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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 Mountain

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 Mt. Burrowa massif is predominantly

made of a hard rock called jemba rhyolite

and is high enough in altitude that it regularly

receives snowfall in winter. Snow gums grow in

the sub-alpine environment at the top of the

mountain. Other eucalyptus 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.

The 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 at the Bluff Creek

Picnic and Camping area, Hince's Camp, located

on the Hince’s Track, and at Hince’s Saddle,

which is accessed from the Hince’s Creek Walking

Track. 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.

Bush walkers, four wheel driving and

mountain bike enthusiasts will love exploring

the seasonally opened bush tracks of Burrowa

Pine Mountain National Park. The Parks Victoria

website on Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park

offers more information and safety advice.

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