Widespread 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 26 April 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:
- 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.
- 23 March 2021: The following State forests closed due to flood damage: Bellangry, Bril Bril, Broken Bago, Bulga, Bulls Ground, Burrawan, Cairncross, Comboyne, Coopernook, Cowarra, Dingo, Doyles River, Ingalba, Johns River, Kalateenee, Kendall, Kerewong, Kew, Kiwarrak, Knorrit, Lansdowne, Lorne, Maria River, Middle Brother, Mount Boss, North Branch, Queens Lake, Styx River, Tamban, Upsalls Creek, Way Way and Yarratt. Note: exception is Coopernook headquarters in Coopernook State Forest - this area remains open.
- 18 March 2021: Styx River State Forest reopened.
- 12 March 2021: Riamukka State Forest reopened.
- 5 March 2021: Cathcart, Tantawangalo and Glen Allen State Forests reopened
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.