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What parks are open and when

Postby clarence » Wed 06 May, 2020 8:54 am

Heading to NSW in a few months for a trip. Morton, Blue Mts, Nattai are all options.

I know most places are closed due to China Virus, and many were already closed due to fires.

Any thoughts on what areas will be open in a few months when Wuhan virus lockdown is lifted.

Planning off track 4 days- Etrrrema, Currockbilly, Lower Nattai, Bindook/Tomat, Newnes/Upper Wollangambe, Nerriga.

I have a few backup options if parks aren't open.

Any advice appreciated.

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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby Neo » Wed 06 May, 2020 9:00 am

After the COVID peak many parks would be open. Some more remote sections may not be assessed until late in the year.
Check their website closer to the time for specific sections.
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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby Zapruda » Wed 06 May, 2020 9:29 am

Search away - https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/alerts-list

Most parks that weren't damaged in the fires remain open for day use. Certain parks and certain areas in some parks are closed due to fire damage.
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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby FatCanyoner » Wed 06 May, 2020 10:26 am

Currently no overnight / multiday activities allowed in any NSW national parks. I think we're all looking forward to that being relaxed, but no idea when. Even if they are, it will only take an uptick in infection rates for that restriction to be put back in place. Trying to predict what that will look like in several months time is impossible (if you could find someone who was capable of predicting the last few months at the start of the year I'd be asking them for next weeks lotto numbers!).

Many of the fire closures are likely to remain in place for some time, particularly in parks that were burnt particularly hard. I think the current health situation will actually encourage National Parks to keep them for longer than they otherwise would. In some cases, fires (and then heavy rain) damaged roads and infrastructure, which will also add to delays. Even before the current pandemic rangers were advising not to expect many of these areas to be open before the middle of the year.

If I were you, I'd call the local rangers in areas you're most keen on and try to suss them out. They may have a clear timeframe, although I suspect this is all being played by ear and will be changing on a day by day basis. I'd also have lots of fallback trip plans, including an option to defer things for a couple months.

On a side note (because holding my tongue isn't a strong suit) can you also avoid the racist "China Virus" crap. Do you call Ebola "West Africa Virus", or HIV "Central Africa Virus"? We have enough to deal with without people stoking division with this garbage.
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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby kymboy » Wed 06 May, 2020 10:34 am

Well said, FatCanyoner
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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby clarence » Wed 06 May, 2020 5:35 pm

Thanks for feedback people.

Not keen on conversing with NPWS people and getting the run around.

I will probably go with non-park "wilderness" plan B.

"China" virus removed from original post.

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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby puredingo » Wed 06 May, 2020 6:24 pm

What? Parks closed....never heard of it.

Also never heard anyone whinging about the description “German measles’s” either? It’s a weird old world we are living in.
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Re: What parks are open and when

Postby clarence » Wed 06 May, 2020 10:57 pm

Many years ago I went into greater Horseshoe bend for an overnighter with my girlfriend's 15 year old brother. Most of Morton NP was closed due to goat shooting.

We ended up doing a bit of an epic in Jonstones and Bundanoon Creek. Memorable trip.

Plan B's are sometimes better than the plan A's.

Weird old world indeed puredingo.

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