Recent rainfall has caused significant stream rises and flooding in the rivers at Wilson's Promontory National Park.
Ranger in Charge Brett Mitchell says the Prom has received 70mm more than the average for the month of August, and there have been heavy falls in early September.
“Tidal River has changed course with the increased rainfall, which has forced the park to be closed in sections. There is no access to Norman Beach.
Dive clubs and boat users have been advised that there will be no boat launching for the short term. The Rangers hope to have all the park open for Melbourne Cup Weekend but there are no guarantees.
Mr Mitchell said that while the park was looking spectacular after the big wet the rain had also had a significant impact on the condition of walking tracks.
“Camping areas at Sealers Cove and Little Waterloo Bay have also been inundated in water. In the interests of public safety, we suggest extra care is taken when hiking and especially when crossing through streams or rivers.”
Mr Mitchell said there was no vehicle access to Cotters Lake Track or Darby River Carpark.
“We’re doing everything we can to continue access to the river. A walking track has been slashed through the vegetation to the south of the river to enable visitors to safely bypass the effected section of river bank.”
Despite these temporary closures, the return of healthy seasonal rainfall is reviving a number of Victoria’s parks, reserves and waterways.
Mr Mitchell said that although it does take time for the park’s ecosystems to respond, there are noticeable changes.
“People who take a trip to the Prom in the near future will see what a difference a wet season and good rainfall makes to plants and trees,” said Mr Mitchell.
“We’re looking forward to a spring season of vigorous growth which will be a real bonus for native birds and animals.”
Please check Parks Victoria website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for any updates and stay away from all Vic parks if you can until the risk of flooding is over.