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
http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/news/firenews.html). The Perrys Lookdown/Grose
Valley area that Kurtis planned to visit is part of the Blue Mountains (not
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.
Blue Mountains NSW
>From http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au/news/firenews.html (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
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
The Grose Valley below the clifftops
All walking tracks and canyons into the Grose Valley, including:
Mount Hay/Butterbox Canyon
Dumbano Canyon and Yarramun Canyon
Burralow picnic and camping area
Mt Portal vehicle access
Red Hands Cave
Mt Hay Road
McMahons Lookout Road
Ingar Picnic Area
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 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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