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Park safety and updates - Parks and Wildlife WA

Track and trail conditions and updates, Trail closures by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Karijini and Millstream Chichester National Park update

    Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise the following roads and recreation areas inKarijini National Park have been reopened:

         Banjima West road

         Weano, Joffre and Knox road

         Karijini Eco Retreat

         Weano, Joffre and Knox lookouts and walk trails

    Due to road damage and flooding Banjima North road will remain closed from Joffre road turn off to Banjima East road.

    Banjima East and Dales roads are open with extreme caution which  includes the following sites:

         Dales camp ground

         Circular Pool

         Fortescue Falls

         Fern Pool

    Parks and Wildlife recommend visitors using walk trails take extreme care and do not enter water pools that are brown or muddy and may contain unknown debris moved by flood waters.

    Millstream Chichester National Park has been reopened with the exception of Snappy Gum Drive.

    Parks and Wildlife recommend visitors using the road network in Millstream take extreme care as rivers and creeks are subject to fluctuation with seasonal rainfall.

    For further information please contact the parks and Wildlife Pilbara Regional office in Karratha on (08) 9182 2000.

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District – 20 February 2017

    The department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise of the following updates. Unsealed roads and tracks within the Esperance District covering Peak Charles, Stokes and Cape Arid National Parks and surrounding Nuytsland Nature Reserve had been closed, having been damaged and rendered unsafe by a large rainfall event commencing 8th February of 50-100mm.

    Most unsealed roads within the districtwerewet and slippery, with some standing water causing both safety and environmental concerns.

    For safety reasons and diebackdisease spread risk, Parks and Wildlife had temporarily closed. The following is the current status of the roads:

    Cape Arid National Park/Nuytsland Nature Reserve

    Cape Arid National Park roads open

         Thomas River Road and all access roads off to the camping and day use area in the Thomas River Area

         Poison Creek Road

         Thomas Fishery Track- This will result in campsites/day use areas atThomas Fishery being closed until further notice.

    The following remain closed:

         Pasley Track

         Telegraph Tracks and all public access tracks off these roads.

         Seal Creek campsite remains closed for the time being due to standing water in the camp.

    The following remain closed until further notice: 

    Esperance Lakes – Woody Lake Nature Reserve

         Lake Wheatfield access

         Woody Lake (off Tranquil Drive)

         Lake Windabout 

    Stokes National Park

    All roads in Stokes National Park including:

         Stokes Inlet Road

         Young River Track

         Fanny Cove Track

         Skippy Rock Track

    Access to Peak Charles National Park and Mt Ragged in Cape Arid National Park is likely to be affected as well and Parks and Wildlife advises for those planning to travel to these area, that they reconsider travel plans as the access roads and tracks, (Peak Charles, Balladonia and Gora) are likely to be impassable in that area for some time.

    Other tracks and roads may be closed as conditions are not expected to moderate until drying conditions ensue.

    Parks and Wildlife urges the public check on road conditions and be mindful of the current conditions and if in doubt check with the Esperance Tourist Bureau, Esperance Shire or Parks and Wildlife Esperance for any updates on road conditions before undertaking any trips on unsealed roads within the area.

  • Flood response update for the Swan Canning Riverpark

    Recent heavy and widespread rainfall in the Avon catchment is continuing to deliver unusually high flows into the Swan Canning Riverpark.  Below is an update from the Department of Parks and Wildlife on how we are responding to these conditions. Regular updates will be posted on the Department’snotifications and alerts webpage.

    Water Quality and Contact Recreation Alert

    The public are reminded that following heavy rainfall across the catchment many pollutants from streets, gardens and farms are flushed into our waterways.

    High levels of waterborne bacteria are being detected in some areas of the Swan Canning Riverpark. This can make the water unsafe for contact recreation.

    Standard precautions are to avoid swimming for three days after significant rainfall, however with flooding still current, the Department of Health advice is to avoid contact recreation in the waterway for at least a few more days.Contact recreationis defined as recreational activities involving a significant risk of ingestion of water, including wading by children, swimming, water skiing, diving.

    Pets and livestock should also be kept out of the water at this time.  

    Visit the Department of Health WAwebsite for information about Swan and Canning riversbacterial monitoring andtips for healthy swimming.

    Environmental monitoring

    Waterway monitoring is being undertaken weekly.Reports onmicroalgae activity and environmental conditions in theSwan and theCanning rivers can be found on the Parks and Wildlife website.

    Widespread foaming and coloured water is currently being observed in the waterway as far downstream as Fremantle. The foam is caused by the breakdown of organic material.

    Riverparknotifications and alertswill be used where algal species occur at concentrations that may be harmful to aquatic life or human health and requires public advice.

    There are no current alerts for the Riverpark related to harmful algal species.

    Increased water levels

    Aminor flood warning remains currentfor the Swan River. Levels are likely to increase within the Riverpark as flood peaks from the Avon Catchment move downstream in the coming days.  Information on anyflood watches or warnings for the Avon River and Swan River are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Recreational fishing

    Standard Department of Health advice is that the public should not consume wild shellfish (eg: mussels and cockles) from the Swan Canning Riverpark, as the quality cannot be assured.

    For further advice regarding consumption of fish, prawns or crabs from the Swan and Canning rivers please contact theDepartment of Health WA.

    In-water hazards

    Parks and Wildlife officers continue to inspect the river for floating navigation hazards and are removing these hazards where possible. A number of navigation warnings have been issued by the Department of Transport regarding damaged navigation aids.

    Mariners are advised to navigate the Swan and Canning rivers with caution and skiers are advised to postpone any skiing activities until the flood waters recede. Visit the Department of Transport’s websitenavigation warnings for further information.

    Foreshores

    Parks and Wildlife is prioritising the assessment of foreshore areas affected by flood waters with local governments as river water levels decrease.  Some parks and roads adjacent to the river have been closed and people should contact the relevant local government for further information.

    Mosquitoes

    The Department of Health iswarning people to take precautions against biting insects following the recent widespread rainfall and flooding events across Western Australia.  Visit the Department of Health’s websiteprevent mosquito bites at home for further information.

    Emergency information

    Further details can be found on the  Emergency WA website

  • Creek and Monastery Roads in Walpole Nornalup National Park open

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Monastery Road and Creek Road in Walpole Nornalup National Park has been reopened.

    Parks and Wildlife thanks everyone for their patience and cooperation.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Frankland District office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400.

  • Francois Peron National Park open
    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that access to Francois Peron National Park has been reopened.
    The Department thanks everyone for their patience.
    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife office in Denham on (08) 9948 2226.
  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update – 13 February 2017

    This is the current status of roads and tracks in the Fitzgerald River National Park.

    Hamersley Drive (unsealed)2WD access CLOSED Closed due to wet soil conditions and access road impassable.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access CLOSEDdue to wet soil conditions.

    Moir Track 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Pitchie Ritchie 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quoin Head high clearance 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quaalup/Gairdner Road 2WD access OPEN. Quaalup Homestead is open. Phone (08) 9837 4124.

    Point Ann Road 2WD access is OPEN Drive with caution as some sections of gravel road may be corrugated. Watch out for oncoming traffic. Camping is available at St Marys Inlet.

    Pabelup Drive(north) 2WD access is OPEN Drive with caution as some sections of gravel road may be corrugated. Watch out for oncoming traffic.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access isCLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is OPEN Take plenty of drinking water with you.

    NOTE: The status of these roads could change at short notice or during your visit, after rain. As the website and DPaW APP is updated during working hours only, please confirm park status with local Parks and Wildlife staff in the areas that you are intending to visit. Please also be aware of Fitzgerald River National Park Status signs located on roads leading to major park entrances.

    Help reduce the spread of dieback disease in the park; wash mud from your vehicle before leaving home and where possible avoid wet areas on the roads (without leaving the road).

    Caravans not permittedon unsealed roads, due to roads are, narrow and may be corrugated.

    For further information please contact the East Mt. Barren Ranger Station (08) 9838 3060, the Jacup Ranger Station on (08) 9835 5043 or the Parks and Wildlife office in Ravensthorpe (08) 9838 1967.

  • Warren National Park Heartbreak Trail Closed

    The Department wishes to advise that Heartbreak Trail, in the Warren National Park, is closed as of today.  The Heartbreak Trail provides access to the Drafty’s and Warren campgrounds and these campgrounds will also be closed for the duration.

    The Trail is closed to enable roadworks to be undertaken to improve the surface conditions.  It is expected that it will remain closed for the next three weeks. 

    An update will be provided when the works are completed and the Heartbreak Trail is open to the public.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience caused.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District office in Pemberton on (08) 9776 1207.

  • Park Closure Advice for Wungong Regional Park

    ALERT LEVEL

    A Park Closure Advice is current for people in or near Wungong Regional Park in the City of Armadale. 

    Wungong Regional Park south of Albany Hwy, excluding Bungendore Park is closed due to the recent bushfire 

    WHAT TO DO:  

    Parks and Wildlife advises you to:  

    Avoid the area, follow the advice of Parks and Wildlife staff and observe signage.
    For more information, contact your local Department of Parks and Wildlife office.

    DETAILS:

    park will be closed until further notice.

    KEEP UP TO DATE:

    Visithttp://emergency.wa.gov.au, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or listen to news bulletins

  • Updates for the Donnelly District - 8 February 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to provide an update of current closures due to recent prescribed burning operations. The following two sites have been reopened:

    100 Year Forest recreation site; and

    • The northern section of the Karri Forest Explorer Drive from Court Road to Vasse Highway, including the Giblett recreation site.

    Shannon campground remains closed until further notice due to redevelopment works. The southern loop of the Great Forest Trees Drive (south of Big Tree Grove) also remains closed until further notice.

    The Heartbreak Trail in the Warren National Park will be closed from Monday 13 February 2017 for approximately 4 weeks. The closure will include Drafty’s Campsite and all of the recreation sites and walk trails along Heartbreak Trail. The closure will allow the gravel trucks and graders to move along the narrow one way road safely. The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree will remain open.

    The Department will advise when the status of these locations change.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District office in Pemberton on (08) 9776 1207.

     

  • Pinnacles Loop Road in Nambung National Park reopened
    Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that the Pinnacles Loop road through the desert in Nambung National Park has reopened.
    For further information please contact the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre on (08) 9652 7913.
  • Kalbarri Loop/Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park closed due to heavy rainfall

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that from Sunday 29 January the Loop / Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park (includes access to Nature’s Window) will be closed to the public due to heavy rainfall for an indefinite period. Please note, this is in contrast to the information in the 'closures due to roadworks' calendar that can be viewed on the Parks and Wildlife website and downloaded from here

    In addition to the Loop / Z Bend Road from next Monday 16 January 2017 the Meanarra Hill lookout site will also be closed until further notice due to road works.

    The general public can access the Loop, Nature’s Window, West Loop and Z Bend via a commercial tour when the road is closed. Contact the Kalbarri Visitor Centre (08) 9937 1104 for bookings.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Geraldton District office on (08) 9964 0901.

  • Karijini National Park Update

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that due to the recent bushfire in Karijini National Park, the eastern end of the park will remain closed until a full assessment of the damage caused by the fire is completed.

    This includes Dales Campground, Dales Day Use Area, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.

    Road closures will remain in place until further notice at the intersections of:

    • Karijini Drive and Banjima East roads; and
    • Kalamina Gorge and Banjima North roads. 

    The department would like to advise that the following areas are OPEN and have not been affected by the bushfire:

    • Hancock, Weano, Joffre and Knox Gorges can be accessed from Banjima West Road which intersects with Karijini Drive at Mt Bruce.
    • Mt Bruce day use area and;
    • Hamersley Gorge day use area 

    Camping is available at the Karijini Eco-Retreat.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide further updates as they come to hand.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Pilbara District office in Karratha on (08) 9182 2000.

  • Geikie Gorge National Park Closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that due to fluctuating levels of the Fitzroy River Geikie Gorge National Park will be closed until further notice.

    Further advise will be provided once the park has been reopened.

    For further information, please contact the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley office in Broome on (08) 9195 5500.

  • Nuytsland Nature Reserve Update

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife provides the following update onNuytsland Nature Reserve.

    The Twilight and Eyre Bird Observatory areas in Nuytsland Nature Reserve were heavily impacted by a bushfire in mid-December. Tracks in the area have been reopened however to minimise impacts in this fragile environment and to give the area an opportunity to recover, people are requested to refrain from visiting the area.

    Eyre Bird Observatory is closed  for visitation and will re-open in February 2017.

    Additional information:

                       Three bushfires were reported south of Cocklebiddy roadhouse on 3 December 2016.

                        Two of the fire were located in Nuytsland nature reserve and the other fire in Unallocated Crown Land (UCL) to the west of Cocklebiddy.

                        The fires were started by lightning.

                        The fire in the UCL and one of the fires in the nature reserve were contained and brought under control within a few days.

                        The third fire in the nature reserve increased in intensity as it responded to prevailing weather conditions. The total fire size was 55 000ha.

                        The areas around Twilight Cove, Eyre Bird Observatory and Tommy Graham cave were all impacted by the fire.

                        Carlisle hut near Twilight Cove was destroyed by the fire as well as a vehicle parked at the top of the track leading to Eyre Bird Observatory.

                        The fire ground has been declared safe and the tracks are open to the public however visitation is discouraged to allow the area time to recover.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Esperance District office in Esperance on (08) 9083 2100.

     

  • Road Closures William Bay National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife would like to advise that motorised vehicle access into Lake Williams in William Bay National Park via Procter Road, south of the national park boundary, through to the junction of Madfish Bay Road will be closed for hygiene purposes and the protection of threatened flora and fauna from Tuesday 13 December 2016 until further notice. Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience the closure may cause.

    For more information on the closure, please contact Parks and Wildlife’s Frankland District office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400.

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