29 October 2013 by Alex Stewart
Following a spate of bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, fire services have worked hard to contain and control the blazes.
The New South Wales Environment & Heritage department has issued a statement saying that walking tracks and trails in the Sydney region are now open. In the Blue Mountains area, parts of the Blue Mountains National Park are also now open to the public again, including lookouts and cliff top walks at Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba.
Advice though is to check with the local National Parks and Wildlife Service Office to obtain the latest information, especially if you are planning remote bushwalking, camping or four wheel drive access into the national park.
Some areas of the National Parks and reserves have burnt areas due to deliberate burning to reduce hazards and wildfires. Members of the public are asked to stay out of burnt bushland in order to stay safe and to help bushland regeneration; keep off the newly burnt ground to protect it and enable new growth to develop whilst also ensuring that unauthorised tracks don't form.