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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 26 May 2020, 12.02pm

Applies from Thu 21 May 2020, 10.59am to Thu 28 May 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 May 2020, 12.02pm.

Closed areas: Road closures

Due to current road works and wet weather, Coree Summit trail and a section of Two Sticks Road have been closed for visitor safety from Thursday 21 May to Thursday 28 May 2020. This closure may be extended if the road surface remains unsafe. There is no access to Two Sticks Road from Brindabella Road. The closed roads and trails are:

  • Two Sticks Road between Brindabella Road (Piccadilly Circus) and Coree campground
  • Curries Road between Brindabella Road and Two Sticks Road
  • Coree Summit trail from Coree campground to Mount Coree summit

Other trails in Brindabella National Park remain open, but please drive to the conditions and take care on fresh road work areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office in Queanbeyan on 02 6229 7166 during business hours. 

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Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 3.07pm.

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seaman's Hut toilet is still under construction and will remain closed for winter 2020. The construction site has several fenced compounds that will remain in place for winter. If using the area surrounding Seaman's Hut or the new toilet when construction is complete, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under the snow. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 6450 5600. 

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Applies from Mon 18 May 2020, 7.59am to Fri 5 Jun 2020, 8.01am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 May 2020, 11.08am.

Other planned events: 1080 aerial baiting operation

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place between Monday 18 May 2020 and Friday 5 June 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Kosciuszko National Park
  • Brindabella National Park
  • Bimberi Nature Reserve
  • Black Andrew Nature Reserve

All baiting locations will be signposted.

Please remember that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 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 the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000, or alternatively the NPWS Queanbeyan area office on 02 6229 7166.

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Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 May 2020, 10.58am.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track is currently closed due to current weather and track conditions. 

Track conditions will  be reassessed following the current weather event, with a view of reopening sections if possible.

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 May 2020, 4.01pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

NPWS has closed a number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to the recent bushfires.

Some picnic areas with picnic tables and barbecues will open, but visitors should take their own precautions:

  • BYO sanitiser and disinfectant
  • Careful of touch points (assume contamination and act accordingly)
  • If sick, stay home
  • If crowded, leave, and always maintain social distancing
  • We need your help to stay open

Camping and accommodation

  • All campgrounds, camping and on-park NPWS-managed accommodation venues remain closed. This is to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
  • If you had a booking at an NPWS-managed accommodation venue you will receive a refund

Visitor centres

Our visitor centres at Snowy region (Jindabyne), Tumut, Khancoban, Yarrangobilly Caves and Perisher Valley office are closed, but we welcome your phone calls and emails. This is to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

Other closures

  • Individual businesses such as cafes and restaurants are making their own decisions about whether to open for business, ensuring they are compliant with current restrictions.
  • Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.

Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:

  • Areas within the northern section of the park:
    • Yarrangobilly Caves
    • Kiandra
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town of Cabramurra suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed due to fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Olsens Lookout Road
    • Geehi Dam Road
    • Geehi Walls trail
    • Major Clews trail
    • Grassy Flats trail
    • Murray Gates trail
    • Bicentennial trail
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road) - expected reopening December 2020
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way - expected reopening May 2021
    • Kings Cross Road
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area:
    • Yarrangobilly Caves Road
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road

These roads and trails will remain closed until hazardous trees are treated, debris is removed and repair work is completed.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.48am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 5.14pm.

Closed areas: All camping prohibited and campgrounds closed

All campgrounds are closed and all camping is prohibited in national parks and reserves until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Some picnic areas with picnic tables and barbecues will open, but visitors should take their own precautions:

  • BYO sanitiser and disinfectant
  • Careful of touch points (assume contamination and act accordingly)
  • If sick, stay home
  • If crowded, leave, and always maintain social distancing
  • We need your help to stay open.

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Applies from Mon 4 May 2020, 11.13am to Wed 4 Nov 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 2.39pm.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a baiting program using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The program will be ongoing and continuous from Monday 4 May to Wednesday 4 November 2020. The baited reserves include:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Berlang State Conservation Area 
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Deau National Park
  • Egan Peaks Nature Reserve
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Yurramie State Conservation Area

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the NPWS Merimbula Office on 02 6405 5000.

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Applies from Mon 18 May 2020, 10.00am to Fri 29 May 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 May 2020, 5.35pm.

Other planned events: Thredbo pindone rabbit control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using oats containing pindone (pindone, sodium salt) poison for the control of rabbits. The program will take place between Monday 18 May 2020 and Friday 29 May 2020 at Thredbo, within Kosciuszko National Park.

All baiting locations will be signposted. Free feeding using non-poisoned oats will be undertaken before using pindone oats.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets may be affected by pindone. Pets must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, call the NPWS Resorts Environmental Services on 02 6450 5616.

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Applies from Mon 11 May 2020, 8.47am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 May 2020, 10.50am.

Closed areas: Back Creek hazard reduction

Back Creek in the Byadbo area is closed for hazard reduction burning from Monday 11 May 2020 to Friday 15 May 2020. Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called Back Creek hazard reduction. For more information call the local NPWS office or visit the RFS website.

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Applies from Fri 15 May 2020, 2.10pm to Mon 8 Jun 2020, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 9.32am.

Other planned events: Pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting aerial baiting programs using 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

These programs will happen from Monday 18 May until Saturday 6 June 2020. They are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of wild dog and foxes on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in the Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas.

This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park:

  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Lower Snowy
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Byadbo
  • Corrowong

Baiting programs will also be happening in Merriangaah and Quidong nature reserves.

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

Domestic pets are not permitted on NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting locations. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information call the Jindabyne NPWS office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 12.22pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • The north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park (within the Adaminaby/Yaouk Wild Dog Control Area)
  • Yaouk Nature Reserve
  • Scabby Range 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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.00am to Thu 12 Nov 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Apr 2020, 12.23pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve
  • The southern Precinct of Kosciuszko National Park

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 the NPWS Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Thu 23 Apr 2020, 6.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Apr 2020, 8.12pm.

Fires - Not Applicable: Blowering Cliffs Walk, Blowering

There is a fire in this park called Blowering Cliffs Walk, Blowering. 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 Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.39pm to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Apr 2020, 3.36pm.

Closed parks: Park closed - bush fire damage and ground and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to significant bush fire damage. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bush fire recovery. Do not enter this park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 13 Apr 2020, 12.20pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Apr 2020, 9.37am.

Other planned events: Environmental weed spraying

A weed spraying program will take place in the Nungatta, Genoa and Coolangubra sections of South East Forests National Park between Tuesday 14 April and Friday 29 May 2020. The areas affected include:

  • Nungatta Creek Road
  • Nungatta Road
  • Baelcoola East trail
  • Nungatta Creek
  • Genoa River
  • Mataganah fire trail

The weed spraying will aim to control blackberry, blue periwinkle, serrated tussock, Spanish heath and other environmental weeds. For more information, please contact the NPWS Bombala area office on 02 6458 5900.

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Applies from Mon 13 Apr 2020, 9.08am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 May 2020, 10.46am.

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair. For more details, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.45pm to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 6.21pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Apr 2020, 10.21am.

Closed parks: Park closed - hazardous conditions and aerial and ground pest control

This park is closed due to bushfire damage. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as a result of the fires. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 15 Jan 2020, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 12.59pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfire affected areas

Gourock National Park is closed until safety and rehabilitation works are completed. For more information, contact the NPWS Queanbeyan office on 02 6229 7166.

Penalties apply for non-compliance

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Applies from Fri 20 Mar 2020, 11.54am to Sun 20 Sep 2020, 11.46am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 2.15pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing in Tallaganda National Park, Tallaganda State Conservation Area and Gourock National Park.

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.

This program is part of an integrated pest control strategy, which also includes trapping and shooting, with the aim of minimising the impacts of these animals on neighbouring stock.

For further information please call NPWS Queanbeyan on 02 6229 7166.

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Applies from Thu 20 Feb 2020, 10.51am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Mar 2020, 1.46pm.

Closed parks: Bimberi Nature Reserve closed - bushfire recovery

Bimberi Nature Reserve remains closed due to damage caused by recent bushfires. NPWS is working to rehabilitate damaged areas and address safety concerns prior to opening the reserve. We will endeavour to keep the community updated on progress over the coming months. For more information call the NPWS Queanbeyan area office on 02 6229 7166.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 1.56pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 10.21am.

Closed areas: Woomargama National Park - eastern end closed

The eastern section of Woomargama National Park is closed. The closure is due to the Green Valley bushfire which has resulted in damage to trails and fallen trees. This closed area includes:

  • All areas east of Tin Mines campground through to Lankeys Creek and Jingelic Road
  • Tin Mines trail east of the campsite
  • Philis trail
  • Cockatoo Creek trail
  • Mandaring trail
  • Mathewsons trail
  • Millers trail and any other trails into the reserves which enter via Lankeys Creek or the River road

Tin Mines and Samual Bollard campsites are still open and can be accessed by the Tin Mines trail off Tunnel road, Woomargama.

Please do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 8.50am.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to exploratory works

Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 exploratory works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4wd trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 28 Dec 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Sun 29 Dec 2019, 9.08am.

Fires - Advice: Tuross Falls Rd, Countegany

There is a fire in this park called Tuross Falls Rd, Countegany. 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 Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2.59pm.

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park

There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 

Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.

For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2017, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.40pm.

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office:

  • Tumut, call (02) 6947 7000
  • Jindabyne, call (02) 6450 5555
  • Khancoban, call (02) 6076 9373.

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2019, 5.03pm.

Safety alerts: Some fire trails not suitable for trailer access

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place for some time to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in Deua National Park. However, due to ongoing damage to trails as a result of continued inappropriate use of 4WDs towing trailers on these signposted trails, NPWS is now prohibiting the use of trailers on the following trails in Deua National Park:

  • Dampier Mountain trail
  • Oulla Creek trail
  • Minuma Range trail
  • Merricumbene trail
  • Mongamula trail
  • Dry Creek trail

It is now an offence to tow trailers on these trails. The penalty for towing trailers on these trails is a $300 penalty infringement notice, or higher if the matter is taken to court. By keeping trailers away from these identified trails, you reduce the safety risk to yourself and others, reduce damage to the park environment and your assets and reduce park maintenance costs, a benefit to everyone. Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Road and Bendethera trail. From Braidwood, this increases travel time by about 30 minutes to 1 hour. For more information, please contact NPWS Narooma on (02) 4476 0800.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
27 May 2020 Other planned events 1080 aerial pest control program Details

Applies from Wed 27 May 2020, 9.18am to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 9.29am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 May 2020, 2.00pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting 2 aerial baiting programs using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs. The programs will start on or shortly after Wednesday 27 May 2020, and will conclude on Friday 31 July 2020. It will happen in the following parks:

  • Bugong National Park
  • Budawang National Park
  • Tarlo River National Park
  • Morton National Park and state conservation area
  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Bungonia National Park and state conservation area
  • Barrengarry Nature Reserve
  • Nadgigomar Nature Reserve
  • Monga National Park and state conservation area
  • Deua National Park
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve
  • Wadbilliga National Park
  • Kooraban National Park
  • South East Forests National Park
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

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 in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location.  In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call NPWS Merimbula office on 02 6495 5000.

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Details

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/snowy-mountains/local-alerts

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

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Snow covered mountain, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer