List of canyon closures following the 2019/20 bushfires

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List of canyon closures following the 2019/20 bushfires

Post by T2 » 22 Jan 2020, 15:14

UPDATED: 16 February 2020

In recent months, a number of major bushfires have burnt approximately 80 per cent of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In particular, the Gospers Mountain, Grose, Green Wattle Creek and Erskine Creek fires collectively burnt through the overwhelming majority of canyoning areas in the region. Other fires further north and south have also burnt canyoning areas, or forced the closure of parks.

With recent rain and milder weather, these fires have been brought under control, allowing National Parks to start the process of opening areas that remained unburnt. Over the coming weeks and months, other canyoning areas will reopen once safe to do so. This thread will provide up-to-date information on which canyoning areas / canyons are once again accessible.

This is not an exhaustive list of all canyoning area, so if you intend to canyon in an area not listed please check the National Parks alerts page to ensure access has been restored.

Open canyons are green for easy identification, closed canyons / areas are red. The headline for each region also links to the relevant land manager's closures page.

Katoomba / Kings Tableland:
A number of canyons in this area escaped, while some others were impacted by fire.
Empress, Great Uncle George
Blue Drum Ck, Waterfall Ck, Whores Bed
A number of abseiling routes are also now open, including: Boars Head, Malatia Point, Malatia Wall

Southern Grose:
Many canyons in this area were impacted by fire.
Grand
Juggler, Fortress, Arethusa, Mt Hay (Butterbox), Hat Hill, Crayfish Ck.

Northern Grose:
All canyons on the north side of the Grose Valley were impacted by fire.
Yileen, Dalpura, Birrabang, Better Offer, Jungaburra, Koombanda, Oronga, Kamarah, Wotta.

Mt Wilson:
All canyons accessed via Mt Wilson have been burnt. The intensity varies across the region, but Bowens Creek was heavily impacted.
Wollangambe River, Du Faur Ck, Bell Ck, Serendipity, Whungee Wheengee, Kelvinator, Geronimo, Horseshoe, Whirlpool, Waterfall of Moss, Bowens Creek (North and South).

Carmarthen Labyrinth:
All canyons in the Carmarthen Labyrinth were impacted by fire.
Claustral, Ranon, Thunder, King Georges Brook, and Explorers Brook.

Dargans Creek:
Dargans Ck was heavily impacted by fire.

Newnes Plateau South:
The entire Newnes Plateau area was impacted by fire.
Bungleboori Ck, Hole in the Wall, Banks, Nosedive, Fortitude, Crikey, Froth and Bubble (Bubble Bath), Arthurs, Scatters, Dead Tree (Dead Log), Four Dope, Steep Ck (Bridge), Bjelkes Mind, Luna Park, Dumbano Ck and tributaries, Yarramun Ck and tributaries.

Newnes Plateau North:
The entire Newnes Plateau area was impacted by fire.
Rocky Creek, Twister, Wolgan View, River Caves, Deep Pass, Glow Worm Tunnel, Sheep Dip, Coachwood, Breakfast Creek, Closet, Galah, Heart Attack, Surefire, Spiral, Crooked Crevice, Thunderstorm, Contradiction, Nayook Ck and tributaries.

Sunnyside:
The entire Sunnyside Ridge area was impacted by fire.

Newnes:
All canyons around Newnes and the Wolgan Valley were impacted by fire.
Pipeline, Devils Pinch, Nightmare, Newnes (Starlight), Firefly, Looking Glass, Windows, Big Foot, Hartleys Mistake.

Northern Wollemi:
All canyons in the northern Wollemi were impacted by fire.
Coinslot, Freshwater Ck, Numietta Ck, Coorongooba Ck, Ovens Ck, Capertee River.

Kanangra:
All canyons in the northern Kanangra-Boyd NP were impacted by fire.
Kanangra Main, Kalang, Danae, Carrabeanga, Davies.

South Coast:
Macquarie Rivulet (Macquarie Pass) is generally open but is being temporarily closed on days with high fire danger.

Bungonia:
None of the Bungonia canyons were directly impacted by fire, however the area will remain closed until at least 11 March.
Bungonia, Jerrara, Spring Ck, Long Gully, Fordham.

Wombeyan:
Parts of the Wombeyan Caves area were impacted by fire.
Mares Forest Canyon.

Barrington Tops:
Manning River, Williams River, Gloucester River, Barrington River, Polblue Creek.



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Re: List of canyon closures following the 2019/20 bushfires

Post by marilyn_scott1950 » 22 Jan 2020, 17:34

Are you intending to update this from time to time Tim?

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Post by T2 » 22 Jan 2020, 21:34

Yep. I'll edit the post as things change. I'll probably include the date of the edit at the top so it's clear when things were updated. It seemed like this was the simplest way of creating a single list of what is open and closed.

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Re: List of canyon closures following the 2019/20 bushfires

Post by trishm26 » 26 Jan 2020, 19:02

Thanks T2. Can you tell me are abseil trips Boars Head, Kilimanjaro and the others there open? Long way to drive for empress and grand. Cheers

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Post by T2 » 26 Jan 2020, 20:38

Trish, Boars Head is on Council land. It is definitely open. Devils Hole (and therefore Wall of Africa and Kilimanjaro) are just inside the national park. Given they didn't burn, and Narrow Neck is now open, I think they should be open. The only issue is climbing / abseiling on Narrow Neck is still closed, so they may have extended that around to Devils Hole. I'd recommend calling the National Parks office in Blackheath to check the status of the Devils Hole track.

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