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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
  • Big Brook Arboretum Campground closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Big Brook Arboretum Campground is currently closed due to inundation caused by recent heavy rains. The site will remain closed until it dries sufficiently to allow campers back into the site.

    Further advice will be provided once the campground is reopened.

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

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition Update –22 September 2016

    Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition Update –22 September 2016

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

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed) 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 current safety issues with the Culham Inlet Causeway.

    Hamersley Drive (Unsealed) the park’s east access only available from South Coast Hwy via Hamersley Drive northern gravel section. Ensure you have enough fuel to return to Ravensthorpe or Jerramungup.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access OPENPlease 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 OPENCamping available at St Marys Inlet.

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

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is CLOSEDQuoin Head trailhead closed due to wet soil conditions. Carry plenty of water with you.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is CLOSEDCarry plenty of water with you.

    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)98381967.

  • Park closure: Eastern side of Fitzgerald River National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that due to significant rainfall and subsequent high flow rates out of the Culham Inlet at Fitzgerald River National Park, access to the eastern side of the park will remain closed until further notice.

    The Culham Inlet causeway remains closed due to safety concerns regarding the piped crossing on the main causeway that leads to the eastern national park entrance.  An engineering assessment will take place when water levels within the Culham Inlet recede.

    It is anticipated that access will be available later this week to the eastern side of the park via the unsealed section of Hamersley Drive from the South Coast Highway at West River.

    This means that park visitors will have to leave by the same way as they came due to no exit across the causeway and on to Hopetoun.

    People are urged to avoid the area, follow the advice of Parks and Wildlife staff and observe signage.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide an update if the situation changes or when sites have been re-opened.

  • Cape Range National Park Road Closure

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that that Oyster Stacks is closed due to Road works. The works will be undertaken over the next two days; Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience the closure may cause

    For further information please contact Parks and Wildlife Exmouth District office on (08) 9947 8000 or the Milyering Discovery Centre on (08) 9949 2808.

  • Cape Arid National Park update

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Cape Arid National Park access road, Thomas River Road, has beenreopened.

    Parks and Wildlife will be assessing the conditions and will provide further advise when the park is reopened.

    All roads and tracks in the Poison Creek area remain closed until further notice.

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

    For further information please contact Esperance District office on (08) 9083 2100.

  • Wellington National Park Road Closure

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that River Road within the Wellington National Park will be closed today 5 September 2016 due to road works. It will be open tomorrow however a grader will be working on the road so please be aware and exercise caution.

    Alternate route to Honeymoon Pool will be via Wellington Dam Road and Lennard Drive.

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

    For further information please contact the Wellington District office in Collie on (08) 9735 1988.

  • North Kimberley Feral Animal Control Program clarification

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife will be undertaking an Aerial Feral Animal Control program in the North Kimberley area from10 October to 25 October 2016 inclusive.

    Prince Regent National Park will be closed during this period.

    Mitchell River National Park, Lawley River National Park, Camp Creek and Laterite conservation parks, although currently open, will be closed for the season from 10 October 2016 hence the reasoning for the start of the Feral Animal Control Program in these parks.

    Feral animals including cattle, donkeys and pigs pose a threat to the rich natural ecosystems of this area. The objective of the feral animal control program is to reduce the numbers of these animals and their negative effect on biodiversity.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife EastKimberley District office in Kununurra on (08) 9168 4200.

  • Warren National Park update

    Parks and Wildlife advises that the Heartbreak Trail in the Warren National Park is reopened. 

    Big Brook Arboretum Campground remains closed due to inundation. 

    The District will monitor the condition and will provide further advise as conditions improve.

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

  • Seasonal Closure of Mitchell River National Park

    Parks and Wildlife advises that Mitchell River National Park will be closed for the season from 10 October 2016.

    For further information please contact Parks and Wildlife East Kimberley District office in Kununurra on (08) 9168 4200.

  • 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.

  • Temporary closure of Steep Point – Edel Land (Proposed) National Park

    Parks and Wildlife would like to advise that due to planned roadworks to the Steep Point four wheel drive track there will be no access to this area from 1 to 31 August 2016.

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

    Further enquiries should be directed to the Parks and Wildlife office in Denham on (08) 9948 2226.

  • Fisherman’s Track in D’Entrecasteaux National Park closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife would like to advise that Fisherman’s Track to the Broke Inlet in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, Walpole within the Frankland District will be closed from Wednesday 29 June 2016 until further notice.

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

  • Seasonal closure of Lennard Track in Wellington National Park

    The Lennard Track including access via River Road, Sailors Gully and the Jumpup are closed.

    Seasonal closure is due to recent rains, where further vehicle activity will cause unnecessary environmental damage to the track.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Wellington District office in Collie 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.

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