Blue Mountains and park closures

Subject: Blue Mountains and park closures
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 11:41:06 +1100
Kurtis Lindsay wrote: "When we arrived the whole of Wollemi National Park
and surroundings where closed due to those cursed bushfires."

Just to clarify the situation and for the benefit of anyone who is planning
to visit the Blue Mountains, I have copied below the current park closure
information from the NSW NPWS website (for updates, see The Perrys Lookdown/Grose
Valley area that Kurtis planned to visit is part of the Blue Mountains (not
Wollemi) NP.

Note that, although much of the National Park is closed, there are still
many good birding areas around the Blue Mountains which are not affected
and not in the National Park. For example, just yesterday afternoon I spent
an hour or so at Kings Tableland with some visiting UK birders during which
we saw Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, a flock of about
20 Gang-gangs and a Beautiful Firetail, among other things. Also, the
Capertee Valley is completely unaffected by any closures.

Kurtis, unfortunately I did not see your RFI until it was too late. Hope
you get a chance to visit the Mountains again in the future.



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

>From (as of 13 January 2003):

Blue Mountains area

Blue Mountains National Park is open apart from the areas listed below. All
recently burned areas are closed for safety reasons in all national parks
and reserves in the Blue Mountains area.

  All Lockouts (sic) and walking tracks on the north side of the Great
Western Highway

  Grose Valley Closed including all walking tracks and canyons into the
Grose Valley, and Claustral canyon

  All lookouts around the Grose Valley, including Evans lookout, Govetts
Leap, Pulpit Rock, Anvil Rock, Perrys Lookdown, Victoria Falls Lookout, Mt

  All walking tracks into the around the Grose Valley, including all cliff
top walks at Blackheath.

  All Camping and Picnic areas around Grose Valley, including Perrys
Lookdown, Pierces Pass and Mt Banks picnic areas.

  All Wollangambe and Bungleboori Canyons and walking tracks.

  National Pass from Valley of the Waters to Slacks Stairs
  Grand Canyon
  The Grose Valley below the clifftops
  All walking tracks and canyons into the Grose Valley, including:

      Claustral Canyon
      Fortress Canyon
      Mount Hay/Butterbox Canyon

  Dumbano Canyon and Yarramun Canyon
  Burralow picnic and camping area
  Mt Portal vehicle access
  Red Hands Cave
  Nepean Lookout
  Point Pilcher
  Mt Hay Road
  McMahons Lookout Road
  Ingar Picnic Area
  Murphys Glen
  Jellybean and Blue Pools are closed for swimming

Hartley Historic Site is open

Kanangra-Boyd National Park is open.

Wollemi National Park: remote areas of Wollemi National Park, are closed

  Glow Worm Tunnel Road
  Glow Worm Tunnel
  All Canyons
  All Remote walking routes
  All 4WD tracks.


  Newnes Historic Site
  Newnes camping and picnic area
  Dunns Swamp picnic and camping area
  Wheeney Creek picnic and camping area

For further information on national parks and reserves in the Blue
Mountains, please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on 4787 8877 (open
9.00am to 4.30pm seven days).

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