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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
  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update – 22 May 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.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access OPENHigh clearance 4wd required. Reduce tyre pressures when driving on sand.

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

    Pitchie Ritchie 4WD accessCLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quoin Head high clearance 4WD accessCLOSED 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 Camping is available at St Marys Inlet

    Pabelup Drive (north) 2WD access is OPEN Camping is available at St Marys Inlet.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is OPENQuoin Head trailhead closed due to wet soil conditions

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is OPENCamping is available at St Marys campsite.

    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,Jacup Ranger Station on 98355043, or Parks and Wildlife Ravensthorpe office 98381967. 

  • Roads and tracks now open within Cape Arid National Park Esperance District 17 May 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise of the following updates regarding road conditions within Cape Arid National Park.

    The following are now open:

    Thomas River Road

    Poison Creek Road

    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.

  • Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District 15 May 2017

    Unsealed roads and tracks conditions within the Esperance District 15 May 2017

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

    Following rainfall of between 40mm and 80mm experienced on 11 May which affected 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. Note some roads have been reopened in Cape Arid National Park.

    Cape Le Grand National Park

    • All sealed roads in the park 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 that have been reopened

    • Poison Creek Road through to Poison Creek
    • 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 remain closed:

    • Pasley Track
    • Telegraph Track to Point Malcolm
    • Thomas Fishery Track to Thomas Fishery Camp

    Parks and Wildlife advises the following tracks are likely to be impassable and recommend no vehicular access until these tracks have dried out.

    • Point Malcolm Track
    • Gora Track
    • Balladonia Track to Mt Ragged

    Esperance Lakes – Woody Lake Nature Reserve

    • All access tracks are closed until further notice whilst scheduled road maintenance is carried out in the area
    • Lake Wheatfield access
    • Woody Lake and Lake Windabout access (off Tranquil Drive)

    Stokes National Park Area

    The following are closed:

    • Young River 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 is open:

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

    The following tracks are likely to be impassable and recommend no vehicular access until these tracks have dried out

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

    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 and with recent rains in these areas, 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 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.

  • WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE 12 May 2017

    Geikie Gorge National Park


    Geikie Gorge National Park is open and boat tours are underway. However, there are no eftpos facilities in the park until further notice.

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parksare inaccessible and remain closed due to the ongoing closure of the Fairfield-Leopold Road. Please contact the Shire of Derby West Kimberley on (08) 9191 0999 for updates on projected road opening dates. Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the access status of the park changes. At this stage it is anticipated that these parks will open in the first week of June.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Silent Grove campground and Bell Gorge remain closed due to the ongoing closure
    of roads and are expected to open around 25 May. Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the access status of the park changes. 

    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.

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

  • Woody Lake Nature Reserve - Road Repair works Update

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that, due to urgent road repair works being undertaken to roads in the Woody Lake Nature Reserve. Due to delays the remedial works that were planned for between 8 and 15 May have been rescheduled from 11 May to 2 June 2017. This will see these roads temporally closed and all recreation facilities associated with them closed  whilst this works proceeds.

    The remedial grading and gravel patching of entrance roads to Woody Lake/Lake Windabout and Lake Wheatfield in Woody  Lake Nature Reserve as well as the temporary closure to the Lake Wheatfield, Kepwarri Walk Trail.  Road signage advising of the works are 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.

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

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

  • Kalbarri National Park – Loop Z Bend Access Road

    Kalbarri National Park – Loop Z Bend Access Road

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that a prescribed burning is completed.

    Commercial operator access will be allowed along the Loop / Z Bend Road during this time however all operators must either be escorted through the site or be fully inducted (only limited operators that frequently access the park will be inducted).

    Operators wishing to access the park should contact the park office on (08) 9937 1140.

    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.

    A public access calendar, via the Loop – Z Bend Access Road, can be downloaded here.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience. 

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

  • Irukandji presence in Ningaloo Reef

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people of the continued risk from Irukandji jellyfish along the Ningaloo Reef.

    There have been over 20 reports of jellyfish stings along the Ningaloo coast since March this year producing Irukandji Syndrome and requiring hospital treatment. Swimmers have been stung by both the large Irukandji jellyfish (Keesingia gigas) and very small transparent species (likely to beMalo bella) that can be very hard to see in the water.Keesingia gigas continue to be sighted in low numbers along the Ningaloo Coast.

    Visitors to Ningaloo Reef  should be careful when swimming, walking beaches or fishing; avoid touching jellyfish of any species; be aware of the signs and symptoms of Irukandji syndrome; and understand first aid procedures and strategies for reducing the risk of being stung.

    Keesingia gigasare typically much larger than other species of Irukandji with an elongated, clear, cube-shaped bell 10 -15 cm in diameter and 20 – 40 cm long with one short paddle-like tentacle on each of the four corners. Malo bellaare much smaller with a clear cube shaped bell (size of a fingernail) with one thin trailing tentacle on each of the four corners.

    Symptoms and signs of Irukandji Syndrome

    The initial sting from an Irukandji jellyfish may vary in intensity. Stings from the smaller species may be minor and go unnoticed as nothing more than a minor irritant, while stings from the larger Keesingia gigas have resulted in excruciating pain in some patients at the sting site. Further signs and symptoms may not be immediate and generally appear between five to 45 minutes after the initial sting. These may include (although not limited to) severe generalised muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, breathing difficulties, sweating and elevated blood pressure.

    Hospital treatment is essential.

    First Aid

    According to the Australian Resuscitation Council, if Irukandji Syndrome is suspected, then an urgent request for medical assistance must be made.

    • Follow the principles of DRSABCD
    • Liberally douse or spray the area with vinegar for 30 seconds (do notrinse the area with fresh water)
    • Transport to hospital
    • If symptoms and signs do not develop, it is recommended that the patient should remain out of the water and monitored in a safe location for at least 45 minutes.

    Reducing the risk

    Swimmersshould not enter the water without covering bare skin using stinger suits or rash shirts made of nylon and lycra, or wet suits.Anybare skin especially hands, feet and faces may still be at risk if they are not covered. A number of swimmers have been stung on exposed skin whilst wearing stinger suits.

    If you suspect you have seen an irukandjijellyfish, please do not touch it under any

    circumstances. Please report any sighting to Parks and Wildlife on 9947 8000.

  • EFTPOS facility at Geikie Gorge National Park out of order

    Parks and Wildlife advises that the EFTPOS facility at Geikie Gorge National Park out of order so only cash sales can be accepted.

    The department apologises for any inconvenience and will advise once the facility is working again.

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

  • West Kimberley Parks Update - 24 April 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that the parks in the West Kimberley remain closed due to the prolonged wet season and extensive damage to roads throughout the area. At present machinery is unable to access much of the road network to repair damage.

    Geikie Gorge National Park 

    Geikie Gorge is open and boat tours are scheduled to commence on 1 May 2017. This may be delayed if the Fitzroy River water level rises again over the next week.

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National parks

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks remain closed due to the condition of the Fairfield Leopold Road. Please contact the Shire of Derby West Kimberley on (08) 9191 0999 for updates on projected road opening dates. Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the access status of the park changes. Due to rain over the Easter break and in the week following it is anticipated that these parks will open around the middle May 2017.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Silent Grove campground, Bell Gorge, Lennard Gorge, Mt Hart and the entire road network within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park remain closed. Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the access status of the park changes. Due to rain over the Easter break and in the week following it is anticipated that these parks will open around the middle May 2017.

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

  • Temporary closure of roads in Walpole Nornalup National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Tingle Drive from Monastery Road to Creek Road in Walpole Nornalup National Park is closed until further notice due to significant rainfall in the area.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause. It is monitoring the conditions and will advise once Tingle Drive is reopened

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

  • Mount Frankland summit closed

    The summit of Mount Frankland in Mount Frankland National Park has been closed due to maintenance of the safety barrier.

    The Caldyannup trail and the Wilderness lookout will remain open.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the maintenance has been completed.

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

  • Updates for the Donnelly District – 20 April 2017
    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to provide an update of Shannon campgrounds which have re-opened and camping is now available in the original campgrounds. The new campgrounds are still under construction and won’t be open until Spring 2017. Be aware that the road access to the original campgrounds has changed, so please drive slowly and adhere to the signage. The Great Forest Trees Drive south of Big Tree Grove has also re opened.
    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District office in Pemberton on (08) 9776 1207.
  • Purnululu National Park update - 17 April 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Purnululu National Park is now open for the 2017 season.

    The visitors centre is still closed, further advice will be provided once the opening date is confirmed.

    Self-registration is available on the veranda of the visitors centre.

    For further information contact the East Kimberley District office in Kununurra on (08) 9168 4200.

  • Fisherman’s Track Closed

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

  • 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.

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