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NSW National Parks – Fires, floods and park closures

Warrumbungle National Park

Hazard reduction burns: Hazard Reduction Burbie South
There is a fire in this park called Hazard Reduction Burbie South. 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.

Closed areas: Western High Tops walking track and Burbie fire trail from Dunu camp to Gunneemooroo fire trail
Some areas of this park are closed due to a planned hazard reduction burn off Burbie fire trail. The closed areas are:
  • Western High Tops walking track (Ogma Camp to Danu Camp)
  • Burbie fire trail starting from the Danu Camp to Gunneemooroo fire trail
The closure will remain unless otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Castlereagh area office on (02) 6843 4000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Morton National Park

Hazard reduction burns: Sheepstation Creek HR
There is a fire in this park called Sheepstation Creek HR. 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.

Safety alerts: 1080 disposal NPWS Fitzroy Falls Depot
NSW National Parks conduct numerous 1080 fox and wild dog baiting programs across various local national parks within the Illawarra Highlands area. Any untaken baits from these programs are collected and buried at a nominated burial pit within the Fitzroy Falls depot in Morton National Park. All bait material buried in the disposal pit are buried under at least 50cm of soil. This burial pit will continue to have 1080 bait material in it from today through to Saturday 30 June 2018.
Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not enter the Fitzroy Falls depot. 1080 is lethal to domestic dogs and cats.
For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the OEH Highlands area office, Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

Other planned events: 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program underway
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a 1080 fox and wild dog baiting program in the Kangaroo Valley, Budgong and Illaroo areas for the protection of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby. The baiting is happening on various private properties, council reserves, NPWS estate, Water NSW estate and vacant Crown land.
All properties with 1080 baiting under this program are permanently baited throughout the year. These properties will have poison on them from Friday 15 December 2017 through to Saturday 30 June 2018. The baiting will be conducted using both 1080 buried baits and 1080 (above ground) ejector devices at the bait station locations.
Do not touch any bait or ejector devices. All properties being baited are sign-posted with the baiting dates and information about the baiting methods being used on each property. Dog owners are reminded to ensure their dogs do not wander, because dogs are highly susceptible to 1080 poisoning. Visit the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby website to see a map of the approximate location of each bait station.
For further information please contact Melinda Norton at the NPWS Highlands area office at Fitzroy Falls on (02) 4887 8244.

Closed areas: Upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track temporarily closed
The upper section of Bundanoon Creek walking track, between Fairy Bower walking track and Tooths lookout walking track is temporarily closed due to potential land slip concerns. Visitors can access Bundanoon Creek via Tooths lookout walking track and lower Bundanoon Creek walking track.  
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Fitzroy Falls area office on (02) 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Access to base of Belmore Falls prohibited
All access is closed permanently from Hindmarsh and Belmore Falls lookout and picnic area down to the base of the Belmore falls due to safety risks. Access is also closed from the causeway to the top of the falls. These access points are prohibited to visitors and penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Fitzroy Falls office on (02) 4887 8244 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Tianjara fire trail is closed
The Tianjara fire trail is closed due to environmental damage. The trail is currently impassable. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact NPWS Ulladulla on (02) 4454 9500 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control program
NPWS will be conducting a wild dog control program from October 2017 to October 2018 for wild dogs. The program will include trapping and the use of 1080  (sodium fluoroacetate) poison baits. The program will be undertaken in the Sassafras-Tolwong-Touga area of Morton National Park. Visitors are advised not to touch traps or baits. Please be aware that domestic pets could be affected as 1080 poison is lethal to dogs and cats. Pet owners and landowners must ensure their pets and working dogs do not enter baited reserves. For further information contact the NPWS Nowra area office on (02) 4428 6300 during business hours.

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Closed areas: Mimosa Rocks National Park road alert due to rain
All roads within Mimosa Rocks National Park are currently open. Visitors are advised to exercise caution due to rainfall on recently graded roads making the surface slippery and impassable to all vehicles. NPWS officers will inspect the condition of roads regularly and advise of any changes.
The closure of roads for safety may occur at short notice. 
Roads that may be effected  are:
  • Middle Beach Road
  • part of Penders Road - on Park access road to Bithry Inlet
  • Gillards Road
Road closures will prevent access the following visitor areas:
  • Middle Beach campground
  • Middle Beach picnic area
  • Access to Middle Beach
  • Bithry Inlet picnic area
  • Access to Bithry Inlet
  • Gillards campground
  • Access to Cowdroys Road
To prevent further damage to the road, all visitors and locals are asked if roads are closed not to drive on them. 
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Eurobodalla area office in Narooma on (02) 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Other planned events: Walking tracks affected due to Tathra mountain bike event Enduro
Fords walking track and Mogareeka fire trail in Mimosa Rocks National Park will be affected on Sunday 10 June between 8am and 2pm due to a mountain bike event. Visitors need to take caution and supervise children whilst in the area. Signs and marshals will be in place during the event and further information can be found on the Tathra Mountain Bike website.

Closed areas: Road maintenance works
Some areas within Mimosa Rocks National Park are closed from Monday 28 May to Friday 15 June 2018 due to roadworks. The temporary road closures are:
  • Aragunnu Road
  • Picnic Point Road (including part of Wapengo Lake Road from the private property gate)
  • Bithry Inlet Road (Penders Road)
  • Middle Beach Road
  • Gillards Road
  • Nelson Lake Road / Nelson Beach Road
The roadworks will depend on the weather conditions during this time. It's a good idea to call ahead before travelling to Mimosa Rocks National Park to check for any closures or delays. These closures may be extended with an extension posted as soon as possible. These works are necessary to repair the road surface and drainage to ensure the roads provide suitable visitor access. Notification signs and temporary closures will be placed on each road until the works are completed.
For safety reasons, visitor access is prohibited to all closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on (02) 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Safety alerts: No wood fires allowed at Middle Beach campground
Due to current dry conditions, wood fires are not permitted at Middle Beach campground or picnic area.
The use of gas-fired and electrical appliances will be permitted where the appliance:
  • is under the direct control of an adult
  • placed or located in an area where there is no combustible material within 2m
  • there is an adequate water supply to extinguish fire should it start adjacent to the appliances.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on (02) 4476 0800 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Other planned events: 1080 fox baiting program underway
Each month NPWS checks and replenishes buried 1080 baits along fire trails, beaches and other areas throughout  this park and Murrah Flora Reserves. The program is ongoing and is part of the NPWS FoxTap program. Wild dogs and foxes are controlled to assist in recovery of native species. Landholders, residents and visitors in charge of domestic animals are required to ensure their domestic animals are restrained and do not enter the national park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Narooma area office on (02) 4476 0800.

Willi Willi Caves Nature Reserve

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

The Castles Nature Reserve

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Pee Dee Nature Reserve

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Kumbatine State Conservation Area

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Kumbatine National Park

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Gads Sugarloaf Nature Reserve

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Carrai State Conservation Area

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Carrai National Park

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.

Boonanghi State Conservation Area

Other planned events: Upper Macleay aerial 1080 wild dog program
A 1080 aerial wild dog baiting program will run in this nature reserve or park from Thursday 17 May to Thursday 14 June 2018 with the Local Land Services. The 1080 baits will be laid across specific areas of the reserve. 1080 poison may be harmful to domestic animals.
Neighbours and visitors are reminded that domestic animals are not permitted in national parks, nature reserves or karst conservation areas at any time. Visitors should not handle or disturb any baits.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact the NPWS Macleay area office on (02) 6561 6700.