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Date Registered: 08-2011
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Newnes after the fires


Most people will know the 'State Mine Fire' ripped through Newnes State Forest a couple of weeks back. I passed by on the weekend so stopped in for a quick look.

This is from Bald Hill Trig station
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After:
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Whole area is decimated, escpecially the higher areas where only shrubs grew. Some more photos:
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Bungleboori Camp ground and the adjacent pine plantation was saved in the majority. You can see evidence of spot fires inside the plantation but the majority is still intact. Camp:
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Across the track from camp:
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Date Registered: 10-2006
Location: Mona Vale, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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The fact there are still leaves on the trees, although they are browned off, means the sap in the trunk has not been burnt enough to kill the trees so it will regenerate much quicker than a complete burn would...all they will need do is sprout new leaves which they will do quicker than a complete new tree.

It is the same at the Pittwater Lighthouse and there is already grass popping up after only a few weeks.

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Same deal at Newnes Kev. The native grass species have already started sprouting. Most of the shrubs seeds have opened up so they will come back. Best of all there is no weeds. They are completely gone. Every cloud has a silver lining I guess.

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...and it will be a few years before there is a threat of it happening again now that most of the fuel has been burnt.

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Just a quick video of the track back from Bald Hill. This used to be bush pinstripe territory.


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Wow it's certainly opened up a bit from last trip there.

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Just back from a trip down to the Glow Worm Tunnels (NSW) and trying to find a secret little walk friends had mentioned.

Took the road in via Old Bells Line Rd from the burnt out Zig Zag Railway. The road condition between there and Wombat Holes was not great, lots of large potholes and the road could do with some grading but slow and steady and everything went fine. Watched some real 4WD's taking on Wombat's and having a great time as well as some great riders on dirt squirters going full send.

From Wombat Holes to Barcoo Swamp Campground, the road deteriorated a lot more. Near Deep Purple Pass trail I saw two cars parked up, I realised why as the road had rutted away quite a bit just over the crest. The drivers had clearly hitched from there!

The x-trail made it down. Slow and steady with some creative lines (still learning) and a wheel off the ground at one point emoticon . Shout out to the x-trail owner coming the other way who flashed their lights and beeped the horn. I don't know if that was a hello or laughing at my attempt, I assume the former emoticon

Once out of the State Forest and into the Wollemi National Park the roads became smooth and easy, clearly graded recently.
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The area will take a long time to recover from the 2019 fires that burned everything including the canopy, but it's still worth a visit as green shoots begin to show. And once in the valley there are areas the fires did not touch which still looks amazing and lush.
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Entrance, lights on

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More fun forwards than in reverse (happens)

The drive through the old rail tunnel was fun, the glow worms are a thing and we managed to find that secret track too, which if I'm being honest made the trip worth it. Hey and someone made it down to the caves carpark in what looked like a 1990's Hyundai Excel. So props where props are due.

On the way out I had a bit of trouble on going up that rutted section. But once I turned on Lock, the car walked up the hill no worries. I tell you, these x-trails are pretty damn good for a AWD without low range or proper locking diffs. I was very impressed.

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Hidden little walk

I existed via State Mine Gully Rd towards Lithgow hoping the road condition would be better, which it was. A vast improvement over my way in and a well deserved arvo coffee at The Tin Shed to finish up the day.

Overall the road condition is definitely not 2WD at the moment, but doable in something with a bit of clearance.

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Date Registered: 10-2006
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Thanks for the update Nick.
My son did the Glow Worm and Lost City late last year in my Xtrail and didn't have any such troubles. Trails must have deteriorated quite a bit in the past 12 months.

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