Park and track alerts
  Great North Walk Alerts
Currently, the Great North Walk is:
  • Open to walkers between Sydney and Karool Rd, Mooney Mooney Creek.
  • Closed to walkers between Karool Rd, Mooney Mooney Creek and Reservoir Rd, Somersby due to flood damage to pedestrian bridge damage at Mooney Mooney Creek (no diversion option available).
  • Open between Reservoir Rd, Somersby and Tooheys Road, Ourimbah.
  • Closed between Tooheys Road, Ourimbah and Cherry Lane, Kulnura due to damaged pedestrian bridges over an unnamed creek (a tributary of Ourimbah Creek) (Diversion option currently being considered and should be sorted in next few weeks).
  • Open to walkers between Cherry Lane, Kulnura to Newcastle, however:
    • The majority of GNW in the Watagans, except for a small section around Congewai and Heatons Gap, is currently inaccessible by private vehicles and only accessible to walkers. Walkers must be self-sufficient and also be aware of local track damage from recent rain/flood events.
    • Olney State Forest (Watagans), including The Basin Campground, is closed due to Forestry Operations until 19 December 2022 (refer to Forestry Corporation website for closure details). The detour along Walkers Ridge Road / Murrays Forest Road is in place and detour notice signage will be installed, however please be aware that forestry harvesting/haulage trucks will be using this route for Forestry operations. Walkers will need to be on high alert for vehicle movements and be able to stand clear from the road when trucks are passing.
  Berowra Valley National Park alerts
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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