Fire affected parks
Last updated: 4:15 pm 24 March 2020
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Parks and forests affected by current fires
For a list of State Forest closures, visit the DELWP website.
For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au
For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Alpine National Park
The majority of the Alpine National Park remains closed, but some areas are re-opening. Check the information below for details.
Access to the Wonnangatta Valley is permitted via Zeka Spur Track, Herne Spur Track and Wombat Range Track only.
The following tracks and visitor areas within the Southern Alps section of the Alpine National Park are closed:
- Northern access to the Wonnangatta Valley from Wonnangatta Track (Myrtleford Track) and via the Hummffray River Track
- Basalt South Track (leads to Blue Rag)
- Blue Rag Range Track
- Brewery Creek Track
The following tracks and visitor areas within the Mansfield section of the Alpine National Park are closed:
- Refridgerator Gap Track
- Cairn Creek Track
- Brocks Road (from Nobs Track intersection to King Billy)
- Australian Alps Walking Track (from Mt Speculation heading north)
Barry Mountains (Upper Buckland and Buffalo Valleys)
Due to fires that occurred from November 2019 to March 2020 many tracks in the Barry Mountains were impacted. Parks Victoria in partnership with DELWP has been working to assess and reinstate impacted tracks. Currently the area is closed to visitors. However, we are working to re-open the camping areas along the Buckland Valley and Buffalo River Valley prior to Easter. A route into the Wonnangatta Valley and further south into Gippsland will also be opened.
The following tracks and visitor areas within the Barry Mountains section of the Alpine National Park are closed:
- All tracks in the Buffalo River Valley including West Buffalo Track, East West Buffalo Divide Track, East Buffalo Road, Razor Track, Harry Shepherds Track, Penny Track and East Riley Road
- All tracks in the Buckland Valley including Mt Selwyn Road, Selwyn Creek Road, Walshs Track, Dingo Creek Track, Mt Murray NorthTrack, Mt Murray Logging Road
- The Northern access to the Wonnangatta Valley including Wonnangatta Track, Rileys Track, Humffray River Track and Whites Track
- Access from the Great Alpine Road including Twins Road, Gunns Track, Twins Jeep Track, Mt Murray Track South and Great Dividing Range Track
- Tracks to the north of Talbotville including Tea Tree Range Road, Water Spur, Hart Spur Track
- Australian Alps Walking Track (from Mt Speculation to the Great Alpine Road)
Parks Victoria asks all visitors to respect this decision and not enter areas listed as closed.
The following tracks and visitor areas within the Dinner Plain section of the Alpine National Park are closed:
- Dinner Plain Track
- Tabletop Walking Track
Mount Bogong and the northern Bogong High Plains are closed in the areas south of a boundary connecting The Lanes, Kelly Track, Langford West Aqueduct and the Cope Aqueducts.
The following tracks and visitor areas within the Bogong High Plains section of the Alpine National Park are closed:
- Young Hut, McNamara Huts
- Young’s Tops
- Young’s Walking Track
- Ryders Yards
Visitors to all parks and reserves that are adjacent to or nearby areas affected by fire should be mindful of potential water quality issues as a result of the fire event.
Buchan Caves Reserve
Buchan Caves Reserve is partially reopen to visitors. Although more severely fire-affected parts of the park remain closed, visitors can camp at the main camping area, picnic, and stay in Caves House. Cave tours at Royal Cave and Federal Cave will reopen on 7 March 2020. Walking tracks and other areas within the reserve will remain closed to visitors for safety reasons.
Budj Bim National Park
Budj Bim campground and picnic area are open from 29 February 2020. Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge walking track are open. The Crater Rim Walk and Lava Canal Walk are open but have been re-routed near Tunnel Cave.
The following areas in Budj Bim National Park remain closed due to the impact of bushfires:
- The Lake Surprise walking track
- access to Tunnel Cave.
Cape Conran Coastal Park
The majority of Cape Conran Coastal Park remains closed due to fire, however the following visitors areas have reopened:
- Cape Conran Boat Ramp at West Cape and adjacent Joiner Channel area. Access to the boat ramp is via West Cape Road.
- The area to the west of the beach access track at Point Ricardo.
- Pearl Point Campground. Access to the campground is via Pearl Point Track.
- Gunnai Beach
- Binns Beach
- Ocean Beach
- East Cape day visitor area
- Yeerung River Road
- Yeerung River and beach access
Crawford River Regional Park
Crawford River Regional Park is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.
Croajingolong National Park
The majority of Croajingolong National Park remains closed due to fire, however the following visitor area has reopened:
- The first 300 metres of Narrows walking track.
The following East Gippsland parks and reserves are closed due to fire:
Alfred National Park, Arte River Flora Reserve
Bald Hills Road Bushland Reserve, Bemm River Scenic Reserve, Bendoc Nature Conservation Reserve, Bidwell Education Area, Boggy Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Bonanza Gully Historic Reserve, Brodribb Flora Reserve, Buchan (AT) Cave Reserve, Buchan Bushland Reserve, Buchan River Water Frontage
Cann River Bushland Reserve, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cassilis Historic Area, Cobon Nature Conservation Reserve, Cobungra Bushland Reserve, Cobungra Streamside Reserve, Combienbar River Nature Conservation Reserve, Coopracambra National Park, Croajingolong National Park, Cutfinger Education Area
Dawson-Murrindal Nature Conservation Reserve, Deddick River Water Frontage, Deddick River Streamside Reserve, Delegate Hill, Delegate River Streamside Reserve, Detarka Bushland Reserve, Dicksons Cave Reserve
Errinundra National Park, Errinudra Reserve
Fairy Dell Flora Reserve
Golden Gully Machinery Site Historic Reserve, Goodwin Creek Bushland Reserve, Green Hills Nature Conservation Reserve
Kanni Flora Reserve
Lind National Park, Little Bog Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve, Livingstone Creek Water Frontage, Livingstone Creek Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Lower Cann River Nature Conservation Reserve, Lower Errinundra Nature Conservation Reserve
Macfarlane Lookout Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Mallacoota Bushland Reserve, Mallacoota Coastal Reserve, Mallacoota Inlet, Maramingo Creek Flora Reserve, Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve, Martins Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Martins Creek Scenic Reserve, Melwood Education Area, Mississippi Creek Water Frontage, Mitta Mitta River Water Frontage, Morass Creek Flora and Fauna Reserve, Mossiface Bushland Reserve, Mottle Range Flora Reserve, Mount Bendock Bushland Reserve, Mount Delegate Scenic Reserve, Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve, Mount Murphy Historic Area, Mount Stewart Nature Conservation Reserve, Mount Stewart Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Murrindal & Lilly Pilly Cave Reserve, Murrindal Flora Reserve, Murrindal River Water Frontage
Omeo Bushland Reserve, Omeo Swimming Pool & Camping Area
Pyramid Creek And Bemm River Water Frontage
Sardine Creek Education Area, Sarsfield Bushland Reserve, Serpentine Creek Education Area, Sinnotts, Snowy River Water Frontage, Snowy River National Park, St George Plain Flora Reserve, Sunnyside Education Area, Swifts Creek Water Frontage
Tambo Bushland Reserve, Tara Range Park, Terlite-Munjie Bushland Reserve, The Billabong Flora and Fauna Reserve, The Gap Scenic Reserve, The Glen Flora Reserve, The Pyramids Cave Reserve, Thirty-Two Mile Nature Conservation Reserve, Timbarra River Water Frontage, Tonghi Creek Streamside Reserve, Tongio Bushland Reserve
Victoria Star Mine Historic Reserve
W Tree Falls Natural Features and Scenic Reserve, Wallagaraugh River Streamside Reserve, Wf - Bemm River Water Frontage, Wf - Pyramid Creek Water Frontage, Wingan River West Nature Conservation Reserve, Wiseleigh Bushland Reserve, Wombat Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Wood Point Flora Reserve, Wulgulmerang Creek Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I17 Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I18 Bushland Reserve, Wy Yung I19 Bushland Reserve
Errinundra National Park
Errinundra National Park is closed due to active fires in the area and the closure of major road access points. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.
Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve
Marble Gully - Mount Tambo Nature Conservation Reserve is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.
Mount Buffalo National Park
The majority of Mount Buffalo National Park has re-opened. However, the following areas remain closed until further notice:
- Dicksons Falls
- Back Wall
- South Buffalo
- Mollisons Galleries Track at Eagle Point
- Rocky Creek Track south of Macs Point
- Rocky Creak camping area
Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve
Mount Elizabeth Nature Conservation Reserve is closed due to fire. Access to the surrounding area may be restricted due to fire-fighting activity.
Plenty Gorge Park
Due to recent fire activity, the section south of Memorial Drive is closed in Plenty Gorge Park. This will allow emergency services to continue conducting safety works including hazardous tree management in preparation for rehabilitation works. Closed areas include Yellow Gum Recreation Area, Nioka Bush Camp, Tanunda Wetlands and Janesfield South. Read the community update (PDF).
Snowy River National Park
The majority of Snowy River National Park remains closed due to fire but the following visitor area has reopened:
- Raymond Creek Falls
Upper Murray Parks and Reserves
A recent fire in the Upper Murray area around Corryong has impacted several parks and reserves.
As a result of the fire the following campsites and parks are closed to members of the public until further notice:
- Bunroy Creek, Murray River Reserve
- Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park
- Mount Gibbo and Wild Boar Range Natural Features and Scenic Reserves
Stay informed during bushfires
For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au
Any closures to tracks or other changed conditions resulting from past bushfires or planned burning will be noted on the individual park pages.
- Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.
- Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can call via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
- For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone the VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
- Download the VicEmergency App.
- Road closures: check VicRoads website.
- Check weather conditions and your fire risk before leaving home as you may not have mobile phone reception across regional Victoria.
- Check which parks and picnic areas are regularly closed when the forecast Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red.
Ongoing changes to conditions to parks affected by fire in 2018/2019
Some parks and sites remain closed due to fires during 2018/2019. Closures are necessary while works are underway to make the areas safe for visitor access.
Alpine National Park
Bunyip State Park
Several areas of Bunyip State Park remain closed due to fire impact. Mortimer Picnic Ground and Cannibal Creek horse unloading area are now open. View the Bunyip State Park Community Update (PDF) for a map of visitor sites, walking tracks and roads currently closed to the public. Seasonal road closures in the eastern section of the park have reopened, including Western Track, Gentle Annie Track, Lawson Falls Picnic Ground, Lawson Falls Track and the Discovery Track. Tea Tree Track remains closed.
Holey Plains State Park
Holey Plains State Park has reopened following a fire earlier this year but is currently a day visitor site only, with no camping permitted due to rehabilitation works being carried out on the campground area.
After a fire
When an area has been affected by fires, the reasons for closure may include:
- hazardous trees, limbs and fallen timber
- damaged tracks, bridges, signs, recreation sites and other facilities
- unstable soils and/or stream crossings
- presence of hazardous materials or substances.
Once recreation sites and tracks have been accessed, risks removed and necessary facilities rebuilt, they are reopened to the public.
The Change of Conditions section on individual park pages is regularly updated to reflect the most current conditions. Please check individual park pages for closure information.
Planned burning is carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria to help reduce bushfire risk to communities, property and the environment. Bushfire fuel management includes planned burning and other activities, like slashing, mowing and creating fuel breaks.
Ignition of burns is weather dependent and plans can change at short notice; visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria website to view a map of burns scheduled in parks and forests for the next 10 days. You can also sign up to receive automated SMS and email notifications about planned burns when they are close to being carried out via the Planned Burning Notification System (PBNS).