Mount Warning.
Mount Warning. supplied

Mt Warning still closed due to ex-tropical cyclone Oswald

MT WARNING National Park is still closed and could be for up to six months.

The park, which was badly damaged by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January, has not only fallen trees but severe landslips and washouts.

"The park is closed for public safety," National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) public affairs officer Lawrence Orel said.

"The damage was widespread and will certainly take some months to be repaired.

"The 6 month time frame has been mentioned."

NPWS operations coordinator John Fisher said extensive damage was caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January.

He said some people are continuing to disregard the closed signs.

"It is even more disturbing to see some people are bringing their children with them and seem prepared to put them at risk," Mr Fisher said.

"Only recently police were called to the park to search for a Queensland man after had taken his 15 year-old son on a hike to the mountain's summit and not returned."

Mr Fisher said the search was not able to begin because of the dangerous conditions and fortunately the pair later made their own way out.

"To date around $10,000 in fines has been issued people who have entered the closed Wollumbin/Mount Warning National Park," Mr Fisher said.

"Many are from Queensland so we are keen to get the message out to people in south east Queensland that the Park is closed."

He said he didn't want people to drive to the park and be disappointed when they arrive "and then be tempted to defy the closures."

"We appealing to the people to respect park closures and not endanger their own lives and the lives of potential rescuers," Mr Fisher said.

"Anyone who ignores park closures risks an on-the-spot fine of $300 or maximum penalty of $3,300."

There are plenty of other options if you want to go for a bush walk this Easter long weekend.

NPWS crews progressively re-opened a number of other walks in the region, including the 14km hike to the base of Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park.

"The Rosewood and Booyong walks in the Border Ranges National Park are open," Mr Fisher said.

"The Rosewood Loop is a good walk out of the Sheepstation Creek camping are and takes three to four hours.

"It includes many magnificent tree species and a short side trip to Brushbox Falls lookout."


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