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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
  • Park Closure due to fire weather conditions for Avon Valley National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that the following parks or recreation sites have been closed due to a Advice Fire Danger Rating forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for Perth Metropolitan area.

    Avon Valley National Park will close from 8am tomorrow (Tuesday 24 January) and will reopen on Monday 30 January 2017.

    WHAT TO DO:  

    People are urged 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.

    To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visithttp://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/or call 9323 9300 during normal office hours.

    Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visitinghttp://www.bom.gov.au/or call1300 659 213.

    KEEP UP TO DATE: Visithttp://emergency.wa.gov.au, follow on Facebook and Twitter, or listen to news bulletins

  • Kalbarri Loop/Z Bend Road Access Update in Kalbarri National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that from now through to July 2017 the Loop / Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park (includes access to Nature’s Window) will be intermittently closed to the public due to roadworks. 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. Consult the calendar that can be viewed on the Parks and Wildlifewebsite and downloaded from here.

    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.

  • Park Closure for Deep River area and surrounds in Mount Frankland South National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that the following parks or recreation sites have been closed due to a Advice Fire Danger Rating forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for the lower south-west.

    The Ordnance area in Mount Frankland South National Park, including the Deep River area and Centre Road Crossing campsite, bounded by South Western Highway, Beardmore Road, Doug Road, Angove Road and Railway Parade will remain closed for several weeks. There is active fire in the Deep River system from a prescribed burn that was first lit on 12 October 2016. The area will remain closed until the prescribed burn is completed and the area is made safe. Signage is in place and roads and tracks have been closed.

    WHAT TO DO:  

    People are urged 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.

    To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visithttp://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/ or call 9323 9300 during normal office hours.

    Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visitinghttp://www.bom.gov.au/or call 1300 659 213.

  • 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.

     

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update - 23 December 2016

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

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed and unsealed)2WD access OPEN drive with caution as some sections of gravel road may be corrugated. Watch out for oncoming traffic.

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

    Moir Track 4WD access OPEN drive with caution, especially at the West River crossing.

    Pitchie Ritchie 4WD access OPEN.

    Quoin Head high clearance 4WD access CLOSED drive with caution. Recommended for experienced 4x4 drivers and suitable vehicles

    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.

    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 is OPEN take sufficient supplies of drinking water with you for the walk.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is OPEN take sufficient supplies of drinking water with you for the walk.

    Campgrounds 4 Mile and St Mary Inlet OPENAll campgrounds are open, sites are on a first come first serve basis. Fees apply additionally to entry fees

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Seasonal closure of Fisherman's Track in D'Entrecasteaux National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that due to ongoing inundation and saturation of Fisherman's Track in D'Entrecasteaux National Park, the track will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The track will be monitored for accessibility and opened when conditions allow. An exact date cannot be given at this point in time.

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

  • 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 ongoing winter rain fall  with a large rainfall event over the past weekend adding to the already wet unsealed road conditions across the district from recent previous cold front rainfall events.

    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 listed 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

    • Poison Creek Road
    • 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 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.

    Stokes National Park

    • Young River Track

    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.

  • 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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