Mid north coast and Hunter national parks impacted by floods closed for safety
National parks and reserves on the Mid north coast and Hunter regions including Myall Lakes, Booti Booti, Wallingat, along with parts of Tomaree and Barrington Tops national parks, are temporarily closed for public safety.
Despite the widespread sunshine people are being urged to avoid closed areas and be careful when visiting national park areas that are open.
NPWS crews are also busy assessing hazards and clearing flood debris, fallen trees and repairing washaways and other damage.
This includes visitor sites, picnic areas, campgrounds, lookouts and walking tracks to ensure they are safe to use, along with access to and from these areas. Until they are assessed as safe, these areas will remain closed.
The Myall Lakes system experienced a major flood event. Lakeside camping areas and facilities are covered by metres of water. It is expected to take 4 weeks for the Lake level to fall, subject to suitable weather.
As waters recede visitor areas in parks are being assessed to determine the extent of work required to ensure safe public access. The community's understanding as the extensive damage assessment, clean-up and repair operation continues is appreciated.
- Check and observe closures. Check the NPWS and live traffic websites frequently, particularly close to travelling. Do not enter closed areas.
- Do not cross floodwaters. Conditions are currently treacherous. Do not cross flooded creeks and flood waters as the recent rains have likely altered conditions of causeways.
- Impassable access roads. Some park roads as well as access roads may not be passible and may close at short notice. Check websites or call ahead in remote areas. Access to some parks has changed due to road closures.
- Be mindful of trees. Soggy ground and sustained rains increase the risk of tree falls and failures. Do not shelter or camp under trees.
- Notify someone. Using the NPWS trip intention form to notify someone about your trip is a great way to increase your safety.
- If in doubt, leave it out. If you have doubts about your planned visit, we encourage you to postpone your stay to a drier, safer time.