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Park safety and updates - DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service

Track and trail conditions and updates, Trail closures by Prescribed burns - DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Services in Western Australia
  • Loop/Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park reopened – 18 August 2017

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions wishes to advise that the Loop / Z Bend Road in Kalbarri National Park is open following the completion of road sealing works.

    The Loop, Nature’s Window and Z Bend sites are open to the public but the West Loop site is closed due to construction works associated with the Skywalk development.

    Visitors need to take care at the Z Bend site where contractors will be building toilets and shelters over the coming months.

    The Meanarra Hill Road and site are closed for several months whilst new visitor infrastructure is being developed. Hawks Head, Ross Graham and all coastal sites in the park are open.

    For further information please contact the park office on (08) 9937 1140.

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update –

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

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed and unsealed) OPEN No access to FRNP via Hamersley Drive from Hopetoun, no access to Hopetoun from FRNP via Hamersley Drive, due to flood damage to the Culham Inlet causeway. Hamersley Drive unsealed corrugated.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access OPEN high clearance 4WD required. Reduce tyre pressure when driving on sand.

    Moir Track 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions and trees blocking track.

    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 OPENCamping is available at St Marys.

    Pabelup Drive(north) 2WD access is OPENCamping is available at St Marys.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access isCLOSEDno access to the Quoin Head trail head due to track closure.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is OPENtake plenty 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 the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions APP is updated during working hours only, please confirm park status with local Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 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 0428 383 060,Jacup Ranger Station on (08) 9835 5043, or Parks and Wildlife Ravensthorpe office (08) 9838 1967.

  • FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK OPEN 16 August 2017

    Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise that access to Francois Peron National Park has been reopened.

    Parks and Wildlife Service apologises for any inconvenience. For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Shark Bay office in Denham (08) 9948 2226.

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District - 10th August 2017

    The Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advice of the following updates regards road conditions and recreations site status.

    Cape Le Grand National Park

    · All sealed roads in CLGNP are open and safe to use.

    · Rossitor Road is closed

    · Any other unsealed roads and tracks within the national park may be affected by standing water and should be used with caution following recent rains in the area.

    Cape Arid National Park/Nuytsland Nature Reserve

    These sites within the greater Cape Arid National Park area are open:

    · Tagon Road including access to Yokinup Beach

    · Thomas River campsites

    · Dolphin Cove Access

    · Tagon Beach Access

    The following tracks remain closed:

    · Poison Creek Road through to Poison Creek

    · Thomas Fishery Track to Thomas Fishery Camp

    · Seal Creek Beach access

    · Seal Creek Campsite

    · Pasley Track

    · Telegraph Track to Point Malcolm

    The Department advises the following tracks are likely to have wet and or boggy sections and recommend non-essential travel be deferred until these tracks have dried out further:

    · Fisheries / Israelite Bay Track

    · Point Malcolm Track

    · Gora Track

    · Balladonia Track to Mt Ragged

    Esperance Lakes – Woody Lake Nature Reserve

    The following are open:

    · Lake Wheatfield access

    · Woody Lake and Lake Windabout access

    Stokes National Park Area

    These sites within the greater Stokes area that is open:

    · Stokes Inlet –Benwenerup Campsite and Stokes Inlet Day Use

    · Skippy Rock Campsite

    · Margaret Cove

    · Pincer Point

    · Fanny Cove

    The following are closed:

    · Young River Track

    · Sites west of Pincer Point to Munglinup Beach

    The Department advises the following tracks are likely to be impassable and recommend no vehicular access until these tracks have dried out and access has be restored:

    · Warrenup access and associated sites track via Crisps Road

    · Barkers Inlet Track

    To Note:

    Access to Peak Charles National Park and Mt Ragged in Cape Arid National Park is likely to be affected by recent rains in these areas and Parks and Wildlife advises for those planning to travel to these areas, that they reconsider travel plans as the access roads and tracks, (Peak Charles, Balladonia, Gora and Israelite Bay) are likely to have wet and impassable sections along these tracks for some time.

    Other tracks and roads may be closed without notice 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.

  • Karijini National Park Visitor Centre update – 2 August 2017

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions would like to advise that currently there is no eftpos service available until further notice.

    All transactions are in cash only.

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions apologises for any inconvenience caused.

    For further information please contact the Karratha Parks and Wildlife Service on (08) 9182 2000.

  • Reopening of Cape Le Grand Beach campsite in Cape Le Grand National Park

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions wishes to advise that Cape Le Grand Beach campsite  within Cape Le Grand National Park is scheduled to reopen on 1 September 2017.

    For further information please contact the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Esperance  District office in Esperance  on (08) 9083 2100 or Cape Le Grand National Park Office (08) 9075 9072.

  • Port Warrender Road Closures July 2017
  • Geikie Gorge National Park, July 10 2017 closure, Geikie Gorge Boat Tours, July 12 2017

    Geikie Gorge National Park, July 10 closure

    Geikie Gorge National Park will be closed on 10 July between 9am and 2pm for essential park operations. The 8:00am, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm boat tours will run as usual.

    Geikie Gorge Boat Tours, July 12

    The Geikie Gorge boat tour will not be operating at 9:30am and 11:00am on July 12.

    The department apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District 26 June 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advice of the following updates regards road conditions and recreations site status. 

    Stokes Inlet Road and associated recreation sites leading off this road have been reopened

    Following some 70mm of rain falling last Friday.  Drying conditions over the weekend have allowed this road to be reopened to all traffic

    All unsealed nominated roads and tracks within the Esperance District covering Peak Charles area, Stokes National Park, Cape Arid National Parks and surrounding Nuytsland Nature Reserve were affected by this same rain event so caution is still advised for anyone planning to travel on unsealed roads within in the area. Further updates will be issued should roads conditions alter markedly.

    Cape Le Grand National Park

    • All sealed roads in CLGNP are open and safe to use.
    • Any unsealed roads and tracks  within the National Park may be affected  by standing water and should be used with caution following recent  rains in the area.

    Cape Arid National Park/Nuytsland Nature Reserve

    These sites within the greater Cape Arid National Park area are open: 

    • Poison Creek Road through to Poison Creek 
    • Thomas Fishery Track to Thomas Fishery Camp
    • Seal Creek Beach access
    • Seal Creek Campsite
    • Tagon Road including access to Yokinup Beach
    • Thomas River campsites
    • Dolphin Cove Access
    • Tagon Beach Access

    The following tracks  remain closed:

    • Pasley Track
    • Telegraph Track to Point Malcolm

    The Department advises the following tracks are likely to have wet and or boggy sections and recommend non-essential travel be deferred until these tracks have dried out further:

    • Fisheries / Israelite Bay Track
    • Point Malcolm Track
    • Gora Track
    • Balladonia Track to Mt Ragged

    Esperance Lakes – Woody Lake Nature Reserve

    The following are open:

    • Lake Wheatfield access
    • Woody Lake and Lake Windabout access 

    Stokes National Park Area

    These sites within the greater Stokes area that are open:   

    • Skippy Rock Campsite
    • Margaret Cove
    • Pincer Point
    • Fanny Cove
    • Stokes Inlet –Benwenerup Campsite and Stokes Inlet Day Use

    The following are closed:

    • YoungRiver Track
    • Sites west of Pincer Point to Munglinup Beach 

    The Department advises the following tracks are likely to be impassable and recommend no vehicular access until these tracks have dried out and access has be restored:

    • Warrenup access and associated sites track via Crisps Road
    • Barkers Inlet Track  

    To Note:

    Access to Peak Charles National Park and Mt Ragged in Cape Arid National Park is still likely to be affected by recent rains in these areas and Parks and Wildlife advises for those planning to travel to these areas, that they reconsider travel plans as the access roads and tracks, (Peak Charles, Balladonia,Goraand Israelite Bay) are likely to have wet and impassable sections along these tracks for some time.

    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.

  • Temporary Closure of the McNess House Visitors Centre – Yanchep National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that, due to a stocktake being conducted on Friday 30 June 2017 McNess House Visitors Centre will be closed from9:15am to 2:00pm.

    During this time Crystal Cave tours can be booked and park passes can be purchased at the administration building. The entry station will be advising visitors and directing them to the Administration building during this time.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience the shop closure may cause.

    For further information please contact Yanchep National Park on (08) 9303 7760.

  • Stockyard Gully Reserve Update 24 June 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that an SES rescue exercise will be conducted at Stockyard Gully Reserve this weekend on 24 June 2017.

    Access will remain open to the general public

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Moora District office in Jurien Bay on(08) 9688 6000.

  • UPDATE: Notice of prescribe burn in Stokes National Parkextended to 16 June 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that a prescribed burn planned adjacent to Benwenerup and Camping area and Stokes Inlet Day Use Area campsite in Stokes National Park has commenced.

    The initial area affected will be adjacent to Benwenerup campsite and the Stokes Inlet Day use area. Advisory signage is in place.

    Access to Stokes Inlet and all recreation facilities including Stokes Inlet Heritage Trail, Benwenerup Campsite, and Young River and Stokes Inlet Day Use area is open but may be affected by smoke in the area as prescribe burning is continuing in the park to the west.

    Burning will continue moving away to the west, from main recreation area with smoke likely to affect the general area but the recreation area and facilities around the inlet and the key public access roads in the area will remain open. 

    The purpose of the burn is to reduce the significant build-up of fuel in the 50 ha burn which will minimize any potential impact on the campground and associated infrastructure from bushfire. 

    The Department is planning on implementing the burn with actual implementation weather dependent. The burn will be instigated and managed by Parks and Wildlife and will take place under prescribed conditions.

    The Department will ensure that sufficient resources are in place on the days of the burn and as a precaution will close the campsite and day use prior to the burn and for the duration of the burn. 

    Please contact Parks and Wildlife Esperance District office on (08) 9083 2100 should you have any queries relating to the proposed burn.

  • WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE 7 June 2017

    WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE7 June 2017 

    Windjana Gorge National Park

    Windjana Gorge campground ablution facilities will be upgraded over the next couple of weeks. Parks and Wildlife will do its best to minimise disruption but visitors are advised that there will be a reduction in the number of toilets and showers available during this time.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Silent Grove campground ablution facilities will also be upgraded over the next couple of weeks. Parks and Wildlife will do its best to minimise disruption but visitors are advised that there will be a reduction in the number of toilets and showers available during this time.

    Additional toilets are being installed at the Bell Gorge carpark and visitors are advised to take care as machinery will be in the area.

    Mt Hart day use areas; Annie Creek, Barker Pool, and Matthew Gorge are being upgraded. Visitors are advised to take care as machinery will be in the area and access may be restricted.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide updates as access status changes.

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

  • WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE 30 May 2017

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks will open on Wednesday May 31 at 12pm.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    It is anticipated that Silent Grove and Bell Gorge will open on Friday June 2. This will be pending road opening.

    Mt Hart Road is open to high clearance 4x4 vehicles under 4 tonnes.

    Lennard Gorge and Lennard Gorge Road remain closed with an opening date yet to be confirmed.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide updates as access status changes.

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

  • Seasonal closure of Fawcett Track in Lane Poole Reserve

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Fawcett Track, 4WD trail within Lane Poole Reserve, is now closed over winter due to unsafe road conditions.

    The seasonal closure is to prevent unnecessary environmental damage to the track from further vehicle activity. 

    Further advice will be provided once the track has been reopened. 

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Perth Hills District office in Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.

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