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Source: New South Wales Environment and Heritage

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Greater Sydney Director Deon van Rensburg said the forecast severe fire danger has prompted these closures.

“The absolute priority in making these decisions is to protect park users and keep the community safe,” said Mr van Rensburg.

“From midnight tonight and while the TOBAN is in place most tracks, trails and remote campgrounds in Sydney’s national parks will be closed, including:

  • Royal Coast Track (includes access to Wedding Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools)
  • Lady Carrington Drive (Royal National Park)
  • Great North Walk (Lane Cove National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Berowra Valley National Park)

“The hot conditions not only bring about severe fire danger but also attract crowds to the beaches in our coastal parks and we must take all steps to continue to keep these areas COVID-safe.

“We are asking people to avoid visiting parks during the peak period of 11am – 2pm and to take responsibility for maintaining social distancing and healthy hygiene.

“While popular areas such as Wattamolla and Garie in Royal National Park and The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park remain open, they are expected to be full by early morning.

“These areas will close at short notice when they reach capacity, so plan your trip.

“It’s vital that visitors check NPWS Alerts before visiting a park for up to date information on closures and COVID-safe requirements.

“Staff have prepared for the busy few days ahead and our firefighting teams are on standby,” Mr van Rensburg said.

Anyone planning to visit a National Park this weekend should check NPWS Alerts or call the relevant local NPWS office for the latest information.

For information on fire danger ratings, visit the Rural Fire Service.