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Watagans National Park

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Last reviewed: Mon 27 June 2022, 4.14pm

Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 4.14pm.

Safety alerts: Road closures

All roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. Closed roads include:

  • Watagan Forest Road
  • Carrolls Road

The closures are due to rain and 4WD damage. Please do not drive on these roads as they are hazardous, and recovery vehicles may not be able to reach a stranded vehicle driver.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 7 Jun 2022, 11.11am to Fri 29 Jul 2022, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Sat 11 Jun 2022, 9.25am.

Safety alerts: Bowmans Road and Harris fire trail roadworks

Roadworks will occur on Bowmans Road and Harris fire trail from Tuesday 7 June to Thursday 30 June 2022.

Please avoid using this road and trial while work is underway. Large plant and machinery will be working on these narrow fire trails.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Sat 11 Jun 2022, 9.14am.

Safety alerts: Part of Watagan Road not suitable for 2WD vehicles

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles.

This council road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. The road is also obstructed by a fallen tree and rock debris. This road should only be used for essential traffic. Take care and drive safely.

Roadworks planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to the new financial year.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jun 2022, 9.12am.

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road - Drive with caution

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 9.47am.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored prior to the end of August 2022. Delays in preparing the tender documents, heavy rain, new landslips and COVID staff shortages have again delayed work commencing.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm.

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 3 Jul 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Sun 3 Jul 2022, 9.21am

Closed areas: Worimi Conservation Lands - No Beach Driving

The following areas are closed from Sunday 3 July to Wednesday 6 July 2022:

  • Worimi Conservation Lands beach front - closed to all vehicles
  • Worimi Conservation Lands Ganyamalbaa campground is Closed

The large southerly swell has made the beach impassable and the access to WCL campground is closed.

The beach is still open for day use - visitors can access on foot only.

Beach camping on WCL Beach Front is strictly prohibited at any time and Ganyamalbaa campground bookings need to be made through the NPWS website.

Signs and barriers are in place and NPWS staff will monitor beach driving conditions on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office at Nelson Bay on 02 4984 8200.

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Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Sun 3 Jul 2022, 9.23am

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather, subsequent geological instability or infrastructure upgrades. As sites are re-opened, we remind visitors that these areas have been subject to long periods of high rainfall, and landslides, rockfall and treefall can occur without notice.

Please check which areas are closed before travelling.

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Mount Hay Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Golden Stairs
  • Furber Steps
  • Fern Bower
  • Federal Pass
  • Kedumba Pass and Sublime Point fire trails
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout closed from Monday 2 May 2022 due to track work
  • Lillian's Bridge track - closure at junction of Inspiration Point track. No through access to Valley of the Waters and the Conservation Hut due to a major landslide.  
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Lady Darley lookout and Cliff View lookout due to trackwork
  • Amphitheatre track
  • Bridal Veil lookout (west of Leura Cascades) is closed from 15 June 2022 to approximately the end of August 2022 for upgrade works
  • Lone Lyrebird track between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to a major washout
  • Pool of Siloam and Lyrebird Dell walking tracks all accesses. 
  • Golf Links lookout to Carleton Road, Leura, is closed Monday to Friday for trackwork
  • Dardanelles Pass loop walking track
  • Giant Stairway
  • No access from Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairs and Dardanelles Pass
  • Glenraphael Rd & Narrow Neck trail 
  • Ruined Castle walking track 
  • Six Foot Track - Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley

Wentworth Falls

  • McMahons Lookout Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Valley of the Waters track below Empress lookout
  • Wentworth Falls track below the top crossing
  • Nature track closed between Edinburgh Castle Rock and Lillian's Bridge due to landslide
  • Charles Darwin walk
  • National Pass
  • Wentworth Pass
  • No access to Conservation Hut parking area or visitor facilities
  • Kedumba River Crossing campground
  • Ingar Rd is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Rds. 

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Pierces Pass Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Victoria Falls Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Hat Hill Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • Grand Canyon walking track and carpark
  • Point Pilcher Road is closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists allowed)
  • All access tracks into the Grose Valley are closed, including Perrys Lookdown track, Shortridge Pass (Lockleys Pylon to Blue Gum), Victoria Falls walking track, Govetts Descent, Horse track, Rodriguez Pass and Pierces Pass.
  • Braeside walking track due to track work (Braeside Rd is open to cyclists and walkers.)
  • Walls Cave walking track due to trackwork
  • Evans lookout  
  • Blue Gum Forest
  • Acacia Flat campground
  • Perrys Lookdown campground
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout

Lawson, Woodford, Hazelbrook

  • Murphys Glen Road closed to vehicles (open to walkers and cyclists).  
  • Murphys Glen campground closed until Friday 15 July 2022 to allow for roadworks and campground improvements
  • Empire Pass

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Empress Canyon is closed  
  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks and undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access only available from either Green Gully (Dunphy's campground) or Kanangra Walls. Narrow Neck trail is currently closed. Also note: Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.
  • Shortridge Pass from Lockleys Pylon to Blue Gum
  • Roberts Pass
  • Lindeman Pass
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Horse track
  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks

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

Applies from Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.30pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions on tracks and trails

Please be aware hazardous conditions are expected this weekend. Please avoid waterways and note that tracks and trails may have unstable surfaces or have trees over them. Please proceed with with caution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Fri 1 Jul 2022, 6.36am to Wed 13 Jul 2022, 6.36am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 12.16pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground closed

Wheeny Creek campground will be closed from Friday 1 July to Wednesday 13 July 2022 inclusive due to a forecast significant rain event.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 4.59pm

Closed areas: Callaghans Trail closed for repairs

Part of Callaghans Trail in Wallaroo National Park will be closed from Monday 13 June 2022 until further notice, while damage to the road is being repaired. The closed area includes:

  • Callaghans Trail between Limeburners Creek Road and Lone Pine Road

Signs and barricades will be in place around the closed areas.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.13am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 4.14pm

Safety alerts: Road closures

All roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. Closed roads include:

  • Watagan Forest Road
  • Carrolls Road

The closures are due to rain and 4WD damage. Please do not drive on these roads as they are hazardous, and recovery vehicles may not be able to reach a stranded vehicle driver.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 10 Jun 2022, 2.37pm to Sun 24 Jul 2022, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 10.56am

Closed areas: Warrah Trig Road closed to vehicles

Warrah Trig Road is closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from recent rainfall events.

The road has deep ruts and boggy sections, making it unsafe and impassable for vehicles.

The road is open to pedestrians and cyclists. However, please take care when traversing wet sections as they may be slippery.

Alternate pedestrian access to Warrah lookout is available via the Pearl Beach to Patonga fire trail.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 9.25am to Sat 27 Aug 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 7.59am

Closed areas: Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground closed - will reopen 27 August 2022

Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground is closed from Monday 9 May for upgrades and will reopen Saturday 27 August 2022. 

The access road will be closed to all vehicle traffic.  All campsites and picnic areas will also be closed.

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

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 1.55pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 5.05pm

Closed areas: Great North walk partial closure due to damaged bridge

The section of Great North walk between Reservoir Road, Somersby and Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek is closed until further notice due to a flood damaged bridge.

This area will re-open as soon as it is safe.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel through areas in this park. 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 local park office.

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Applies from Thu 7 Apr 2022, 11.17am to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 4.54pm

Closed areas: Brieses fire trail partial closure

The section of Brieses fire trail between Mooney Mooney Creek and Old Mooney Dam trail is closed due to a recent landslip, making it unsafe for vehicles.

Signs are in place around closed areas. This area will re-open as soon as it is safe.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 9.18am

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

The following areas are closed until Monday 1 August 2022 for upgrades:

  • Mill Creek campground
  • Mill Creek picnic area
  • Grass Tree circuit
  • 11km walking track

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

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Applies from Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10.44am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 11.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 4.24pm

Closed areas: Muirs lookout picnic area closed

NPWS has closed Muirs lookout and picnic area effective from Monday 20 June 2022. 

Factors contributing to the closure include:

  • road access is not suitable for 2WD vehicles and has been damaged and eroded following heavy and ongoing rainfall
  • visitor facilities, including picnic tables and toilets, are unsafe and outdated
  • toilets don’t meet NPWS and health standards
  • views from the lookout to the coast have diminished due to grown tall trees and vegetation. 

The surrounding area, including Watagans National Park and neighbouring state forests, have alternative sites for lookouts and picnic areas.

The closest lookouts are located off Mt Faulk Road to the north and include Heaton, Hunter and Macleans lookouts.

For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast Area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 1.31pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 11.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 11.14am

Safety alerts: Fibrosa trail closed due to storm damage

Fibrosa trail has experienced significant storm damage and is closed to all users in the south of the reserve. Planning is underway to repair the damaged trail.

Take care and follow onsite signage. Please remember that vehicles are not permitted in Columbey State Conservation Area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Tue 7 Jun 2022, 11.11am to Fri 29 Jul 2022, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Sat 11 Jun 2022, 9.25am

Safety alerts: Bowmans Road and Harris fire trail roadworks

Roadworks will occur on Bowmans Road and Harris fire trail from Tuesday 7 June to Thursday 30 June 2022.

Please avoid using this road and trial while work is underway. Large plant and machinery will be working on these narrow fire trails.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jun 2022, 3.56pm to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 9.01am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jun 2022, 5.07pm

Closed areas: Big Yango Precinct Area Closure

The Big Yango precinct except Big Yengo House in Yengo National Park is closed from the 2 June through to the 1 August for repair and maintenance work.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi-Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 31 May 2022, 10.40am to Fri 29 Jul 2022, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Jun 2022, 6.25pm

Closed areas: Lone Pine Road closed for repair

Part of Lone Pine Road in Wallaroo National Park and Wallaroo State Forest will be closed from Monday 6 June 2022 until further notice, while damage to the road is being repaired. The closed area includes:

  • Lone Pine Road between Italia Road and Callaghans Trail
  • The Common picnic area

Signs and barricades will be in place around the closed areas. 

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

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 9.09am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Jul 2022, 4.49pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions due to wet weather

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

For more information, please call the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Mon 23 May 2022, 10.55am to Tue 1 Nov 2022, 10.55am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 1.22pm

Closed areas: Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track closed

The Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is closed from the Tunnel north to the 'four ways' intersection with the Old Coach Rd due to landslips and flood damage.  This section will remain closed until further notice due to continuing landslip risk and need for repair works.  Visitors can still access the Tunnel from the Wolgan Valley Rd track head by walking up the Old Coach Rd and Pagoda track to the south side of the Tunnel. 

Note also that access to the Glow Worm Tunnel from the Newnes Plateau may be affected by closure of the Glow Worm Tunnel Rd due to road conditions (see separate Alert).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Oberon NPWS office on (02) 6336 6200.

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Applies from Sat 21 May 2022, 11.36am to Wed 3 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jun 2022, 1.00pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 program

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program in Belford National Park from Monday 30 May 2022 to Wednesday 6 July 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 Bulga NPWS area office for more information on (02) 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 16 May 2022, 8.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 May 2022, 2.55pm

Closed areas: Partial road closures for resurfacing

Partial road closures will be in place through out Munmorah State Conservation Area, due to resurfacing works.

Works will be progressing until Friday 27 May 2022.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 24 Mar 2022, 12.27pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 9.19am

Other planned events: 1080 Fox Baiting Program in the Capertee Valley

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh meat baits and/or Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between the 1st of April 2022 and the 30th September 2022 in Wollemi National Park.  The program is to protect the endangered Brush Tail Rock Wallaby.

The following trails will be used as a part of this program:

  • Capertee River Trail, downstream (East) of the Coorongooba Campground
  • Canobla Gap Fire Trail
  • Capertee River North Trail

 

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 NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Wed 13 Apr 2022, 10.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jun 2022, 1.47pm

Safety alerts: Prickly Ridge Road 4WD only

Prickly Ridge Road between Watagan Forest Road and Cut-Rock Road is suitable only for 4WD vehicles.

To prevent further damage visitors are asked to avoid this area and other trails in the Reserve that are still slippery and potentially hazardous.  

For further information, please contact the Central Coast Area Office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 26 Feb 2020, 10.38am. Last reviewed: Sat 11 Jun 2022, 9.14am

Safety alerts: Part of Watagan Road not suitable for 2WD vehicles

Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles.

This council road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. The road is also obstructed by a fallen tree and rock debris. This road should only be used for essential traffic. Take care and drive safely.

Roadworks planned to begin in May 2022 have been deferred to the new financial year.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Sat 12 Mar 2022, 11.46am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.47am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Jun 2022, 9.12am

Safety alerts: Landslip on Watagan Forest Road - Drive with caution

A landslip has recently occurred below Watagan Forest Road between Pile Road and Carrolls Road. Vehicle access is now restricted to a single lane. Please slow down, exercise caution and don't overtake other vehicles. The road may need to be closed if heavy rain threatens the site. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 9.10am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.55am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Wollemi National Park on the following dates:

  • Wollemi-Yengo and Mudgee areas: Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area: Monday 2 May to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Wollemi-Yengo area at Bulga: 02 6574 5555
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000

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Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.50am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Goulburn River National Park from Monday 9 May to Wednesday 9 November 2022.

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 Mudgee Area office for more information on 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.29am to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 May 2022, 8.54am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ongoing ground baiting programs in Gardens of Stone National Park on the following dates:

  • Mudgee area from Monday 9 May 2022 to Wednesday 9 November 2022
  • Kanangra area from Monday 2 May 2022 to Wednesday 2 November 2022

The operation will use meat baits, meat bait products and canid pest ejectors containing 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 Area office for more information:

  • Kanangra area at Oberon: 02 6336 6200
  • Mudgee area at Mudgee: 02 6370 9000.

Applies from Tue 15 Feb 2022, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 31 May 2022, 8.40am

Closed areas: Shepherds Gully Road closed due to storm damage

Shepherds Gully Road and Sternbecks Line walking track are closed until further notice due to storm damage.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555. 

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.48am. Last reviewed: Sun 22 May 2022, 8.19am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road partial closure for roadworks

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to all vehicles for reconstruction. This closure will remain in place due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. Rain has delayed the work again.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 19 Apr 2022, 2.40pm to Fri 9 Dec 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 May 2022, 3.13pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program in Dharug National Park, Manobalai Nature Reserve, Parr State Conservation Area, Wollemi State Conservation Area, and Yengo National Park from Monday 9th May 2022 to Wednesday 9th November 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 Bulga NPWS Office for more information on (020 6574 5555,

 

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 1.46pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.46pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Apr 2022, 9.08am

Closed areas: Areas closed for track upgrades

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 7 March to Wednesday 31 August 2022 for fire trail upgrades. The following fire trails will be closed:

  • Big Hill
  • Bee Box
  • Boundary (Werakata)
  • Dam
  • Elcom
  • Ferguson
  • Fishers Folly
  • Kearsley South
  • Kitchener East
  • Missing Link
  • No 1
  • North Basin
  • Pelton
  • Pinnacle
  • Powerline (Kitchener)
  • Racecourse
  • Red Hill
  • Sandpit
  • Sawpit (Kitchener)
  • South Basin
  • Southams
  • Tomalpin
  • Unnamed Kata
  • Unnamed Werakata

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

 

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Applies from Sun 4 Apr 2021, 11.11am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 4 May 2022, 9.47am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide

There is no visitor access along Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and new landslides. The following areas remain closed:

  • Bangalow campground
  • Gap Creek campground
  • Gap Creek picnic area 
  • Gap Creek Falls walking tracks

The entry gate will remain locked and there will be no visitor access, including pedestrians.

NPWS is aiming to have all work completed and visitor access restored prior to the end of August 2022. Delays in preparing the tender documents, heavy rain, new landslips and COVID staff shortages have again delayed work commencing.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Wed 2 Feb 2022, 9.20am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 9.24am. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Apr 2022, 9.54am

Closed areas: Road closures

A number of roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage. The closed roads are:

  • California trail - closed until late September 2022
  • Martindale trail - reopening to people with permits late June 2022
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - closed until mid June 2022
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - closed until late June 2022
  • Mellong Range trail - closed until early June 2022
  • Commission Road - Kings Cross to King Junction - closed until late May 2022
  • Bulga Trail - closed until late June 2022 

Visitor areas that are currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until late September 2022
  • Sheepskin Hut - closed.

Gates have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays.

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

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Applies from Mon 28 Mar 2022, 4.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 7.17am

Closed areas: Bob Turners Track closed due to potential landslip

Bob Turners track is closed until further notice, due to an imminent landslip and major safety concerns.

For more information, call the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Tue 21 Dec 2021, 1.20pm to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 1.22pm. Last reviewed: Thu 31 Mar 2022, 1.02pm

Closed areas: Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area closed

Sheepskin Hut campground and picnic area are closed for toilet repairs from Tuesday 21 December to Thursday 31 Aug 2022. 

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Mar 2022, 4.24pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Apr 2022, 4.35pm

Safety alerts: Campbells Point Road Temp Closure - Jilliby SCA

Campbells Point Road and Campbells Point Link Road in the southern section of Jiiliby State Conservation Area will be closed from Wednesday 23 March to Friday 1st April 2022.

The closure is to enable major roadworks to repair the fire trail, for future wildfire response and hazard reduction burning.

Please stay off the fire trail and follow directions on signage, and of NPWS staff and contractors.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 3.34pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area closed

Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed for approved underground mining operations. The affected areas (see map) have been closed to protect visitor safety, because they're subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

Great North walk remains open. An update will be provided should this situation change.

If you're visiting the park, please be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. These included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. 

If you're planning to visit the park during this time, please stay on formed tracks and trails and observe all barriers, warning signs and safety messages. Areas subject to possible cliff fall or subsidence in both areas of the park are clearly marked.

For more information, call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 10.09am to Wed 31 Aug 2022, 10.22am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jun 2022, 3.02pm

Closed areas: Hickson Street lookout - Tower works

Works will be commencing on the Hunter water tower at Hickson Street lookout, to enable construction of a new communications tower. As such, there will be a walking track detour.

The minor diversion and will not impact on community access to the lookout. Directional signage will be in place.  

For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 8.15am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 11 Nov 2021, 8.32am to Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Dec 2021, 8.35am

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park -  Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing 

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

 

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Fire trails, roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 May 2020, 3.03pm

Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road

Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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