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Warrumbungles torched?
Damo666
14/06/2013
1:04:04 PM
I've looked at the NPWS site and seen the alert. Bummer about Balor Hut, I had some good times out of there.

What is the reasoning behind so much of the park being closed? Is it environmental / erosion, wildlife issues, or falling trees or something else?

I don't like the idea of our national parks being completely closed off without good reason. I'm not trying to come down on the NPWS but I'm interested what the justification is.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
14/06/2013
1:10:15 PM
On 14/06/2013 jrc wrote:
>I rang the Park office today.
>
>Balor Hut has been destroyed as has the access stairway from Sreng Boss
>to the base of the Breadknife.
>
>The only open tracks are as advised previously (see earlier in this thread)
>which would not compromise access to the clasical areas (Bluff, CB, B Spire).

(fixed that for you jrc)?
>
>I was told the priority is to rebuild the visitor's centre and the Wambelong
>campground. Upper park facilities are not yet even considered, whatever
>form their rebuild might take.
>
>I do agree with M9 though, contacting the Coona BWC might be a route to
>being involved in assisting as appropriate although i hear this organisation
>is no longer ifunctioning.
>
One Day Hero
14/06/2013
1:19:42 PM
Gotta hand it to Monty, he called the staircase incineration back when they were building it. There's a couple of thousand hours of work wasted in a quite predictable manner.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
14/06/2013
1:27:05 PM
On 14/06/2013 One Day Hero wrote:
>Gotta hand it to Monty, he called the staircase incineration back when
>they were building it. There's a couple of thousand hours of work wasted
>in a quite predictable manner.

Agreed.
;-)
He did that back on 10 Jan 2007, as Government Approved Destruction!
Heh, heh, heh.
PeteK
14/06/2013
3:40:34 PM
On 14/06/2013 jrc wrote:
>I rang the Park office today.
>
>Balor Hut has been destroyed .....

I have it on good authority that the hut and water tank are fine. The toilet however is burnt into the ground. The fire around Dangar saddle seemed sporadic with some areas burnt to a crisp and others, like the camp site, untouched. Some of the stairs around the breadknife are also ok.

The top and northern slopes of Bluff Mt are torched, as is the base of CB and B spire. Most of the area around the Tonduron is untouched.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
14/06/2013
6:53:00 PM
On 14/06/2013 PeteK wrote:
>I have it on good authority that the hut and water tank are fine. The
>toilet however is burnt into the ground. The fire around Dangar saddle
>seemed sporadic with some areas burnt to a crisp and others, like the camp
>site, untouched. Some of the stairs around the breadknife are also ok.
>
>The top and northern slopes of Bluff Mt are torched, as is the base of
>CB and B spire. Most of the area around the Tonduron is untouched.

Thanks for the interesting info.
I was associated with the construction of that 'new at the time' dunny, and although it is close to Balor Hut, it was a little bit out there along a spur.
~> It sounds like the fire came up the gully and consumed it...

As an aside, I reckon that dunny had a better view than many million dollar properties in Sydney!
Heh, heh, heh.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
11/07/2013
8:40:14 PM
>Warrumbungle National Park
Fires, floods and park closures

Last update: 17/5/2013 4:00PM

Closed areas

Closure

Following the recent bushfire Warrumbungle National Park is open in a limited capacity only.

Camp Wambelong is OPEN for camping.

Belougerie Split Rock, Burbie Canyon, Mount Exmouth and Whitegum Lookout Walk are the only walking tracks open.

Park entry and camping use fees are currently waived until further notice.

John Renshaw Parkway is open.

For more information please contact the Coonabarabran Area Office on 02 6842 1311.


Hmm.
Did anybody else notice the television footage recently of a shooter walking past the breadknife feature in the Warrumbungles, with obviously burnt out bush nearby, with a rifle slung over his shoulder and a dog accompanying him?
~> It would seem that the NP is not closed for all, and some rules/regs are flexible?

rodw
11/07/2013
11:40:10 PM
I was up there last weekend with family and can confirm park is mostly closed.....it still very burnt out...lots a gum tree shoots popping up through the ground but going to take ages to grow back.

Fire dint seem to reach bread knife and south of it, but everything north of the was torched and going to be closed for a while me thinks.
Reluctant
12/07/2013
12:23:44 PM
Spent Wednesday at cathedrals where black Saturday fires left the south entry nude. Regrowth is dense and ground cover thick. However as it was quiet we were able to here many tree falls during the day. My suggestion would be to stay out on windy days especially after a day or two of rain
Wendy
13/07/2013
6:00:54 PM
On 11/07/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:

>
>Hmm.
>Did anybody else notice the television footage recently of a shooter walking
>past the breadknife feature in the Warrumbungles, with obviously burnt
>out bush nearby, with a rifle slung over his shoulder and a dog accompanying
>him?
>~> It would seem that the NP is not closed for all, and some rules/regs
>are flexible?

WTF was a hunter doing in a national park? And how did a remote, not very popular, closed national park end up on the tv anyway?

rodw
13/07/2013
6:22:31 PM
Bungles is one of he 14 nat parks in nsw shooters are allowed to hunt in
Toprock
27/11/2013
12:45:27 PM
Currently is it possible to walk in to access easy routes on Belougery Spire and crater Bluff i.e. cornerstone rib?
Toprock
27/11/2013
3:31:34 PM
I rang Coonabarrabran office.

They are allowing off track walking in the park now - along with please put your intentions in the logbook now to be found half way between the old visitors centre and the camp ground.


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