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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
  • Flood response update for the Swan Canning Riverpark - 24 March 2017

    A flood response Incident Management Team has been regularly meeting since 6 February to coordinate Parks and Wildlife’s response to the flood events and to prepare for any incidents that may emerge such as algal blooms or fish deaths.

    Now the flood and its immediate impacts on the river have subsided and harmful algal species have continued to remain below levels of concernParks and Wildlife has taken this team off alert.  The river will continue to be closely monitored and relevant updates will be posted on the Department’s notifications and alerts webpage.

    Contact recreation advice

    Although the effects of the February flooding have diminished, there may still be areas of the Swan Canning Riverpark with elevated levels of waterborne bacteria.

    Standard Department of Health advice is to avoid swimming in the river after heavy rainfall (more than 10mm) and to not swim in water that looks discoloured, murky or smells unpleasant.

    Further information about Swan and Canning rivers’ bacterial monitoring and tips for healthy swimming is available from the Department of Health.

    Environmental conditions

    Waterway monitoring is being undertaken weekly. Reports on microalgae activity  and environmental conditions in the Swan and the Canning rivers can be found on the Parks and Wildlife website.

    Riverpark notifications 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 relating to algae activity.

    Low oxygen conditions are continuing to affect wide areas of the lower Swan and Canning rivers. These conditions are heightened by saline bottom water and fresher surface waters not mixing (more info here). The low oxygen conditions are already thought to be affecting crabs and other invertebrate fauna and fish deaths could occur in the affected areas. It is expected that these conditions will remain in place for some time and may proliferate upstream.

    Members of the public are encouraged to call FishWatch 1800 815 507 to report any dead or sluggish fish in the Riverpark.

    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.  The Department of Health issues warnings regarding the consumption of fish, prawns or crabs from the Swan and Canning rivers.  Please contact the Department of Health WA for further information.

    Foreshores

    Parks and Wildlife officers have removed many navigational hazards from the Swan and Canning Rivers over the past month and while skippers should exercise caution there are currently no navigational alerts issued for the Riverpark by the Department of Transport.

    Parks and Wildlife officers are currently observing large accumulations of seagrass wrack at some popular Riverpark recreation areas. The seagrass die-off is a response to changing environmental conditions (e.g. light and salinity) associated with the flood flows and season. 

    Seagrass is a natural and important part of the river ecosystem and seagrass meadows are expected to recover from this event. Management actions will be assessed in conjunction with local riverfront councils.

    Emergency information

    Emergency information can be found on the  Emergency WA website.

  • Urgent Road Repair works – Poison Creek Road in Cape Arid National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that, due to urgent road repair works being undertaken to Poison Creek Road in the Cape Arid National Park, access to may be temporary interrupted between 27 March to 10 April 2017.

    Road signage advising of the works will be in place for the areas affected and the public is asked to heed this road works notice with an expectation that both dusty conditions and heavy machinery use will cause minor delays form time to time on this road for the duration of this works notice.

    Parks and Wildlife apologizes for any inconvenience these road works may cause.

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

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District 27 March 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that following an easing of rain across the district and drying conditions prevailing, the following road conditions and accesses to site recreation sites apply. Whilst road access has been restored to some areas, caution for vehicle drivers will still need to be applied as roads remain wet in some areas and remedial roads works and repairs will be underway commencing on Poison Creek Road in Cape Arid National.

    Stokes National Park Area

    The following are closed:

    • Barkers Inlet Track
    • Sites west of Skippy Rock, Margaret Cove and  Pincer Point) remain closed due to the closure of Springdale Road.

    These sites  within the greater Stokes area that are open   

    • Skippy Rock Campsite and access has been reopened
    • Stokes Inlet –Benwenerup Campsite  and Stokes Inlet Day Use area via Stokes Inlet Road
    • Fanny Cove via Farrells Road and the Fanny Cove Track-4WD access only

    Cape Arid National Park/Nuytsland Nature Reserve

    The following have been reopened :

    • Tagon Road including access to Yokinup Beach Thomas River campsites
    • Dolphin Cove Access Tagon Beach Access
    • Poison Creek Road through to Poison Creek  - Road works under way , watch for heavy machinery on this road for next 10 days
    • Seal Creek Campsite
    • Thomas Fishery Track to Thomas Fishery Camp
    • Gora Track
    • Balladonia Track to Mt Ragged
    • Point Malcom Track 

    The following are closed:

    • Pasley Track
    • Telegraph Track to Point Malcolm
    • Seal Creek Beach access

    Access to Peak Charles National Park and Mt Ragged in Cape Arid National Park is still likely to be affected by the recent flood event in the District therefore Parks and Wildlife advises for those planning to travel to these areas, that they be aware and alert to the fact that there are  tracks which (Peak Charles, Balladonia, Gora and Israelite Bay areas)are still likely to have wet and boggy sections and to avoid where possible.

    Other tracks and roads may be closed without notice as conditions are not expected to moderate until drying conditions ensue.

  • Road closure in Walpole Nornalup National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Tingle Drive from Monastory Road to Creek Road in Walpole Nornalup National Park has been closed due to heavy rainfall in the area.

    Parks and Wildlife apologizes for any inconvenience and will advise when this section of road is reopened.

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

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update – 24 March 2017

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

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed and unsealed)2WD access OPEN No access to the park via Hamersley Drive from Hopetoun, no access to Hopetoun from the park via Hamersley Drive due to flood damage to the Culham Inlet causeway. FRNP East access is only available from the South Coast Hwy via Hamersley Drive northern gravel road. Ensure you have enough fuel to return to Ravensthorpe or Jerramungup.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access OPEN Please reduce tyre pressures when driving on sand.

    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. Camping is available at St Marys Inlet.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is OPEN take plenty of drinking water with you. Quoin Head trailhead closed 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 permitted on unsealed roads, due to roads are, narrow and may be corrugated.

    For further information please phone the East Mt. Barren Ranger Station 0428383060 & 0488451119, Jacup Ranger Station on 98355043, or Parks and Wildlife Ravensthorpe office 98381967. 

  • Karijini National Park Site and Road Closures

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that due to ongoing rainfall from a tropical low passing through the Pilbara the following roads and recreation areas will be closed on the western side of Karijini National Park;

    •   Weano road north of the Eco Retreat

    •   Weano, Joffre and Knox lookouts and walk trails

    •   Fern Pool

    Note the Karijini Eco Retreat remains open.

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

    •   Dales camp ground

    •   Circular Pool

    •   Fortescue Falls

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

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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

  • Geikie Gorge Boat Tour times for 2017

    Tour times for boat cruise at Geikie Gorge National Park for 2017 season

    01 May to 31 May at 8.00am and 4.00pm

    01 June to 30 Juneat 8.00am, 9.30am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm

    1 July to 31 July at 8.00am, 9.30am, 11,00am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm

    1 August to 15 August at 8.00am, 9.30am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm

    16 August to 15 September at 8.00am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm

    16 September to October 16 at 8.00am and 4.00pm

    For more information or to make bookings please contact Department of Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District office in Broome on (08) 9195 5500 or emailbroome@dpaw.wa.gov.au.

  • Rescheduling of the reopening of Purnululu National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Purnululu National Park will not be opening on the usual opening date of 1 April due to large amounts of rain affecting the entry and internal roads.

    It is anticipated that the opening date will be 14 April 2017 however this will be dependent on road and weather conditions.

    Further advice will be provided once the opening date is confirmed.

    For more information please contact the Parks and Wildlife East Kimberley office in Kununurra on, (08) 9168 4200.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Crocodiles inhabiting waterways on the remote Kimberley Coast

    Parks and Wildlife is providing this advice as a community service.

    The public should be aware that due to the remoteness of the Kimberley coast, the Department cannot be relied upon to provide up to date and comprehensive information regarding the presence of estuarine crocodiles across the region. PleaseBe CROCWISE

         Crocodiles inhabit a wide variety of inland and coastal waterways and water bodies across northern Australia, both fresh and saltwater, including estuaries, tidal rivers, river pools, creeks and the waters around offshore islands. Crocodiles have the ability to, and in some areas frequently enter freshwater pools above the high tide.

         If in doubt exercise extreme caution around the water’s edge, do not swim, canoe or use small boats where crocodiles may inhabit.

         Always keep a lookout for crocodiles. Be aware that a crocodile can remain hidden underwater for long periods and even if surfacing may go unnoticed.

         Don’t feed, harass, encourage or try to interact with crocodiles as this behaviour is likely to encourage aggressive behaviour which may also increase the level of risk for other visitors.

    For more information please go toBe CROCWISE.

    Should you encounter or observe any unusual crocodile behaviour please report this to the relevant Parks and Wildlife office at your earliest possible convenience; Broome (08) 9195 5500 or Kununurra (08) 9168 4200.

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