Blue Mountains National Park reopens sites to visitors | Blue Mountains Gazette

Popular lookouts, fire trails and some hiking trails in the Blue Mountains National Park have reopened to visitors following extensive damage caused by sustained wet weather.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) continues to inspect and gradually reopen sites as safety and damage assessments are completed in the 247,000 hectare park, said David Crust, branch manager of Blue Mountains of the NPWS.

“Recent heavy rains and flash flooding caused extensive damage to park roads, bridges, walking trails and campgrounds,” Crust said.

“We know visitors are eager to return to Blue Mountains National Park and our staff are working hard to assess roads, walking trails, fire trails, visitor areas and camping areas to allow for this. Initially, we are focusing on popular picnic areas, lookouts, campgrounds and fire trails.”

A significant number of areas of the park are now open to the public in the Blackheath, Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Lower and Mid Mountains and Bells Line of Road areas.

For nice short walks, visitors can head to Wentworth Falls where the trail to the top of the waterfall has been reopened, along with several spectacular lookouts.

NPWS’ David Crust and NSW Environment Minister James Griffin at Popes Glen earlier this year ahead of the widespread closure of the Blue Mountains National Park on April 6. Blackheath March is now reopened. Photo – provided.

A selection of half-day walks are also available in the High Mountains, including the Clifftop Track and Popes Glen in Blackheath, and the Prince Henry Clifftop walk in Katoomba.

For full-day walks and cycling opportunities, many firefighting trails have reopened, including the Burramoko Fire Trail in Blackheath and the Mount Banks Fire Trail off Bells Line of Road.

However, Mr Crust said some tracks and sites will remain closed for a significant period of time due to extreme ground saturation, major damage and difficult access.

“The safety of visitors and staff is the first priority of the NPWS,” he said.

“Staff will continue to monitor locations, but visitors should expect that some areas may take a month or more of dry weather to reopen.

“If you plan to visit the park, check the website for closures and be prepared to change your plans if weather conditions deteriorate and we receive significant rainfall.”

The majority of Blue Mountains National Park was closed following a tragic rockfall on April 4, 2022.

Visitors should always check the safety messages and closures on the NPWS website before leaving the house.

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