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Walking tracks closed in Blue Mountains; warning of caution in coming days due to ongoing unprecedented weather

By Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 6 Apr 2022
Photo Credit: Paul Asman
Blue Mountains Council is currently assessing walking tracks in the City and closing any considered at risk given recent unprecedented rainfall and the tragic landslip that occurred in Blue Mountains National Park, at Wentworth Falls on 4 April 2021.

All tracks in the Wentworth Falls and Valley of the Waters precincts in Blue Mountains National Park have been closed until further notice, following an announcement by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on 5 April 2021. Council tracks that join the Valley of the Waters, at Charles Darwin Walk, are currently closed for restoration works, following flood events in 2020 and 2021.

The Blue Mountains has experienced multiple rockfalls and landslips since the natural disaster occurred last month. Council has also temporarily closed the following tracks:

  • Terrace Falls Hazelbrook walking track (partial closure due to rockfall). No through access to Bedford Creek from carpark 2; all other tracks to Bedford Creek need to be accessed from carpark 1.
  • Lapstone Zig Zag walking track (partial closure due to rockfall). A pedestrian detour is in place.
  • South Lawson Waterfall Loop Walk (partial closure due to rockfall and landslip).
  • Victory Track, Faulconbridge (partial closure due to a rockfall and landslip). Walkers are advised to plan alternate track routes as there is no physical access in or out of Victory Track via Sir Henrys Parade, Faulconbridge. The remainder of the southern Springwood track network is open, however caution is advised due to changed track conditions as a result of flood damage.

Sections of Prince Henry Cliff Walk Leura have also been partially closed since 2000 and 2001 due to landslip and storm damage.

A significant rainfall event is predicted later this week. NPWS has announced Blue Mountains National Park will close, except for Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout, from 9am today (6 April 2022).

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said: "I have asked Council to close any tracks that are in "at risk" areas in the City. Our hearts go out to those affected in this week's landslip at Wentworth Falls, and their families and friends. It is an absolute tragedy.

"This is a very difficult time for our City and community. The amount of water that has hit the Blue Mountains in recent weeks is unprecedented. This is the third year the City has experienced major flooding.

"We have had a series of closures of the last week or so, due to rockfalls and landslips. We need locals and visitors to take extreme caution."

Those who are planning any walks in the Blue Mountains over the coming days, and into the school holidays, should:

  • Follow all current weather advice.
  • Plan only short walks, given conditions will be unpredictable.
  • Follow current NPWS walking track alerts at here and all Council walking track alerts at here.

Council is currently working with the lead agency - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - in regards to the recent tragic landslip incident and assessment of walking tracks in the area.

 
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