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

Big Volcano Visitor Guide Webmaster update:

COVID-19 and other Advisories on this page checked/updated: 10pm, 13th September, 2021.


For 13 September 2021:

In areas where stay-at-home orders have been lifted, most campgrounds and accommodation will reopen for bookings after 11 September. Those in LGAs under stay-at-home orders will remain closed to arrivals. Most parks are open for exercise but may close at short notice. Check NPWS alerts for latest park closure information.

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. (Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Aug 2021, 11.30am.)

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

These include Border Ranges NP, Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum, Nightcap NP, Richmond Range NPRichmond River Nature Reserve, Toonumbar NP, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Richmond Range NP, Yuragir NP, 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.


Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and staff is the highest priority for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Please check the latest NSW Government COVID-19 updates on a regular basis and stay aware of the current rules and restrictions. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild symptoms, do not visit a park. Stay home and get tested.

People in Local Government Areas (LGAs) under stay-at-home restrictions are advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

In areas where stay-at-home orders have been lifted, most campgrounds, accommodations and visitor centres managed by NPWS will reopen for bookings after 11 September. Some campgrounds, accommodation and visitor centres will remain closed or may be closed at short notice to ensure the safety of staff, visitors, and community.

Please do not visit a park or park facility if you have been in a COVID-19 case location and check alerts for closures in NSW national parks before planning your visit.

We're committed to keeping parks and reserves open for the community to exercise, however there may be unforeseen closures or delays.

Popular areas in NSW national parks may be closed at short notice to ensure public visitation does not exceed safe capacity, and to ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 rules. This includes areas like beaches, caves, carparks, playgrounds, barbecue facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic areas, rotundas, toilets, viewing platforms and visitor centres. 

Physical distancing is required for all activities and pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. If a national park or other public space is too crowded to practice physical distancing then it's your responsibility to leave the area. Please do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or Police.

Last updated: 4:30pm, 10 September 2021.

QLD Parks Service (QPWS)

7 park alerts are current for Gold Coast, affecting Burleigh Head National Park, Nerang National Park, Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk and Lamington National Park, with 4 alerts for Southern QLD Country, Girraween National Park.

Closure periods range from a few days from 10th of September 2021, to extensive closures up to 17th December 2021.  Please check the alerts for current details.

Important updates: Camping and vehicle access in national parks

Camping bookings and fees

You must book and pay for a camping permit before you arrive at a camping area.

Most bookings are made online through the Queensland National Parks Booking Service, and your permit is issued by email.

COVID-19 restrictions Northern NSW and SE QLD

Please also check COVID-19 restrictions Northern NSW and SE QLD for people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted, and Tweed / Gold Coast border pass details.

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