Bunyip State Park to remain closed post bushfire to allow for environmental recovery

Thursday 2 May, 2019

To give the environment the best chance of recovery from the March bushfire and to protect people from potential tree fall, Parks Victoria will keep a large section of the Bunyip State Park closed until further notice but has opened the eastern section of the park.

Lightning strikes on the 1st of March sparked bushfires that burnt nearly 60% of the 16,600 hectare Park. The intensity and extent of the fire means that the park requires significant support and time to recover.

“To allow for the environment to once again heal and recover, and for the safety of visitors from hazards such as falling trees, a large area of Bunyip State Park will remain closed.”

“Bunyip State Park is important to many recreation users. We have reopened the eastern section of the Bunyip State Park and this provides an opportunity for four-wheel drive enthusiasts and trail bike riders to access the nearby state forests. This area, which was affected by the 2009 bushfires, is a great illustration of how, when looked after, we can expect the park to regenerate following a bushfire.” said Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger, Jack Dinkgreve.

The eastern area includes Tea Tree Road, Western Track, Gentle Annie Track, Lawson Falls Picnic Ground, Lawson Falls Track and the Discovery Track. Lawson Falls is best accessed via Forest Road from the south or through the Yarra State Forest to the north. People can enjoy a range of activities in this area including picnicking, birdwatching and bushwalking. Camping is not permitted.

Fires had previously burnt about 45 per cent of the north-east of Bunyip State Park burnt in 2009. Despite this, the park bounced back with diverse flora and fauna creating a distinctive bush atmosphere.

”We ask all visitors to please observe and respect all signage indicating road or track closures as they are in place for public safety and to ensure careful rehabilitation of the area.”

“The region offers some great neighbouring alternatives such as Kurth Kiln Regional Park and the state forests to the north and east of Bunyip State Park.”

“Four-wheel drivers and trail bike riders can visit the nearby Yarra State Forest and Tarago State Forest. In Kurth Kiln Regional Park four-wheel drives and trail bikes are only permitted on public roads. It is illegal to drive or ride off-road in this park.”

Kurth Kiln Regional Park also provides experiences for horse riders and walkers to enjoy.  More information about Kurth Kiln Regional Park can be found on the Parks Victoria website.


Media enquiries

Kalia Baker-Underhill

(03) 8427 2694 Mobile: 0499 220 175

kalia.baker-underhill@parks.vic.gov.au

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