Parks and reserve closures during fire ban


Released 28/01/2020

The ACT Government wishes to advise that the following natures reserves are closed due to a total fire ban that has been declared in the ACT and will remain in effect until 11.59pm on Friday 31 January.

  • Kowen Forest
  • Mulligans Flat Sanctuary including Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve
  • Centenary Trail between Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve and Hall
  • Gigerline Nature Reserve
  • Rob Roy Nature Reserve
  • Namadgi National Park (including the Visitor Centre)
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (including the Visitor Centre)
  • Lower Cotter Catchment
  • Bullen Range Nature Reserve (west of the River only)
  • Stony Creek Nature Reserve (west of the River only)
  • Blue Range Forest
  • Pierces Creek Forest
  • Hyles and Sherwood Forest
  • Ingledene Forest
  • Uriarra Forest (not including picnic areas at Uriarra Crossing)
  • Googong Foreshores
  • Lower Molonglo River Corridor
  • Molonglo Gorge Nature Reserve.

There is also a ban of naked flames across all of ACT Parks and Conservation Service’s managed estate, excluding Cotter Campground, until the end of March 2020.

Five campgrounds are closed for the entire fire season. These are:

  • Woods Campground
  • Honeysuckle Campground
  • Orroral Campground
  • Mt Clear Campground
  • Blue Range Campground.

Swimming areas at the Cotter and along the Murrumbidgee River such as Kambah Pool, Pine Island, Point Hut and Uriarra Crossing will remain open.

In an effort to accommodate recreational users, the Canberra Nature Park (other than Mulligans Flat, Goorooyarroo and Rob Roy Nature Reserves) will remain open to the public during the early morning hours, however users are advised that they should leave these areas no later than 10.00am.

Electric barbeques provided at the Cotter, Casuarina Sands, Pine Island and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however all gas barbeques will be turned off.

For up-to-date total fire ban declarations and more information about how they affect you, visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au, follow @ACT_ESA on Twitter or like ACT Emergency Services Agency on Facebook.

For more information contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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