Munmorah State Conservation Area

Munmorah State Conservation Area is a coastal park south of Catherine Hill Bay at the northern end of the NSW Central Coast. The park is blessed with some wonderful beaches popular with swimmers and surfers. You can stay overnight in either of the two well established campsites, both a short walk from the beach. The park puts on a wonderful wildflower in spring and summer each year. The park entrance gates are locked overnight and are open 5:30am to 9:00p.m during daylight savings period, 6:00am to 6:00pm outside of daylight savings time.

There are alerts raised for Munmorah State Conservation Area as at Wed, 29 May 2024 07:58:17 +1000
Other planned events: Aerial Spray Program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial spraying program on Friday 24 May 2024.
The operation will use Metsulfuron Methyl 600WG for the control of Bitou bush.
The program will take place in Munmorah State Conservation Area from Birdie Beach carpark and south through to Lake Munmorah finishing at Budgewoi.
NPWS staff will be present and patrolling closed areas during the operation. The following closures will apply when operations are underway:
Munmorah State Conservation Area;
Birdie Beach Drive from Freemans Park Road - including Birdie Beach and Tea Tree carparks
Birdie Beach south of Tea tree access
Elizabeth Bay Drive walking track access to Birdie Beach from Lake Munmorah to Budgewoi
Rutile walking track from Lake Munmorah to Budgewoi
Elizabeth Bay Drive walking track access to Lake Munmorah from Lake Munmorah to Budgewoi
Signs will be placed at the entry to the spray locations and there will be no public access during the spray operation. 
Please contact the local Munmorah NPWS area office for more information on 4972 9000.

Other planned events: Catherine Hill Bay Lookout closed for maintenance works
Catherine Hill Bay (Catho) Lookout will be closed for maintenance works from 07/05/2024 until 01/06/2024. 
Temporary fencing will be in place, please do not enter closed areas during this time.
Works aim to regrade the road surface and redirect traffic to a two way drive in and out removing the loop. Old unsightly concrete blocks will be replaced with large sandstone blocks that will act as seating around the site.
This will all help to tie in the proposed coastal walk that will run through the heritage precinct.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information phone the Local National Parks area office on 4972 9000.

Safety alerts: Frazer Beach access stairs (near campground) closed due to extensive erosion
Frazer Beach access stairs are temporarily closed due to extensive erosion. Works will be scheduled to stabilise and fix these stairs as soon as possible. Until then the stairs will remain closed. NPWS apologises for this inconvenience. 

Closed areas: Timber Beach and Timber Beach walking track are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Timber Beach walking track is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. This area is extremely eroded and hazardous and this closure is in place to keep the public safe. 
The are has limited access for emergency services and carrying out rescues is extremely difficult and puts rescuers in danger.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the local NPWS office on 49729000

Closed areas: Moonee Beach access trail closure
The south Moonee beach access trail located at the northern end of the Moonee Beach fire trail will be closed indefinitely due to cultural heritage sensitivity.
Alternate access to the beach is provided via Moonee Beach Trail, or, Hooey Street Catherine Hill Bay.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4972 9000.

Other planned events: Temporary access closures to trails at Middle Camp - Catherine Hill Bay - Munmorah State Conservation Area for external developer construction works.
Middle Camp DA/2238/2017 - has begun works in the Catherine Hill Bay area adjacent to lands managed by Munmorah State Conservation Area. These works due to the location now has temporary closures to access trails for Munmorah SCA. This is necessary for the contractor managing this development in order to maintain a safe construction site and public safety.
NPWS apologises for the inconvenience and are unable to provide alternate access.
This temporary closure affects: 
  1. Collier fire trail
  2. Powerline fire trail and 
  3. Middle Camp fire trail
Please be advised that these closures will not stop access to fire vehicles in emergencies and does not cause a safety concern.
For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 4972 9000.
 

Closed areas: Area closed - Pink Caves
Pink Caves are closed to visitors because they are extremely unsafe to visit.
The caves are filled with water at high tide. Even at low tide they can be dangerous, as ocean swell sends unpredictable waves sweeping into the caves and across the rock shelf. Sudden rogue waves can cause serious injury and may drag visitors across the rocks or out to sea.
There’s no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited. There’s no approved walking track to this location. Access to the caves involves walking over a rock shelf which is slippery, uneven and dangerous.
Visitors should take care when traversing all rock shelves and coastal areas located within Munmorah State Conservation Area.
For further information call the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000.

Safety alerts: Rock fishing safety
Rock fishing is a popular activity for many national park visitors and your safety whilst fishing is important. Parts of the NSW Central Coast are a declared high risk area due to large swells and hazardous surf conditions. In these high risk areas under the NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016, you are required by law to wear an appropriate life jacket. This includes children and anyone helping you fish. This is regulated by NSW Fisheries and poses an on the spot $100 fine if non-compliant.
Before rock fishing you should always:
Stay safe, always watch the local conditions, never turn your back on the ocean and never fish alone.
If you’re in doubt don’t go out.