Big Volcano® (Wollumbin) Visitor Guide

COVID-19 and other Advisories NSW and QLD National parks. Northern Rivers, NSW, New South Wales and southern Gold Coast hinterland of QLD, Queensland, Australia..

COVID-19 and other Advisories NSW and QLD National parks

Webmaster:  COVID-19 and other Advisories on this page checked/updated: 2pm, 20th July, 2021.

Wollumbin Nationl Park remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks associated with the summit walking track, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site. (Last reviewed: Wed 7 Jul 2021, 5.38pm )

Other Northern Rivers region local closures may include full or part park closures.

These include Border Ranges, Nightcap, Richmond Range, Toonumbar, Mebbin NP, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Richmond Range State Forest, and some other national parks and reserves.

Part park closures maybe due to previous flood or bushfire damage.  Some closed areas are currently getting upgrades to camp grounds, facilities, walking tracks etc.

See Border Ranges National Park alert list for full details of closed areas and safety alerts in this region.

Please check all alerts list for the full list of NSW national parks closures before planning your visit.

NSW NPWS Regional and rural NSW

We understand how important and significant national parks and reserves are for the NSW community and are committed to keeping our parks and reserves open for the community to exercise. 

Before leaving home, please check:

Visitors are reminded that NPWS campgrounds or accommodation must not be used for self-isolation.

Popular areas across NSW may have to be closed at short notice to ensure visitation doesn't exceed safe capacity and ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules. This includes popular picnic areas and beaches. Other areas remain closed due to bushfire or flood damage. Physical distancing is required for all activities in NSW national parks.

QLD Parks Service (QPWS)

7 park alerts are current for Gold Coast, affecting Lamington NP day use facilities and track closures, David Fleay Wildlife Park, and Springbrook NP facilities, with 2 alerts for Main Range NP (Southern QLD Country).

Closure periods range from a few days from 19th July, to extensive closures up to 3rd December 2021.  Please check the alerts for current details.

Important updates: Camping and vehicle access in national parks

From Friday 9 July, we’re using the Check In Qld app in camping areas with mobile phone coverage. Please ensure you “check in” if a QR Code is displayed near the entrance to your camping area. Your personal details may be provided to Queensland Health for contact tracing purposes in accordance with Privacy legislation.

QR code posters will be placed in information shelters or amenities blocks where camping areas have these, or at the entrance to the camping area.

Where there is no mobile coverage, Queensland Health contract tracers will be provided permit holder data upon request within privacy legislation requirements.

Visitors must not attend a campsite if they have been to a declared COVID-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days, have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case, or have symptoms related to COVID-19.

We request those who are able to be self-contained do so to reduce the number of people using facilities.

Bookings are essential:

Before visiting a national park

  • Always check Park Alerts before leaving home for up-to-date information for a specific location.
  • Only visit open sites where there are car spaces available in the car park, follow social distancing measures and adhere to public gathering numbers.
  • Do not attempt to visit any closed areas, unless authorised, for your own safety and protection, and that of your community.
  • Please exercise appropriate hygiene with regard to washing hands with soap, use of sanitisers, and leave no trace behind when you depart.
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