Authorities are urging people to apply common sense and do the right thing by following the COVID-19 rules when visiting local national parks.
Complying with COVID-19 health requirements will help ensure national park areas remain available for local exercise across the Central Coast areas.
Although some national parks areas closed due to the recent bushfires and floods, many national parks remain open for the local community to exercise providing people can comply with social distancing and public gathering rules.
Please act responsibly and if a national park area already has many people exercising, come back later or try another nearby location.
Protecting the health and safety of visitors and staff is the highest priority for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
In line with statewide closures of all NPWS campgrounds and some high-use day visitor areas in national parks across New South Wales, vehicle access is not permitted to:
- Putty Beach within Bouddi National Park
- Munmorah State Conservation Area (Birdie and Frazer beaches, Freemans and Frazer camping areas, Snapper Point, Wybung Head
- Crackneck Lookout visitor facilities, including the carpark, within Wyrrabalong National Park east of Gosford
- Girrakool day use area in Brisbane Water National Park west of Gosford, where Somersby Falls visitor area is also closed.
All amenities blocks and picnic facilities within these day use areas will also be unavailable.
People can still visit their local area by walking or cycling.
In areas that remain open, and to prevent further closures it is essential that people comply with the following directives and health measures:
- Practice social distancing and follow rules on public gatherings.
- If you wish to exercise in a national park, choose a park close to your home. Visitors are reminded that non-essential travel is currently not permitted.
- If you are unwell, stay at home.
NPWS officers and NSW Police are patrolling national parks to ensure visitors are complying with social distancing measures and other public health orders.
People are reminded that no camping is permitted in national parks (PDF 458KB) from 26 March 2020, including wild and backcountry camping.
Learn more about what NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.