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: 24 March 2020

Major bushfires burnt approximately 80 per cent of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. 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 also burnt canyoning areas, or forced the closure of parks.

National Parks have started the process of reopening areas once safe to do so, with access to canyons likely to be restored over the coming weeks and months. This thread provides an up-to-date summary of the closure status of popular canyoning areas / canyons.

(Note: This is not an exhaustive list of all canyons, so if you intend to visit 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, Whores Bed
Blue Drum Ck, Waterfall Ck
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, Hat Hill, Arethusa, Crayfish Ck
Mt Hay (Butterbox)

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

Mt Wilson:
All canyons accessed via Mt Wilson were impacted by fire. The intensity varied across the region, but Bowens Creek was heavily impacted.
Wollangambe River, Du Faur Ck, Joes, 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. National Parks have indicated the reopening of Claustral is likely to occur in March.
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 Kanangra-Boyd NP were impacted by fire. Kanangra Walls Road requires extensive remediation work, including the replacement of the Boyd River bridge.
Kanangra Main, Kalang, Danae, Carrabeanga, Davies.

South Coast:
Macquarie Rivulet (Macquarie Pass) is generally open but may be temporarily closed on days with high fire danger.
Please note there is no access to Macquarie Rivulet via top of Macquarie Pass due to private property. Access to the upper falls must be done via Clover Hill Road.

Bungonia:
Bungonia, Jerrara, Long Gully, Fordham.

Wombeyan:
Parts of the Wombeyan Caves area were impacted by fire, with subsequent landslides following heavy rain. National Parks estimate the reserve will remain shut until May.
Mares Forest Canyon.

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

Coffs Harbour:
(Canyons located in Bindarri and Dorrigo National Parks.)
Urumbilum, Bangalore, Wayper, Gleniffer, Rosewood



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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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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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Post by Rebus Knebus » 21 Feb 2020, 09:24

We’re visiting Australia for the month of March, coming from the States. We originally planned on doing some canyons in the Blue Mountains, but now we’re not sure. Are there enough open canyons to fill a few days and make bringing all our gear worthwhile? Any idea if some of the closed areas might open up while we’re there?

Thanks,
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Post by T2 » 21 Feb 2020, 13:00

David,

It's very difficult to predict what will be open during your visit. Currently there are only a couple canyons in the Blue Mountains that are accessible, and they are very basic half-day trips. There are some more canyons a few hours from Sydney that are accessible, and the numbers of those will increase in March.

In the Blue Mountains, many of our best canyons are likely to remain closed for the remainder of the season due to the intensity of the fires. There are some canyons that escaped burning that may reopen soon, and some other that had less intense fire activity that may also open, but it is almost impossible to predict exactly when. Hopefully the recent extensive rainfall will mean the bush with regenerate enough that National Parks are happy to allow people back into some of these areas.

I'd probably suggest bringing your basic gear (harnesses etc). It is possible to hire wetsuits in Katoomba if you need them for particular trips. I'm also happy to lend you some ropes if needed. You'll also find there will be locals willing to take you through any open canyons.

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

Post by Rebus Knebus » 22 Feb 2020, 01:24

T2,

Thanks for the detailed reply and the generous offer! I’ll look into our options over the next week or so and then get back in touch.

Thanks again,
David

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