Roads access to parts of Namadgi closed due to severe weather forecast

Released 09/06/2021

The ACT Government wishes to advise that due to high levels of rain and snow forecasted for Namadgi National Park, road access will be restricted from today (Wednesday 9 June) until Friday 11 June 2021.

The following areas of the park are closed to vehicular traffic due to road closures on Corin Rd past the Corin Forest Mountain Resort at Square Rock car park, and Mt Franklin Rd at the Bulls Head Picnic Area:

  • Square Rock
  • Corin Dam
  • Bulls Head
  • Mt Franklin
  • Mt Ginini

Namadgi Visitor Centre is also closed. Further closures may occur over the coming days if weather conditions worsen.

Ian Walker, Executive Group Manager for Environment, said that this decision has been made for the safety of the Canberra community.

“We are advising all Canberrans to avoid these areas as we see high amounts of rain and snow predicted over the coming days,” Ian Walker said.

“Namadgi National Park is a part of the Australian alpine area, so visitors need to be aware that conditions can change and deteriorate very quickly. If you are travelling in or around ACT parks, please make sure you are prepared for a weather event.

“Vehicles should be well maintained, have snow chains on board, a full tank of fuel and drivers should drive to the conditions. When snow is compacted by even just a few vehicles tyres, it can turn into ice which is hazardous for any road user.

“Bring plenty of food and water, warm clothing including gloves and headwear, and snow appropriate footwear. Make sure to tell family or friends of where you are going and when you expect to return as mobile phone reception is extremely poor in these areas.

“Although the opportunity to see snow so close to home might be exciting for Canberran’s, a journey to Namadgi this week should not be undertaken lightly. Conditions will be tough and challenging.”

Additionally, the southern end of Googong Foreshores will be closed from today until Saturday 12 June. Googong Dam is also closed to all boating, kayaking and canoeing from today until Friday 11 June.

Stay up to date with road closures on the ACT City Services website, take care on roads, and follow all signage and alternate routes provided.

The ACT Parks and Conservation Facebook page will be regularly updated with any additional closures.

For assistance in a storm or flood call the ACTSES on 132 500, in a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

You can also contact Access Canberra for more information on 13 22 81.

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