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Watagans National Park

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Last reviewed: Fri 15 February 2019, 3.28pm

Applies from Tue 26 Sep 2017, 11.51am to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 11.44am.

Safety alerts: Avoid travelling into Watagans National Park during high fire danger

Visitors are reminded to avoid travelling into remote parks when there is a high fire danger and Total Fire ban due to hot, dry and windy conditions. Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area are both remote parks and heavily timbered forests. The roads are narrow, and facility areas such as camping areas, picnic areas, and lookout points are located at the ends of minor roads and trails with no refuge areas.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.11pm.

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.28pm.

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 Fri 22 Feb 2019, 5.00pm to Sun 24 Feb 2019, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Feb 2019, 5.09pm

Closed parks: Worimi National Park, Regional Park and State Conservation Area closed - dangerous beach conditions

These parks are closed from 5pm on Friday 22 February to 6pm on Sunday 24 February 2019, due to extreme weather conditions. There are strong wind warnings, and large swells, tides and powerful surf conditions are forecast.

For safety reasons, Worimi Conservation Lands and pre-booked campgrounds are closed. Refunds or re-bookings are available to all campers with existing campground bookings. NSW National Parks staff are monitoring the conditions over the weekend. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Nelson Bay area office on 02 4984 8200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 21 Feb 2019, 11.08am. Last reviewed: Fri 22 Feb 2019, 2.40pm

Safety alerts: Howes trail - please use another route

Recent rain has made Howes trail very slippery and only suitable for 4WD vehicles. NSW National Parks is conducting road works on the trail between Wollombi Arm track (Big Yango) and Howes Valley. Please use another route. Currently, the best access to Big Yango is via the Yango track from the east.

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

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.43pm

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 26 Sep 2017, 11.51am to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 11.44am

Safety alerts: Avoid travelling into Watagans National Park during high fire danger

Visitors are reminded to avoid travelling into remote parks when there is a high fire danger and Total Fire ban due to hot, dry and windy conditions. Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area are both remote parks and heavily timbered forests. The roads are narrow, and facility areas such as camping areas, picnic areas, and lookout points are located at the ends of minor roads and trails with no refuge areas.

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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 Sat 1 Sep 2018, 3.50pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 3.51pm. Last reviewed: Tue 5 Feb 2019, 9.49am

Fire bans: Fire Ban - Wollemi National Park

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019.

The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Colo Meroo, Coorongooba, Dunns Swamp, Newnes and Wheeny Creek picnic and campgrounds.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • they're under direct control of an adult
  • the ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • there's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 14 Jan 2019, 11.23am to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Jan 2019, 5.09pm

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Monday 14 January 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019. This park fire ban will remain in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Sat 1 Sep 2018, 12.01pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Feb 2019, 10.00am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park from Saturday 1 September 2018 and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019, unless otherwise extended or removed.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Sat 1 Sep 2018, 12.01pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Feb 2019, 9.59am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Gardens of Stone National Park

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Saturday 1 September 2018 to Tuesday 19 March 2019. This ban will remain unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.50pm

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 Tue 4 Sep 2018, 1.06pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Jan 2019, 7.32am

Fire bans: Fire ban - Dharug National Park

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019. The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Mill Creek picnic area and campground and Ten Mile Hollow campground. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They are under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There is an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Tue 4 Sep 2018, 1.09pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Jan 2019, 7.32am

Fire bans: Fire ban - Yengo National Park

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019. The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Mogo campground, Big Yengo (Blue Gums and Mountain Arm campgrounds) and Finchley campground. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They are under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There is an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Tue 4 Sep 2018, 1.11pm to Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Jan 2019, 7.35am

Fire bans: Fire ban - Parr State Conservation Area

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect until Sunday 31 March 2019. The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except for Heartbreak Hill campground. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They are under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There is an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Wed 24 Oct 2018, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Nov 2018, 9.38am

Other planned events: Wild dog trapping program

Some areas are closed in Werakata National Park until Friday 30 November 2018 due to a trapping program targeting wild dogs and foxes. The closed areas are:

  • Brickmans trail 
  • Miners trail
  • London trail

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Lower Hunter area office phone number 02 4946 4100 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 Thu 15 Feb 2018, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Mar 2018, 10.21am

Closed areas: Rainforest walk to Riverside Park - closed due to fire

Rainforest walk to Riverside Park is closed due to a fire in Hunter Wetlands National Park. This area will remain closed until a tree assessment is carried out in this area, 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 Mon 29 Jan 2018, 2.27pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Jan 2018, 3.07pm

Fires - Advice: Gibbs Creek

There is a fire in this park called Gibbs Creek. 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 15 Nov 2017, 1.09pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Dec 2017, 8.04am

Safety alerts: Yambo Forest Road

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

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Applies from Wed 15 Nov 2017, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Sat 3 Mar 2018, 3.11pm

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 Mon 10 Jul 2017, 3.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Aug 2017, 6.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway

A 1080 fox baiting program is being conducted at Tomago and Hexham within Hunter Wetlands National Park. 1080 poison can affect non-target species including cats and dogs. The pubic are advised not to allow their pets to stray into these sections of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Domestic pets are not allowed in Hunter Wetlands National Park, either on a leash or off-leash. The baiting program will finish on 11 September 2017.

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Applies from Sat 15 Apr 2017, 3.21pm to Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11.07am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 12.01pm

Safety alerts: Watagan Forest Road, Jilliby State Conservation Area section

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.

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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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 1.09pm

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: Tue 16 Aug 2016, 12.24pm

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.11pm

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.33pm

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.29pm

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.41pm

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: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 3.28pm

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 Thu 14 May 2015, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Jul 2016, 10.14am

Closed areas: Camping at Stockton Beach closed

Camping at Stockton Beach remains closed until further notice - Stockton Bight Camping remains closed while the area continues to recover, following severe winter storms.The beach is still open for people to visit, and there are a large variety of commercial tours available daily. For more information visit www.worimiconservationlands.com or call NPWS at Nelson Bay on (02) 4984 8200. For information on alternative accommodation options call the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800 808 900.

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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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