Murray River and Snowy Mountains view, Towong, Upper Murray

Showcasing 'The Man From Snowy River' Country

 
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Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park

View towards the Cudgewa Bluff, part of the Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park.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 gliders.

Its two dominant features are Mt. Burrowa  (1300m) and Pine Mountain(1062m).

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 bird/nature lovers.

Pine MountainWalking Tracks in Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park make exploring the park easier and more fun for the whole family.

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 conditions.

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.

Mt. Burrowa

The Bluff, Burrowa Pine Mountain National ParkThe Mt. Burrowa massif is predominantly made of a hard rock call jemba rhyolite and is high enough in altitude that it regularly receives snowfall in winter.

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.

Cudgewa Bluff Falls, Burrowa Pine Mountain National ParkThe Cudgewa Bluff Falls, on the eastern side of the park, is one of the Upper Murray's most popular scenic attractions.

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 Road.

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 
Corryong Visitor Information Centre.

There are no toilet facilities at the Falls, but toilets are provided at the Bluff Creek Camping Area at the Park's entrance.

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 Track.Beautiful wildflower in the forest understory at Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park in Spring.

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.

Want some ideas of what to do in Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park? Then read on.

 

 

 

 
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