Blue Mountains National Park
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
There are alerts raised for Blue Mountains National Park
as at Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:13:12 +1100
Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areasThe following areas of Blue Mountains National Park remain closed due to the bushfire and/or flood damage and associated hazards:
- Wentworth Pass, National Pass and Valley of Waters tracks where floods have damaged creek crossings
- Andersons fire trail and McMahons Point
- There is a landslide on Dardenelles Pass - use Federal Pass instead
- Prince Henry (between Solitary Restaurant and Tarpeian Rock) and Leura Cascades track due to landslides and flood damage.
- Charles Darwin walk. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information
- Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds
- Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders, or Mount Solitary routes
- Rock climbing areas around the Grose and Narrowneck (all burnt sites including Bowens Creek, Bell Super-crag and Diamond Falls)
- Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur
- The Six Foot track remains closed between Black Range campground to the Jenolan Caves due to dangerous conditions caused by the recent rainfall event that has exacerbated the recent bushfire impacts causing land slips, track erosion and dangerous trees. Crown Lands contractors are busy working towards opening the last short section of track before the end of the February.
- Some access roads and lookouts around the Grose Valley (including Mount Hay, Victoria Falls and Point Pilcher.
- Access tracks into and around the Grose Valley (including Perrys, Mount Banks, Mount Hay, Flat Top, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords), Lockleys Pylon, Victoria Falls Road and walking track and Rodriguez Pass).
- Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds.
- Walking tracks around Blackheath (including Walls Cave, Hanging Rock/Burramoko, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk, Pulpit Rock, and Western Rim)
- Due to damage sustained through the flooding, the causeway will be closed to vehicles (pedestrians and cyclists can still go across the causeway - caution is advised due to damage of the normal footpath) Vehicles will only be able to drive to the Jelly Bean pool car park. See list of areas open to walkers/cyclists below.
Lower Grose area
- Canyons around Mount Wilson, Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley (including all Wollongambe, Serendipity, all Bell Creek, all DuFaurs, all Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen, Birrabang, Dalpura, Hat Hill, Pilcher, Katoomba Creek, Fortress and Butterbox/Mount Hay).
The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are now open:
- Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
- Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls lookouts and cliff top walking tracks (where not impacted by other closures)
- Nellies Glen and Devils Hole
- Six Foot track is currently open to walkers between the Explorers Tree at Katoomba and Black Range campground (including Coxs River, Alum River and Black Range campgrounds).
- Conservation Hut cafe
- Kings Tableland Rd (Andersons fire trail and McMahons Point are closed)
- Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail (and Sublime Point trail)
- Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail (no walking tracks or descents open)
- Murphys and Ingar Camping Areas - walk in access only
- Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrowneck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrowneck unburnt areas.
- Faulconbridge Point
- Blue Gum swamp
- Grand Canyon
- Hat Hill Road is now open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys Lookdown lookout, and Perrys Lookdown camping area, in addition to Wind Eroded cave and Anvil Rock lookout
- Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Information Centre, Fairfax track, Evans lookout, Braeside fire trail (not walk)
- Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass Roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).
- Glenbrook area has limited vehicle access. Cars can drive to Jellybean pool and Blue pool car parks.
- The remaining Glenbrook area is open to cyclists/pedestrians only: Euroka, Mount Portal, Nepean lookout and fire trail, Redhands Cave and fire trail, Woodford-Oaks trail
- Burralow campground area
NPWS will be progressing assessments, treating sites for tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.
To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.
Penalties apply for non-compliance.
For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).Safety alerts: Caution - Victory track tree fall and landslide
The Victory track has changed track conditions due to fallen trees, debris and trip hazards. The trail is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by flooding. Take care along this route.
For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.Safety alerts: Rain and flooding
Heavy rains have damaged many tracks and roads in the park and rain is expected to continue. Canyons and creek crossings are flooded. The soil water table is saturated. Therefore water levels could rise to dangerous levels at short notice. Some crossings are already impassable due to flood debris and infrastructure damage. Natural surface roads could be slippery or impassable. Landslips, treefall and rockfall are more likely in these conditions.
Visitors are advised to plan accordingly and avoid flooded or unstable areas. Visitors may have to navigate muddy conditions, unclear paths, fallen trees, flood debris and washouts. Visitors should not cross creeks or rivers when they are flooded or water is over stepping stones.Closed areas: Dunphys campground
Dunphys campground in Blue Mountains National Park is closed due to substantial flood damage to the timber bridge over Galong Creek. Penalties apply for non-compliance
. For more information, contact the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed
Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower track and Leura Cascades (intersection with Round walk) due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that it is not possible to link the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower circuit via Amphitheatre walking track. However, you can divert around Amphitheatre and link the two tracks by using Round walk and a short section of Cliff Drive (be aware of traffic on Cliff Drive).
Penalties apply for non-compliance.
For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.Closed areas: Overcliff track closed
Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 6 March 2020.
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.Fire bans: Park fire ban
A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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, please contact the local park office before using a gas and 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
.Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout
Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades
or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant
Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page
for park safety guidelines.Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp
A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page
for park safety guidelines.Closed areas: National Pass closed
National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance
. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page
for park safety guidelines.Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the 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.