Looking At Landcare (24/1/2020) – Exploring our National Parks

Hi Landcarer’s

With the change in conditions in many areas in the Central West in the last couple of weeks, many are taking the opportunity to spend time in our National Parks.

Parks in our area and many more across NSW at least are now open, but still with fire restrictions in place. I thought that I would cover off on two of my favourite easy access National Parks.

With a long weekend ahead of us, many people will take the opportunity to venture out into our Parks, with many of the ‘go to’ waterside options not being at their best.

So, what are your options? Within easy access (1 hour of Parkes and Forbes) there are heaps of beautiful picnic spots which should be accessible and hopefully responding to a bit of rain. Here are two of them:

Mount Nangar (near Eugowra) has several lovely spots to explore, with the Lookout being well worth the effort if you have the opportunity. There are toilets at the Terarra Creek Camping Ground on the way in to the Park. You can walk or drive to the Lookout. There is parking available at Dripping Rock before the ascent up to the Lookout, if you are feeling energetic.

Borenore Karst is also an easy access spot, with an easy walk up into the Karst area, where you are free to go exploring or just stick to the track, a lovely open picnic area, with heaps of space, picnic tables…and, toilets.

A park fire ban is in this park from Friday 27 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020 unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as: they’re under direct control of an adult; the ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials; and there’s an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

Keep a check on the NSW National Parks Fire safety page for further instructions. Their website is updated daily to advise of changing conditions.

The Lachlan Valley National Parks Association often walk in many of our local parks. I look forward to sharing their walk calendar for the autumn period soon.

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