Long term State forest closures due to flood and bushfire impact
14 Jan 2020 until further notice
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A large number of State forests are closed over the longer term due to significant impact from flooding and bushfires.
See the full list of forest closures here (current at 30 August 2021).
Please note many visitor areas remain closed for repairs on the south coast and snowy mountains as indicated on the closure list.
Also please check for short term closures and notices.
Recent State forests updates:
- 3 September 2021: Bombala and Ewingar State Forests reopened.
- 1 September 2021: Armidale, Bagawa, Boambee, Boundary Creek, Chaelundi, Congomerate, Dalmorton, Die Happy, Ellis, Gladstone, Glenugie, Hyland, Irishman, Kangaroo River, Little Newry, London Bridge, Marengo, Marara, Moonpar, Nana Creek, Never Never, Nulla Five Day, Nymboida, Oakes, Orara West, Paddys Land, Ramornie, Roses Creek, Sheas Nob, Scotchman, Tarkeeth, Thumb Creek, Tuckers Nob, Viewmont, Warra, Wedding Bells, Wild Cattle Creek State Forests reopened.
- 31 August 2021: Banyabba, Beaury, Billilimbra, Braemer, Bungawalbin, Camira, Carwong, Devils Pulpit, Donaldson, Ellis, Gibberagee, Gibralter Range, Glen Elgin, Grange, Keybarbin, Koreelah, Malara, Mororo, Mount Lindesay, Mount Marsh, Mount Mitchell, Myrtle, Spirabo, Tabbimobile, Tuckers Nob, Unumgar, Warra, Washpool and Whiporie State Forest reopened.
- 30 August 2021: Barcoongere, Brother, Candole, Corrabere, Forest Land, Newfoundland, Oakwood, Pine Brush State Forests reopened.
- 26 August 2021: Coolangubra, Woodburn and Yarrawa State Forests reopened.
- 1 July 2021: Coricudgy and Nullo Mountain State Forests reopened.
- 29 June 2021: Bulga, Dingo, Doyles River, Knorrit State Forests reopened.
- 1 June 2021: Kendall, Johns River and Way Way State Forests reopened.
- 28 May 2021: Styx River State Forest, Doubleduke State Forest and Old BottleButt reopened.
- 26 April 2021: Ballengarra, Bellangry (No 1 Fire tower is open), Bril Bril, Collombatti, Ingalba, Kalateenee, Maria River, Mt Boss (Note Wild Bull and The Bluff are closed) and Tamban State Forests reopened.
- 22 April 2021: Lower Bucca, Nambucca, Newry, Pine Creek and Orara East State Forests reopened.
- 19 April 2021: Cairncross, Cowarra, Queen Lake, Burrawan (Old Bottlebutt remains closed), Broken Bago, Coopernook, Lansdowne, Kiwarrak and Yarratt State Forests reopened.
- 30 March 2021: Currawong camping area is closed in Chichester State Forest (Telegherry River)
- 30 March 2021: Please note that Barcoongere State Forests remains closed, however Barcoongere Way is open through the forest to National Park campgrounds.
- 24 March 2021:The following State forests closed due to flood damage: Barcoongere, Boambee, Bom Bom, Candole, Conglomerate, Diehappy, Gladstone, Glenugie, Irishman, Little Newry, Lower Bucca, Nambucca, Nana Creek, Never Never, Newfoundland, Newry, Oakes, Orara East, Orara West, Pine Brush, Pine Creek, Roses Creek, Scotchman, Tarkeeth, Tuckers Nob, Viewmont, Wedding Bells and Wild Cattle Creek. Note: exception is Sealy lookout precinct area in Orara East State Forest - this area remains open.
Forest closures override all permits for hunting. Hunting is not permitted in closed forests even with a permit.
Visitors should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me app or website.
Updates on State forest closures will be available at www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit and posted on Facebook.
Visit our closures and notices page for links and information on checking weather and fire warnings and to find out about permits in State forests when they are closed.