After more than 15 months of closures to help in the recovery of bushfire and flood damage, the remaining closed areas of Namadgi National Park will reopen to visitors.

From Friday, the Australian Alps Walking Track and Mt Tennant will reopen, along with Honeysuckle Ridge, including the campground, Booroomba Rocks, the Orroral Valley, Nursery Swamp, the Geodedic Dome and tracking station and the Bimberi Wilderness Area.

During the 2019-20 bushfire season, the Orroral Valley fire burn through more than 80 percent of the National Park, severely demaging an estimated 82,700 hectares of land.

ACT Land Management Minister, Mick Gentleman said, following extensive restoration works, the park is now safe to return to with favourable weather conditions over the past year helping to speed up the recovery process.

“Our teams have worked hard to make the park safer for the community to get back into the Park well ahead of schedule, with a focus on critical issues with infrastructure and along public roads into the park.

However, some areas will remain close for the time being, including the Yankee Hat Rock Art Site, the Orroral Campground and some roads.

“Because of the heavy rainfall in late March some public roads remain closed, which may restrict vehicle access in areas of the park. During that week over 200mm was dumped on the Orroral Valley in less than 36 hours.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“The Yankee Hat Rock Art Site remains closed as we work on upgrades to the site with the Ngunnawal people to integrate their values, lore and knowledge into this work. This will take some time, but it is important that we have new infrastructure, signage and experiences that respects and values the Ngunnawal culture and celebrates the cultural significance of this site.

Details on closures and information for visiting the park can be found here.