Final piece of the puzzle complete in Kinglake National Park

Thursday 24 January, 2019

Track reopens for 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires

A walking track at Jehosaphat Gully, Kinglake National Park, is reopening in time for the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

The track was destroyed by fire on 7 February 2009. The damage to trees was so extensive it was thought the popular walking track would never be safe to reopen. It has now been restored for visitors to enjoy.

The track passes through a lush shady gully - some tree ferns are hundreds of years old - which is now thriving ten years after the bushfires. Less than 2km from the Kinglake township, the track was once popular with families and people looking for a scenic gentle short walk. That experience can once again be enjoyed.

The track will be temporarily known as the Jehosaphat Gully Walking Track and formally renamed at a future date.

February 2019 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters Victoria has experienced. It is a time to reflect and remember those who died in the bushfires, and learn about how the fires changed the lives of many, and how communities have rebuilt.

It is also a time to marvel at nature’s ability to recover and thrive.

The parks that were significantly impacted by the bushfires on Black Saturday – particularly Kinglake and Yarra Ranges national parks and Toorourrong Reservoir Park near Whittlesea – are now once again home to healthy plants and animals.

They also provide beautiful settings for visitors to enjoy nature as well as the physical and mental health benefits that come from spending time in parks.

Quotes, attributable to Tony Fitzgerald, Ranger, Parks Victoria:

“Kinglake National Park has provided the backdrop to the healing that has taken place in the Kinglake community over the past ten years. The sight of nature recovering has provided comfort to many.”

“It has been a pleasure to watch and support nature in doing what it does best – thrive and adapt. The vegetation is now lush and diverse, and animals and birds have returned to the landscape.”

“We thought the Jehosaphat Gully Walking Track would never be safe due to the many burnt out Mountain Ash trees. However, after ten years most have fallen and some have been carefully felled so we were able to clear the track and reopen it.”

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