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Last reviewed: Thu 9 December 2021, 2.15pm

Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 1.52pm to Tue 28 Dec 2021, 1.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Dec 2021, 2.15pm.

Closed areas: Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre

Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre will now be closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Access to Hartley Historic Site will still be available during this time. 

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Applies from Thu 9 Dec 2021, 10.16am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 9 Dec 2021, 10.20am.

Closed areas: Gordon Falls to Carleton Road track closure

The following areas will be closed from Thursday 9 December to Friday 10 December 2021 for helicopter operations:

  • Pool of Siloam
  • Gordon Falls picnic area
  • Pool of Siloam walking track
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track
  • Lone Lyrebird track
  • Golf Link lookout
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk from Golf Link lookout to Carleton Road, Leura.

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Applies from Tue 7 Dec 2021, 1.15pm to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 1.11pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed around Loftus Oval

Areas around Loftus Oval will be closed for weed removal and chainsaw training operations from 7am, Tuesday 7 December to 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021.

The work involves felling of dead trees and herbicide use. Please follow safety signage and directions from staff.

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

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Applies from Wed 10 Nov 2021, 8.35am to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 11.11am.

Closed areas: Areas closed for pest management operation

Some areas in Royal National Park are closed to the public between sunset and sunrise for pest management programs to be carried out.

These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas.

The affected areas include:

  • Bonnie Vale campground
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area
  • The Basin track between Bonnie Vale and Maianabar
  • Bushland areas surrounding Cabbage Tree Basin 

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 24 Nov 2021, 8.17am to Thu 9 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 10.51am.

Closed areas: Bateau Bay beach carpark closed for maintenance

Bateau Bay Beach carpark is closed to vehicles from 12pm Monday 6 December to Thursday 9 December 2021 (inclusive) for maintenance works.

This closure is weather-dependent and may be extended.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Thu 2 Dec 2021, 12.01am to Thu 9 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 10.41am.

Closed areas: No pedestrian access through Bonnie Vale campground to Maianbar

There is no pedestrian access through Bonnie Vale campground to Maianbar on weekdays from Thursday 2 December to Friday 17 December 2021, inclusive.

This closure is due to construction works, and may be extended due to weather. Any delays will be advised as soon as they are known. Bonnie Vale picnic area will remain open. Please do not enter closed areas and obey all safety signage and directions from staff.  

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 8 Nov 2021, 6.00am to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 8 Dec 2021, 10.13am.

Closed areas: Short Cut track partial closure

A section of Short Cut track will be closed between Monday and Friday from Monday 8 November to Friday 17 December 2021. The track will be closed between Wentworth Falls picnic area and Murphy's Lane for track maintenance.

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Applies from Tue 7 Dec 2021, 9.32am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 4.27pm.

Other incidents: 4WD vehicles only

Heavy rainfall is predicted in this area from Tuesday 7 December to Friday 10 December 2021.

4WD vehicle access only.

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Applies from Tue 7 Dec 2021, 9.28am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 4.26pm.

Other incidents: 4WD vehicles only

Heavy rainfall is predicted in the area from Tuesday 7 December to Friday 10 December 2021.

The park is 4WD vehicle access only.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 1.07pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 3.27pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 2.18pm.

Closed areas: Glenbrook causeway closed due to flooding

Glenbrook Causeway will be closed from Thursday 25 November to Monday 13 December 2021 due to flooding which has resulted in the following sites being closed:

  • Euroka campground
  • Red Hands Cave
  • Woodford Oaks trail
  • Jack Evans track
  • Nepean lookout
  • Mount Portal lookout
  • Tunnel View lookout

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 4.52pm to Tue 21 Dec 2021, 4.54pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 10.51am.

Closed areas: Wattamolla precinct closed for maintenance

Wattamolla precinct and Wattamolla Road is closed for carpark maintenance during the following times:

  • Friday 10 December 2021
  • Monday 13 December to Friday 17 December 2021
  • Monday 20 December to Tuesday 21 December 2021

The Coast track will remain open for walkers.

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

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Applies from Tue 7 Dec 2021, 10.39am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 10.43am.

Closed areas: Victoria Falls Road closed for road works

Victoria Falls road will be closed from the 7th of December until close of business on the 10th of December for upgrade works. Walkers permitted. 

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Applies from Tue 7 Dec 2021, 10.11am to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Dec 2021, 10.15am.

Closed areas: Park Closure due to weather

Abercrombie River National Park is closed due to heavy rain fall, reopening on Monday 20 December 2021. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6336 6200.

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Applies from Mon 6 Dec 2021, 11.57am to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 12.02pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed for maintenance works

Some parts of this park are closed on Thursday 16 December 2021 from 7am to 5.30pm for helicopter operations as part of track upgrade work.

The closed areas are:

  • Cobblers Beach
  • Cobblers Beach track
  • Middle Head - Gubbuh Gubbuh

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

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Applies from Tue 30 Nov 2021, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Dec 2021, 11.59am.

Other planned events: Heritage vehicle trail closed

Heritage vehicle trail and Moon Bay fire trail are closed to pedestrians from Monday 6 December to Thursday 23 December 2021. This is because Moon Bay fire trail is being resurfaced.

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Applies from Tue 19 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 4.33pm.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to rifle range operations

The eastern section of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed during the following times due to rifle range operations:

  • Every Saturday - ANZAC Rifle Range Club
  • Every 1st Sunday of the month – Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia
  • Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 January 2022 (Queen's Competition)
  • Last shooting day for 2021 will be Saturday 18 December.
  • First shooting day for 2022 will be Saturday 8 January.

Do not enter the eastern section of the park (including Boora Point walking track) when:

  • Red flags are flying above the range
  • There are warning signs at the park's entry points (South Maroubra Beach and Fishermans Road carpark)
  • Park entry gates are closed

The western section of the park (Western Escarpment walking track) remains open.

For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or the ANZAC Rifle Range on 02 9661 4532.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 2.25pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Lane Cove National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.47pm to Wed 15 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 11.33am.

Closed areas: Kalkari Discovery Centre closed

Kalkari Discovery Centre is closed from Saturday 19 June 2021 until further notice to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff.

Please comply with the current NSW Government COVID-19 rules if visiting your local national park during this time. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Fri 26 Nov 2021, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Sat 27 Nov 2021, 2.51pm.

Safety alerts: Changed road conditions

Some sections of roads within Munmorah State Conservation Area are storm-affected. Take care and drive to road conditions.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 4.20pm.

Safety alerts: Flood damage and rising creek levels

Heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding and road surfaces and safety fences have been damaged. You may encounter trees and debris across tracks and roads.

Please be aware creek and river levels are elevated. Do not cross creeks where water levels are high.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 5.34pm to Tue 21 Dec 2021, 5.35pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 4.09pm.

Closed areas: Burralow Creek campground closed due to flood damage

Burralow Creek campground is closed until Tuesday 21 December 2021 due to significant flood damage and damage to fire trails.

This closure is weather dependent and may be extended.

Paterson Range fire trail and Tabaraga Ridge fire trail are also closed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4632 4500.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 2.36pm.

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison will be closed until late 2022.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been complete.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

Noise monitoring stations will be set up in Kirribilli and Cremorne to check any over-water noise so that it does not exceed legal levels. It is not expected to be high.

For more information, visit the project webpage or call the NPWS Sydney South area office on 02 9337 5511. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.28am to Tue 4 Jan 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 10.24pm.

Closed areas: Clark Island closure

Clark Island will be closed to the public on the following days:

  • From 8am Friday 31 December 2021 to 7am Saturday 1 January 2022 (New Years Eve).
  • From Monday 13 March to Tuesday 29 March 2022 (Due to a special event).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.23am to Thu 23 Dec 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 10.20pm.

Closed areas: Shark Island closure

Shark Island will be closed to the public due to exclusive events on the following dates:

  • Friday 10 December 2021
  • Monday 13 December to Wednesday 22 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Sunday 26 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Friday 31 December 2021, 8am to 8pm.
  • Sunday 3 April 2022, 8am to 8pm.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.28pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 12.03pm.

Closed areas: Kurnell Visitor Centre closed for upgrades

Kurnell Visitor Centre is currently closed until further notice. The site is being prepared for a new visitor centre as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. 

Learn more about the improvements being made as part of the Kamay 2020 Master Plan Project or contact the local area office email.

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Applies from Fri 19 Nov 2021, 2.34pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 2.35pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 5.02pm.

Closed areas: Conservation Hut cafe closed

The Conservation Hut cafe is closed until further notice.

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Applies from Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Nov 2021, 10.36am.

Closed areas: Middle Ridge Road - fire trail closed

Middle Ridge Road is closed from the intersection of Null Road. There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to Ravensdale Road. This trail is dormant and not open for public use. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 8.09pm to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 8.10pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 1.32pm.

Closed areas: Pierces Pass Road and walking tracks closed

The following areas are closed until Friday 10 December 2021 for road repairs:

  • Pierces Pass Road
  • Pierces Pass walking track
  • Walls lookout
  • Rigby Hill walking track

Heavy plant and machinery are operating in the area. There is no public access.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 4.43pm.

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds and campsites listed on our website require a booking to be made before you visit. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Flood warning: Many creeks and rivers may be impassable after recent rains. Check conditions before walking.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed due to bushfire or storm damage, road or track works:

Katoomba and Leura 

  • Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil falls to Fern Bower, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Lindemans Pass is closed where it crosses Leura Falls Creek, due to track works.
  • Kanangra to Katoomba - Cox's River is presently in flood and cannot be crossed. Advice from 15.11.2021.   
  • Parts of Prince Henry Cliff walk are closed:
    • Between the Fern Bower junction and Tallawalla lookout, due to a major landslide and track maintenance. Walkers can exit/enter via Silver Mist picnic area. Walkers can also still access Fern Bower via Solitary Restaurant
    • Between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.

Wentworth Falls

  • Part of National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to ongoing rockfall risk.
  • Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Ingar campground is therefore closed to vehicles. Walkers and cyclists are permitted where they do not traverse private property.
  • Wentworth Falls picnic area will be closed to vehicles on Tuesday 9 November 2021, 7am to 4pm for road maintenance works.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Govetts Leap descent and Rodriguez Pass walking track, due to fire damage to infrastructure and landslides after storms.
  • Perrys lookdown campground, due to dangerous trees.
  • Walls Cave, Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock tracks are closed due to fire and flood damage and associated repairs.
  • Pierces Pass Road, including access to Pierces Pass walking track, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill, is closed until Friday 10 December 2021 to all traffic, including walkers and cyclists, for road repairs.  

Lawson, Hazelbrook

  • Lawson Ridge fire trail will be closed to all traffic from Wednesday 10 December until Friday 17 December 2021 for road repairs.  It will be open to foot and bicycles on weekends.  

Canyons and rock climbing areas

  • Access to Pulpit Rock climbing area closed
  • Note: All canyons are open. Visitors should exercise caution, as recent flooding may have left debris or moved rocks.

If you arrive at your local national park or other public space and it's too crowded to practice social distancing, it's your responsibility to leave the area. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 9.37am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 10.02am. Last reviewed: Fri 26 Nov 2021, 3.37pm.

Closed areas: Road closed due to flood damage

A number of roads in this park are closed due to storm and flood damage. The closed roads are:

  • California trail - closed until early January 2021
  • Martindale trail - re-opening to permits early January 2021
  • Hunter Main trail:
    • King's Cross to Sheepskin Hut - open
    • Sheepskin Hut trail to Raspberry Junction - closed until mid December 2021
    • Raspberry Junction to Three Ways - closed until mid March 2021
  • Mellong Range trail - closed until mid December 2021

Visitor areas currently closed include:

  • California Hut - closed until early January 2021
  • Sheepskin Hut - open via Commission Road side only

Commission Road is open to traffic. Gates that are in place have been locked, and signs are in place on closed roads. Expected reopening times are subject to weather delays. 

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

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 2.57pm to Wed 13 Apr 2022, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Nov 2021, 9.34am.

Closed areas: Mill Creek campground and picnic area closed - early 2022

From Monday 7 February to Wednesday 13 April 2022, Mill Creek campground and Mill Creek picnic area will be closed for an upgrade to Mill Creek Road. There will be no access for vehicles or camping.

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Applies from Thu 11 Nov 2021, 8.32am to Mon 3 Oct 2022, 8.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Nov 2021, 4.16pm.

Safety alerts: River crossings to campgrounds

Vehicle access to the following camping areas is via natural river bed crossings that require 4WD capability, and are subject to flooding:

  • Wollemi National Park -  Newnes (Cricket Pitch camping area only)
  • Turon National Park - all camping areas
  • Marrangaroo National Park - main camping area
  • Abercrombie River National Park - all camping areas
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park - Kowmung river crossing 

River levels can rise rapidly with heavy rain falling upstream. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

 

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Applies from Wed 5 May 2021, 5.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Nov 2021, 12.55pm.

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

The eastern part of Malabar Headland National Park will be closed on Monday 15 November 2021 from 7am to 4pm due to helicopter operations. The Western Escarpment remains open. This work is delivering walking track upgrades.

The walking track upgrades in the southern section of Malabar Headland National Park are now complete.

Works are underway between the northern entrance and Boora Point, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Please note:

  • Access from the north is closed
  • Access from the south is open to Boora Point only
  • The Western Escarpment remains open

For more information visit this web page or call the local NPWS office on 02 9337 5511.

The entire Boora Point walking track (eastern sections of the national park) is closed when the ANZAC Rifle Range is in use.

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Applies from Fri 29 Oct 2021, 3.33pm to Tue 14 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 8.02am.

Closed areas: Lane Cove area office closed

The Lane Cove area office will be closed until Wednesday 15 December 2021 due to the current NSW Government COVID-19 restrictions.

For further information, please email or call 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 11.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Nov 2021, 11.46am.

Closed areas: Six Foot track partial closure

Six Foot track is closed between Jenolan Caves cabins and Jenolan Caves from Monday to Friday. This closure is expected to run until Saturday 25 December 2021.

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Applies from Thu 28 Oct 2021, 2.18pm to Wed 22 Dec 2021, 11.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 10.06am.

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

The following walking tracks are closed from Monday 1 November to Thursday 23 December 2021 for track upgrades:

  • Berowra track to Apple Tree Bay
  • Mount Kuringgai track to Berowra station

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office via email or call 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 8.38am to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Dec 2021, 10.06am.

Other planned events: Electricity transmission tower maintenance works

Structure refurbishment work will be undertaken on towers within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between November 2021 and January 2022. Tracks and trails will remain open, but there will be some slight increase in vehicle movement during this time. 

Please contact the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or send an email for more information. 

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Applies from Sun 25 Apr 2021, 11.48pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 3.35pm.

Other planned events: Orchard Park shelter restoration

The shelters in Orchard Park at Bobbin Head will be undergoing restoration works from Monday 26 April 2021. As the work is complex, it is unsure when the shelters will reopen. 

Signage and security fencing will be erected around closed shelters as they are progressively repaired. Not all shelters will be closed at once, so you can use the remaining shelters while construction works are completed. 

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 8 Oct 2021, 9.33am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 3.59pm.

Closed areas: North Head scenic area closures for upgrade works

A number of areas in the North Head scenic area will be closed while upgrades are underway:

  • North Head Scenic Drive - closed to vehicles past NPWS carpark 1 from 25 October 2021 to January 2022. North Head Scenic Drive will then be closed to vehicles at the Bella Vista Café from January to February 2022.
  • Fairfax walking track - closed from 18 October to late November 2021
  • NPWS carpark 2 - closed from Monday 25 October 2021
  • There is no bus or large vehicle access past Q station

These closures may be extended without notice.

Parking at the North Fort is open. The North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe are open.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Sydney North office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4.30, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 8.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 7.36am.

Fire bans: Park Fire Ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park subject to advice from the Rural Fire Service on the bush fire danger period. This park fire ban remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Wed 18 Aug 2021, 6.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 30 Nov 2021, 2.55pm.

Closed areas: Gordon Falls to Pool of Siloam track closed

Lyrebird Dell and Gordon Falls picnic area to Pool of Siloam walking tracks are closed until Thursday 31 March 2022 for track upgrade works.  

Visitors can access Pool of Siloam from Pool of Siloam walking track via Golf Links lookout.

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Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 4.00pm.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed until further notice. This includes Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on 02 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 20 Oct 2021, 1.07pm to Mon 20 Dec 2021, 1.08pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 3.58pm.

Closed areas: Bradleys Head – Booraghee Amphitheatre closed to vehicles

Bradleys Head – Booraghee Amphitheatre is closed to vehicles from Friday 17 December to Saturday 18 December 2021 between 12pm and 6pm due to a special event.

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Applies from Mon 18 Oct 2021, 6.58pm to Thu 30 Dec 2021, 6.58pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 8.51am.

Closed areas: Areas closed for walking track upgrades

A number of areas will be closed from Monday 18 October 2021 for walking track upgrades:

  • Illoura car park
  • Riverside walking track - between the end of the boardwalk and the Boatshed

Works are estimated to take approximately three months (subject to weather conditions). Please follow all safety signage and directions from staff.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 9.47am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Oct 2021, 8.51am.

Closed areas: Toilet closures in Lane Cove National Park

Some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The closed toilets are at:

  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: This does not apply to bookings. Where there are bookings, toilets will be opened.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.09pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.13pm.

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, 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 Thu 16 Apr 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Nov 2021, 9.54am.

Closed areas: Lane Cove Depot Road closed

Lane Cove Depot Road in Lane Cove National Park will be closed from Monday 16 April 2020 until further notice while the road is being upgraded to improve safety for road users. During this time vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are not permitted to use the road. 

For more information regarding closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 9.25am.

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times

The North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times are:

  • From 1 October to 31 March - from 5am to 8.30pm
  • From 1 April to 30 September - 6am to 6pm

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Applies from Thu 29 Apr 2021, 11.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Oct 2021, 12.59pm.

Closed areas: Road closed for upgrades

Construction of a new whale watching platform is underway at Cape Solander. The road to Cape Solander, parking and the whale watching platform are closed. Walking tracks remain open.

Learn more about the improvements being made at Cape Solander and find out about other top whale watching locations around Sydney.

For more information, contact the Kurnell office on 02 9968 2005.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.47pm to Sun 19 Dec 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Oct 2021, 11.28am.

Closed areas: Park closed from sunset to sunrise

Scheyville National Park is closed from Monday 11 October until Saturday 11 December 2021 due to a pest management operation.

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

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 11.30am to Sun 19 Dec 2021, 11.38am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Sep 2021, 1.20pm.

Closed areas: Mitchell Park area closed between sunset and sunrise

The Mitchell Park area of Cattai National park will be closed from sunset to sunrise between Monday 11 October and Sunday 19 December 2021 for pest management operations.

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

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.33pm. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Sep 2021, 2.57pm.

Other planned events: Abercrombie River National Park - 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 Abercrombie River 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 Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Sun 7 Nov 2021, 9.24am.

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect important plant and animal communities. For your safety and to help conserve the landscape, please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park.

The Shelly Beach to Bluefish walking track is open.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 12.30pm.

Closed areas: Areas closed on North Head

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road
  • Fairfax lookouts

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • North Head Scenic Drive
  • Fairfax walk
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Collins Beach Road

Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, call the local park office on 02 9451 3479, or the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 1.00pm.

Closed areas: Section of Flat Rock track closed

A section of Flat Rock track - from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance - is permanently closed where the old track passes through private property near Killarney Point:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase area Forestville office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.30pm to Mon 13 Dec 2021, 1.31pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 1.37pm.

Closed areas: Royal Coast Track closed at Otford, Monday to Thursday

The Royal Coast Track will be closed Monday to Thursday for upgrade works near Otford lookout from 6 September to early December 2021. The track will remain open Friday to Sunday. When closed, visitors will not be able to access Figure 8 Pools, the Werrong Beach Track or the Palm Jungle Loop Track from the Otford lookout. When closed, Coast Track walkers will have to exit the track at Garawarra Farm. Visitors can still access Figure 8 Pools from Garawarra Farm at any time.

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Applies from Fri 27 Aug 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Sep 2021, 10.08am.

Closed areas: Wangi Wangi Point - closures

Some parts of this park are closed from Saturday 28 August to Thursday 30 September 2021 while maintenance works are carried out on the Wangi Wangi Point steps next to the boat ramp. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.  

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 9.52am.

Closed areas: Barbecue and picnic facilities closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

NPWS campgrounds, accommodation, visitor centres, guided tours and high-visitation areas like barbecue and picnic facilities are closed in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 for further information. 

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Applies from Tue 31 Aug 2021, 7.00am to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 3.26pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Aug 2021, 12.01pm.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place between Tuesday 31 August 2021 and Thursday 31 March 2022 in Towra Point Nature Reserve.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kurnell area office on 02 9668 2000 or the NPWS after hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Sun 30 Jan 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 9.50am.

Other planned events: West Head lookout - temporary fencing

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place in 2021-2022.

Please do not enter the fenced area.

Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Wed 18 Aug 2021, 5.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 9.27am.

Closed parks: Prospect Nature Reserve closed public

Prospect Nature Reserve is closed to the public indefinitely as it's part of a Special Water catchment area. There is no public access at any time.

If you wish to visit the Prospect Reservoir area, Andrew Campbell Reserve on William Lawson Drive has picnic tables, playground and toilet facilities.

For more information about visiting Andrew Campbell Reserve, please contact Sydney Water on 13 20 92. 

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Applies from Wed 1 Sep 2021, 1.12pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 1.12pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 8.24am.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Wednesday 1 September 2021 to Monday 28 February 2022 in both Winburndale and Girralang Nature Reserves.

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 call NPWS Central West Area Office on 02 6332 7640.

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Applies from Sat 31 Jul 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Aug 2021, 9.50am.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID restrictions

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

A number of NPWS campgrounds have been closed due to the COVID restrictions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 4.06pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle & North Headlands (North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station).

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Middle Head office on 9960 6266 or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 4.00pm.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Garigal National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 3.59pm.

Other planned events: Notice of pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am.

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2016, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Aug 2021, 4.48pm.

Closed areas: Fire trails, roads closed due to damage

The following fire trails are closed due to illegal 4WD damage:

  • Maculata fire trail west of Jilliby Road to Daniels Point fire trail
  • Eastern section of Daniels Point fire trail to Jilliby Jilliby Creek

There is no vehicle access across Little Jilliby Jilliby Creek in either direction. Locked gates are in place in several locations. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 4.31pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Aug 2021, 8.14am.

Other planned events: Coorongooba campground partial closure

There is no vehicle access or camping in the eastern half of Coorongooba campground. The closure is to allow the area to settle and regenerate after major earthworks. This area has been substantially upgraded as a part of the NSW Government's Improving Access to National Parks Program.

Campground capacity has been reduced to reflect the area closed. New picnic tables and barbeques will be installed during this closure.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 900.

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Applies from Tue 2 Feb 2021, 4.39pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Jul 2021, 12.24pm.

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh meat baits and/or Canid Pest Ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 8 February 2021 and Friday 31 December 2021 in Wollemi National Park. This program is to protect the endangered Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby.

The following trails will be used as a part of this program:

  • Capertee River trail, downstream of the Coorongooba campground
  • Canobla Gap fire trail
  • Capertee River North trail

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, call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Wed 23 Jun 2021, 12.49pm to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 12.50pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 9.22am.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an ongoing baiting program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 28 June and Tuesday 28 December 2021 in Nattai 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 Glenbrook area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 3.29pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Sun 25 Jul 2021, 9.03am.

Safety alerts: Road access in Jilliby State Conservation Area

All roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and not readily accessible by 2WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles should be used at all times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

For more information, please call the Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.

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Applies from Tue 11 May 2021, 3.42pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 9.50am.

Closed areas: Awaba Bay Foreshore walk partial closure

The section of Awaba Foreshore walk between the Northern Boundary fire trail and Alexander's picnic area is closed from Tuesday 11 May 2021 until further notice, due to a landslip.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4946 4100.

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Applies from Fri 26 Mar 2021, 3.55pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Apr 2021, 2.56pm.

Safety alerts: Advanced navigation required for Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track

Kanangra to Katoomba (K2K) track has been damaged by fire, storms and flooding. The trail is overgrown with significant understorey brush and grass growth.

Fallen trees, vegetation covered loose rocks and burnt out stump holes may result in slips, trips and falls. Advanced navigation skills are required to undertake this trail.

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Applies from Wed 19 Sep 2018, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Apr 2021, 1.35pm.

Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground

Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite. It will remain closed until further notice.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:

You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Bonnie Vale picnic area and Bonnie Vale boat ramp are open and safe for visitors.

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Applies from Tue 29 Oct 2019, 2.58pm. Last reviewed: Tue 6 Apr 2021, 7.39am.

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 14 Jan 2021, 11.10am to Tue 1 Mar 2022, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 2.20pm.

Closed areas: Big Yango precinct closed

Some parts of Big Yengo National Park are closed for repair until Tuesday 1 March 2022 following significant storm and fire damage. Trails, fords, buildings and other infrastructure need to be repaired to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

The closed areas are:

  • Big Yango House
  • Blue Gums campground
  • Mountain Arm campground
  • Big Yango loop trail
  • Yango walking track

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

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Applies from Wed 13 Jan 2021, 12.04pm to Mon 31 Jan 2022, 12.05pm. Last reviewed: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 3.51pm.

Closed areas: Lake Eckersley campground

Lake Eckersley campground in Heathcote National Park is closed indefinitely. The nearest remote camp site is located at Kingfisher Pools. 

For further information contact the Audley Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 7.36am.

Safety alerts: Drinking water in Capertee National Park

You'll need to bring your own water for drinking and cooking in Capertee National Park. Water supplied at Capertee Homestead and Capertee Cottage is untreated and only suitable for showering and washing dishes.

Campers at Capertee and Policemans Point campgrounds should not use water from Capertee River for drinking or cooking. 

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm.

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Mon 16 Nov 2020, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Mon 4 Jan 2021, 10.08am.

Safety alerts: Protect your picnic - native birds may steal your food

Birds at Nielsen Park are attempting to steal food from visitors' picnics and tables due to unauthorised feeding of local native birds. To try and reduce this unwanted behaviour, NPWS is asking visitors to not actively feed any wildlife and to please bring suitable methods to cover your food. These include storage containers with sealed lids or an umbrella to cover your picnic to reduce food visibility and access.

Please note, it is illegal to feed wildlife in a national park. NPWS officers are monitoring the area and fines apply if visitors are seen actively feeding birds and promoting this unwanted behaviour.

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Applies from Tue 27 Oct 2020, 10.14am. Last reviewed: Fri 25 Dec 2020, 10.03am.

Closed areas: Lower track closed

Lower track in Wolli Creek Regional Park is temporarily closed while remediation is carried out on Lot 2.

Undercliffe track remains open through to Jackson track and Turrella Reserve.

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

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm.

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Fri 25 Sep 2020, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 18 Oct 2020, 6.23pm.

Safety alerts: Coorongooba campground - river access

Access to the Coorongooba campground is via a causeway through the Capertee River. This causeway is subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 18 Sep 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 18 Oct 2020, 6.23pm.

Safety alerts: Capertee National Park causeways

Access to Capertee Homestead, Capertee Cottage, Capertee campground and the western side of Capertee National Park is via a causeways through the Capertee River.

These causeways are subject to flooding. The Capertee River can rise unexpectedly with heavy rains falling upstream, making the causeway impassable. Please check the weather forecast before leaving home.

For more information please call the NPWS Mudgee area office on 02 6370 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.15am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 4.38pm.

Closed areas: Blue Lake and River walk closed for track works

The Blue Lake and Jenolan River walk in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve are closed for construction works. Please refer to the Jenolan Caves website for more information. 

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Applies from Thu 9 Jul 2020, 2.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 10 Aug 2020, 9.06am.

Closed areas: Sugarloaf carpark closed

Sugarloaf car park is no longer open to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact Chatswood Area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 25 Sep 2014, 3.40pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jul 2020, 8.16am.

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road closed

The section of Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby State Conservation Area is closed to vehicles. This closure will remain in place indefinitely due to severe erosion and 4WD vehicle damage. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jun 2020, 3.51pm.

Other planned events: Marangaroo National Park

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 Marangaroo 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 Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm.

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 18 Feb 2020, 5.42pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 10.16am.

Closed areas: Tramway trail closed due to rockfall

The Tramway trail in Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area is closed. The closure is due to a rockfall adjacent to the trail, and remains in place until further notice. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6370 9000.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 1.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 9.22am.

Closed areas: Morisset picnic area

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area is closed from Thursday 20 December 2019. There is now no public access to the following areas:

  • The  Morisset Hospital site
  • Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area foreshore
  • Morisset picnic area.

Alternative picnic areas are located in the Lake Macquarie Council area in and around the Morisset and Bonnells Bay foreshores. There is no public access to view the kangaroos that frequent the hospital site. Members of the public can contact the hospital administrative office on 02 4973 0222. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact Central Coast area Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm.

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
15 December 2021 Closed areas Western end of the Bonnie Vale picnic area closed Details

Applies from Wed 15 Dec 2021, 12.01am to Fri 17 Dec 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 8.48pm

The western end of Bonnie Vale picnic area will be closed from Wednesday 15 December 2021 to Friday 17 December 2021 inclusive, due to construction works.

The eastern end of Bonnie Vale picnic area will remain open. Please do not enter closed areas and obey all safety signage and directions from staff.

This closure be extended due to weather and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. 

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

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Details
1 February 2022 Other planned events Notice of 1080 pest management Details

Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 10.52pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 1 February 2022 and 31 July 2022 in Sydney Harbour National Park (Chowder Bay, Dobroyd, Bradleys, Georges, Middle and North Headlands (North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management, and Quarantine Station). Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Middle Head area office on 02 9960 6266, the North Head Sanctuary, Many (Harbour Trust Lands) on 02 8969 2128 (business hours). Alternatively, call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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1 February 2022 Other planned events Notice of 1080 pest management Details

Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 10.30pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 1 February 2022 and 31 July 2022 in Garigal National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. 

All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 (business hours). Alternatively, call NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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1 February 2022 Other planned events Notice of 1080 pest control program Details

Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 10.25pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 1 February 2022 and Sunday 31 July 2022 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are 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.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or the NPWS Lane Cove 02 8448 0400 (business hours). Alternatively call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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1 February 2022 Other planned events Notice of 1080 pest management Details

Applies from Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am to Mon 1 Aug 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 5.15pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits and fresh baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Wednesday 1 February and Sunday 31 July 2022 in Lane Cove National Park. 

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Please do not enter the baiting locations or touch the bates.

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 more information, contact the Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 (during business hours) or the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

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9 May 2022 Closed areas Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground closed Details

Applies from Mon 9 May 2022, 9.25am to Mon 27 Jun 2022, 9.25am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 2.24pm

Dunns Swamp - Ganguddy campground is closed from Monday 9 May to Monday 27 June 2022 for campground expansion work. The access road will be closed to all vehicle traffic.  All campsites and picnic areas will also be closed.  

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