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Outback NSW region

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 19 October 2020, 3.31pm

Applies from Mon 12 Oct 2020, 9.21am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Oct 2020, 12.27pm.

Safety alerts: Roads open to 4WD vehicles only

Jump Up Loop, Gorge Loop and Middle Roads are currently suitable for 4WD vehicles only. The roads are currently damaged due to recent rainfall. 

Please drive with caution. For more information, call the local NPWS office on 08 8091 3308.

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Applies from Thu 8 Oct 2020, 6.34pm to Sun 8 Nov 2020, 6.40pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Oct 2020, 10.56am.

Safety alerts: 1080 pest management program

NPWS, in conjunction with the Culgoa Vertebrate Pest Animal Management and Ledknapper Wild Dog Action groups, is conducting a 1080 ground baiting operation at Culgoa National Park and Ledknapper Nature Reserve. The program will be carried out from Thursday 8 October to Monday 9 November 2020. Meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluroacetate) poison will be used. The program is for the control of wild dog and foxes. Baiting locations are identified by signs.

Please remember that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

In accordance with the Pesticide Control (1080 Liquid Concentrate and Bait Products) Order 2019, 1080 fresh meat baits will be buried in a shallow hole and/or covered with organic material. Baits will be placed along boundaries and internal trails at a maximum of 10 baits per kilometre. Baits will not be laid within 5 metres from any property boundary.

Baits will be inspected within 5 days allowing staff to monitor, record and potentially identify the animal that has taken the bait.

For further information or concerns regarding the use of 1080 please don’t hesitate to call 0448 201 507 or the NPWS Bourke area office on 02 6830 0200.

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Applies from Tue 6 Oct 2020, 11.37am. Last reviewed: Wed 7 Oct 2020, 4.18pm.

Closed parks: Reserve closed to visitors including bushwalkers

Yathong Nature Reserve, Nombinnie Nature Reserve, Nombinnie State Conservation Area and Round Hill Nature Reserve are closed to visitors including bushwalkers. The reserves do not contain any visitor facilities and camping is not permitted. All management trails are closed to the public.

Plan a visit to other parks in western NSW instead, including Willandra National Park, Kinchega National Park, Mungo National Park, Mutawintji National Park and Sturt National Park. Please check for alerts relating to these parks before your visit.

For more information, please call the Bathurst office on 02 6332 7640.

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Applies from Mon 12 Oct 2020, 12.08am to Thu 1 Apr 2021, 7.22am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Oct 2020, 9.10am.

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Riverina area

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 Mon 19 Oct 2020, 6.00am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 7.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 9.08am.

Closed parks: Park closed due to pest control program

This park will be closed to all visitors from Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October 2020 for an aerial pest control operation. This program will target deer, goats, pigs and foxes, and aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals including threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Dubbo office on 02 6841 7100.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 12.00am to Wed 31 Mar 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 2 Oct 2020, 4.17pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

There is a 'no solid fuel fire policy' in this park from Thursday 1 October 2020 to Thursday 1 April 2021. 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, 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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities visit NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Thu 8 Oct 2020, 3.49pm to Thu 5 Nov 2020, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Oct 2020, 3.31pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to wild dog baiting program

Narran Lake Nature Reserve will be closed between Thursday 8 October and Thursday 5 November 2020 due to a 1080 wild dog control program being undertaken.

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Applies from Fri 12 Jun 2020, 11.01am to Thu 1 Dec 2022, 10.32am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Sep 2020, 12.02pm.

Closed areas: Closed roads in Kinchega National Park

Lake Drive, from Morton Boulka to Cawndilla campground, is closed. Emu Lake Drive is also closed until further notice. For information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Fri 12 Jun 2020, 10.58am to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 10.29am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Sep 2020, 12.00pm.

Closed areas: Cawndilla campground and picnic area closed

Cawndilla campground and Cawndilla picnic area are closed and inaccessible until further notice. For information please contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8084 2880.

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Applies from Wed 9 Sep 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Sep 2020, 10.47am.

Closed parks: Park closed for hazard reduction burning

The following parks will be closed for hazard reduction burning from Wednesday 9 September to Saturday 12 September 2020:

  • Merriwindi State Conservation Area
  • Pilliga West State Conservation Area
  • Pilliga West National Park

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Western Way, Brumby Road, Wangan Road and Wombo Lane will remain open. Take care as you may experience smoke in the area.

The three hazard reduction burns are called Ginty's HR, Telephone Line HR and Kurrajong HR. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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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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Applies from Fri 10 Feb 2017, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 1.02pm.

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: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 1.02pm.

Fire bans: Solid fuel fire ban for Paroo-Darling 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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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
23 October 2020 Closed parks Paroo-Darling National Park closure - Expected heavy rainfall Details

Applies from Fri 23 Oct 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 1.03pm

Paroo-Darling National Park will be closed on Friday 23 October 2020 due to expected heavy rainfall. The park closure will be assessed on Monday 26 October 2020, and may be extended depending on conditions. Peery Lake picnic area and Coach and Horses campground will re-open when the road authority opens the access roads.

For further information, contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8084 2880.

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23 October 2020 Closed parks Mutawintji National Park closure due to expected heavy rainfall Details

Applies from Fri 23 Oct 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 11.07am

Mutawintji National Park will be closed on Friday 23 October 2020 due to expected heavy rainfall. Homestead Creek campground and Historic Site will not be available for booking.

This park closure will be assessed on Monday 26 October 2020 and may be extended depending on conditions. The park will open when access roads reopen. For further information, contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8084 2880.

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23 October 2020 Closed parks Kinchega National Park closure due to expected heavy rainfall Details

Applies from Fri 23 Oct 2020, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 10.54am

Kinchega National Park will be closed on Friday 23 October 2020 due to very high expected rainfall. Campgrounds and Shearers Quarters will not be available for bookings. This park closure will be assessed on Monday 26 October 2020 and may be extended depending on conditions.

For further information, contact the NPWS Broken Hill area office on 08 8084 2880.

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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

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