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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,

There are alerts raised for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park as at Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:51:09 +1000
Closed areas: West Head Forts and Army track
West Head Army track and Forts will be closed for maintenance from Thursday 6 August until Friday 14 August 2020. No access to the military forts is permitted.

Closed areas: Bobbin Head playground
Bobbin Head playground is closed for renovation. NSW National Parks is constructing a nature-based play area with discovery themes. We thank all our visitors for their patience and support.

Closed areas: Changes to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park precinct closures
Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include:
Berowra track, between Apple Tree Bay and the intersection of Mount Ku-ring-gai track, has now reopened. However if you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track remain uneven. 
Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS staff or police.
The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Necessary site assessments will take place to consider the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.
If you're visiting the park, please bring a card to pay vehicle entry fees.
For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between Saturday 1 August 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021. The program involves the use of manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes.
The operation is continuous and ongoing. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
All baiting locations are will be signposted.
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 Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 or the NPWS Lane Cove area office on 02 8448 0400 during business hours.
Call the NPWS after-hours call centre on 1300 056 294 (after hours).

Other planned events: Warrimoo walking track closure
Warrimoo walking track is partially closed Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 29 June 2020 until mid November 2020. Essential upgrade works include helicopter operations scheduled for Monday 29 June 2020. The track will be closed from Warrimoo fire trail to the junction of Warrimoo track and Sphinx track.
Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track will remain open.

Closed areas: The Basin campground, Basin trail and Mackerel service trail closed
The following areas will be closed from Monday 1 June until Tuesday 1st September 2020 while upgrade works and maintenance are underway:
No public access is permitted. There will be no access to The Basin Aboriginal Engraving Site, Mackerel Beach to The Basin trail, West Head Road or The Basin campground.
For further information call 02 9451 3479 or 02 9472 8949.

Other planned events: 1080 pest management
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.
Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 local park office on:

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Berowra Valley National Park

Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.

There are alerts raised for Berowra Valley National Park as at Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:51:09 +1000
Closed areas: Pogsons Trig trail closure
Pogsons Trig trail will be closed from Wednesday 1 July 2020 for upgrade works to improve access for fire-fighting vehicles. These works are expected to be completed by September 2020. During this closure there will be no through track to access the Great North walk from Quarry Road in Dural.
Visitors please note, you are not permitted to cross Hornsby Rifle Range to access the Great North walk. 
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.

Closed areas: Visitor areas closed
Many COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted from visitor precincts and facilities. However, several tracks and trails will remain closed while upgrades and remediation works are completed. These closures include: 
The walking track between the end of Canoelands Ridge trail and Gentlemans Halt campground is now accessible. If you plan to visit, walk with caution as some sections of the track may be obstructed by fallen debris.
The closing of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, and available resourcing to maintain facilities.
Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.
Please remember to practice appropriate social distancing requirements and good hygiene. From Saturday 13 June 2020, the maximum group size for an outdoor gathering will be increasing from 10 to 20 people. Groups are still expected to maintain social distancing. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.
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. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

Closed areas: Tunks Ridge campground closure
Tunks Ridge campground along Quarry Trail in Hornsby remains closed until further notice while staff assess safety concerns. 
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.

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.
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.