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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
  • Closure of Loop/Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Loop/Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park including the recreational sites are closed due to heavy rainfall and associated damage.

    Please also be aware that from 8am Friday 27 May to 5pm Tuesday 31 May 2016 West Loop recreation site in Kalbarri National Park will be closed  due to Geotechnical operations that will be conducted in the area.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience the closure may cause and will advise when conditions have improved for the areas to be reopened.

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

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition Update – 21 May 2015

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

    Hamersley Drive (Unsealed) 2WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

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

    Pabelup Drive 2WD access is CLOSED due to wet soil conditions. 

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is OPEN Quoin Head trailhead closed due to wet soil conditions. Ensure you take sufficient drinking water.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Trigelow Beach access (North) 4WD access CLOSED due to erosion caused by heavy seas at the base of the rubber belting, beach access is closed until further notice.

    NOTE: The status of these roads could change at short notice or during your visit, after rain. As the website 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 because of narrow and corrugated roads.

    For further information please contact the East Mt. Barren Ranger Station (08) 9838 3060, the Jacup Ranger Station on (08) 9835 5043, Murray Rd Ranger Station (08) 9837 1022 or the Parks and Wildlife office in Ravensthorpe (08) 9838 1967.

  • Pinnacles Loop Road in Nambung National Park open

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that the Pinnacles Loop road through the desert in Nambung National Park has been reopened.

    Parks and Wildlife thanks everyone for their cooperation. 

    For further information please contact the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre on (08) 9652 7913.

  • West Kimberley Parks Update 13 May 2016

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek national parks

    These parks are closed due to widespread heavy rainfall. Please check with the Shire of Derby West Kimberley on (08) 9191 5355 or follow this link:http://www.sdwk.wa.gov.au/services/techservices/roadconditionreport.html  

    Due to damage to theFairfield Leopold Road the shire has decided to keep the road closed until further notice so repairs can be made. The Fairfield Leopold Road is closed from Gibb River Road to Great Northern Highway. This road needs to be opened to access Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek national parks.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Silent Grove campsite, Bell Gorge and Lennard Gorge are currently closed due to widespread heavy rainfall. The Gibb River Road is closed to vehicles over 3 Ton from the Lennard River crossing to Mt Barnett. For further information please access the Main Roads website by following this link:https://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/AboutMainRoads/OurRoleRegions/Kimberley/Pages/works-traffic-conditions.aspx . The Mt Hart Road will also remain closed until further notice.

    These park closures will be reassessed each day and further advise will be provided when these parks are reopened.

  • Closure extension to the bridge maintenance in Wellington National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that an extension has been deemed necessary to complete the maintenance work on the bridge works on Lennard Drive. The closure is extended to 24 May 2016 and affectsLennard Drive (One way from Falcon Road through toRiver Road – HoneymoonPool) in Wellington National Park. This will affectaccess by vehicle to the following day use sites;

    • The Rapids
    • Little Rock
    • Big Rock
    • Long Pool

    The works will not affect the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail.It is anticipated that this closure will be for two weeks.

    For further information please contactTim Huttonat the Parks and Wildlife Wellington Districtoffice on (08) 9735 1988.

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District

    Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District for Peak Charles, Stokes and Cape Arid national parks and surrounding Nuytsland Nature Reserve have been affected by a large rainfall event over the past few days.

    Most unsealed roads within the district are wet and slippery, with some standing water causing both safety and environmental concerns. The Department has closed the roads list below until drying conditions prevail.

    For safety reasons and die back disease spread risk, Parks and Wildlife has temporarily closed the following:

    Cape Arid National park/Nuytsland Nature Reserve

    • Thomas Fishery Track
    • Pasley Track
    • Telegraph Tracks and all public access tracks off these roads. This will result in campsites/day use areas at Thomas Fishery being closed until further notice.

    Access to Mt Ragged is likely to be affected as well and Parks and Wildlife advises for those planning to travel to Mt Ragged, that they reconsider travel plans as the access roads and tracks are likely to be impassable in that area for some time.

    Stokes National Park

    • Young River Track

    Other tracks and roads may be closed as conditions are not expected to moderate until after the weekend. 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 or the parks for any updates on road conditions.

  • Site closures for Construction Works - Karijini National Park

    The following site will be closed to upgrade walk trail access.

    ·              Access into Fortescue Falls will be closed to complete the final stage of the walk trail platform. This closure will be in place from 3 May to 8 June 2016.

    Parks and Wildlife apologise for any convenience however the closures are necessary to ensure public safety.

    For further information contact the Parks and Wildlife Pilbara Regional Office on (08) 9182 2000.

  • Geikie Gorge National Park EFTPOS Out Of Order

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that the EFTPOS facilities at Geikie Gorge National Park are currently out of order due to a Telstra related fault.

    EFTPOS services are currently not available and only cash payments can be accepted until further notice or credit card details entered in the cash payment docket. The problem has been diagnosed and Telstra is currently awaiting replacement parts to arrive. This issue may not be rectified until 1 June 2016.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice once the fault is rectified.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District office in Broome on (08) 91915 5500.

  • Status update - King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Status update - King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Lennard Gorge, Silent Grove Campground and Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park are now open.  

    The Mt Hart Road and Lennard Gorge Road are open. Please proceed with caution as both tracks have uneven surfaces and grading is currently underway. 

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

  • Bridge maintenance in Wellington National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that fromMonday 2 May 2016,Lennard Drive (One way from Falcon Road through toRiver Road – HoneymoonPool) in Wellington National Park will be closed for bridge maintenance works. This will affectaccess by vehicle to the following day use sites;

    • The Rapids
    • Little Rock
    • Big Rock
    • Long Pool

    The works will not affect the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail.It is anticipated that this closure will be for two weeks.

    For further information please contactTim Hutton at the Parks and Wildlife Wellington District office on (08) 9735 1988.

  • 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.

  • Road closure in D’Entrecasteaux National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that the section of Gardner River Road between Loverock Road and Chesapeake Road south of Northcliffe has been closed due to slippery road conditions after recent heavy rains. Some visitors use this section of road to access the Coodamurrup and Fishcreek areas of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park.

    Alternative access is available via Middleton Road and Deeside Coast Road to Chesapeake Road.

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

  • Great Trees Forest Drive in Shannon National Park closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that theGreat Trees Forest drive (north of the South West Highway) within Shannon National Park will be closed from Wednesday 27 April 2016. The closure is anticipated to be for 6 weeks while contractors work on a new water supply line to the Shannon campground.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

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

  • Site closure UPDATE in shires of Harvey and Waroona

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that the following sites managed by the department remain closed as a result of the fire that was burning in the shires of Harvey and Waroona in January.

    Tracks / trails

    - The Munda Biddi Trail between Nanga (Lane Poole Reserve) and Willowdale Road.

    -  Heathlands walk trail in Yalgorup National Park

    - The Waterous Trail

    - South Shore mountain bike circuit

    - King Jarrah walk trail

    Campgrounds / accommodation

    - Bidjar Ngoulin camp site along the Munda Biddi Trail

    Recreation sites

    - Lake Haywood day-use area in Yalgorup National Park

    - Willowdale Arboretum and picnic area on the Wagerup-Willowdale Road 

    People are urged to avoid the areas, follow the advice of authorities and observe signage. 

    For more information, contact your local Department of Parks and Wildlife office.

  • Access to Big Lagoon campground and day use area in Francois Peron National Park closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife would like to advise that access to Big Lagoon Campground and Day Use Area within Francois Peron National Park is closed due to a campground redevelopment project.  The closure is expected to remain in place until at least 30 July 2016.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience caused during the closure.

    For further information please contact the Parks & Wildlife Shark Bay District office in Denham on (08) 9948 2226.

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