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Outback NSW region

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 25 January 2022, 9.32am

Applies from Thu 23 Dec 2021, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 25 Jan 2022, 9.32am.

Closed areas: Coach and Horses campground closed due to flooding

Coach and Horses campground is closed due to flooding of the Darling River below Louth and Tilpa. The campground is expected to remain closed for the next few months. 

For further updates please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Thu 20 Jan 2022, 9.57am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jan 2022, 11.33am.

Closed areas: Areas Closed due to rainfall

The following areas in Sturt National Park are currently closed due to widespread rainfall:

  • Mt Wood Homestead & Shearer's Quarters
  • Mt Wood, Fort Grey & Olive Downs Campground
  • Gorge Loop Road
  • Jump Up Loop Road
  • Middle Road

For more information please call the Tibooburra National Parks Office on 0880913308

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 3.21pm.

Safety alerts: Sealing of the Silver City Highway north of Tibooburra

The Roads and Maritime Service has begun sealing the section of the Silver City Highway north of Tibooburra. Be aware of tankers carting water from dams on Sturt National Park, and expect to see water tankers on the road from Olive Downs out to the Silver City Highway, and on the Jump Up Loop Road south of Mount King. For further information call the Tibooburra NPWS office on 08 8091 3308.

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Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 10.47am to Tue 1 Mar 2022, 10.18am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12.43pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in Kinchega and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. 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 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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For 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 Fri 10 Feb 2017, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12.41pm.

Fire bans: Solid fuel fire ban for Sturt National Park

There is a 'no solid fuel fire policy' in this park all year round. 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. To find out more about fire bans in parks and reserves, including your responsibilities, visit NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 12.41pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

There is a 'no solid fuel fire policy' in this park all year round. 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. To find out more about fire bans in parks and reserves, including your responsibilities, visit NSW National Parks safety page.

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Applies from Thu 23 Dec 2021, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Jan 2022, 10.06am.

Closed areas: Caryapundy lookout south loop closed

You'll need to complete this drive as a return trip instead of a loop, because Caryapundy lookout south loop drive is closed.

The closed section begins at the Narriearra scenic drive T-junction, and extends all the way up to Caryapundy tank bird hide.

The drive to Caryapundy tank bird hide is still around 70km when done as a return trip following Caryapundy lookout north loop from the Narriearra scenic drive T-junction.

Caryapundy lookout campground, Caryapundy tank bird hide, Narriearra scenic drive and Caryapundy lookout north loop are open.

The grey grasswren bird habitat is closed to the public while Bartons tank bird hide and the roads to the bird hide are being developed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tibooburra area office on 08 8091 3308.

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 2.09pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 4.03pm.

Closed areas: Darling River campground and roads closed

All campsites in Darling River campground along the Darling River are closed until further notice due to flooding. River Drive is also closed.

These areas will re-open when it is safe to do so. Please check this alert for updates. As an option Emu Lake campground and Cawndilla campground are currently open for bookings.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jan 2022, 1.16pm. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jan 2022, 12.46pm.

Closed areas: Emu Lake Drive closed for maintenance

Emu Lake Drive is closed indefinitely due to ongoing maintenance.

Emu Lake campground remain open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Mon 10 Jan 2022, 11.18am to Fri 11 Feb 2022, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Jan 2022, 12.02pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to flooding

Culgoa National Park is closed until further notice due to rising floodwater. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Wed 24 Nov 2021, 4.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Jan 2022, 2.51pm.

Safety alerts: Heavy rainfall may result in flooding

Please be aware widespread rain across NSW may result in rivers and creeks rising rapidly and damage to roads.

Please adhere to road and campground closures. Never drive through flooded roads and causeways.

Please check local government area websites for local road closures.

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Applies from Wed 5 Jan 2022, 2.56pm to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 2.57pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Jan 2022, 9.33am.

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flooding

The following areas are closed from Wednesday 5 January to Friday 28 January 2022 due to flooding:

  • Many Big Rocks picnic area (Karnu Yalpa)
  • Darling River Campground (Yapara Paaka Thuru)

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 1.04pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Jan 2022, 8.47am.

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

The following areas in Gundabooka National Park will be closed from Monday 11 October 2021 for up to 3 months, weather dependent, for major upgrade works:

  • Dry Tank campground
  • Dry Tank picnic area
  • Little Mountain walking track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS office in Bourke on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Wed 24 Nov 2021, 9.33am. Last reviewed: Wed 24 Nov 2021, 4.49pm.

Closed areas: Roads closed due to flooding

The following areas are closed until further notice due to ongoing rain events and flooding:

  • Western Way
  • Brumby Road
  • Wangan Road
  • All management trails within Pilliga West National Park and State Conservation Area.

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 Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre on 02 6843 4011 between 9am and 4pm daily.

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Applies from Tue 9 Nov 2021, 9.35am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Nov 2021, 3.50pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 Baiting Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of fox and dog. The program will be conducted between Monday 22 November and Wednesday 22 December 2021 in Nocoleche Nature Reserve.

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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please call NPWS Bourke on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 1.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 8.35am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using 1080 fresh meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be conducted between Thursday 18 November to Saturday 18 December 2021 in Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area and Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area.

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 Bourke office on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 8.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Dec 2021, 10.30am.

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park subject to advice from the Rural Fire Service on the bush fire danger period. This park fire ban remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. 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 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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For 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 Fri 15 Oct 2021, 11.07am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 4.13pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. 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 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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For 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 6 Jan 2021, 12.37pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Feb 2021, 9.03am.

Other incidents: Visitation restrictions

There are a number of restrictions on visitation and access by the general public to Yathong, Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves and Nombinnie State Conservation Area. 

  • These reserves are not available for overnight camping or hiking. Visitation is restricted to day visits only.
  • Vehicle access is restricted to the public roads passing through or adjoining the reserves. Management trails are closed to vehicles. However you are welcome to walk on the trails.
  • Bird watchers are welcome to walk into the reserves and along management trails. However take care to make sure you can navigate back to your car - it is easy to get disorientated in mallee country.
  • Trips to Round Hill Nature Reserve by bird watching clubs can be done by prior arrangement.
  • There are a number of scientific research programs happening in the reserves and visitors should not disturb any field equipment if they come across it.
  • The reserves are closed periodically to allow management programs to be undertaken. Please check the website for closures prior to visits.

For further information contact the NPWS Central West area, Bathurst office on 02 6332 7640.

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Applies from Sun 29 Dec 2019, 1.38pm. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Aug 2020, 11.04am.

Closed areas: Roads closed in Pilliga Forest

Some roads in Pilliga West State Conservation Area and Pilliga West National Park are closed due to subsidence damage. Take care when driving in the area. Please obey all closure notices.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre on 02 6843 4011 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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/regions/outback/local-alerts

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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