Following last week’s destructive bushfires part of the Yuraygir National Park, including a section of the iconic Yuraygir Coastal Walk are temporarily closed.
A National Parks and Wildlife Services spokesperson said 6600 hectares of private property and 4000 hectares of Yuraygir National Park burned in the Shark Creek 2 fire.
“The walking track from Mara Creek Picnic Area, just south of Angourie to Lake Arragan is closed while the site is being managed,” the spokesperson said.
“Mara Creek Picnic Area and Shelley Headland Camping Areas are also closed.
“The rest of the Yuraygir Coastal Walk, from Lake Arragan to Red Rock remains open.
“Angourie Bay Picnic Area and all other visitor areas within Yuraygir National Park are still accessible to the public.”
“Unfortunately, the fire damage extended to the toilets, a bridge, numerous elevated walkways, signs, picnic tables, seating, fencing, bollards, staircases and drainage structures across the park,” the spokesperson said.
“NPWS will continue to assess the damage and address safety hazards including burnt structures and trees as a priority.
“We’re urging the public to put safety first and to be patient until works to repair damage commence.
“The damage is significant and will take some time to restore.
“In the meantime, we’re investigating temporary solutions to allow the public access to the park. We will keep everyone informed of these decisions once they are made.”
“We’d like to acknowledge the work of the NPWS and RFS (Rural Fire Service) crews who worked tirelessly with significant support from dozers and aircraft to contain the fire.”