Park and track alerts
  Great North Walk Alerts

The current status of the Great North Walk is;

  • Fully CLOSED on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, due to Fire Danger. A Total Fire Ban (TOBAN) and Extreme Fire Danger have been declared for the Greater Sydney & Hunter areas for 20/09/2023 - the entire Great North Walk will be closed. All Great North Walk bushland sections (including link track, side tracks, and campsites) will be closed for the entire day.
  • CLOSED on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, due to Fire Danger. A Total Fire Ban (TOBAN) has been declared for the Greater Sydney area on 19/09/2023 - the majority of the Great North Walk will be closed as a result. All bushland sections of the Great North Walk (including link tracks) between Sydney and Teralba Station will be closed.
  • The Kariong Brook waterhole, waterfall (and adjacent rock platform) are closed in Brisbane Waters NP, for some time for work. Signs and barricades are in place to prevent access to these specific sites, but you can still walk the Great North Walk.
  • Mooney Mooney North & South campgrounds Closed: These campsites are no longer to be used due to flood risk; the infrastructure and signage are being removed. The nearest alternative camping locations are Mt Wondabyne (or near Wondabyne Station) to the south and the Quarry Campsite to the north
  • 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).
  • Open to walkers between Cherry Lane, Kulnura to Newcastle, however:
  • Some areas of GNW in the Watagans remain 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.
  • Many forest roads (outside of closure notice are open and accessible. Access to the Watagan Forestry HQ Campsite and general areas is via Watagan Forest Road Only - Due to weather damage, there is no access from Quorrobolong, Cooranbong or Freemans Waterhole via Mount Faulk Road or Heatons Road. Visitors are to remain on alert for heavy vehicle movements, road grading and vegetation road edge maintenance.

The following roads are accessible for 4WD only - they are damaged and not currently scheduled for upgrades:

  • Hammonds Road
  • Barniers Road
  • Archery Road, Wakefield
  • Gap Rd off Freemans Drive
  Berowra Valley National Park alerts
Closed areas: Radnor trail closed
Radnor trail, Galston within Berowra Valley National Park, is currently closed due to unsafe conditions. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 8448 0400.

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