Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park

The two mountains in this park provide excellent and diverse opportunities for bushwalkers, campers, climbers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Pine Mountain, one of Australia's largest monoliths, has a drier climate that supports many rare plants. Mount Burrowa, an area of higher rainfall, supports wet forest plants and is more heavily timbered.

 

Things to Do

 

Choose one of the many walks ranging from an easy stroll to a three or four day trek which should challenge the serious hiker.

 

Take one of the many 4WD tracks to view the diverse landscape of the park Enjoy a picnic lunch at Bluff Creek then take a walk among the blue gums to Bluff Falls (1½ - 2 hours return).

 

Drive almost to the top of Black Mountain along a fire trail which enters the park from the south-west.

 

Facilities

 

Bluff Creek Picnic Area, on Falls Road at the entrance of the park, caters for a small number of campers.

 

There are two other minor campsites in the park and dispersed bush camping is permitted, but contact the ranger about fires, fresh water and other conditions.

 

Accommodation and caravan parks are available at Corryong and Walwa and there is a caravan park adjacent to Nariel Creek at Colac Colac.

 

Heritage

 

The area was declared a National Park in 1978 to preserve outstanding scenery, protect areas of high nature conservation value and provide for adventurous outdoor recreation. Before 1978 much of the area now within the park was a timber reserve and many trees, especially blue gums, were harvested for sawlogs.

 

About 350 million years ago a mass of molten lava forced its way through the earth's crust, cooled and became a hard rock called jemba rhyolite. The rhyolite was harder than the surrounding rock and subsequent erosion has left only the rhyolite mountain. This is the Mount Burrowa massif or Cudgewa Bluff. It is different from the granite of nearby Pine Mountain, which contains larger crystals formed when it cooled slowly below the earth's surface.

 

Fauna

 

Animal life is abundant and varied. There are swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, common wombats and greater gliders. Over 180 bird species have been recorded in the park including several species of honeyeater, brown thornbills, white-throated tree creepers, crimson rosellas, gang gang cockatoos, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, yellow robins, spotted pardalotes and, in summer, rainbow bee-eaters which migrate from northern Australia.

 

Vegetation

 

The Pine Mountain area is of great botanical importance because a number of rare and endangered species of plants grow there. These include the rare phantom wattle (found only here and in Dora Dora State Forest, NSW), Pine Mountain grevillea and branching grevillea. Black cypress-pines and kurrajongs grow on the dry rocky slopes.

 

The vegetation of the Mount Burrowa block is diverse. Snow gums are found on the highest peaks and patches of alpine ash in high sheltered areas. Peppermint and gum-barked eucalypts occur at lower altitudes. The high rainfall of this block (averaging 1000 mm per year) supports wet forest flora, including numerous ferns in the deep gullies.

 

Precautions

 

Walking conditions on the longer walks are steep, rough and often very rocky underfoot, making adequate footwear essential.

 

Snow or strong winds and rain may be encountered in winter so warm clothing and a waterproof jacket should always be carried.

 

In the more remote locations there is no formed track, only a route to follow marked with orange arrows. A contour map of the park should be carried on the longer walks.

 

The mountains have little permanent water so all drinking water must be carried on walks.

 

The best times of the year for longer walks are spring and autumn.

 

Please use the intention books at the start of the tracks.

 

How to Get There

 

The park is located 430 km from Melbourne, via the Hume Highway, Wodonga, Tallangatta and Cudgewa. Main access is from the Cudgewa-Tintaldra Road, which runs off Murray Valley Highway about 15 km west of Corryong.

 

Activities

 

Rock Climbing

 

Guided Activities

 

1. Bicycle Touring
2. Bushwalking
3. Canoeing / Kayaking
4. Four Wheel Drive Tours
5. Spotlight Tours / Nightwalks
6. Trail Bike Tours

 

 

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