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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 17 April 2024, 5.01pm

Applies from Sat 6 Apr 2024, 9.03am to Thu 18 Apr 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Apr 2024, 5.01pm.

Closed areas: Royal National Park impacted by flooding

Royal National Park has been impacted by heavy rain and flooding. It will take several days to assess the full extent of damage.

Road access into the park is open however, please check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures before travelling though Royal National Park.

Please note:

All areas open with the exception of :

  • Wattamolla precinct - Closed with flood damage to infrastructure and will remain closed until repairs are undertaken and assessed as safe.
  • All tracks and trails are open however, not all have been inspected.

This page will be updated as damage assessments are completed.

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. 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 Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 17 Apr 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Apr 2024, 9.45am.

Closed parks: Pinnacles Walking Track closed for pile burn operations

Pinnacles Walking Track, Beowa National Park, is closed for hazard reduction burning from Thursday 18th to Sunday 22nd April 2024. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

This burn is called Pinnacles Pile Burn. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 6495 5000

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Applies from Tue 16 Apr 2024, 11.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2024, 11.52am.

Safety alerts: Cycling Hazards in Conjola National Park

Cycle routes in Conjola National Park may currently be unsuitable for some cyclists due to recent roadworks. There are many sections of large ballast rock that have been used in boggy areas that may be difficult for cyclists to negotiate. It is hoped these will silt up over time and be more suitable for cyclists.

Take care and cycle safely

For more information, contact the local NPWS office

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Applies from Sat 2 Dec 2023, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.51pm.

Closed areas: Access to the base of Gerringong Falls is prohibited

Access to the base of Gerringong Falls is prohibited.

The area around and down to the base of the Gerringong Falls has loose rocks, steep cliffs and unstable ground surface making it dangerous to access. The walk will remain permanently closed to the public to protect visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local Area at npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 29 Jun 2017, 12.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.51pm.

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited

All access to the base of Belmore Falls is permanently closed, including from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookouts and picnic areas.

Access is also closed to the top of Belmore Falls, including from the Belmore Falls Road causeway. 

The area around and down to the base of the Belmore Falls has loose rocks, steep cliffs and unstable ground surface making it dangerous to access. The walk will remain permanently closed to the public to protect visitor safety.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 13 Apr 2024, 8.56am to Fri 3 May 2024, 9.51am. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Apr 2024, 9.53am.

Closed areas: Bournda Trig, Widgeram and Link Trail closed for trail works.

Mulching works are occurring on Bournda Trig Trail, Link Trail and Widgeram Fire Trail in the southern section of Bournda National Park. There is no pedestrian access on the trails during this time. For further information please contact Merimbula Office on 6495 5000. 

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Applies from Fri 12 Apr 2024, 11.52am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 12.04pm.

Closed areas: Partial Closure to Lyrebird Loop

Minnamurra Rainforest Lyrebird Loop Walk has a partial closure due to flood damage. This closure affects the start of the Lyrebird Loop Walk, which restricts wheelchair access.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Minnamurra Rainforest Centre on 42 360 469

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Applies from Thu 11 Apr 2024, 2.52pm to Fri 24 May 2024, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 3.45pm.

Closed areas: Park closures apply for aerial pest control program 13 May - 24 May 2024

The following areas will be closed for an aerial pest control operation, running weekdays from Monday 13 May - Friday 24 May 2024 inclusive.

  • Nattai NP
  • Nattai State Conservation Area
  • Burragorang SCA – (including Burragorang Lookout)
  • Joadja Nature Reserve
  • Jellore Flora Reserve
  • Wollondilly River Nature Reserve
  • Bangadilly NP
  • Guula Ngurra National Park
  • Upper Nepean SCA including Stage 2 lands (nth of the Tourist Road)
  • Barrallier WaterNSW freehold lands

 

Please note that these parks will be open for weekends during this period.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Tue 5 Mar 2024, 1.36pm to Mon 22 Apr 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 2.36pm.

Closed areas: Fire trail closures

The following fire trails are closed on weekdays from Tuesday 5 March to Monday 22 April 2024 for upgrade works:

  • Loftus Trig trail
  • Engadine Lakes trail
  • Goarra Ridge trail.

Do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Royal National Park area office on 02 9542 0632.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 7.00am to Fri 19 Apr 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 2.35pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to roadworks on Warumbul Road

Warumbul picnic area and Weemalah Cottage will be closed from Tuesday 2 April 2024 to Friday 19 April 2024. The closure is to allow repair works to take place on the unsealed section of Warumbul Road in Royal National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 15 Apr 2024, 10.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Apr 2024, 4.19pm.

Closed areas: Closed trails in Mimosa Rocks National Park due to roadworks

The below trails will be closed from 15/04/2024 until 30/06/2024 due to road works. Roads with private property access will be open to local residential access only.

Aragunnu Campground will be closed during this time. 

  • Goats Knob Road
  • Quarry Road
  • Kings Ridge fire trail
  • Mount Peter fire trail
  • Sandy Creek fire trail
  • Dr George Mountain Road
  • Aragunnu Beach Road

Please follow directive of staff and traffic control.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 4476 0800

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Applies from Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Apr 2024, 7.51pm.

Safety alerts: Trailer access prohibited on some fire trails

Within Deua National Park some trails are not suitable for trailer access. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has had advisory signs in place to encourage people towing 4WD trailers to avoid some of the steeper, harder-to-maintain trails in the park. Inappropriate use of signposted trails by 4WDs towing trailers is continuing, and is causing ongoing damage. Therefore, NPWS has prohibited 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 benefit everyone by reducing:

  • the safety risk to yourself and others
  • damage to the park environment and your assets
  • park maintenance costs. 

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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Applies from Fri 5 Apr 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.18am.

Closed areas: Mt Kembla Ring Track is closed due to predicted high rainfall

Mt Kembla Ring Track is closed due to predicted high rainfall and the potential landslip & rockfall risk. The track will reopen after the geotechnical stability of the site has been assessed and it is safe to use.

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Applies from Thu 4 Apr 2024, 9.10am to Fri 3 May 2024, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Apr 2024, 8.37am.

Closed areas: Bournda National Park fire trails closed for upgrades

The northern section of Bournda National Park will be closed to public access from Monday 8th April to Friday the 3rd May due to fire trail upgrades. 

The closed trails are: 

  • Games Bay Fire Trail 
  • White Rock Road
  • Boulder Bay Nth Fire Trail 
  • Boulder Bay Fire Trail 

The Kangarutha track will remain open for pedestrian access from Kianinny Bay and Turingal Head. Obey all closure signs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Merimbula Office on 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 3.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 7.36am.

Other planned events: Walking track repair works at Termeil Point Campground

Walking track repair works will be conducted at Termeil Point campground from Monday 6 May to Monday 27 May 2024. Noise from machinery may impact the campground periodically during this time.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 2.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 3.19pm.

Closed areas: Termeil Beach car park closed for maintenance and repair

Termeil Beach car park will be closed from Monday 6 May to Monday 13 May 2024 while repair and maintenance works are undertaken.

 

Alternative access to Termeil Beach is available via Meroo Head campground.

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Applies from Mon 8 Apr 2024, 8.00am to Tue 22 Oct 2024, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 9.44am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 8 April 2024 to Tuesday 8 October 2024. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs,.

The program will take place in Jerrawangala National Park, Parma Creek Nature Reserve and Colyemea State Conservation Area.

The program is designed to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Shoalhaven NPWS area office for more information on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Mon 18 Mar 2024, 2.54pm to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 7.59pm.

Closed areas: Sections of park closed for ground pest control program

A ground pest control program will be undertaken in Upper Nepean State Conservation Area between 6pm and 6am every day, between 29 April and 30 Sep 2024. The Upper Nepean State Conservation Area is entirely within the Sydney Catchment Authority Special Area (Water Catchment). In order to protect the area, the Upper Nepean State Conservation Area is closed to public access. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai Area Office at (02) 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 13 Oct 2023, 1.08pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 1.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Mar 2024, 4.59pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 1 April 2024 to Monday 30 September 2024. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and/or foxes.
The program will take place in:

  • Araluen Nature Reserve
  • Badja Swamps Nature Reserve 
  • Beowa National Park
  • Berlang State Conservation Area
  • Bondi Gulf Nature Reserve
  • Bournda National Park
  • Bournda Nature Reserve 
  • Coolumbooka Nature Reserve
  • Deua National Park
  • Eurobodalla National Park
  • Kooraban National Park
  • Majors Creek State Conservation Area
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park
  • Monga National Park and State Conservation Area
  • South East Forest National Park 
  • Wadbilliga National Park

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species. 

Signs will be placed at the entry to baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 

Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 24 Oct 2023, 10.56am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Mar 2024, 12.44pm.

Closed areas: The Coast track partial closure

Walking the full length of The Coast track from Otford to Bundeena or Bundeena to Otford is not currently possible. This is due to several track closures along its length. These closures are necessary due to erosion and rockfall risk, and to allow ongoing track upgrade works.

Please note the following closures:

  • Palm Jungle Loop track between Burning Palms and Werrong lookout is closed from Tuesday 16 January to Sunday 30 June 2024 for track upgrades.
  • The Garie to Little Garie section of The Coast track is closed due to hazardous rockfalls and erosion.
  • North Era campground is closed until further notice
  • Garie Road, Garie Beach and the Garie precinct is closed until further notice. This is due to damage and subsidence to the road surface. Walkers approaching from the north (e.g. from Wattamolla or Bundeena) should exit the track via Curra Moors track.

Bushwalker access is available for the following sections of The Coast track:

  • South bound access - Bundeena to Curra Moors track via Wattamolla and return only. No access to Garie Beach.
  • North bound access - Available via North Era and return only. Access is via Garawarra Farm Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track during track upgrades.
  • Figure 8 Pools access - Available via Garawarra Ridge trail and Burgh Ridge track via Garawarra Farm only.  

For further information please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 2 Apr 2024, 12.00am to Tue 2 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Mar 2024, 5.02pm.

Closed areas: Tallowa Dam Road Closed

Tallowa Dam Road will be closed from Tuesday 2nd April 2024 for approximately three months. WaterNSW is undertaking extensive excavations that are required to rebuild the road. Access to Tallowa Dam, the Lake Yarrunga boat ramp, and picnic area will not be possible during this time. 

For further information view the WaterNSW media release, contact WaterNSW on 1300 662 077 or via email customer.helpdesk@waternsw.com.au.

For information regarding canoeing or kayaking and camping at NPWS campsites on the Kangaroo River section of Lake Yarrunga contact the Illawarra-Highlands Area office on 02 4887 8244 or via npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au

For information regarding canoeing or kayaking and camping at NPWS campsites on the Shoalhaven River section of Lake Yarrunga contact the Shoalhaven Area office on 02 4454 9500 or via npws.shoalhaven@environment.nsw.gov.au

 

 

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Applies from Thu 18 Nov 2021, 10.47am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Mar 2024, 12.42pm.

Closed areas: Toorooroo campground closed due to damage

Toorooroo campground is closed due to fire and flood damage. Please check back for updates.

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

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Applies from Mon 26 Feb 2024, 9.00am to Fri 21 Jun 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 2.59pm.

Closed areas: Areas of the Illawarra Escarpment SCA closed for Ground Shooting Operations

Areas of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area are closed between 6:00pm Monday 26th February and 09:00am Friday 21st June, 2024 for a pest animal ground shooting operation. These areas may include:

  • Rhododendron Gardens
  • Maddens Plains
  • Kembla Ridge Track
  • Kembla Ring Track
  • Staffords Management Trail
  • O'Briens Management Trail
  • Mt Keira Girl Guides
  • Mt Keira Scouts

 

This program will target deer. 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 feral cats will be targeted if observed during the operation.

 

This operation will involve night time ground shooting only. The park closure is between 6pm - 9am.

 

Ground Shooting will not take place during school holidays or on weekends or public holidays.

 

Park closure warning signs will be placed at entrances to the shooting area. Do not enter the closed area during shooting periods.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the Illawarra-Highlands park office.

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Applies from Wed 22 Mar 2023, 3.14pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Apr 2024, 10.14am.

Safety alerts: Blackfellows Point road works

Following a landslip, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is currently working to repair Blackfellows Point Road in Eurobodalla National Park. The road remains open, but temporary barriers are in place to restrict access to the affected areas.

Please drive safely, proceed cautiously, and follow the directions of road signs.

For more information, contact the local park office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Wed 21 Oct 2015, 11.57am to Fri 28 May 2027, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Apr 2024, 7.47pm.

Safety alerts: Bingi Dreaming track - Closed and open coastal lakes and lagoons

Bingi Dreaming track crosses openings to several Intermittently Closed and Open Coastal Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLS). Openings of these lakes and lagoons are often unpredictable and can be quite dramatic. Please be aware that although lakes are usually only open for short periods (weeks), they can be impassable when open.

The Coila Lake opening is at the southern end of Bingi Dreaming track. Please check if this lake is open before you set out. If the opening is impassable, you won't be able to access the village of Tuross to complete the walk.

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Applies from Mon 4 Mar 2024, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Apr 2024, 9.21am.

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track

Werrong Beach track in Royal National Park is closed until further notice due to landslides. Signs will be in place around the closed area.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Mar 2024, 3.12pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 8.19am.

Safety alerts: Beaches at Killalea Regional Park are unpatrolled

The beaches at Killalea Regional Park are unpatrolled.  There is no lifesaving service.  There may be strong currents, shallow water, unexpected large waves, rips and sudden drop offs.

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Applies from Wed 21 Feb 2024, 3.37pm to Fri 21 Feb 2025, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Sat 30 Mar 2024, 1.59pm.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 pest management baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Monday 26 February 2024 to Friday 21 February 2025. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of Wild Dogs and foxes.

The program will take place in the following parks:

  • Bees Nest Nature Reserve
  • Conjola National Park
  • Murramarang National Park
  • Morton National Park

The Morton National park operation will take place south of Braidwood Road and affect the following areas:

  • Sasafrass area
  • Endrick River/Alum Creek/Redground area (Nerriga)
  • Little Forest/Tianjara area
  • 12 Mile Road area
  • Croobyar and Kingiman area (Milton)

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on stock and wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands.

Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call the NPWS Ulladulla area office on 02 44549500.

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Applies from Tue 20 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 9.38am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between August 14 2023 to August 14 2024 in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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, call the NPWS Shoalhaven area office on 02 4428 6300.

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Applies from Thu 22 Feb 2024, 2.43pm to Mon 22 Apr 2024, 2.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Mar 2024, 7.22am.

Closed areas: Sections of parks closed for ground pest control program

Sections of the parks are closed from 22 Feb 2024 to 22nd April 2024 for ground pest control operation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office (02) 4720 6200 .

Closed areas:

Nattai National Park

- Russel's Needle Trail 

- Wanganderry Lookout trail

Upper Nepean State Conservation Area

- Fire Road 2b & 3

 

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Applies from Fri 8 Dec 2023, 2.21pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Apr 2024, 2.56pm.

Closed areas: Light to Light walk

Light to Light walk is currently closed between Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay until late May 2024 to allow for track upgrades. These closures will impact plans to complete the return-walk. This closure will not affect Saltwater Creek or Bittangabee campgrounds.

If you're booking your walk through a licensed tour operator, you can expect that these operators are being regularly informed by NPWS, so that track closure impacts can be planned for and managed.

Please monitor NPWS alerts for track closures, be prepared to modify your itinerary while track upgrades are being completed and consider transport options to divert around closed sections of the walk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Mon 26 Feb 2024, 6.00am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Mar 2024, 9.13am.

Other planned events: Road works on Tallowa Dam Road

Access to Tallowa Dam/Lake Yarrunga by Tallowa Dam Road will be affected from Monday 26 February for approximately six months. Roadworks managed by WaterNSW will be underway. Drive safely and follow the directions of roadwork signs and onsite workers. It is anticipated that the road will remain open during this time, but closures may be required at short notice to ensure public safety.

 

For further information view the media release, contact WaterNSW on 1300 662 077 or via email customer.helpdesk@waternsw.com.au.

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Applies from Tue 6 Feb 2024, 10.28am. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 8.18am.

Closed areas: Woodward track

Woodward track (accessed via Sublime Point) is closed due to damage from heavy rainfall events.

For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jan 2024, 12.58pm to Fri 31 May 2024, 12.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 3.25pm.

Safety alerts: Increase of ticks at Saltwater Creek campground

There has been a reported increase of tick bites at Saltwater Creek campground. Please take appropriate precautions to prevent tick bites such as insect repellent and regular tick checks, and bring tick freeze spray to treat any ticks.

Further guidance about tick bite treatment can be found on the Health Direct website. For more information, contact the NPWS Merimbula area office on 02 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 28 Mar 2023, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Jan 2024, 10.44am.

Closed areas: Lake Toolooma Fire Trail Closed due to sink hole

Lake Toolooma Fire Trail is closed to Pedestrians and Vehicles, north of Tooloma Dam due to a large sink hole at Waterfall Gully.

Visitors are reminded not to continue walking past Tooloma Dam. 

The section of the track will reopen when it is safe to do so. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact NPWS on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jul 2023, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 31 Jan 2024, 10.39am.

Closed areas: Mirang Campground Closed

Mirang Campground is now closed. The site has become a day-use ONLY picnic spot. No overnight stays permitted.

For further information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 25 Jan 2024, 7.00am to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2024, 12.24pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ground baiting program

A baiting program using ground baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes will be conducted between January 25 2024 to June 30 2024 within Caoura Ridge section of Morton National Park. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzle in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting locations. In the events of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Fri 10 Feb 2023, 9.21pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jan 2024, 3.13pm.

Closed areas: Informal track to Clover Falls is is closed due to rockfall risk

Due to rockfall risk, the unsanctioned walking track from the end of Clover Hill Road at Macquarie Rivulet to Clover Hill Falls is closed.

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Applies from Mon 1 May 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Sun 17 Mar 2024, 4.11pm.

Closed areas: Gulp Road at Wingello closed

The Gulp Road section of Morton National Park is closed due to ongoing wet weather, it will be re-opened after it has been assessed as suitable for vehicle access.

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Applies from Fri 14 Jul 2023, 3.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.14am.

Closed areas: North Era campground closed

North Era campground is closed until further notice due to operational activities. For more information please contact the local area office on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Wed 21 Sep 2022, 1.08pm to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 5.09pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 2.58pm.

Other planned events: 1080 fox ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a continual and ongoing 1080 ground baiting program for the control of foxes from Friday 15 December 2023 to Friday 14 June 2024 to reduce the impacts on threatened species.

The operation will target foxes in the Carrington Falls, Budderoo Plateau, Knights Hill and Barren Grounds areas. Baits have been placed on NPWS estate, private property and Crown road reserves with permissions.

There are 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. Restrain working and assistance dogs to ensure they don’t enter the baiting areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244 or send an email.

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Applies from Mon 8 Jan 2024, 9.19am to Fri 14 Jun 2024, 9.19am. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 2.58pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 bait disposal pit

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is disposing of used 1080 baits and baiting products in an approved disposal pit on NPWS National Parks land within the Fitzroy Falls area.

The burial of used baits and products will happen from Monday 8 January 2024 to Friday 14 June 2024. All bait material in the pit will be buried under at least 500mm of soil, and clear of waterways so as not to cause pollution of waterways. This is in accordance with the Pesticide Control Order (1080 bait products) 2019.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to the disposal pit site.

1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) is lethal to pets (including domestic dogs and cats) and working dogs. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic pets, including dogs and cats, are not permitted in national parks or reserves.

For more information, email or call the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on 02 4887 8244.

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Applies from Tue 2 Jan 2024, 2.14pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 3.53pm.

Safety alerts: River crossing to access Big Hole walking track - extreme caution advised

Access to The Big Hole walking track requires a river crossing of the Shoalhaven River.

During periods of rain, water levels of the river crossing may become too deep and fast flowing to pass, and extreme caution is advised. Visitors should not attempt crossing the river during major weather events or during prolonged periods of rain, when river levels can rise rapidly.

NPWS advises walkers to plan ahead and check the river levels in real time at NSW Office of Water - Real Time Water Data (waternsw.com.au) before setting out.

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Applies from Sun 17 Sep 2023, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Mar 2024, 5.02pm.

Closed areas: 12 Mile Road Closed

12 Mile road between George Boyd Lookout and Braidwood Road in Morton National Park is closed due to recent storm damage. Culverts have been washed out and the road is untrafficable.

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

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Applies from Fri 1 Jan 2021, 3.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Mar 2024, 5.02pm.

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail

Tianjara fire trail is closed. Please do not enter the closed area.

A review of access arrangements, the UXO area and permit system is being undertaken

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

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Applies from Sun 17 Jul 2022, 7.08pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.21am.

Closed areas: Access to the base of Erith Coal Mine closed

Access to the base of Erith Coal Mine is closed until further notice, due to a landslide.

Access is blocked at the creek crossing and from the creek down the metal staircase to the bottom of the falls is closed.

The Erith Coal Mine loop part of the walking track is open from the Camping Ground to the Erith Coal Mine carpark.

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

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Applies from Mon 14 Mar 2022, 8.04am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.20am.

Closed areas: Nicholas Pass track partly closed

Nicholas Pass track is closed from its junction with the base of Fairy Bower Falls walking track to Ampitheatre Lookout until further notice due to a landslide and rock fall event.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 14 Dec 2020, 11.55am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 1.56pm.

Closed areas: Macquarie Rivulet - Jump Rock track closed

Access to Macquarie Rivulet (also known as 'Jump Rock') is not permitted. The track is steep and eroded, and contains unstable surfaces, cliffs and drop offs.

There is a high risk of injury from falls from heights. Do not enter the closed areas of this park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jun 2019, 9.18am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 1.57pm.

Closed areas: Restricted access to Macquarie Rivulet

There is no access to Macquarie Rivulet from Mount Murray, at the top of Macquarie Pass. If you access the rivulet from the top of the escarpment, you will be trespassing on private property. Access to Macquarie Rivulet is only permitted via Clover Hill Road.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188.

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Applies from Wed 2 Mar 2022, 12.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 1.56pm.

Closed areas: Sublime Point walking track closed

Sublime Point walking track is closed until further notice. The track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.15am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Apr 2024, 11.20am.

Closed areas: Lower Escarpment Fire Trail partial closure

The Lower Escarpment Fire Trail is open to walkers, bicycles and light 4WD vehicles only. No access with heavy vehicles larger than cat 9 due to hazardous track conditions. As soon as the remainder of the track can be safely re-opened, NPWS Alerts will be updated.

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

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Applies from Fri 30 Jun 2023, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2024, 12.03pm.

Closed areas: Penance Grove Boardwalk & Walking Track Closed Permanently

Due to extensive damage to infrastructure and trees during the 2019/2020 fires, the Penance Grove Boardwalk and Walking Track have been permanently closed.  Any reference to these areas on third party websites is old content and now incorrect.  Due to the extent of damage and complete loss of all infrastructure, there are currently no plans to reinstate the area.

 

The Corn Trail walking track, Dasyurus picnic area and Mongarlowe River picnic area all remain available. 

 

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Applies from Thu 2 Nov 2023, 12.03pm to Tue 30 Apr 2024, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Mar 2024, 1.57pm.

Closed areas: Forest Path closed due to construction work

The Forest Walk is closed for track upgrade and repair work. The construction work will be occurring until April 2024.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Illawarra Highlands NPWS Wollongong Office ph 4224 4188 and npws.illawarrahighlands@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Wed 29 Nov 2023, 4.17pm to Sun 30 Jun 2024, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Apr 2024, 9.25am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 ongoing program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground baiting program from Friday 1st December 2023 Sunday 30 June 2024 . The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program will take place in Bournda National Park.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Merimbula NPWS area office for more information on 6495 5000.

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Applies from Tue 21 Nov 2023, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 7.24am.

Safety alerts: Mount Tarn Navigational warning

Budawangs Wilderness Area walking tracks are heavily overgrown along Mount Tarn Walking Track between Mount Tarn and Hidden Valley track junction, including access to Styles Creek.

 

Before you enter the bush, Think Before You TREK

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Applies from Fri 6 May 2022, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Apr 2024, 8.33am.

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track in poor condition

Sections of Curra Moors loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please use caution and be aware of unstable edges.

Planning for repairs is in progress. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Tue 10 Nov 2020, 2.24pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Mar 2024, 9.42am.

Closed areas: Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe closed

Minnamurra Rainforest Cafe is closed until further notice. Light refreshments and hot beverages are available for purchase from Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

For further information contact Minnamurra Rainforest Centre on 02 4236 0469.

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Applies from Thu 2 Jul 2020, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Apr 2024, 9.23am.

Other incidents: Minnamurra Rainforest may close at short notice

Minnamurra Rainforest is a popular location and will close at short notice if needed. This is to ensure visitation levels do not exceed safe capacity or due to the carpark reaching capacity. 

NPWS encourages you to plan your visit outside of peak periods of 11am to 2pm. 

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Applies from Fri 5 Mar 2021, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Jan 2024, 12.34pm.

Closed areas: Camping closed due to flood and fire damage

Camping is closed at the following campgrounds due to fire damage and flooding. The closed campground include (open for day-use only): 

  • Pauls Point
  • Sundeck 
  • Sawyers 
  • Burrawang

Please not that the campgrounds will remain open for day use. Some campgrounds may be affected by flood debris following heavy rain, and there may be steep sand walls to access sites.

Please be cautious and move onto another campground if safety issues occur. There have been many changes to campgrounds along the river, including reduced campground capacity. Some sites also have extensive regrowth following fires.

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Dec 2020, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Mar 2024, 9.30am.

Closed areas: Bendethera Caves Walking Track and Caves Access is Closed

Bendethera Caves walking track and caves access is closed until further notice due to ongoing bushfire and flood recovery works - all track markers were destroyed by fire. It's dangerous to walk off designated tracks in Karst areas. Please do not enter this area, follow the directions on closure signs and do not enter any cordoned-off areas.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on 02 4476 0800.

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Applies from Fri 18 Nov 2022, 3.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 12 Feb 2024, 9.00am.

Safety alerts: Bendethera Valley Campground - Safety Alert

Please use extreme caution if traversing the river crossings and check weather conditions regularly prior to your trip in this area.

During periods of rain, water levels of the river crossings in to the Bendethera Valley campgrounds may become too deep and fast flowing to pass, and extreme caution is advised. Visitors should not attempt crossing the river in vehicles to access the campgrounds during major weather events or during prolonged periods of rain, when river levels can rise rapidly. It is never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters. You should check the weather forecast and NPWS website for advice prior to setting out to this remote campground, and if severe weather is forecast, reconsider your trip.

For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

 

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Applies from Mon 9 Jan 2023, 2.36pm. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Apr 2024, 8.19am.

Closed areas: Partial Closure to Forest Walk

The Forest Walk is affected by the closure of Sublime Point walking track until further notice. There is no access between Sublime Point and Austinmer. Sublime Point walking track is currently being repaired or upgraded. As soon as the track can be safely reopened, NPWS alerts will be updated.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the NPWS Illawarra area office on 02 4224 4188 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 12 Jul 2022, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Apr 2024, 12.15pm.

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage

Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.

This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 4.56pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2024, 9.47am.

Closed areas: Kanoonah Road (north) closed due to landslip

Kanoonah Road in Coolangubra section of South East Forests National Park is closed from Myanba Falls Road through to the northern park boundary due to a major landslip following recent heavy rainfall.

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

 

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Applies from Thu 5 May 2022, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 7.24am.

Safety alerts: Wet and muddy roads

Unsealed roads and vehicle tracks in Murramarang National Park may have significant erosion and damaged sections. A high clearance vehicle and/or 4WD may be required.

North Head Road and the Old Coast Road remain suitable for 2WD vehicles. Road conditions may change at short notice. Take care and drive safely.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
18 April 2024 Hazard reduction burns Pinnacles Pile Burn Details

Applies from Thu 18 Apr 2024, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2024, 3.17pm

There is a planned Hazard Reduction burn in this park from 18/04/2024. The fire is called Pinnacles Pile Burn. 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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22 April 2024 Closed areas Jamberoo Lookout closed for road repairs Details

Applies from Mon 22 Apr 2024, 7.00am to Mon 22 Apr 2024, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.36pm

Jamberoo Lookout in Budderoo National Park is closed on Monday 22nd April 2024 from 7am to 6pm due to road works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Highlands office on 02 4887 8244.

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22 April 2024 Closed areas Nellies Glen Road closed for road repairs Details

Applies from Mon 22 Apr 2024, 5.00pm to Fri 26 Apr 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2024, 3.42pm

Nellies Glen Road in Budderoo National Park is closed from 5pm Monday 22nd April to 5pm Friday 26th April 2024 due to road repairs. Access to Nellies Glen picnic area, Warris Chair walking track and Missingham Steps walking track will be affected.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For any further information, please contact the NPWS Highlands office on 02 4887 8244.

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29 April 2024 Closed areas Areas closed for aerial pest control operation Details

Applies from Mon 29 Apr 2024, 8.50am to Thu 2 May 2024, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 8.27pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conduct an aerial shooting deer management program from Tuesday 30 April to Thursday 2 May 2024.

The following areas are closed during this time:

  • East of Lady Wakehurst Drive, Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Bundeena Drive
  • Bundeena to Otford.
  • Coast Track including Jibbon Loop Track

The shooting areas will be closed to all visitors when aerial shooting is underway.

Penalties apply for non compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9542 0648.

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10 May 2024 Other planned events Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program Details

Applies from Fri 10 May 2024, 11.48am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 11.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Apr 2024, 10.56am

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing aerial baiting program from Monday 20th March 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024.

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will take place in Bangadilly National Park (NP), Bargo State Conservation Area (SCA), Burragorang SCA, Guula Ngurra NP, Joadja Nature Reserve (NR), Nattai NP, Upper Nepean SCA and Upper Nepean SCA Stage 2 lands managed by NPWS.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise the impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Glenbrook NPWS area office for more information on 02 4720 6200.

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Local alerts

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