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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 in the park 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.