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Urgent: Track Closures for Labour Day 2012

on Fri, 09/03/2012 - 14:46

This just in from Parks Vic.  Extra closures due to recent flooding:

Alpine National Park
Closure Report (by area)
Updated 9 March 2012


Dargo High Plains
• Long Spur Track.

Eastern Alps
• Snowy River Road (or Barry Way) between Wulgulmerang & Jindabyne, NSW and access
to the Willis area on the Snowy River and the Ingeegoodbie/MacFarlanes track network
until further notice due to washout of Suggan Buggan River bridge at Suggan Buggan.
• Macs Creek Road.
• Cobberas Trail.
• MacFarlane Flat Track.
• Ingeegoodbee Track.
• Wombat Creek Track.
• Four Mile Creek Track.
• JP Track.
• Kellys Track.
• Davies Plain 4WD Circuit.
• Limestone Creek Track.
• McCarthys Track.
• Buckwong Track.
• Kings Plain Track.
• Tom Groggin Track.
• Nine Mile Creek Track - bridge works underway by DSE.

Mansfield
• Bluff Link Road from 16 Mile Jeep Track to Howqua River.
• Upper Howqua Camping Area.

Mount Beauty
• Dungey’s Track (DSE estate).
• West Kiewa Logging Road (DSE estate) – closed from intersection with Dungey’s Track.

Oriental Claims Historic Area
• Pedestrian bridge closed.
• Ah Fong Loop walking track closed.

Upper Murray
• Blue Gum Ridge and Surveyors Creek 4WD tracks until further notice.
• Visitors advised to avoid the Indi River camps.

Whitfield
• King Hut, Pineapple and Top Crossing tracks are open but please use caution due to high river levels at crossings.
• Basin Track.
• Burnt Top Track from Basin Track (Wild Horse to Basin Road).
• Long Spur Track.
• Sandy Flat Track.
• McMillans Track.
• Stockyard Track.
• Wabonga Track.
• Top Crossing Track.

Wonnangatta-Moroka
• Dry River Walking Track/Bicentennial National Trail – Howitt Road to Wonnangatta Valley
and Guys Hut to Wonnangatta Valley.
• Wonnangatta access tracks from Dargo & Myrtleford are currently impassable due to high river levels on the Wonnangatta and Crooked Rivers. Access is only available via Zeka Spur.
• The Macalister, Caledonia and Dargo River catchments tracks should be avoided until river levels reside.

 

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park
Closure Report
(Updated 9 March 2012)
Walking Tracks currently closed:

  • The Lookouts Walking Track
  • Bluff Creek Nature Trail
  • Pine Mountain Walking Track - access to start of walk is by 4WD only.
  • Hinces Creek Walking Track - likely to be damaged
  • 4WD tracks currently closed:
  • Upper Dogman Track
  • Lower Dogman Track
  • McNamaras Track
  • Bush Rat Track
  • Wild Goat Track
  • Mt Burrowa Track
  • Pines Track
  • Hinces Creek Track (past campground)
  • Bluff Creek visitor area: (some areas open)
  • Bluff Creek Camp – 3 (of 5) campsites are open.
  • Blue Gum Camp – open but accessible by 4WD only.
  • Bluff Falls area – open to top viewing area only, no access to viewing platform below falls.
  • Hinces Creek Camp - open

East Gippsland
Closure Report
(Updated 9 March 2012)
Buchan Caves Reserve
• Fairy Cave remains closed due to flooding

• Croajingolong National Park
• The Cicada Trail is closed due to flooding along sections his track, as well as due to the high river level at the Mueller River Crossing proving to be quite hazardous. Cabbage Tree Palms Flora Reserve
• Palms Track is closed due to flooding
 

Snowy River National Park
• Yalmy Road at the Rodger River Track intersection, due to a large fallen down tree
• Exercise caution when accessing Bowen Track, Bowen Link Track, Warbisco Track,
Monkeytop Track, Waratah Flat Road and Rich Knob Track. These tracks are accessible
during dry weather only. Even a small amount of rain can quickly make them un-driveable,
hazardous and prone to damage.
• Deddick Trail is closed to traffic between Rich Knob Track and Bowen Track until further
notice due to a number of large fallen trees across the track
• Waratah Flat track has limited access only with visitors able to reach the campsite and
Rodger River Bridge
 

Cape Conran Coastal Park
Currently the Orbost – Marlo road is closed, so visitors will need to travel via the Cabbage Tree-Conran Road until the road reopens.

Refer to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au for latest road updates

**Be aware of closure for Eastern Alps, near Snowy River National Park
Snowy River Road (or Barry Way) between Wulgulmerang & Jindabyne, NSW and access to the Willis area on the Snowy River and the Ingeegoodbie/MacFarlanes track network until further notice due to washout of Suggan Buggan River bridge at Suggan Buggan.

 

River Red Gum Parks
Due to recent heavy rains and floods, many of Victoria’s River Red Gum parks and reserves along the Murray, Goulburn and Ovens Rivers have been closed to protect visitor safety and minimise track damage.

Parks Victoria is urging licensed tour operators and visitors to take extreme caution when travelling in the area. Conditions are constantly changing as water levels can rise rapidly due to rain and release from local weirs.
The following parks and reserves have been closed to protect public safety and minimise track damage.


• Barmah National Park
• Lower Goulburn National Park
• Gunbower National Park
• Shepparton Regional Park
• Lower Ovens section of Warby-Ovens National Park
• Murray River Reserves between Yarrawonga and Cobram, Cobram and Tocumwal, and
Tocumwal and Barmah
 

There is limited access to Murray River Reserves along the river from Barmah to Torumbarry, Gunbower to Swan Hill and from Wodonga to Bundalong.
The Torrumbary Weir, Wills Bend and boat ramps from Echuca to Torumbarry are open and accessible by 2wd and 4wd.
 

Parks Victoria will be working hard to progressively open sections of the River Red Gum parks as water levels recede and as risk assessments are completed by park rangers.
However, some areas are expected to remain closed for some time due to extensive flood damage to tracks and facilities, or excess water in low-lying areas

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