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Snowy Mountains region

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Last reviewed: Thu 22 October 2020, 12.36pm

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Oct 2020, 12.36pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.

Check this map of northern Kosciuszko National Park to see if there are any closures before you set out.

Camping and accommodation

Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

Other closures

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 park:
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Back country areas affected by fires. For more information please contact our visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban. 
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

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

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Murray Gates trail
    • Major Clews Fire Trail
    • Geehi Walls Trail
  • Cabramurra area (currently closed until fire damage repair works completed – expected opening late 2020 or early 2021):
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road)
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way
    • Kings Cross Road
    • Tumut Ponds trail
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area (currently closed until fire damage repair works completed – expected opening end of October 2020):
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road
    • Cumberland trail

Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam access - Snowy 2.0 works

Before Christmas 2020

  • Tantangara Road will be open to the public. Visitors should plan ahead for short delays and increased traffic required for essential road upgrades. Traffic management plans will be in place to provide public access along Tantangara Road during this time.
  • Wares Yards campgrounds will be open to the public after the October long weekend, once hazardous tree works are completed.
  • Access to the western foreshore of Tantangara Reservoir from Tantangara Road will be closed to the public, including Quarry trail
  • Access to the southern end boat ramp will be maintained, although there will be some increased construction traffic around that area.
  • Current boating and camping access to Tantangara Reservoir will still be available at access points on the northern end of the reservoir, via Port Phillip and Dam trails.
  • Access to Currango and Old Camp will be open, via Tantangara Road, Port Phillip trail and Pocket Saddle Road

After Christmas 2020

  • Tantangara Road will be subject to closures between Snowy Mountains Highway and the gate below Tantangara Reservoir Wall for periods of time while it is being upgraded, until approximately June 2021. These closures are required to allow for more extensive upgrades to Tantangara Road as part of the Snowy 2.0 project. The schedule of closures is subject to design and construction programs yet to be finalised.
  • Wares Yards campground will be open to the public, however, there will be no vehicle access to the campground during road construction works, meaning visitors wanting to camp must ride or walk in. Once road works have been completed, Wares Yards will be open and accessible by vehicle.
  • Access to the southern end of Tantangara via Quarry trail will be closed to the public
  • Access to the southern end boat ramp will be closed until the road upgrade is completed
  • Current boating and camping access to Tantangara Reservoir will still be available at access points on the northern end of the reservoir, via Port Phillip and Dam trails.
  • Access to Currango and Old Camp will be open, via Port Phillip and Pocket Saddle Road

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.

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Applies from Wed 19 Aug 2020, 8.32am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 10.34am.

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves precinct open - cave tours closed

Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre, Bluff and Jersey lookouts, picnic area, barbecue, toilets and amenities are open to the public. All walking trails, including access to the thermal pool, are open.

All caves are closed, including self-guided caves, managed show caves, adventure caves and wild caves. This means there are no guided tours running.

All accommodation can be booked in advance:

  • Lyrebird Cottage is available for bookings from December 2020
  • 1901 East and West Wings are available for bookings from February 2021
  • 1917 Caves House is available for bookings from May 2021

For further information and daily updates, email or call Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on 02 6454 9597.

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Applies from Tue 22 Sep 2020, 7.00am to Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 9.57am.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closures

Thredbo Valley track is now open from Thredbo Resort through to Bullocks Flat.

Detours and guidance signage will be in place from Thredbo Valley track, Muzzlewood track and Bullocks walking track to and from Skitube Carpark C, and onto Lake Crackenback Resort.

Thredbo Valley track between Bridge 1 and Thredbo Ranger Station is planned to close again from Monday 26 October 2020 for upgrade works.

The following areas will remain closed until Saturday 19 December 2020 for upgrade works that are planned to increase the sustainability, safety and durability of the track:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Bullocks Hut precinct

There is no public access to Skitube Carpark D, Bullocks Hut and Lower Thredbo Valley track for the duration of the works.

These closures 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 Mon 19 Oct 2020, 8.29am to Fri 23 Oct 2020, 8.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Oct 2020, 12.35pm.

Closed areas: Snowy 2.0 project - Road closures

Tunnel boring machine cargo for the Snowy 2.0 project will be transported from Port Kembla to the Snowy Mountains from this weekend.

Some large, wide, heavy loads being transported to Lobs Hole will need partial and full road closures for sections of the Snowy Mountains Highway. There will be road closures between the Kosciuszko National Park boundary and Link Road on the following dates and motorists should allow up to 2-hours extra travel time in both directions through this section of the park:

  • Wednesday 21 October 2020 – from 7.30am to 11am
  • Thursday 22 October 2020 –  from 7.30am to 11am

Roads will remain open for other large loads being transported on the Snowy Mountains Highway and motorists should allow 10-minutes travel time.

The public notice (attached) has the schedule for deliveries this weekend and next week. The full schedule is published on the Traffic page of the project website. Please note, the delivery schedule is subject to change at short notice due to weather and permit arrangements. Check the website for further updates about deliveries scheduled later in October and November.

For more information contact Future Generation Joint Venture on the Snowy 2.0 Community Information Line 1800 766 992 (1800 Snowy 2) or community@futuregenerationjv.com.au.

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Applies from Fri 16 Oct 2020, 1.46pm to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 4.15pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Oct 2020, 3.39pm.

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 Friday 16 October to Thursday 31 December 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 6495 5000.

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Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 1.56pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Oct 2020, 12.44pm.

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

Samual Bollard campsites are still open and can be accessed by 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 12 Oct 2020, 9.19am to Sat 31 Oct 2020, 9.20am. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Oct 2020, 1.05pm.

Closed areas: Temporary closure of Tin Mines Trail 3.5km west of Norths Lookout - Woomargama NP

Tin Mines campground and Tin Mines trail are closed 3km west of Norths lookout through to Lankeys Creek Road due to pavement failure. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6947 7025.

Samuel Bollard campground, Tunnel Road picnic area and Danny's Loop walk remain open.

Signs will be in place around closed areas. Access to Norths lookout is on foot only until the trail is reopened.

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Applies from Thu 8 Oct 2020, 11.12am to Fri 23 Oct 2020, 11.13am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Oct 2020, 4.12pm.

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog and fox aerial baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be undertaking a post-fire aerial baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs, to reduce the impact of predators on native animals. The program will be undertaken from Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October 2020 in parts of the following parks and reserves:

  • Kosciuszko, Woomargama, Benambra and Tallaganda national parks
  • Mullengandra, Woomargama and Tallaganda state conservation areas 
  • Jingellic, Bogandyera, Clarkes Hill, Scabby Ranges, Gourock, Bimberi and Yaouk nature reserves

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

The program will be undertaken using a fixed wing aircraft flying at low elevation (500ft). The aircraft will have a trained air observer on board. Please note buffers have been placed around recreational areas, main roads and waterways where no baits will be deployed.

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 locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek medical veterinary assistance.

For further information please contact NPWS Jindabyne Office on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Sun 4 Oct 2020, 9.37am. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Oct 2020, 9.31am.

Closed areas: Detour via Waratah Road South

Waratah Road North in South East Forests National Park is closed due to planned bridge works. You can still access Pheasants Peak track head via Waratah Road South off Coolangubra Forest Way. Detour signs are in place around the closed section of Waratah Road North. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Bombala office on 02 6458 5900.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.46pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.54pm.

Closed areas: Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut)

Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) is closed for visitor use due to fire damage.

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Applies from Wed 7 Oct 2020, 10.55am to Fri 6 Nov 2020, 10.56am. Last reviewed: Tue 22 Sep 2020, 9.04am.

Safety alerts: Vegetation management - Kebeyan dog fence

National Parks Enhanced Bushfire Management Program crews will be conducting vegetation management on the Kybeyan dog fence Asset Protection Zone (APZ) from Wednesday 7 October to Friday 6 November 2020. Maintenance will include application of the herbicide 'metsulfuron'.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Sep 2020, 10.51am.

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, and 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 Mon 21 Sep 2020, 11.17am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Sep 2020, 12.19pm.

Other planned events: Wild dog and fox aerial baiting program - Adaminaby / Yaouk Wild Dog Plan Area

From Monday 21 September to Tuesday 29 September 2020, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial baiting programs using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes.

The baiting programs will be happening in:

  • the Adaminab /Yaouk Wild Dog Plan Area, including the Yaouk/Adaminaby area from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene in Kosciuszko National Park
  • Scabby Range and Yaouk nature reserves

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

Domestic pets are not permitted on 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 call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Fri 20 Mar 2020, 11.54am to Sat 20 Mar 2021, 11.46am. Last reviewed: Wed 9 Sep 2020, 10.02am.

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 the following parks:

  • Tallaganda National Park
  • Tallaganda State Conservation Area
  • 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, 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.

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 and native animal populations following the 2019/2020 bushfire season.

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

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Applies from Thu 20 Aug 2020, 3.17pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Sep 2020, 4.51pm.

Closed parks: Majority of Deua National Park closed

Most of Deua National Park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. However Berlang campground and Big Hole walking track are open for public use, but will be closed from Wednesday 2 September to Wednesday 9 September 2020 due to pest control operations.

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

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Applies from Wed 19 Aug 2020, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Aug 2020, 4.29pm.

Closed areas: Alexanders Hut - Site closed for rehabilitation

Alexanders Hut campground has been vandalised and is closed until rehabilitation is complete and the site is safe.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.40pm to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 2.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 20 Aug 2020, 11.58am.

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

This park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. The park closure includes Lake Creek campground, Cascades campground, Wadbilliga Crossing picnic area, Wadbilliga Road and the areas listed below. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire 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 Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Sun 30 Aug 2020, 3.45pm.

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

High altitude walks snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:

 

General: 

Refer to our Alpine Safety page.

Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.

Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.

Avalanche: There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.

Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk. Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.


Perisher/Main Range - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, Dead Horse Gap track:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended - ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (all tracks are under snow. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes


Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip it is recommended that you carry and Skis or snowshoes
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them (sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers).
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11.21am.

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.

For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.37am.

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 Mon 8 Jun 2020, 1.59pm to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.46am.

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet

Rawson Pass toilet remains closed and will reopen when snow conditions allow. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

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Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am.

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seamans 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 Seamans Hut or the new toilet construction site, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under snow. 

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

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.39pm to Tue 1 Dec 2020, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Jul 2020, 10.56am.

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

This park is closed due to significant bushfire damage. NSW National Parks is also conducting ground and aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire 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 Wed 1 Jul 2020, 4.07pm to Thu 31 Dec 2020, 4.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 26 Jul 2020, 4.40pm.

Other planned events: 1080 Ground Baiting Program targeting foxes

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground baiting program for foxes using fresh meat, manufactured baits and CPEs containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). The program will be ongoing and continuous from July 1,2020 to December 31st, 2020. The baited reserves include:

  • South East Forests National Park
  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • Bournda National Park and Nature Reserve
  • Ben Boyd National Park
  • Gulaga National Park

There will be signs at entrance and exits to the 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 Fri 5 Jun 2020, 5.59am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.22pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 11.29am.

Other planned events: Campground bookings

If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground after 1 June 2020 you'll need to make a booking first. This also applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously.

If you can't find your preferred campground on a webpage for Brindabella National Park, please check this list of lesser-known campgrounds and make your booking.

If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Sun 29 Dec 2019, 8.14am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 3.04pm.

Closed parks: Park closed due to bushfire

Ellerslie Nature Reserve is closed due to safety risk to visitors from fire-affected dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure. Do not enter the park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Mon 4 May 2020, 11.13am to Wed 4 Nov 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jul 2020, 10.56am.

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 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 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 Wed 15 Jan 2020, 10.04am. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Jul 2020, 12.04pm.

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 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
16 November 2020 Closed areas Lower Snowy River area closed for pest control operations Details

Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 9.00am to Fri 27 Nov 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 13 Oct 2020, 2.47pm

The lower Snowy River area of Kosciuszko National Park is closed from 9am, Monday 16 November to 5pm, Friday 27 November 2020 for an aerial pest control operation. Closures include all campground and picnic areas from the park entry on Barry Way to the Victorian border. Traffic management will be in place to allow through traffic but plan for possible significant delays.

The closed areas include:

  • Lower Snowy Drive
  • Wallace Craigie lookout
  • Jacobs River campground
  • Halfway Flat campground
  • Pinch River campground
  • Jacks lookout
  • Running Waters campground
  • Willis campground and picnic area

This program will target deer and is a part of broader post fire program. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals including threatened species. Other pest animals, including pigs, goats, foxes and wild dogs will be targeted if observed during the operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600.

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5 February 2021 Other planned events Thredbo Valley track closed for event Details

Applies from Fri 5 Feb 2021, 12.00am to Sun 7 Feb 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 1.22pm

Due to an event, Thredbo Valley track and surrounding areas will be closed and inaccessible from Friday 5 February to Sunday 7 February 2021.

On Friday 5 February 2021, from 8am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo and Thredbo Diggings campground
  • Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Lake Crackenback
  • Muzzlewood track

Thredbo Valley track willl remain open for out and back use from Thredbo Diggings campground toward Bullocks Flat, however there will be no access beyond the junction with the low mobility path at Bullocks Flat.

The lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back use from Gaden Trout Hatchery. There will  be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge.

 

On Saturday 6 February 2021, from 7am to 4pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Resort and Gaden Trout Hatchery

Muzzlewood track will remain open for use between Thredbo Diggings campground and the trackhead at Skitube Carpark D.

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking from Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

 

On Sunday 7 February 2021, from 6am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Diggings campground and Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking from Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat

The lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back use from Gaden Trout Hatchery. There will be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5620 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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20 February 2021 Other planned events Thredbo Valley track closed for events Details

Applies from Sat 20 Feb 2021, 12.00am to Sun 21 Feb 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 12.47pm

Thredbo Valley track and surrounding areas will be closed or inaccessible on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March 2020.

On Saturday 20 February 2021, from 6am to 2pm, the following tracks will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track, between Thredbo Diggings campground and Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking out of Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

There will also be no access to the lower Thredbo Valley track via the Skitube Railway Bridge. Lower Thredbo Valley track will be open for out and back riding only from Gaden Trout Hatchery.

 

On Sunday 21 February 2021, from 7am to 4pm, the following areas will be closed:

  • Thredbo Valley track  between Ranger Station and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood track

Bullocks walking track will remain open for out and back walking out of Thredbo Diggings campground, but there will be no access to Bullocks Flat.

Thredbo Valley Track will remain open for use between Thredbo Resort and Ranger Station.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5620 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

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