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Park safety and updates - Parks and Wildlife WA

Track and trail conditions and updates, Trail closures by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Stockyard Gully Reserve Update 24 June 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that an SES rescue exercise will be conducted at Stockyard Gully Reserve this weekend on 24 June 2017.

    Access will remain open to the general public

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Moora District office in Jurien Bay on(08) 9688 6000.

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update – 15 June 2017

    This is the current status of roads and tracks in the Fitzgerald River National Park.

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed and unsealed) CLOSEDdue to wet soil conditions. No access to FRNP via Hamersley Drive from Hopetoun, no access to Hopetoun from FRNP via Hamersley Drive, due to flood damage to the Culham Inlet causeway.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions

    Moir Track 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions and trees blocking track.

    Pitchie Ritchie 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quoin Head high clearance 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quaalup/Gairdner Road 2WD access OPEN. Quaalup Homestead is open. Phone (08) 9837 4124.

    Point Ann Road 2WD access is CLOSEDdue to wet soil conditions.

    Pabelup Drive (north) 2WD access is CLOSEDdue to wet soil conditions.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is CLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    NOTE: The status of these roads could change at short notice or during your visit, after rain. As the website and DPaW APP is updated during working hours only, please confirm park status with local Parks and Wildlife staff in the areas that you are intending to visit. Please also be aware of Fitzgerald River National Park Status signs located on roads leading to major park entrances.

    Help reduce the spread of dieback disease in the park; wash mud from your vehicle before leaving home and where possible avoid wet areas on the roads (without leaving the road).

    Caravans not permitted on unsealed roads, due to roads are, narrow and may be corrugated.

    For further information please phone the East Mt. Barren Ranger Station 0428 383 060,Jacup Ranger Station on (08) 9835 5043, or Parks and Wildlife Ravensthorpe office (08) 9838 1967.

  • UPDATE: Notice of prescribe burn in Stokes National Parkextended to 16 June 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that a prescribed burn planned adjacent to Benwenerup and Camping area and Stokes Inlet Day Use Area campsite in Stokes National Park has commenced.

    The initial area affected will be adjacent to Benwenerup campsite and the Stokes Inlet Day use area. Advisory signage is in place.

    Access to Stokes Inlet and all recreation facilities including Stokes Inlet Heritage Trail, Benwenerup Campsite, and Young River and Stokes Inlet Day Use area is open but may be affected by smoke in the area as prescribe burning is continuing in the park to the west.

    Burning will continue moving away to the west, from main recreation area with smoke likely to affect the general area but the recreation area and facilities around the inlet and the key public access roads in the area will remain open. 

    The purpose of the burn is to reduce the significant build-up of fuel in the 50 ha burn which will minimize any potential impact on the campground and associated infrastructure from bushfire. 

    The Department is planning on implementing the burn with actual implementation weather dependent. The burn will be instigated and managed by Parks and Wildlife and will take place under prescribed conditions.

    The Department will ensure that sufficient resources are in place on the days of the burn and as a precaution will close the campsite and day use prior to the burn and for the duration of the burn. 

    Please contact Parks and Wildlife Esperance District office on (08) 9083 2100 should you have any queries relating to the proposed burn.

  • WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE 7 June 2017

    WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE7 June 2017 

    Windjana Gorge National Park

    Windjana Gorge campground ablution facilities will be upgraded over the next couple of weeks. Parks and Wildlife will do its best to minimise disruption but visitors are advised that there will be a reduction in the number of toilets and showers available during this time.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    Silent Grove campground ablution facilities will also be upgraded over the next couple of weeks. Parks and Wildlife will do its best to minimise disruption but visitors are advised that there will be a reduction in the number of toilets and showers available during this time.

    Additional toilets are being installed at the Bell Gorge carpark and visitors are advised to take care as machinery will be in the area.

    Mt Hart day use areas; Annie Creek, Barker Pool, and Matthew Gorge are being upgraded. Visitors are advised to take care as machinery will be in the area and access may be restricted.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide updates as access status changes.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District office in Broome on (08) 9195 5500.

  • WEST KIMBERLEY PARKS UPDATE 30 May 2017

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks

    Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks will open on Wednesday May 31 at 12pm.

    King Leopold Range Conservation Park

    It is anticipated that Silent Grove and Bell Gorge will open on Friday June 2. This will be pending road opening.

    Mt Hart Road is open to high clearance 4x4 vehicles under 4 tonnes.

    Lennard Gorge and Lennard Gorge Road remain closed with an opening date yet to be confirmed.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide updates as access status changes.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife West Kimberley District office in Broome on (08) 9195 5500.

  • Seasonal closure of Fawcett Track in Lane Poole Reserve

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Fawcett Track, 4WD trail within Lane Poole Reserve, is now closed over winter due to unsafe road conditions.

    The seasonal closure is to prevent unnecessary environmental damage to the track from further vehicle activity. 

    Further advice will be provided once the track has been reopened. 

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Perth Hills District office in Mundaring on (08) 9290 6100.

  • Prescribed burning – Kalbarri National Park – Loop Z Bend Access Road

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that a prescribed burning program is planned for Kalbarri National Park at Loop Z Bend Access Road from 11am 30 May 2017. This section of the park will be closed and will remain so until further notice.

    The current access arrangements for commercial operators will be temporarily suspended until this section has been declared safe after the prescribed burn. 

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

    For further information please contact the Kalbarri National Park Headquarters (08) 9937 1140 or the Parks and Wildlife Geraldton District office on (08) 9964 0901.

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Condition update – 22 May 2017

    This is the current status of roads and tracks in the Fitzgerald River National Park.

    Hamersley Drive (Sealed and unsealed)2WD access OPEN No access to the park via Hamersley Drive from Hopetoun, no access to Hopetoun from the park via Hamersley Drive due to flood damage to the Culham Inlet causeway.

    Hamersley Beach/Dune Track high clearance 4WD access OPENHigh clearance 4wd required. Reduce tyre pressures when driving on sand.

    Moir Track 4WD access CLOSED due to wet soil conditions and trees blocking track.

    Pitchie Ritchie 4WD accessCLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quoin Head high clearance 4WD accessCLOSED due to wet soil conditions.

    Quaalup/Gairdner Road 2WD access OPEN. Quaalup Homestead is open. Phone (08) 9837 4124.

    Point Ann Road 2WD access is OPEN Camping is available at St Marys Inlet

    Pabelup Drive (north) 2WD access is OPEN Camping is available at St Marys Inlet.

    Hakea Walk Trail 2WD access is OPENQuoin Head trailhead closed due to wet soil conditions

    Mamang Walk Trail 2WD access is OPENCamping is available at St Marys campsite.

    NOTE: The status of these roads could change at short notice or during your visit, after rain. As the website and DPaW APP is updated during working hours only, please confirm park status with local Parks and Wildlife staff in the areas that you are intending to visit. Please also be aware of Fitzgerald River National Park Status signs located on roads leading to major park entrances.

    Help reduce the spread of dieback disease in the park; wash mud from your vehicle before leaving home and where possible avoid wet areas on the roads (without leaving the road).

    Caravans not permitted on unsealed roads, due to roads are, narrow and may be corrugated.

    For further information please phone the East Mt. Barren Ranger Station 0428383060,Jacup Ranger Station on 98355043, or Parks and Wildlife Ravensthorpe office 98381967. 

  • Kalbarri National Park – Loop Z Bend Access Road

    Kalbarri National Park – Loop Z Bend Access Road

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that a prescribed burning is completed.

    Commercial operator access will be allowed along the Loop / Z Bend Road during this time however all operators must either be escorted through the site or be fully inducted (only limited operators that frequently access the park will be inducted).

    Operators wishing to access the park should contact the park office on (08) 9937 1140.

    The general public can access the Loop, Nature’s Window, West Loop and Z Bend via a commercial tour when the road is closed. Contact the Kalbarri Visitor Centre (08) 9937 1104 for bookings.

    A public access calendar, via the Loop – Z Bend Access Road, can be downloaded here.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience. 

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Geraldton District office on (08) 9964 0901.

  • Irukandji presence in Ningaloo Reef

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people of the continued risk from Irukandji jellyfish along the Ningaloo Reef.

    There have been over 20 reports of jellyfish stings along the Ningaloo coast since March this year producing Irukandji Syndrome and requiring hospital treatment. Swimmers have been stung by both the large Irukandji jellyfish (Keesingia gigas) and very small transparent species (likely to beMalo bella) that can be very hard to see in the water.Keesingia gigas continue to be sighted in low numbers along the Ningaloo Coast.

    Visitors to Ningaloo Reef  should be careful when swimming, walking beaches or fishing; avoid touching jellyfish of any species; be aware of the signs and symptoms of Irukandji syndrome; and understand first aid procedures and strategies for reducing the risk of being stung.

    Keesingia gigasare typically much larger than other species of Irukandji with an elongated, clear, cube-shaped bell 10 -15 cm in diameter and 20 – 40 cm long with one short paddle-like tentacle on each of the four corners. Malo bellaare much smaller with a clear cube shaped bell (size of a fingernail) with one thin trailing tentacle on each of the four corners.

    Symptoms and signs of Irukandji Syndrome

    The initial sting from an Irukandji jellyfish may vary in intensity. Stings from the smaller species may be minor and go unnoticed as nothing more than a minor irritant, while stings from the larger Keesingia gigas have resulted in excruciating pain in some patients at the sting site. Further signs and symptoms may not be immediate and generally appear between five to 45 minutes after the initial sting. These may include (although not limited to) severe generalised muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, breathing difficulties, sweating and elevated blood pressure.

    Hospital treatment is essential.

    First Aid

    According to the Australian Resuscitation Council, if Irukandji Syndrome is suspected, then an urgent request for medical assistance must be made.

    • Follow the principles of DRSABCD
    • Liberally douse or spray the area with vinegar for 30 seconds (do notrinse the area with fresh water)
    • Transport to hospital
    • If symptoms and signs do not develop, it is recommended that the patient should remain out of the water and monitored in a safe location for at least 45 minutes.

    Reducing the risk

    Swimmersshould not enter the water without covering bare skin using stinger suits or rash shirts made of nylon and lycra, or wet suits.Anybare skin especially hands, feet and faces may still be at risk if they are not covered. A number of swimmers have been stung on exposed skin whilst wearing stinger suits.

    If you suspect you have seen an irukandjijellyfish, please do not touch it under any

    circumstances. Please report any sighting to Parks and Wildlife on 9947 8000.

  • Temporary closure of roads in Walpole Nornalup National Park

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Tingle Drive from Monastery Road to Creek Road in Walpole Nornalup National Park is closed until further notice due to significant rainfall in the area.

    Parks and Wildlife apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause. It is monitoring the conditions and will advise once Tingle Drive is reopened

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Frankland District office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400.

  • Mount Frankland summit closed

    The summit of Mount Frankland in Mount Frankland National Park has been closed due to maintenance of the safety barrier.

    The Caldyannup trail and the Wilderness lookout will remain open.

    Parks and Wildlife will provide further advice when the maintenance has been completed.

    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Frankland District office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400.

  • Updates for the Donnelly District – 20 April 2017
    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to provide an update of Shannon campgrounds which have re-opened and camping is now available in the original campgrounds. The new campgrounds are still under construction and won’t be open until Spring 2017. Be aware that the road access to the original campgrounds has changed, so please drive slowly and adhere to the signage. The Great Forest Trees Drive south of Big Tree Grove has also re opened.
    For further information please contact the Parks and Wildlife Donnelly District office in Pemberton on (08) 9776 1207.
  • Purnululu National Park update - 17 April 2017

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that Purnululu National Park is now open for the 2017 season.

    The visitors centre is still closed, further advice will be provided once the opening date is confirmed.

    Self-registration is available on the veranda of the visitors centre.

    For further information contact the East Kimberley District office in Kununurra on (08) 9168 4200.

  • Fisherman’s Track Closed

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife wishes to advise that due to ongoing inundation and saturation of Fisherman's Track in D'Entrecasteaux National Park, the track will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The track will be monitored for accessibility and opened when conditions allow. An exact date cannot be given at this point in time.  For more information on the closure, please contact Parks and Wildlife’s Frankland District office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400.

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