National parks closed for months
Monday, 31st January, 2011
The Mutawintji, Kinchega and parts of Mungo and the Paroo-Darling national parks are closed due to the recent heavy rainfall.
The rain in the Far West in mid January and the rising Darling River mean large areas of the parks are not accessible.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service's (NPWS) acting Regional Operations Co-ordinator, Natalie Middleton, said they had closed some parks to keep people safe.
"Following the storms there has been significant damage to road networks in Mutawintji, Mungo and Kinchega national parks making many of the roads are impassable," Ms Middleton said.
"Whole sections of road have washed away, including sealed sections of road in Mutawintji National Park."
Ms Middleton said the parks could be closed for months until the river recedes and the roads dry out.
"Within Mungo National Park the drive tour is closed, but people can still access the Walls of China, the Mungo visitors' centre and camping ground," she said.
"Kinchega and Paroo-Darling national parks located on the Darling River are experiencing flooding, and as a result camping grounds adjacent to the river are closed.
Meanwhile, more flows into the Darling River have kept part of the river closed to the public at Menindee.
The SES has closed the river between the Water Board Pumping Station (upstream of the railway bridge) and Weir 32.
No swimming, boating and any other activity that involves people or equipment enter the river is permitted.