Recent heavy weather has forced the temporary closure of Bennett’s, Mungo and Lighthouse Beaches in Myall Lakes National Park, north of Newcastle.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Stephen Smith said the combination of high tides, strong winds and large waves has left steep ledges and areas of very soft sand making it unsafe for vehicle access.
“There is insufficient beach remaining in the intertidal zone to allow for safe use by 4WD vehicles”, Mr Smith said.
“This closure applies to Bennetts Beach in the south of Myall Lakes National Park from the park boundary to Little Gibber, Mungo Beach from the Mungo 4WD access to Big Gibber and Lighthouse Beach near Seal Rocks.
“The temporary closures will be in place at Lemon Tree, Mungo and Lighthouse Beach 4WD access tracks by a closed gate and signs. Signs will also be placed at the park boundary on Bennett’s Beach.
“NPWS will continue to monitor the condition of beaches, and will re-open them to 4WDs once the conditions improve through natural sand replenishment,” Mr Smith said.