Burrowa Pine Mountain National
The Burrowa Pine Mountain National
Park, the traditional country of the
Dhudhuroa, is located between the Cudgewa Valley and
the Walwa- Guys Forest districts of the Upper Murray.
Declared a national park in
1978 in order to protect areas of high nature conservation value and for outdoor
adventure recreation, the park contains 18,400
hectares of rugged mountain country.
The park is home to over 200 plant species, including several endemic species,
and over 180 bird and other native wild life species, including swamp
wallabies, common wombats, eastern grey kangaroos and greater
Its two dominant features
Burrowa (1300m) and
These mountains are linked by
a narrow ridge. The mountains are both geographically and
botanically distinct from one another,
which makes them both popular destinations for
bush walkers, campers, climbers, photographers, 4WD enthusiasts and
Pine Mountain is a monolith, like Uluru, but it is
1.5 times larger. It predominantly made of
large crystals of granite.
Its generally hotter and drier
climate and poorer soils, compared to Mt. Burrowa, provides a habitat for species
that love these conditions.
Black cypress pines and kurrajong trees are the
dominant tree species.
It is possible to walk to the summit,
with its good views of the Murray River and the Snowy Mountains,
using the Pine Mountain walking track, but the track is easy to lose and
there are long sections of exposed rock, which can be slippery in wet
The walking track begins
from a car park area at the end of a marked rough unsealed bush track, accessed
several kilometres along Sandy Creek Road about 10 kilometres from Walwa. Track
conditions deteriorate in wet conditions.
Burrowa massif is predominantly
made of a hard rock call jemba
rhyolite and is high enough in
altitude that it regularly receives snowfall in
Snow gums grow in the subalpine environment at the top of the
mountain. Other eucalypt species, including alpine ash, peppermints, blue
and white gums, can be found at different altitudes and aspects. Deep gullies
support wet forest flora, including many fern species.
The Cudgewa Bluff Falls, on the eastern side of the
park, is one of the Upper Murray's most popular
Access to the Falls and views of the Bluff is gained by driving on
a good all weather unsealed road, accessed at the end of Bluff Falls Road, after
turning off the Cudgewa North
The Falls car park is 250m from the Falls. Although the walk is an
easy grade it is possible to obtain a key to the locked gate at the car park to
allow those with a disability to drive closer to the Falls. This key can be
obtained from the
There are no toilet facilities at the Falls, but toilets are
provided at the Bluff Creek Camping Area at the Park's
Free camping is permitted in the park
at the Bluff Creek Picnic and Camping area, on a first come first
served basis. Further along the Falls Road to the Bluff Falls, there is an
alternative unserviced camping site at the Blue Gum Camping Area.
Two other minor unserviced campsites can be
found at Hince's Camp, located on the Hinces Track, located
off the Cudgewa North- Walwa Road, and a campsite at Hinces
Saddle, which is accessed from the Hinces Creek Walking
Dispersed bush camping is
permitted but always contact the ranger about fires and other conditions that may
influence your enjoyment and safety in the park.
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