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Wet weather sees Mount Warning National Park closed

Irish tourist Daragh O'Duffy has never seen flood water like this on the out skirts of Uki.
Irish tourist Daragh O'Duffy has never seen flood water like this on the out skirts of Uki. Conal Healy

HEAVY wet weather has closed all the national parks in the area incuding the beautiful Wollumbin trek up Mt Warning.

The summit track, along with many of the parks in the region, is closed due to the damage caused the the ex tropical cyclone Oswald and compounded by recent rain.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) spokesperson Lawrence Orel said this included the Wollumbin summit track which was blocked by fallen timber and slips.

"Due to the extensive nature of the damage it is expected that the track may not re-open for some months," he said.

"People are reminded for their own safety and that of others to be patient and observe the temporary closure signs."

NPWS richmond river area manager Mark Pittavino said all parks national parks in the Tweed and Kyogle areas and included Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area.

"Only last month high winds and flooding rain across the region had brought down numerous trees blocking access and creating other safety risks", he said.

Mr Pittavino said once conditions improve the crews will once again working to reopen the public areas.

"Visitors are asked to be patient during this time as public safety is our priority," he said.

Mr Pittavino said anyone wanting to visit a park in northern NSW should first check the NPWS website for the access status of individual areas.

Parks closed include:

Tweed/Kyogle: Border Ranges, Richmond Range, Tooloom, Toonumbar, Koorelah, Captains Creek, Mebbin, Mt Jerusalem, Wollumbin National Park and State Conservation Area, Numinbah, Limpinwood, Hattons Bluff, Mt Clunie, Moore Park, Mt Nullum, Mooball, Tweed Heads Historic Site, Ukerebagh, Cudgen, Wooyung, Billinudgel, Inner Pocket, Marshalls Creek, Brunswick Heads, Duroby, Cataract National Park and State Conservation Area, Couchy Ck, Cudgera Ck, Mt Northofagus, Stotts Island, Cook island, Yabbra, Jinangong, Tweed Estuary, Bandahngan, Jubullum Flat Camp, North Obelisk.



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