View of Namadgi National Park
08 April 2021
Namadgi enthusiasts and newcomers alike can now enjoy the full Namadgi experience following the reopening of the last of the closed off areas at the National Park.
Access has been restricted in the Park since being ravaged by bushfire last year. Now all of Namadgi is open to the public once again, except for the Yankee Hat Rock Art Site. This location remains closed for upgrades, including new infrastructure, signage and experiences that respects and values the Ngunnawal culture and celebrates the cultural significance of this site and its surrounding location.
For many Canberrans, they will be heading into Namadgi for the first time since the Orroral Valley bushfire in January 2020. The bush is still recovering, and the safety hazards brought about by the fires haven’t completely gone away.
As you make your way to Namadgi again please tread carefully, stay safe and drop in to the Namadgi Visitor Centre before you set off.
Many tree branches are still very fragile, so please avoid walking in fire-affected areas on windy days. Always keep to the tracks because after a wet spring and summer there’s a lot of thick regrowth if you head off the marked path.
And before you head off, don’t forget to familiarise yourself with Namadgi’s safety information and you know what to pack and bring along with you.
The ACT Government has worked hard to get Namadgi ready to be reopened, by making the infrastructure and environment safe for the community.
Because of the heavy rainfall event 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.
Most of the work that has occurred in the Park since the launch of the Bushfire Recovery Plan last September has been focused on addressing critical safety issues with surrounding infrastructure and along public roads into the park.
The completion of this work now allows Canberrans to get back into areas of the Park that have been closed since December 2019.
Recovery work in the park was able to progress faster than originally anticipated thanks to a combination of favourable weather conditions and the hard work of the recovery team, Roads ACT and various volunteer groups from within the community.