Latest update from PV. Park is once again open. Please take note though of various closures. See links following this update for maps, full official update etc
Grampians National Park Recovery Update
This morning, VicRoads reinstated access to the Mt Victory-Northern Grampians road from Halls Gap to Mackenzie Falls. Unfortunately beyond Mackenzie Falls (to the west) the road closure will remain in place until next week.
Parks Victoria staff have cleared debris off roads and carparks and have now reinstated access to popular visitor sites such as Mackenzie Falls (lookouts only, not to the base), Reeds Lookout and the Balconies, Boroka Lookout and the Wonderland area – including the Grampians Peaks Trail overnight walk. Water levels remain high in some creeks however and there is a track diversion around Barneys creek, just north of Borough Huts.
Other popular visitor sites such as Hollow Mountain, Mt Zero, Flat Rock and Mt Stapylton in the Northern Grampians will also reopen. There northern section of Mt Zero road is closed however, so access is best from the Western Hwy, Dadswells Bridge and Winfields roads.
Access to Plantation campground and Heatherlie Quarry has been reinstated however the Mt Zero Road is closed north of Roses Gap Rd.
Mt William and the Major Mitchell Plateau overnight walk will reopen and access is available to the southern Grampians attractions such as Mt Sturgeon, Mt Abrupt and The Piccaninny.
Buandik campground, Manja Art shelter, Jardwardjali falls and Billimina art shelter are open in the West of the park, as is the Victoria Range overnight walk. However due to the Victoria Valley being closed, the best access is via Mirranatawa Rd, Jensens Rd , Glenelg River Rd, Henty Hwy and Harrops track.
The Mt Difficult Range (between Roses Gap Road and Northern Grampians road remains under a fire recovery closure).
Received this communication yesterday from the PV team at Halls Gap. As it notes, the park is temporarily closed until further assessments on Friday –
PARKS VICTORIA UPDATE
Parks Victoria would like to advise you that due to heavy rainfall, flooding and minor rock-falls The Grampians National Park is Temporarily Closed (for the next 48 hours).
We are asking local community and visitors to remain out of the park until staff can assess damage and ensure there are no public safety issues.
VicRoads have currently closed the Northern Grampians Road which means access to many popular visitor sites such as Zumsteins, Mackenzie Falls, Reeds Lookout and the Wonderland Range is not available.
There are also many road closures outside the Grampians National Park that are restricting access into the park.
Please do not drive past road closure signage – there may be dangerous road washouts behind them
Do not drive through flood waters – Creek crossings and floodways may be compromised
Road cuttings may continue to deposit large rocks and small mudslides onto roadways
With saturated soils, large trees may fall
Walking tracks may have fast flowing or impassable creek crossings.
Rainfall may continue to fall across the park over the next day or so bringing more issues.
A full report, including important closures or re-openings to visitor sites will be forwarded out as soon as we can confirm details, but the park closure will remain in place until Friday afternoon at this stage.
You can also visit the PV website explaining the same thing but with a few pictures
The weekend coming up is not looking the best to be out climbing but if you are considering heading to the Grampians for either a chance at a climb or even for walking, take note of the following.
Parks Victoria Grampians Update
With the heavy rainfall we have received in the past few weeks and with the forecast rain predicted for the coming days, Parks Victoria would like to ask the local community and park visitors to exercise caution within the Grampians National Park this week.
Creeks and waterways are at very high levels. This has caused washouts and high level creek crossings. Currently road closures are in place along Red Rock Road and Henham Track.
Some walking tracks may have high level water crossings to navigate. If there are further heavy falls in a short space of time some narrow gorges may be impassable.
The Northern Grampians Road has experienced some small rock falls from the road cutting. Vic Roads will be assessing risk this afternoon.
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water have informed us that they are increasing the water release from Lake Wartook to 200megalitres today. This is likely cause the base of Mackenzie Falls to be inundated as well as sections of the Mackenzie River walk towards Zumsteins.
Emergency services will be pulling together response teams in preparedness for potential flooding in areas throughout the Wimmera.
With this in mind, Parks Victoria would ask all residents and visitors to be mindful of the need to travel within the Grampians over the coming days. Please keep safety in mind and only visit areas that are open and easily accessible. If you do not have an urgent need to visit the park please keep travel plans flexible.
We envisage there may be further road and walking closures throughout the coming days, particularly within the low lying areas of the park and recently fire affected areas such as the Northern Grampians and Black Range State Park. We will monitor conditions throughout today and tomorrow and notify you of any further closures and safety issues. We would encourage visitors to remain on the Sealed Road network and avoid the minor gravel road network through the Park. Please keep your travel plans flexible and stay updated with conditions through the Parks Victoria website or local Visitor Information Centres.
Barney Creek Track – Borough Huts to Bellfield Track
Just another post on that old chestnut – campfires. It’s all been said before. CliffCare and Friends of Arapiles as well as many members of the climbing community are working together to try and get the information out there. This recent campfire was discovered last week at the Good Morning Arapiles boulder. Quite a large and recent campfire as well as a half burnt log which I can only assume was removed from the campfire at the end of the evening. Signage is at the campground. But best it be said again. Campfires at Mt Arapiles are:
Only allowed in the actual campground.
Only allowed in the campground and in the official metal fireplaces
Only allowed between 1st May and 31st October. (No fires between 1st Nov & 30th April)
Firewood collection is not allowed in the park.
Put a jacket on if you are cold.
Various reasons as to why – the main one being environmental impact. Especially so in an isolated park such as Mt Arapiles. At this point in time, people are still allowed to have campfires, albeit in the campground. It would be great if this could continue but if the incidences of campfires around the park continues to grow, we could find ourselves out of luck.
There have been numerous posts on this. A couple that I can link to immediately:
As noted in the previous blog post, the planting took place on Saturday 11th and Tues 14th June. On Saturday, members of the climbing community and park users turned up at the Pines Campground to put the callitris glaucophylla in the ground. VCC member Ollie Sherlock who originally gathered the seed from around the Plaque wall area and grew the plants, was also in attendance. Many thanks to Louise Shepherd from Friends of Arapiles and Zoe Wilkinson from Parks Victoria who directed proceedings on the morning and with the perfect weather also turning up, it made for a great event. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, those who emailed me in response to the call out and those who read the posters and just rocked up. This project is a collaboration between CliffCare/VCC, Friends of Arapiles and Parks Victoria.
On Tuesday, the young kids of the area who attend the Bush Kinder helped to plant the remaining 8 trees in the Pharos Gully track area. Some were used around the newly rehabbed area to the right of the main track and others were used along the main track to help define the track line. Another fine weather day and the kids loved having a dig, hammering a stake and watering the young plants. Thanks to Jane Wilkinson, her assistants and all the lovely kids from the Bush Kinder. I certainly enjoyed it as much as they appeared to also!
These pines are indigenous to the area and whilst they do take a while to mature, they are the first of a number of plantings that will be occurring in the campground and surrounds.
If you camp at Arapiles and usually have left over water when you leave, take the opportunity to give the plants a water by using your leftovers
Ollie Sherlock with one of the plants he grew. About to be released
Youngest volunteer Max
Campground users happy to dig in.
Local climbers Louise Shepherd, Kieran Loughran and Rox enjoying the crisp air, a shovel and dirt. Louise manages Friends Of Arapiles.
Louise and Rox up near D Minor Pinnacle
Adam Demmert near D Minor Pinnacle
Bush Kinder and Louise Shepherd
Planting in the young trees
A touch of water
Everyone got to have a go at digging, planting, watering and bashing in stakes!
Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project kicked off at Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park on Saturday, 7th May. Walter Braun, legendary stone mason, guided a small team of volunteers from the Victorian Climbing Club / CliffCare and Friends of Arapiles in the first stages of this partnership project with Parks Victoria. It will take quite a few more working bees over the next couple of years and some more fundraising but we are confident that the end result will be as magnificent as the Pharos Gully track which was recently completed by the same groups at the park. On this first work day, a temporary access track for the power wheel barrow to ferry supplies was established. The Central Gully walking track remains open whilst the works are undertaken. Please continue to use the old track and stay off the temporary access track. You can help be donating to either Friends of Arapiles which has a donation box near the Pines campground toilets or online at Cliffcare herehttps://www.givenow.com.au/cliffcare/donate?step=e1s1or volunteering for a working bee – firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the project and updates via cliffcare.org.au and Facebook CliffCare Victoria.
For all of you planning an Easter trip to the Grampians, please read below the latest updates. I have also included one that contains everything ie climbing, walks as well as the standard climbing one. I have had quite a few enquiries about Stapylton Campground. I will provide more information next week but in short, it will be open end of June.
Have a great break everyone, take care whilst climbing and travelling and get some great memories in.