National park bouncing back after destruction wrought by bushfire

Published: November 15, 2023

With another challenging bushfire season expected, many areas of the country are still seeking to recover from the destruction wrought by previous blazes.

The magnificent Ebor Falls in Guy Fawkes River National Park in the NSW New England Tablelands, for example, will remain closed until next month as million-dollar upgrades and repairs are carried out.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says temporary closure is necessary to fast-track the construction of new lookouts and visitor precincts while ensuring the safety of visitors.

The Upper Falls visitor precinct is part of a $5 million upgrade following significant damage caused by the 2019–20 bushfires. The upgrade includes the construction of new lookouts, visitor precincts, and accessible amenities.

Construction to improve infrastructure is well underway at the visitor precincts. PIC: Daracon

Dirk Richards, NPWS Northern Inland Principal Project Officer, emphasised the importance of the temporary closure in ensuring the completion of major construction works.

‘This short-term temporary closure will give contractors the space to focus on safely completing major construction stages,” he said. “This will allow us to progress works at the Upper Falls faster and ensure the new visitor precinct is open in time for the summer holidays.”

THE NPWS says that once the upgrade is complete, visitors can expect an enhanced experience at the upgraded visitor precinct.

How things looked after the bushfire. PIC: NPWS

The improvements include enhanced and inclusive accessibility, increased parking, brand-new visitor facilities and amazing new vantage points to view the dramatic gorge and waterfalls.

During the closure, no toilet, picnic, or rest stop facilities will be available at Ebor Falls.

A series of photographs released by the NPWS show both the scale of the damage caused by bushfires, and the extensive works being carried out to repair and improve visitor infrastructure.

The stunning waterfalls and scenery at Guy Fawkes River National Park have long made it a favourite with grey nomads.

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