Extreme heat and fire danger force park closures in the NSW Hunter, Central Coast and Great Lakes region

The extreme heat and elevated fire danger rating predicted for the weekend of Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February, has forced the closure of a number of national parks and reserves including some walking tracks and camp grounds across the Hunter, Central Coast and Great Lakes region.

The Narrow Place lookout, Watagans National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Acting Director Hunter/Central Coast, Russell Madeley said the closures are a precautionary step to help ensure the safety of the community and the message is: check before you visit.

"With temperatures predicted to soar across NSW, these areas will be very uncomfortable for even the most hardy, or experienced visitor and the risk of bush fires is heightened," Mr Madeley said.

"We apologise for any inconvenience but are sure most will appreciate it is the right thing to do in the face of the predicted weather and bushfire risk," Mr Madeley said.

For updates and the latest information visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/FireClosure.aspx

At this stage the closures will affect the following parks across the Hunter, Central Coast and Great Lakes region:

  • Watagans National Park
  • Blue Gum Hill National Park
  • Karuah National Park
  • Wallaroo National Park
  • Karuah State Conservation Area
  • Medowie State Conservation Area
  • Karuah Nature Reserve
  • Medowie Nature Reserve
  • Wallingat National Park
  • Jilliby State Conservation Area
  • Popran National Park

A number of walking tracks will also be closed including all trails in Dhurag, Myall Lakes and Booti Booti National Parks and Mogo Walking Track and Shepard's Gully in Yengo National Park.

"The most important thing is to be prepared and check the website for updates before you travel and then follow the safety advice and heed all warning signs and closures," Mr Madeley said.

For the latest information on Total Fire Bans and fires, visit the Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ and the Rural Fire Service 'Fires near me' App.