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Watagans National Park

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Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2019, 11.01am

Applies from Tue 16 Apr 2019, 1.27pm to Sun 26 May 2019, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2019, 11.01am.

Other planned events: Port to Port mountain bike event

Expect large numbers of mountain bike riders on main roads in Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area on Saturday 25 May 2019. From 8.30am to 4.30pm, be prepared to encounter riders and other support vehicles that are part of a mountain bike event.

Be wary, drive safely and be aware of road conditions. Roads in both parks are narrow in places so take care.

The course: 

  • Starts from the State Forest mountain bike track on Mount Faulk Road
  • Proceeds north, uphill along Mount Faulk Road to the intersection of Watagan Forest Road
  • Continues left along this main road, past Boarding House Dam into Jilliby State Conservation Area, then into Olney State Forest
  • Turns left downhill along Prickly Ridge Road, past Muirs lookout
  • Then turns left into Cut Rock Road, where riders leave the park and head into private property

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

Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.18am.

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 conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am.

Safety alerts: Access to park during wet weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 for more information.

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Applies from Mon 20 May 2019, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 May 2019, 4.00pm

Hazard reduction burns: Bagnells West HR

There is a fire in this park called Bagnells West HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 20 May 2019, 1.03pm to Fri 24 May 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 May 2019, 10.47am

Closed areas: Possible closures and delays - Bagnalls West hazard reduction burn

Some areas of this park may be closed for periods of time between Wednesday 22 May and Friday 24 May 2019. This is due to hazard reduction burns and related smoke and falling tree hazards. There may also be delays in accessing these areas. The areas that might be affected are:

  • Finchley track (between the intersections with Howes (Yango) track and Moores Road)
  • Howes (Yango) track (between the intersections with Finchley track and Stockyard fire trail)
  • Finchley campground
  • Finchley Aboriginal Area and cultural walk
  • Finchley lookout
  • Stockyard fire trail
  • Quart Pot trail

Local residents will still be able to access their properties.

These closures and delays may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Bulga office on 02 6574 5555 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2019, 2.06pm to Fri 31 May 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 4.02pm

Other planned events: Somersby Falls walking track - closed for survey work

Somersby Falls walking track may be closed for short periods between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, for routine survey work.

For up-to-date closure information please call the NPWS Central Coast area office, Somersby on 02 4320 4200.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2019, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 10.29am

Closed areas: Ramsar Road, Ash Island - closed

Ramsar Road, Ash Island is closed on Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May 2019 for road maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 16 May 2019, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 May 2019, 3.05pm

Hazard reduction burns: Bala Range NPWS HR

There is a fire in this park called Bala Range NPWS HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2019, 3.34pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 8.34am

Closed areas: Dudley Beach Road closure

Dudley Beach Road in Glenrock State Conservation Area will be closed on Thursday 16 May 2019 due to road repairs. It will reopen on Friday 15 May 2019 unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 8 May 2019, 3.39pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 8.34am

Closed areas: Scout Camp Road closure

Scout Camp Road in Glenrock State Conservation Area will be closed on Wednesday 15th May 2019 due to road repairs. This is unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on 02 4946 4100 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 24 Apr 2019, 6.02pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 May 2019, 4.08pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for Mailes Ridge hazard reduction burn

Some areas of this park will be closed from Friday 26 April to Friday 10 May 2019 due to a planned hazard reduction burn. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. The closed areas are:

  • Mailes Ridge walking track (including the track from Mailes Ridge to Colo Meroo)
  • Wards track
  • Gospers Ridge fire trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Richmond office on 02 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 6 May 2019, 8.27am to Fri 31 May 2019, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 May 2019, 10.00pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program underway

Wild dog ground baiting using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is planned for Belford National Park and Black Creek, North Rothbury from Monday 6 May to Friday 31 May 2019.

This program is part of a coordinated control program guided by the Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan, which aims to mitigate the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you'd like to be involved in the program, please call Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Although not expected, some non-target or domestic animals may be affected, particularly domestic dogs. While domestic animals aren't permitted in national parks, be extra vigilant in ensuring that pets and working dogs are controlled, and not allowed access to baiting locations during and after the program. If working dogs are being used, we suggest muzzling them during and after baiting. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please contact NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 8 Apr 2019, 6.07pm to Sun 30 Jun 2019, 6.08pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 May 2019, 11.21am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a 1080 wild dog ground baiting program in Wollemi National Park. Ground baiting is expected to occur from Wednesday 8 May to Sunday 30 June 2019 in the following places:

  • Widden and Baerami valleys
  • Glen Gallic and Yarrawa
  • Martindale Valley
  • Appletree Flat and Bulga

In all these baiting locations NPWS will using ejectors with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).

This baiting program is part of the Western and Central Hunter Wild Dog Management Plan. It is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Hunter Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

All baiting will be done in accordance with legal requirements under the Pesticides Act 1999. Although not expected, some non-target or domestic animals may be affected, particularly domestic dogs. Domestic pets are not permitted in Wollemi National Park.

We suggest that pets be restrained to ensure they don't enter the baiting location during 1080 baiting operations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Mon 29 Apr 2019, 10.16am to Fri 2 Aug 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Apr 2019, 10.21am

Other planned events: Wild dog poison 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking a 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) aerial, ground baiting and canid pest ejector (CPE) program. This is for wild dog control and will be in Mudgee area reserves. The program will start on Monday 29 April and finish by Friday 2 August 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working and assistance dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Dogs should be muzzled if they need to work the baiting location.

This baiting program is being carried out to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on neighbouring properties stock and wildlife.

For further information, please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 3670 9000.

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Applies from Sun 28 Apr 2019, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Apr 2019, 12.08pm

Hazard reduction burns: Mailes Ridge HR

There is a fire in this park called Mailes Ridge HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 6 May 2019, 8.00am to Mon 3 Jun 2019, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Apr 2019, 10.00am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) ground baiting for wild dog and fox control in Brisbane Water National Park. The program will start on Monday 6 May and finish by Monday 3 June 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 baits are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This baiting program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Tue 30 Apr 2019, 4.00am to Tue 25 Jun 2019, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Apr 2019, 10.00am

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for fox control as buried baits in Bouddi National Park. The program will start on Tuesday 30 April 2019 and finish by Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 poison baits are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of foxes on wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Thu 2 May 2019, 4.00am to Thu 31 Oct 2019, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Apr 2019, 9.59am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be using 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate) for wild dog control as buried baits and capsules in ejector devices in Palm Grove Nature Reserve. The program will start on Thursday 2 May 2019 and finish by Thursday 31 October 2019.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Neighbours and visitors are reminded that 1080 poison baits and capsules are lethal to domestic pets.

All areas will have 1080 baiting signs at access points to areas where baiting is taking place. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

We suggest that working dogs be restrained to ensure they do not enter the baiting location during poisoning operations. Or, muzzle dogs if they are need to work the baiting location during and after the baiting program.

This program is being carried out as part of a broader coordinated control program to reduce the impacts of wild dogs on stock and wildlife. If you would like to be involved in the cooperative program, please call Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

For further information, please call the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Wed 24 Apr 2019, 10.53am to Wed 30 Oct 2019, 10.53am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Apr 2019, 11.51am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking a wild dog and fox control program in Parr State Conservation Area. Canid Pest Ejectors will be laid from Monday 30 April to Wednesday 30 October 2019. Do not touch baits or ejector devices.

1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Park visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks or nature reserves at any time. It is recommended that you tie your dogs up during this time if they like to roam. If you suspect your domestic dog has been in the park and triggered an ejector, take them to a vet immediately. Warning signs will be displayed to notify park visitors.

For more information, call the NPWS Bulga office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 24 Apr 2019, 10.46am to Wed 30 Oct 2019, 10.46am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Apr 2019, 11.44am

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking a wild dog and fox control program in Yengo National Park. Ejectors and baits will be laid in the park from Monday 30 April to Wednesday 30 October 2019. The program will use Canid Pest Ejectors and meat baits. Do not touch baits or ejector devices.

1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks or nature reserves at any time. It is recommended that you tie your dogs up during this time if they like to roam. If you suspect your domestic dog has been in the park and triggered an ejector or taken a bait, take them to a vet immediately. Warning signs will be displayed to notify park visitors.

For more information, call the NPWS Bulga office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Yambo Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage. 4WD access is possible from Dooralong Road through to the Lemon Tree Road intersection. Lemon Tree Road remains closed.

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.34am

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. 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, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 10 Apr 2018, 7.00am to Sat 31 Aug 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 2.50pm

Other planned events: Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge maintenance works

NSW Roads and Maritime Services are undertaking essential maintenance work on Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge, Old Pacific Highway. Users of the Great North Walk may experience temporary delays at this location between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

The anticipated completion date is August 2019.

For further details about the proposed maintenance work, visit the RMS project webpage. Alternatively, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4320 4200 or by email.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2018. There is restricted access to the Morisset Hospital Site and Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore and 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, please contact 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 Sat 26 May 2018, 9.58am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Jun 2018, 11.03am

Other planned events: Deep Pass campground toilet closed

The toilet at Deep Pass campground is temporarily closed due to capacity limitations. Planning for a  new toilet  facility is currently underway. 

Please use minimal impact  camping practices in this area. Large groups should consider camping at alternative sites. Groups in excess of 20 people require approval from the NPWS Oberon area office.

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 May 2019, 8.41am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road

Watagan Forest Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area and the southern section of Wyong State Forest is not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and vehicle damage.  4WD access is available from the Jilliby Road access in the south, north to the Middle Ridge Road Intersection. 

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Applies from Tue 16 Apr 2019, 1.27pm to Sun 26 May 2019, 1.27pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 May 2019, 11.01am

Other planned events: Port to Port mountain bike event

Expect large numbers of mountain bike riders on main roads in Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area on Saturday 25 May 2019. From 8.30am to 4.30pm, be prepared to encounter riders and other support vehicles that are part of a mountain bike event.

Be wary, drive safely and be aware of road conditions. Roads in both parks are narrow in places so take care.

The course: 

  • Starts from the State Forest mountain bike track on Mount Faulk Road
  • Proceeds north, uphill along Mount Faulk Road to the intersection of Watagan Forest Road
  • Continues left along this main road, past Boarding House Dam into Jilliby State Conservation Area, then into Olney State Forest
  • Turns left downhill along Prickly Ridge Road, past Muirs lookout
  • Then turns left into Cut Rock Road, where riders leave the park and head into private property

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

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Applies from Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.21pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road not suitable for 2WD

Watagan Forest Road within Jilliby State Conservation Area is now not suitable for 2WD vehicles due to rain and 4WD damage. Drivers of 2WD vehicles are advised not to drive south along Watagan Forest Road from the Martinsville Hill Road intersection.

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

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Applies from Fri 10 Mar 2017, 4.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 May 2017, 2.40pm

Closed areas: Wheeny Creek campground - Boobook camp area closed

Boobook campground and picnic area within Wheeny Creek campground and picnic area is closed for management purposes. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 2 Oct 2016, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.44am

Safety alerts: Red Hill Road - some sections 4WD only

Red Hill Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area is only accessible by 4WD vehicles between Red Hill Quarry in the north and the intersection of Prestons Ridge Road in the south.

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

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.43am

Closed areas: Maculata fire trail and Daniels Point fire trail

Maculata fire trail west from Jilliby Road linking to Daniels Point fire trail and Watagan Forest Road are closed due to 4WD damaged roads and trails. There is no through road access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes 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 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.18am

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 conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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 1 May 2015, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2019, 10.43am

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet. For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.46am

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes 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: Mon 24 Oct 2016, 10.38am

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail

There is no public access available through private property to Old Wagstaffe trail. Signs indicate 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 Thu 14 May 2015, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Safety alerts: No driving on the dunes, except for the Recreational Vehicle Area

Drive only on the waterfront, or in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA).

  • All dunes between the Lavis Lane and Anna Bay accesses are closed to driving.
  • The RVA, which is located south of the Lavis Lane access, is open for dune driving.

Tide warning: At high tide, sections of the beach may be impassable, plan your trip to travel at low tide. If the beach front is too narrow to pass safely, retrace your route. Do not attempt to bypass around the dunes. It is recommended you do not drive on the beach 2 hours before and after high tide. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for further information

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Applies from Tue 30 Sep 2014, 5.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 10.32am

Closed areas: Pipeline track

The Pipeline track between Glen Davis and Newnes is closed until further notice. There is no access across private property at Glen Davis, and trespassing is prohibited. For more information please call NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open 7 days a week, or NPWS Mudgee on (02) 6370 9000, Monday to Friday, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 7 Oct 2014, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Parts of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area are closed to the public

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 are subject to subsidence and remediation activities from the mining operations.

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

Visitors to the park are asked to be aware of subsidence and pollution incidents that took place in this in 2013, which were greater than what was expected from normal mining operations. They included a cliff fall in the north, and a subsidence and grout leak incident in the central part of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Further details can be found on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you are 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, contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100. NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 May 2019, 11.45am

Safety alerts: Access to park during wet weather

Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WDs should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 for more information.

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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/watagans-national-park/local-alerts

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