Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Mar 2023, 5.27pm
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 causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades.
The following areas are closed:
Katoomba and Leura
- Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk.
- Honeymoon Point lookout is closed due to upgrade works.
- Lila Falls track, between Fern Bower/Amphitheatre junction and Lindeman Pass junction is closed from Wednesday 15 March 2023 until further notice, due to track maintenance.
- Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to subsidence. Detour is in place.
- Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance.
- Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
- Lady Darley track is closed due to track maintenance.
- Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck, Ruined Castle and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
- Mount Solitary Route and Ruined Castle campground are closed due to subsidence.
- Tallawalla lookout is closed for upgrade works.
- Part of Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout.
- Conservation Hut is closed for renovations due to open late 2023.
- Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
- Queen Victoria and Empress lookouts are closed from Monday 30 January 2023 until further notice, for upgrade works.
- Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
- National Pass is closed due to landslide.
- Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
- Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the western end. You can walk in to Ingar campground via Andersons or Bedford Roads.
- The track connecting Rocket Point loop to Chester and Little Switzerland trails will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.
- The trail connecting Jamison Creek to Chester Road will be closed intermittently until Friday 24 March 2023 due to track works.
- Kedumba Valley Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 27 March until Tuesday 4th April 2023 to allow for rock and tree removal. Pedestrian access to Kedumba Valley is available via the lower end of Federal Pass walking track.
Blackheath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road
- Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work (opening April 2023).
- Govetts Creek access routes including Horse track, Govetts Leap Descent and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) are closed due to landslides.
- Pulpit walking track is closed from Cripps lookout to Pulpit Rock lookout. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for further information.
- Perrys Lookdown campground is closed.
- Horse track and Rodriguez Pass are closed due to rock falls and landslides. Entry is not permitted due to serious risk of injury or death. Entry is not permitted into the Grose Valley from Govetts Leap, Evans lookout, Grand Canyon track, or South of Acacia Flat.
- The Mount Banks area including the picnic area and Summit walking track will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Monday 20th March 2023 until Friday 28th April 2023 to allow for road repairs.
Woodford, Lawson, Springwood
Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
Canyons and rock climbing
Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.
Applies from Wed 1 Feb 2023, 9.40am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 11.51am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Mar 2023, 2.01pm
Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage
Abercrombie River National Park and State Conservation Area are closed until Friday 26 May 2023 due to construction work on damaged river crossing and campgrounds.
Bummaroo Ford campground remains open.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. This park will reopen as soon as works are complete.
Applies from Thu 30 Mar 2023, 9.12am to Sun 2 Apr 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.51am
Closed areas: Polblue Swamp Track closed for essential maintenance
Polblue Swamp Track will be closed from 27 March - 2 April 2023 to allow for essential tree management to be undertaken as well as bridge maintenance works. Polblue Camping Area will remain open.
Penalties apply for non compliance. For further information, please contact the Barrington Tops Area office on 6540 2300 or 6538 5300.
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Applies from Mon 27 Mar 2023, 11.10am to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Mar 2023, 11.25am
Closed areas: Polblue Campground closed for maintenance
Polblue campground will be closed for maintenance from 5pm Sunday 2nd April through to 5pm Thursday 6th April 2023 - re-opening for Easter.
Polblue picnic area and Polblue Swamp walk will both remain open during this period.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local NPWS office on (02) 6538 5300.
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Applies from Mon 6 Mar 2023, 2.47pm to Wed 31 May 2023, 2.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 4.30pm
Closed areas: Coolah Tops National Park
Please see the update about Coolah Tops below:
Coolah Tops National Park has experienced above-average rainfall over the past 12 months which has caused delays in finalising works in the park.
The following areas are also closed due to ongoing wet weather:
- Norfolk Falls Link track is closed between Bald Hill Falls and Bundar Management Trail
- Forest Road beyond the seasonal gate is now open all the way to Shepherds Peak. All other roads beyond seasonal gate remain closed due to dangerous trees
- Grass Trees track entrance via the Barracks campground is closed because of track damage
- Snow Gums walking track is closed because of severe storm damage to the track
- Bundella Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees
- Racecourse Fire Trail is closed because of dangerous trees
Please continue to check this website for updates about areas that are opening.
Forest Road between Coolah Creek Road and the entrance of Coolah Tops National Park has been heavily affected by rain, the steeper slopes have been affected the most. However, the park is still accessible. Forest Road is managed and maintained by the Warrumbungles Shire Council. Please refer any inquiries concerning this road directly to the council.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Pilliga Discovery Centre in Baradine at 02 6843 4011
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Applies from Wed 11 Jan 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Mar 2023, 4.16pm
Fire bans: Park Fire Ban
NPWS has put in place a park fire ban for Coolah Tops National Park which remains in effect until the end of March. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:
- They're under the 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)
For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.
The commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a Total Fire Ban for particular areas within NSW or statewide, this can change on a daily basis.
If a Total Fire Ban is declared, different rules apply. If you would like any further information in relation to Coolah Tops National Park please contact the
NPWS Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre at 6843 4011.
Penalties apply for non-compliance.
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Applies from Fri 30 Sep 2022, 5.01pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Mar 2023, 11.19am
Closed areas: Gummi Falls campground closed for upgrade
March 2023 Update: Works are progressing well with the current weather conditions. New toilet facilities have been installed and the re-modelling of the campground is well underway. Picnic and parking area is also progressing well.
Gummi Falls campground is closed from Saturday 1 October 2022 for upgrades - the length of this closure is very weather dependent.
This closure also means there is no vehicle access to Bullock Brush, Tugalow and Thunderbolts (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road) trails.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.
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Applies from Sun 8 Jan 2023, 5.00am to Wed 5 Apr 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Mar 2023, 8.25am
Closed areas: Mount Royal Road and Cassels Road closed due to road works
The following areas are closed to the public from Sunday 8 January to Wednesday 5 April due to repair works to storm-damaged roads:
- Mount Royal Road
- Cassels Road
- Youngville Camping Area
- Carrow Brook Walking Track
- Pieries Peak Walking Track
- Youngs Trail Picnic Area
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NPWS office.
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Applies from Fri 13 Jan 2023, 2.29pm to Thu 6 Apr 2023, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Mar 2023, 8.33am
Closed areas: Barrington Trail closed south of the Barrington Tops Forest Rd for essential road works
Barrington Trail, south of the Barrington Tops Forest (Scone) Rd, will be closed to vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles from 23 January to 6 April 2023 to allow for essential road works to be undertaken.
This affects vehicle access to both Little Murray and Junction Pools Campgrounds, and hence they will also be closed during this period
The trail will re-open for the Easter weekend and then NPWS will close it again until the end of April to allow the works to be completed - re-opening is of course weather dependant.
Bushwalkers can still access the area during this time, however they will need to be mindful that trucks and heavy equipment are operating on the Barrington Trail.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Gloucester Office on 6538 5300 or Scone Office on 6540 2300.
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Applies from Fri 4 Mar 2022, 10.56am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.25am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Mar 2023, 8.53am
Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed
Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:
- Lagoon Pinch picnic area
- Corker trail
- Wombat Creek campground
- Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
- Rocky Crossing walk
For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.
Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.
For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.
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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Mar 2023, 10.50am
Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park
Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.
Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.
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Applies from Thu 29 Sep 2022, 3.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Mar 2023, 8.55am
Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting and CPE program in Ben Halls Gap Nature Reserve / National Park from 15th September 2022 to 14th March 2023.
Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 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.
For more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.
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