sun 1 May 2022, 2.00pm to Thu 26 May 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 8 May 2022, 1.24pm

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

The following areas are closed due to the access roads being wet, slippery and impassable, reopening on Tuesday 26 May 2022:

  • T-Ridge Road
  • Nymboida River campground

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

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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 Thu 9 Dec 2021, 8.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Apr 2022, 12.32pm

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 be 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. Please be aware 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, 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 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 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-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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