Six months after the Orroral Valley Bushfire visitors are now able to return to parts of Namadgi National Park.
28 July 2020
During the Orroral Valley bushfire earlier this year, over 80% of Namadgi National Park burnt. In the six months since, the ACT Government has been hard at work restoring the impacted areas and are happy to say visitors are now able to return to parts of Namadgi.
The Corin and Naas/Boboyan Road precincts have now reopened allowing access to popular sites, such as Gibraltar Falls, Corrin Dam, Settlers Walking Track, Square Rock and more.
Campers may also be pleased to know that Mt Clear and Woods Reserve campgrounds are back in business and are now taking bookings online. The Namadgi team used the time while the Woods Reserve campground area was closed to refresh the campsite, and undertook infrastructure improvements, weed and erosion control, ecological restoration along with works designed to lessen the impact of any future bushfire.
Although parts of Namadgi are now reopened, Honeysuckle Valley, Orroral Valley and Bimberri Wilderness precincts will remain closed as major works are needed to restore public access roads, walking trails, low-level crossings and fire trails. ACT Parks and Conservation Service plan to reopen these areas progressively in stages as works are complete.
Old Boboyan Road in the Naas/Boboyan Road precinct is also closed as works are required to refurbish and protect Yankee Hat – an important Ngunnawal rock art site. This also means that visitors will not be able to access Gudgenby Homestead and Ready Cut Cottage at this time.
While more parts of Namadgi are now accessible again, many of these areas are still fire impacted. When setting out to explore the park, check that you intended destination is open before heading out and take proper precautions by planning your visit carefully and please let someone know where you intend to go.
For more information on bushfire recovery efforts and the plan to reopen Namadgi, visit www.environment.act.gov.au.