Blue Mountains Council reopens most hiking trails following natural disaster, floods and landslides | Blue Mountains Gazette

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Most Blue Mountains City Council bush reserves, walking trail systems and outdoor recreation areas are now open and available. Temporary partial closures remain in place for a small number of venues which have identified safety risks, including: Barriers and closure signage are being phased out ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend. “The Blue Mountains have suffered multiple rockfalls and landslides since the natural disaster in March. Heavy rains and flash flooding caused extensive damage in some areas,” said Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill. “The council has determined that, in the interest of public safety, a significant closure of visitor facilities to the council’s nature area is temporarily necessary. Many areas are now reopening after assessment.” The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is also continuing to reopen many popular lookouts, fire trails and hiking trails in Blue Mountains National Park. “The council continues to liaise with the NPWS to manage public safety in a coordinated manner, assessing recent impact on visitor facilities, addressing risk to the public and impact on tourism.” To check for current NPWS alerts in the area, go to https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park/local-alerts. You can also call the Blue Mountains Heritage Center on 4787 8877 for a list of open areas and NPWS walks. Follow all council walking track alerts and get information on closures, including maps, at https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/walking-tracks.

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Most Blue Mountains City Council bush reserves, walking trail systems and outdoor recreation areas are now open and available.

Temporary partial closures remain in place for a small number of sites that have identified safety risks, including:

  • South Lawson Waterfall Loop
  • Victory Trail, Faulconbridge
  • Terrace Falls, Hazelbrook
  • Lapstone Zig Zag Walking Track
  • Charles Darwin Walk, and
  • Sections of the Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

Barriers and closure signage are being phased out ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend.

“The Blue Mountains have suffered multiple rockfalls and landslides since the natural disaster in March. Heavy rains and flash flooding caused extensive damage in some areas,” said Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill.

“The council has determined that, in the interest of public safety, a significant closure of visitor facilities to the council’s nature area is temporarily necessary. Many areas are now reopening after assessment.”

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is also continuing to reopen many popular lookouts, fire trails and hiking trails in Blue Mountains National Park.

“The council continues to liaise with the NPWS to manage public safety in a coordinated manner, assessing recent impact on visitor facilities, addressing risk to the public and impact on tourism.”